The Three Most Important Decisions in Life

29910411_s Life doesn’t give people what they want, but what they believe. Everyone wants nice things, good health, and happy days, but they don’t happen automatically.  Making right choices is what determines how life treats us.  God has given us the “right of choice”, but are we making the “right choices”?  Here are three areas that matter most in our lives:

OUR MASTER

Who will be Master of our lives?  Will we chose to be “lord of our own life”, or will we give that place to Jesus Christ?  Many people have accepted the fact that Jesus is the only way to God, and have received Him as their personal Savior, but not all of these believers have made Jesus the Lord and Master of all of life.  There is really only one thing we can give to God, and that is the surrender of our will to Him.  It was man’s will that got him into trouble to start with by deliberately disobeying the Lord’s instructions in the Garden of Eden.  The surrendered will means that we have given Christ the right to guide us according to His will for our lives, and while we are living in the will of God, He is Master and things will work for our good.

OUR MATE

Who will be our Mate in life?  I have seen many people make the wrong decision when it came to marriage, sometimes because of loneliness, sometimes because of stubbornness, and sometimes just because of plain old lust.  I have often told people that it is better to be alone than to be with the wrong person.  There are worse things than loneliness and celibacy, like abuse, violence, and betrayal, for example.  Choosing a life partner should be approached according to scriptural guidelines, the consultation of parental and spiritual authority, and above all the leading of the Spirit of God in one’s heart.  What God joins together will be fruitful and without doubt the best thing that could happen to us.

OUR MISSION

What will be our Mission in life?  God has created us all with gifts and callings that empower us to fulfill the mission intended by Him.  The stages of life include Survival, Success and Significance.  When we are young, we are trying to survive the cost of education, the raising of children and all that life throws our way.  When we have reached midlife, we usually have achieved some measure of success in terms of having a nice home, car and some money in the bank.  But as we grow older we think of what our legacy will be:  what are we leaving for the benefit of future generations?  How have we added value to the lives of others, and how will our legacy continue to do so after we are gone?  What is our real significance?  Determining our ultimate mission usually takes place after some years of trial and error and learning some wisdom from experiencing life.  This is something we should all think about – God has a mission prepared for us all that will result in Significance.

If we make the right choices in these three areas, life will be lived to the fullest and God will be glorified.

Your Ministry Connection

26311742_sDo you have a calling on your life for a leadership role in God’s Church?  If so, it is vitally important that you understand the connection that God uses to prepare and release you into destiny.  The disciples had to maintain the connection with Jesus as their mentor in ministry because satan will always try to separate you from the anointing you are called to sit under until release comes.  Many people move themselves out from under the place where God set them and at that point they stop the process of development for the call.  You can’t take these things into your own hands and divide yourself from the spiritual relationships that God has ordained for your life.  (Read Luke 22:31-32 and Mark 10:9.)

Many are called, but few are chosen.  After over 40 years serving God, much of that time has been spent in training and raising up leaders.  I have seen many more get sifted out of relationship and end up living far below what God intended for them than those who went all the way.  We must understand what spiritual parenting is all about from the Word of God.  You didn’t choose your natural parents, or trade them in for someone else, you remain their children for life.  Paul said, “you have many teachers, but not many fathers, follow me therefore..” (1 Corinthians 4:15-17).  There is so much religion in spirit-filled believers and so little understanding of the Bible and the ways of the Lord.

Also, there is an independent spirit that doesn’t listen to any other voice but its own, thinking it is God.  The Bible says, “let every matter be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses” because we can be deceived by our own agenda (self).  I know this goes out to a lot of people, and that’s good because the problem is widespread.  We need people who go all the way in the process and don’t take themselves out, because the harvest is great but the (real) laborers are few.  My heart’s cry is for spiritual sons and daughters to maintain in the process until they hear the prophetic word from leadership in their life (Acts 13:1-4, 1 Timothy 4:14).  I have would-be sons and daughters in many places that I hope will read and heed this word.

A Clear Conscience

8610742_sWhat happens when a believer sins?  Why does Apostle John tell us in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”?  When a believer sins, it doesn’t change his standing with God; he remains in right-standing with God (righteous) because righteousness is a gift from God and is not the product of our performance (Romans 5:17).

LOSS OF CONFIDENCE

What do we lose when we sin that needs to be recovered, if we haven’t lost our standing with God?  We lose a “clear conscience and confidence before God.”  Apostle John again writes, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God” (1 John 3:21).  When a believer sins there is now a sense of guilt and shame that hinders our faith and undermines our boldness to stand in the authority of Christ.  When we confess (acknowledge) our sin, God assures us we are forgiven and cleanses our conscience by the Blood of Christ, so that there is no sense of unrighteousness in our heart and mind.

PROVISION THROUGH FAITH

“Sin consciousness” is like a smoke screen between us and God, because He is Holy and we now have a sense of unworthiness again due to the act of sin we may have committed, even though we are still accepted by God.  God has made provision through 1 John 1:9 for us when we err so that we can regain confidence and boldness in prayer and spiritual warfare.  We need faith and boldness to live this life (Romans 1:17; Proverbs 28:1) on Earth.  Even when sin has not destroyed our standing with God, it still is a destructive force that debilitates the believer in their pursuit of victory over the problems we all face from day to day.

CONFIDENT LIVING

Keeping a clear conscience is vital to confident living as Paul attests in 2 Corinthians 7:2:  “Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted on one, we have cheated no one.”  Notice now confident Paul was in presenting himself to the Corinthians – he had a clear conscience before God and men and was assured of his ability to be a blessing to them.  We can all live in this glorious light of freedom through the Blood of Jesus, even though we all sin from time to time by “stepping out of love.”  As E.W. Kenyon once said, “A step out of love is a step into sin.”  The New Commandment, which fulfills all the commandments of the Old Testament, is to “love one another.”  If we walk in love we will have a clear conscience, boldness in the face of the adversary, and faith towards God.  If we lose that sense of righteousness through some sin, we can get our conscience cleansed again, through acknowledging it and applying the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ.

CREATING YOUR PLACE IN LIFE

19371417_sNo matter what vocation you may choose in this life, the traits of a successful person are always the same.  Promotion and success are within the grasp of every person because it is those vital character traits that make a person valuable and desirable as an employee or team player.  I can think of four traits that will cause raises and promotion to come to the bearer:

COOPERATION

By being cooperative I mean being the type of person that can work well with others.  Respecting the position of others I may be working with is important, understanding that my part of the operation will only be beneficial when coupled with the efforts of others.  Learning to take the advice and instruction that may come from a co-worker as well as a supervisor will only enhance my role on the team.

COMPLIANCE

This is an overlooked key to success, and it means to be easily managed by leadership.  Some people have a personality like a goat, always bucking the system and acting independently.  Goats don’t walk together like a flock of sheep, they wander off alone and go wherever they want to go.  They are hard to keep on the right path and have to be chased after from time to time.  Being compliant means to take orders with a proper attitude and learn to follow instructions to the letter.

COMPETENCE

When a person is competent, they will take time to learn their responsibilities in order to be the most productive and to cost the company the least due to error.  If a person likes to “fly by the seat of the pants” and learn as they go through trial and error, they may not be an asset to the team.  But a person who takes the time to learn what is expected of them, and how to do it properly, will be a valuable asset anywhere.

CARING

People that sincerely care about adding value to others, and who go the extra mile in order to make sure that peoples needs are met, will be the first in line when it comes to promotion.  I recently wrote a letter to a Bank Supervisor to commend an employee where I do banking, for the extra effort she made to ensure that I wasn’t being scammed in an online transaction I was attempting to make.  She actually saved me some heartache because she cared about my wellbeing rather than just doing what was asked of her regardless of whether or not it was in my best interest.  These are the qualities you will find in a winner.