Choices…the yokes on you!

Sometimes situations are such a catastrophe that one often wonders “how in the world did they get themselves into such a mess?” The sad part is that often these messes are the result of their own decisions and actions. Many times when life is a mess, it is our own creation!

We praise God that He can turn a mess into a masterpiece. We can therefore give people hope, for our God is the God of hope.

Romans 15:4 “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

However, wouldn’t it be much better to avoid the mess to begin with?

Allow the Word of God to teach you today so that you will not make the same mistakes.

We all have to make choices in life. We have to make choices about,

· relationships,
· purchases,
· careers,
· ministries,
· education,
· entertainment, etc.

The values that guide these choices will in large part determine whether these choices result in a blessed life or a messed up life.

Making decisions based on wrong values is one way to quickly make a mess of your life.

What are wrong values?

There are many examples of wrong values but the list would certainly include:

· sensuality,
· materialism,
· selfishness, and
· godlessness.

In other words we should not make our decisions based on what is pleasing to our senses (sensuality).

Our choices should not be based on what will generate the most income or enable us to gain the most possessions.

We should not make our decisions on purely selfish motives, which means cosidering what we want but not what God wants.

To make choices that lead to a fulfilling life we must base our decisions on what is important and valued by God.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
The Israelites were not to inter-marry with the nations inside the land of Canaan:

Deut 7:3-4 ‘Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.’

In the same way the New Testament is clear about the fact that Christians should not marry non-Christians:

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 ‘14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.’

1 Corinthians 7:16 ‘How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?’

Any Christian who is considering marriage must carefully consider their choice of a life partner (spouse) since they are bringing a new person into their own family, in the same way as they now become a part of their spouse’s family. A choice of a wrong marriage partner could make life terrible for the whole family for perhaps the rest of their lives as happened in the case of Isaac’s mother, Rebecca (Gen 27:46)!

As we close out another year and prepare to begin a new one. Take time to reflect on 2014. I have wrote previously about the relationship I was in and my plan was to get married however, the Lord my God who knows me better than anyone else, and has a perfect plan for my life and future protected me from marrying an unequally yoked person. It does not mean that there is anything wrong with this person just that our spiritual walk is not at the same level. It is much easier for someone to pull another down then lift them up. I used to believe that all the whole yoked meaning was that someone was a believer. It is imperative to get to know the person and follow their actions. If it is taking you away from your walk with God and not bringing you closer it is time to walk away. I still pray for her daily and wish her nothing but happiness and prosperity. I understand what she is going through because of her I have a story. I can understand her feelings because I have been there. The Lord My God wants the very best for me and has answered prayers through her. I have grown because of that relationship and it helped to prepare me for my next season.

Christian dating is difficult but can be so rewarding. God protects us, guides us and corrects us when necessary. He blesses us when he can trust us with his full blessings. I believe with all my heart that it is right around the corner for me. God has placed many Godly people in my life and over the years he has been preparing me for that day when He says, this is who I have been preparing you for.

I pray each and every one of you reading this has a very prosperous and blessed New Year. Keep seeking, Keep putting God first, Keep spreading the good news of Our Lord! 2015 is going to be amazing!