There are consequences,
sometimes overwhelming consequences,when
bad decisions are made. Sometimes we ignore or shy away
from the really complicated decisions,avoidingthem
all together if at all possible. It’s hard to always be
right when it comes to making decisions. Occasionally we
blow it. Sooner or later regret sets in as we’re faced
with consequences we never expected.
There may be times when we
are afforded the opportunity to change our decision
before some horrible outcome materializes. Wouldn’t it
be great if there was someone else who would make those
difficult decisions in life for us so blunders and
regrets might be avoided? Mostly we learn and grow
stronger from mistakes but there are many who, as each
new opportunity arises, will repeat the same
erroneous decisions again and again.
Many of life’s bad
decisions can be avoided by studying our Bibles. By
making decisions based on God’s word the road ahead
pretty much smoothes out in front of us. Through the
diligent study and adherence to God’s inerrant word we
can avoid making bad decisions.
The lack luster life of a
biblically illiterate Christian is evident in how many
wrong decisions occur in that individual’s life. But
there’s a great deal of godly evidence in the life of a
believer who has become committed to studying God’s
word. Is it God’s word that holds our attention or the
world? “He also that received seed among the thorns
is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world,
and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he
becometh unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22.
The cares of this world too oftenget
in the way and God and His word became relegated to the
back seat of lives.
Daily we’re faced with thedecision
of whether or not to ignore God’s word. The more we
neglect reading and studying His word the easier it gets
to just forget about it all together. “My Bible’s not
going anywhere and tomorrow is another day.”
There’s an excellent line
from a “Rocky” film that I just love. As Apollo Creed is
speaking to Rocky Balboa trying to convince him to get
with the program Rocky makes the statement “Tomorrow,
we’ll pick it up again tomorrow” and Apollo yells back
at Rocky, “There is no tomorrow!” Friends, tomorrow
when we are putting off doing something that we now find
If you find Bible study
monotonous or boring you’ve allowed outside interests to
burden your thought process. The world has become more
important to you than God. This is easy to see happening
in a believer’s life when they are avoiding God. The
more we avoid God the more He’ll just keep silent. If we
aren’t walking with God guess who’ll be there to keep us
company? The enemy relishes the opportunity to stumble
us. He’s right there waiting to pounce and devour at a
moment’s notice. It’s our decision to allow this attack
The decision to skip a
routine of devotional time or to neglect the daily
reading of God’s word will have profound effects on the
other decisions of the day. Praying, for example,will
not be important before we commit ourselves to any new
course or action. Eventually our prayers will become
less of a priority in our lives. The less relevance we
place on prayer the further we’ll move away God. Through
prayer a believer speaks to the Creator of the Universe.
If we love God with all our heart, speaking to Him will
become our highest priority.
almost a non-eventwhen
Bible study is forfeited for other more appealing
activities. Who can be an effective witness without
sufficient knowledge of God’s word? Questions will arise
from nonbelievers that will confuse and even cause doubt
in the mind of biblically illiterate Christians. And
doubt can inevitably lead the believer to avoid
When you wake up and spend
a little time in prayer and devotion to God the rest of
that day’s decisions are then made with a completely
different attitude. Always seek God’s council first. A
godly decision that is based solely on God’s will, not
our own selfish, wicked hearts,will
be no match for the enemy. But the ill effects of
godless decisions can cause profound consequences.
and basking in God’s word can be as stream of living
water rushing through our souls. Believers are empowered
as we read and study His word. Through our diligent
study of His word God lays more discernment upon us.
Glimpses into who He is are as nuggets and pearls stored
up in a believer’s heart.
Bible study becomes very
enlightening as our desire to learn more of what God’s
word says. But if the desire isn’t there the occasions
to study will cease to materialize. Sometimes it takes a
little motivation to get started,but
once you’ve committed to a routine of study you’ll begin
to progress and the more you learn the more you’ll want
to know. You’ll never know it all but beinggrounded
in God’s word becomes evident in a believers life. As
you dig deeper you’ll be given more knowledge as a
reward for your diligence.
Without biblical knowledge
believers are as logs floating on an ocean filled with
many misleading currents. They may find themselves
drifting from one current to another void of any real
direction. When believers allow themselves to be
“current driven” or “guided” without knowing where they
are heading they may not be aware, until it’s too late,
who’s doing the guiding.
The enemy takes great
delight in guiding believers off course. Satan will take
advantage of believers who are ignorant of God’s word.
Pushing the warm fuzzies of the current trendy
alternatives to a real Christ centered biblically based
message is Satan’s endgame strategy. Those who refuse to
study or who deny the truth of God’s word become easy
prey for the enemy, these folks will believe anything
but the truth.
This life is a never
ending assortment of decisions. Read my Bible today,
don’t read my Bible, go to the movies, don’t read my
Bible, watch television don’t read my Bible, begin my
day reading my Bible, begin my day in an argument with
my spouse, and on it goes. It’s your decision and it
must be made daily.
There’s another decision,
only needs to be made once. The most important decision
to ever confront humanity is the decision to follow
Christ. Jesus is the Messiah of the world, the Creator
of the universe, the propitiation for our sins.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he
loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for
our sins.” 1 John 1:10.
“Multitudes, multitudes in
the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near
in the valley of decision.”
Joel 3:14. Man does indeed stand in the valley of
decision, but it is God who does the deciding, not man.
It is a valley of judgment–and we should decide for
Jesus right now so we never stand in this valley of
decision. Where do you stand?
Reading the Bible is awe
inspiriting, and the most worthwhile and incredibly
a believer can take. To be completely forthright though,the
only way to actually grasp much of the nuances of God’s
word is to become a believer and then read His word with
a new heart and love for God. Paul the Apostle refers to
the Gospel message as foolishness to those who are
perishing. “For the preaching of the cross is to them
that perish foolishness;” 1 Corinthians 1:18a.
Who is Paul speaking about? All those who will be
standing in the valley of decision at the end.
We aren’t saved by reading
the Bible, but by reading it after we are saved we are
given direction for this life. God’s direction is the
only correct path to walk.
If you’re reading this
commentary today and you’re not a born again believer in
Christ you were guided here by the Holy Spirit to read
In God’s economy
everything happens for a reason. The Holy Spirit is
beckoning you to believe in the One who God the Father
sent. That’s Jesus Christ, our Lord, the Messiah of
Israel, and the Savior of the world. We have been given
an incredible gift, a free gift from God Almighty. God’s
gift to us (which means everyone) was the life of His
only begotten Son who diedin
our stead. He took our sins upon Himself, died, was
buried, and rose again on the third day all according to
the scriptures. Whose scriptures? God’s scriptures.
You can believe and accept
God’s free gift of salvation today and be assured of
your place in Heaven for eternity,or
you can make a bad decision by choosing to ignore the
Holy Spirit’s message and go your way. Before you close
this page and relegate it to obscurity, please give
these last few words some serious thought.
Remember earlier in this
commentary I spoke about the regret from the
consequences of bad decision making? Think about this,
you may never have the opportunity to say yes to
Jesus again. Your life could end in a heartbeat before
you reach the door.
If you choose to ignore
God’s Holy Spirit today and then die in that lost state,your
final decision in this life will result in the most
horrible regret you could ever imagine. Unlike a
decision that can be changed
and the regret of a bad decision avoided, this ultimate
decision of yours will fill you with a regret that will
last for eternity. You will have just afforded yourself
the same horrifying, awful, and dreadful eternal reality
that so many before you have done. Hell will not be a
huge kegger in the park with your buddies. The reality
of Hell will be fully realized the instant you die as
the result of your final bad decision.
So please, take a moment and come to the
good and correct decision, the decision that will place you in Jesus’
loving hands for eternity. Say yes to Jesus now! You won’t regret that
God bless you all,