“Making Wise Decisions” Part 3

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Christian Life, Decision Making, Dispensations, Fathers, God's Will, Japan

  Years ago when the “wild, wild west” was being settled, many roads were nothing more than wagon trails.  Some of them posed a real problem for those who traveled on them.  On one of these winding paths a sign was posted which read:  “Avoid this rut or you will be in it for the next 25 miles.” 

  A Paradigm Shift.  Do you ever feel like you are in a deep rut?  Are bad habits dragging you farther and farther down?  Have you given up and resigned yourself to failure?  Perhaps you need a paradigm shift. This doesn’t mean that you transfer two dimes from one hand to another.  It involves a change in your pattern of thinking or following a different model.

  A Renewed Mind.  The Apostle Paul wrote:  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

  God’s Thoughts.  You aren’t able to think God’s way or understand the deep things of God until you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (1 Corinthians 2:14).  He is the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.  God’s thoughts and His ways are far above ours (Isaiah 55:8, 9).  Furthermore, without a clear understanding of the distinctive sets of rules found in the Scriptures, even a Christian could be caught up in a heresy.  (Ask about our “Dispensational Chart” that could help you understand the Scriptures better.)

  Our Daily Bread.  Have you ever given much thought to the food you eat?  Why do you eat?  Do you eat to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31)?  Do others learn anything about God by your eating habits?  Do you bow your head and give thanks for your food before eating it at home or in a restaurant (Ephesians 5:20)?  Do you eat to stay alive or do you simply live to eat?

  Choices.  We are given many choices to make about the food we eat.  Consider the types of food you have available to you, the amount you choose to eat,  the spices you put on it, the number of times you chew your food, and what you do while eating. 

  Meal Time.  Do you argue and fight with others while eating?  Do you watch depressing news?  Someone wrote, “Current events are so grim that we can’t decide whether to watch the six o’clock news and not be able to eat, or the eleven o’clock news and not be able to sleep.”  Why not replace the disturbing things with pleasant conversations with others?

  Growing Up.  I grew up as a missionary kid in Japan.  We used to hold hands and sing songs in English and/or Japanese before we ate.  Then we thanked God for our food.  During the meal we learned Bible verses in English and Japanese. When we were done with our meal my dad read a portion from the Bible and a devotional book and closed our meal with prayer.  Novel?  Not really.  You might want to try something like this with your family.  See what a difference it could make in your home life.  Wouldn’t you prefer harmony over cacophony?

  Water.  Did you know that there are 10 kinds of water?  Today, most of them are harmful to our health. We’re told that water makes up over 70 % of our bodies.  It is needed to keep our bodies hydrated and to regulate our body temperature.  We also need water to flush out the dead cells in our bodies.  Consuming pure water is probably one of the best things we can do to stay healthy and/or recover from an illness.  Do you know how much you should drink each day?

  Wormwood.  During the coming “Great Tribulation” the drinking water in the rivers and springs will become so polluted that many people will die from drinking it.  It might come as a result of  a nuclear bomb or some other disaster (Revelation 8:10, 11)?  Think of the recent problems they’ve had and still have in Japan.  Two of our children live and teach there.

  Bible Prophecy.  Don’t ignore it!  At the time it was written, about one fourth of the Bible was prophetic.  It is to be interpreted literally, not allegorically where the meaning is totally changed to suit the person interpreting it.

  Spiritual.  In addition to the physical food and drink we consume, we need spiritual food and drinks from the Word of God to nourish our spirits and souls.  We need “living water” to give us God’s quality of life and to keep us morally clean (John 4:10; 7:38; Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 5:26).

  He Knows And Cares.  Yes, God is concerned about everything we eat and drink.  We will be held accountable for our eating and drinking habits (Romans 14:12).  He reminds His children to cast all their care on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).   Are you one of His children?  Not everyone is (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).

  Anxious?  If you’re a Christian, you can/should claim this verse.  “Be anxious for nothing [Stop worrying], but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7).

  Help.  If you need spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and many more helpful things to help believers grow in Christ.  These articles usually correspond to our Sunday morning talks.  If they have helped you, we’d like to hear from you.

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