We have all made many choices in our lives since the day we were born. What to wear? What to eat? What to listen to or watch on television? What job to take or what profession to study for?But for every choice we make there is a reaction. Leave the house without your umbrella when calling for rain even though the sun is shining will get you wet. We chose to have that extra drink and drive and we get pulled over for DWI.
Today’s message is based on a favorite song by country artist titled Choices. This is going to take us into some choices that have been made where the choice may not have been the right choice.
Today’s message comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31:
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”, 1 Corinthians 10:31
God tells us that no matter what we do or what choice we make, we are to do this in the glory of God. He also tells un in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that although we may be tempted, he would not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability and would provide us an escape. This would establish that man would need to know the difference from right and wrong. This would be laid out for us in James 4:17 telling us doing the wrong thing is a sin.
Starting from a young age we are told what is wrong and right. As young children, we are told touch the hot stove and you get burned. Teenagers are instructed if they stay out past your curfew, you will get grounded. The boss tells you that if you are late again you will be fired. We listen to these authoritative people but sometimes fails to listen to God.
Thousands of years ago in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve showed us the consequences of choices. Moses tells us in Genesis 2:15 – 3:23, how God instructed Adam & eve not to eat the forbidden fruit. Satin convinced them that it would be ok, and they made the choice to listen to Satin and not God and paid the price for it.
Like Adam & Eve were tempted by Satin, we are tempted everyday whether we realize it or not. Samuel tells us in Judges 13-16 of Samson who was tempted by Delilah. This temptation led Samson to his death.
A few years back, a friend of mine answered an ad promising mega dollars in return for a small investment and customers will come flocking to his door. The young man spent the two grand he had saved and received a book on how to sell the product along with tons of this product. Six months later he had not sold a product and was filing for bankruptcy for not making the right choice when tempted. Temptation is defined to us in James 4:7.
One of the biggest temptation is money. However, Abraham refused to accept a reward for service to King of Sodom in Genesis 14:22-24. He stated that he made a promise to God not to take anything that belong to the King, but the King was to give the men that travelled with him their money. This was an example of making the right choice when tempted.
Peter also refused a bribe in Acts 8:20: “Peter answered: ‘May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!'” We have all had the ‘Look at her/him moment’. Some of us maybe even fantasize being with a celebrity. When I was a young man in my early twenties, I was tempted to go to a stripper club with a friend and at some point, it became a regular thing. I made the wrong choice because I was lusting over these naked women. Matthew 5:28 outlines lust for us.
Women can be a temptation as was the case with King David. 2 Samuel 11 is the bible story where King David saw the bathing beauty, Bathsheba, and committed adultery. Then to cover his sin, David connived to have Bathsheba’s husband killed. David did not respond well to sexual temptation however, he was eventually convicted of his sin and did repent as we find out in Psalm 51.
Whether it’s the beauty in a bathing suit or the celebrity telling you it’s a man drink, we all indulge at some time or other. Proverbs 20:1 tells us that getting drunk is foolish and Ephesians 5:18 tells us not to fill up with too much wine (get drunk) and instead fill up with the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 9:20-21 has Noah planting a vineyard after the flood and getting drunk. The bible doesn’t specify why Noah got drunk but does state that wine is good for cheer (Psalm 104:15) but can be dangerous especially those people in authority (Proverbs 31:4).
James 1:13 tells us that Jesus while here on earth could not be tempted. However, as a human, we are told in Matthew 4:1-11 that Satin tempted Jesus but to no avail.
Because God so love the world, He sent us His only son (John 3:16) Jesus to live on this earth for approximately thirty-three years. During this time frame, he lived a sinless life. We know that Satin may have attempted to tempt Him, but it didn’t work. In the end, Jesus made the choice to be nailed to the cross and die on the cross to make the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
Today he sits up in heaven at the right hand of the Father watching over His children. At the beginning, I mentioned that God will allow us only to be tempted within our ability and offers a way out. He already paid the price of exit when he died on the cross. All you need to do is pay the co-payment and ask him for forgiveness.
So tell me, how many wrong choices are you making?
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