SCRIPTURE PRINT: I pray that your love will keep on growing and that you will fully know and understand how to make the right choices. Philippians 1:9-10
One thing has remained constant throughout my life: making decisions. As a child, if I ate too much ice cream, my belly hurt. In college, if I studied for an exam, I received a higher grade. Good and bad, our actions have consequences.
I want to make good decisions. The only way I can make the best decisions is to be in constant relationship with my heavenly Father. That relationship is imperative in knowing the next step on my journey. The HCSB translation of this verse mentions, “growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment.” We can only grow with God by knowing who He is, which can only be found in His Word.
Jesus faced many challenges during His life here on earth. In Matthew 17:17, we find Him frustrated, "You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you?” Have you ever had similar thoughts? Jesus was constantly ridiculed by the religious rulers of His day. Have you ever been mocked for your faith? Satan enticed Jesus with food when he was hungry, tempted Him to doubt God’s goodness when He was alone, and asked Him to compromise when things got hard. Sound familiar? Jesus was able to stand firm and make the best choice during all of these challenges, because He was in constant relationship with the Father.
Having a relationship with the Father is the key to making good decisions. When you dig deep into God’s Word and cling to your relationship with Him, you too can gain wisdom to choose the best road for your life.
Reflect & Respond:
1. Growing in relationship with God is the only way to discern the best way to live your life. Make the commitment to read God’s Word every day. If you are in a busy season, God will meet you right where you are. Ask Him to multiply your time together, as you choose to spend time with Him in the Word.
2. If you find yourself in a rut and not growing, journal about how you feel. Ask God to give you new and exciting rhythms.
3. Think about some people who taught you life lessons as a child, perhaps your parents, coach, or a teacher. Did they lead by example, making good choices for themselves? What positive or negative ramifications did that have on you? Are you providing a good example to those in your own life?
Encouragement: Don’t ever feel you are not good enough to be in a close relationship with God. Jesus died on the cross, taking all of your sins, for the very purpose of giving you a relationship with the Father.
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