Dealing With Decisions


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  • 9/20/2009
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  • Dealing With Decisions

    1. 1. Learning To Let God Lead You On The Right Path
    2. 2. The Fork In The Road… <ul><li>“ The Zoad In the Road” by Dr. Seuss </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greek, “Zoad” “a stair step or ladder, a device used to get people somewhere. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Zoad couldn’t make up his mind which way to go. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He tried to go to both places at once, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But he went no place at all with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a split in his pants. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Have You Been At The Fork In The Road? <ul><li>Have trouble making decisions? </li></ul><ul><li>We have to make a choice. </li></ul><ul><li>God constantly tells people to make a decision. Joshua 24:15 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Elijah’s day he went before the people to tell them the same point. 1 Kings 18:21 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make up your mind! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why? Because to decide not to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>decide is to decide. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. God’s Guidance On Decision Making <ul><li>God tells us you’re at the cross roads. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide which road you’re going to choose, because eternity hangs on the choice you make. Jer. 6:16 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesus echoed Jeremiah’s words Mt. 7:13-14 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are 2 roads and God says YOU have a choice! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One road is wide, easy to travel… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The other is narrow. It leads to life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But Jesus says make a choice! </li></ul>
    5. 5. God’s Guidance On Decision Making <ul><li>The 2 Roads : </li></ul><ul><li>The Narrow Road: Leads to life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some try to compromise, they think God’s road is too narrow. World calls this path “narrow-minded” Many call this way too strict or too moral. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Broad Road: Leads to Destruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Called “Broad-mindedness” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tolerant of sin, accepting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinks God will understand, will He? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 6:14-18 </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Make A Choice! <ul><li>You can choose life by walking on the narrow way and please God. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Or You could be broad-minded and end up going someplace you don’t want to go. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But you can’t serve two masters! Mt. 6:24 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By choosing NOT to decide, you will have already decided to disobey God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God says make a choice ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joshua 24:15; Matthew 12:30 </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. How To Make Right Choices! Jeremiah 6:16 <ul><li>“ Realize how important the decision is!” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The problem often isn’t knowing which road is the right one, but facing the possibility that it isn’t going to be a fun trip. You’ll risk being rejected and persecuted. Lk. 6:22-23 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must “count the cost” Lk.14:28-33 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God is watching and desiring to reward </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>you if you make the right decision. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. How To Make Right Choices! Jeremiah 6:16 <ul><li>“ Ask for the good road!” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t just look at them, ask for advice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes it’s hard to figure it out on your own. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There’s no shame in asking for directions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prov. 11:14; 15:22 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(ASV) Where no wise guidance is, the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>falleth; But in the multitude of counsellors there is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>safety. (BBE) Where there are no wise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>suggestions, purposes come to nothing; but by a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>number of wise guides they are made certain. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. How To Make Right Choices! Jeremiah 6:16 <ul><li>Asking for advice is not enough, “I’ve got to make a decision!” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Ask where the good way is and WALK in it!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s not enough to say I want to walk with Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Until you “walk the walk” you’re not going anywhere! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The real “Cross road”… Mt. 16:24-25 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The only path that leads to God! Jn. 14:6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If we’re willing to follow Him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>we will have rest. Mt. 11:28 </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Which Path Will You Choose? <ul><li>Prov. 14:12 teaches us that, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” </li></ul><ul><li>The narrow or broad path? </li></ul><ul><li>Choose Jesus and life! Hear Him Mt. 17:5 </li></ul><ul><li>Believe in Him Jn. 8:24; Repent Lk. 13:3; </li></ul><ul><li>Confess Him Acts 8:37; Baptism into Him Rom. 6:3-6 </li></ul>