CHOICES: How Can We Protect Ourselves From Making Wrong Choices

“Many choices in life are like that. At the time they don’t seem significant. But those choices set in motion a series of events which shape your life and the lives of your children and grandchildren after you.”

“Since seemingly small decisions can have such momentous consequences, how can we protect ourselves from making wrong choices? The story of Lot’s choice (Gen. 13:5-18) teaches a crucial lesson about life’s choices:”

“Since choices often result in eternally significant consequences, we must choose in line with God’s principles.”

Continue reading here.

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Read… Genesis 13

CHOICES and CONSEQUENCES

Make wise choices.

Your choices have consequences.

Consequence:

1. the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier:

2. an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.

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John Ker:

(Excerpt)

“II. CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOT’S CHOICE.

As he made worldly advantage his chief aim, he failed in gaining it.

Twice he lost his entire possessions;

he left Sodom poorer than he entered it.

He was stripped of the labours of years, and dared not even look behind on the ruin of his hopes.

Lot’s choice showed disregard of religious privileges.

The sins of the men of Sodom were of a peculiarly gross and inhuman kind;

had Lot’s religion been warm and bright he would not have ventured among them.

He may have excused himself to his conscience by saying that he was going to do good, but when he left Sodom he could not count a single convert.

Lot’s disregard of spiritual privileges brought on him a bitter entail of sin and shame.

His own religious character suffered from his sojourn in Sodom.

This alone can account for the grievous termination of his history.

His life remains as a warning against the spirit of worldliness.

Both worlds frequently slip from the grasp in the miserable attempt to gain the false glitter of the present.”

Full sermon here…

https://biblehub.com/sermons/auth/ker/a_worldly_choice_and_its_consequences.htm

CHOICES

Choose what is best for you spiritually.

Proverbs 21:11 …when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Gill:

when the wise is instructed; by others, superior to him in wisdom; by the ministers of the Gospel, by reading and hearing the word of God, and the writings of good men; or by corrections and chastisements:

he receiveth knowledge; the wise man receives it, he attends to the instruction given him, and improves in knowledge:

Genesis 13:12-13 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Matthew Henry:

Abram having offered Lot the choice, he at once accepted it. … Lot looked to the goodness of the land; therefore he doubted not that in such a fruitful soil he should certainly thrive. But what came of it? Those who, in choosing relations, callings, dwellings, or settlements, are guided and governed by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life, cannot expect God’s presence or blessing. They are commonly disappointed even in that which they principally aim at.

In all our choices this principle should rule, That is best for us, which is best for our souls.

Lot little considered the badness of the inhabitants… It has often been the vexatious lot of good men to live among wicked neighbors; and it must be the more grievous, if, as Lot here, they have brought it upon themselves by a wrong choice.

JFB:

Then Lot chose him all the plain—a choice excellent from a worldly point of view, but most inexpedient for his best interests. He seems, though a good man, to have been too much under the influence of a selfish and covetous spirit: and how many, alas! imperil the good of their souls for the prospect of worldly advantage.

WHY ART THOU CAST DOWN, O MY SOUL…

Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Matthew Henry:

The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies…

David regards the Divine favour as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour’s name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises.

Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay himself upon his God…

Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us, if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge.

Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears.

Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God.

A SWORD

Topic of “the sword” came up again today!

From today’s “Morning and Evening”.

Spurgeon:

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

The Christian will be sure to make enemies. It will be one of his objects to make none; but if to do the right, and to believe the true, should cause him to lose every earthly friend—he will count it but a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be yet more friendly, and reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever. O you who have taken up His cross—do you know what your Master said? “I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother; and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

Christ is the great Peacemaker; but before peace, He brings war. Where the light comes, the darkness must retire. Where truth is, the lie must flee; or, if it abides, there must be a stern conflict, for the truth cannot and will not lower its standard, and the lie must be trodden under foot. If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels! If you would live so as to stand the test of the last tribunal, depend upon it—the world will not speak well of you! He who has the friendship of the world—is an enemy to God! But if you are true and faithful to the Most High God—men will resent your unflinching fidelity, since it is a testimony against their iniquities.

Fearless of all consequences, you must do the right. You will need the courage of a lion to unhesitatingly pursue a course which shall turn your best friend into your fiercest foe! But for the love of Jesus—you must thus be courageous. For the truth’s sake to hazard reputation and affection, is such a deed that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral courage which only the Spirit of God can work in you. Do not turn your back like a coward but play the man. Follow right manfully in your Master’s steps, for He has traversed this rough way before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest; than false peace and everlasting torment!

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