Decisions, choices and fruit

Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 speak volumes about blessings and curses: our decisions always have consequences. When I look back at bad things that happened in my life, I need to ask what decisions I made and why.

Throughout the book of Proverbs we see that God says in effect, “My child, choose to obey my word and you will be protected.” What I realize is that my flesh and spirit are always fighting against each other. My flesh is drawn toward the things of this world, while my spirit is drawn toward God. The choice is before me.

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul admits his weaknesses concerning the matters of the flesh. God’s response to Paul’s multiple requests for the thorn in his flesh to be removed was: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NIV). Paul also said it this way, “When I am weak then I am strong,” referring to his challenges in the flesh – which included his thoughts, emotions and desires. Only when you and I realize how much we need help with our emotions, thoughts and desires, only then can we really allow God to be strong in us.

When I as a believer in Yeshua make a decision, I need to submit my total thought process to God and allow Him to guide me. Then I will be able to trust Him regarding the fruit of the decision. However, when I try to make decisions by my own flesh and mind, I have come to realize it’s like taking a disobedient bite from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Those decisions lead to death.

Therefore, when I allow God to breathe in and through me, I see victory together with Him. I give the glory to Him – the One who overcomes the battles of my thoughts and gives me His thoughts.

It is written in Matthew 11:12 that the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by force. I see that this applies to the tough decisions for overcoming in our life. We face many powerful temptations; there are many instances when “candy” is dangled in front of us. It looks good and is sweet but in the end it doesn’t last and only brings decay.

We must allow the Spirit of God to move in us and give us discernment in all decisions. Whether it is making a purchase, changing jobs, moving to a new house, getting married, serving in the congregation, and on and on.

My prayers for 2022 are that it will be a year in which you and your household will choose His way in all things. May you know deep within that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). May you commit your way and your decisions to Him and may He make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5).

This article originally appeared in the Oasis newsletter, February 2022, and reposted with permission.