Choices That Determine Our Destiny 

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As long as we live, we will be faced with the task of making decisions. Since the creation, man has always had to make decisions. The Bible is filled with examples of choices to be made, and with those who made choices. Deut. 30: 19 says “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Joshua said: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Josh. 24: 15). On Mt. Carmel, Elijah told the people they had to make a choice of whom they would serve (1 Kgs. 18: 21). Moses chose to “suffer affliction with the people of God, rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Heb. 11: 24-25). And, so it is with us today. There are a number of things we must make decisions and choices about, and these decisions and choices determine our eternal destiny. These are ETERNAL choices and decisions! 

William Jennings Bryan said: Destiny is not a matter of chance it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” Another wrote: “God has no policeman to pass around and grab us by the neck and say you must read your Bible, or you must go to church, or you must be baptized. When God created man, He made man superior to all other creatures. He gave man the power and privilege of choice. The Lord respects that privilege. He will not force us. With that privilege of choice goes the terrible responsibility of abiding by and living with the results or consequences of our choices.”

 

My friend, who will you serve? Which road will you follow? Upon which foundation will you build your life? (Matt. 7: 13-14, 24-27). You may say “I don’t want to choose.” But choose you must and choose you will! The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief. No answer is also an answer! You can serve God or the devil, you can build your life on the rock or on the sand, you can enter the narrow or wide gate, and stroll on the narrow or broad way. One leads to life, and the other to destruction. It’s your choice! Think on these things. 

Dennis Abernathy

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