MOST DIFFICULT TIME TO MAKE RIGHT DECISION
Decision determine destiny. A wise person makes his own decisions and an ignorant one follows public opinion. Decisions are what transform an idea to reality. Everyone has to make decision either good or bad. Remember every decision has consequence. Let me share with you the most difficult time to make right decision. When you are:
1. HUNGRY: When you are hungry decisions are dangerous to make because at that moment something is calling for your attention. Let me share the story of Esau with you. Esau sold his birth right to his brother, Jacob.
Genesis 25:29-31. Once when Jacob was cooking some stew Esau came in from the open country famished. He said to Jacob quick let me have some of that red stew, I am famished ( thatís why he was also called Edom). Jacob replied first sell me your birth right. Look, I am about to die, Esau said what good is the birth right in me. But Jacob said swear to me first. So he swore an oath to him, selling his birth right to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some Lentil stew. He ate and drank and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birth right.
A birth right is a special honor given to the first born son. Itís included a double portion of the family inheritance along with honor of one day becoming the familyís leader. The oldest son could sell his birth right or give it away if he chose, but in doing, he would lose both material goods and his leadership position. By trading his birth right Esau complete disregard for the spiritual blessing that would have come his way if he had kept it. Esau traded the lasting benefit of his birth right foe immediate pleasure of food. He acted on impulse, satisfying his immediate desires without pulsing to consider the long term consequences of what he was about to do. We can avoid making Esauís mistake by comparing the short term satisfaction with itís long range consequences. Esau exaggerated his HUNGER, ďIím about to dieĒ he said. The pressure of the moment distorted his perspective and made his decision seem urgent.
2. UNDER SEXUAL PLEASURE: JUDGES 16:1. One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in and spent a night with her. Verse 4: Sometime later, he fell in love with a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was DELILAH. Verse 6. So Delilah said to Samson tell me the secret of you great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued. Verse 15: The she said to him, how can you say I love you, when you wonít confide in me? This is the third time you have made a full of me and have not told me the secret of your great strength. Verse 17: So he told her everything. ďNo razor has ever been used on my headĒ He said because I have been a Nazirite set apart to God since birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me and I would become as weak as any other man.
Samson was seduced by a Philistine woman named Delilah who lived in the valley of Sorek, she betrayed the secret of Samsonís strength to the Philistines who captured him and led him away in chains to Gaza. There he died. His soul was vexed to death. Samson, a mighty warrior became a slave, rather than kill him the Philistines preferred to humiliate him by gouging out his eyes and making him grind grain. Although God did not completely abandon Samson. He allowed Samsonís decisions to stand and the consequences of decisions followed naturally. Samson did not chose to be captured, but he chose to be with Delilah and could not escape the consequences of decisions. Blinded and without strength. Samson was taken to Gaza where he would spend the rest of his short life. Though Samson accomplished his purpose according to the angels declaration to his mother when he was given birth but he died with his enemies. Although Samson could strangle a lion but he could not smother his burning lust and see Delilah for who she really was. How can you keep your desire for love and sexual pleasure from deceiving you?
3. UNDER PRESSURE: 1 Samuel 10:8 ďGo down ahead of me to Gilgal I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings but you must wait seven days until I come and tell you what you are to do.
1 Samuel 13:5-6 ďThe Philistines assemble to fight Israel with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers and soldiers as numerous as the sand of the seashore. When the men of Israel saw that situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed they hid in caves and thickets. Verse 8. He (Saul) waited seven days, the time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to gilgal and Saulís men begin to scatter. Verse 9.So he said bring me the burnt offerings and fellowship offering. And Saul offered the burnt offering. Verse 10.Just as he finished making the offering Samuel arrived and Saul went out to greet him .
Rather than waiting for a priest ; Saul offered the sacrifice himself. This was against Godís law. Saul was under pressure from approaching philistines, he took matters into his own hands and disobeyed God. Our character are revealed under pressure .It is difficult to rust God when you feel your resources are slipping away. Saul felt that time was running out, he became impatience with Godís timing. In thinking that the ritual was all needed, he substituted ritual for faith in God. When faced with difficult decision, do not allow impatience to drive you to disobey God. Do not ever press panic button under pressure, relax your mind to think straight. Impatience of Saul led to his rejection as King by God.
4.ANGRY.Genesis 4:3-6.In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock .The Lord looked with favour on Abel and his offerings but Cain and his offerings He did not look with favour. So Cain was angry and his face was downcast. Then He said to cain Why are you angry? Remember anger is little madness.
Proverb 16:32 ďHe who is slow to anger is better than the mighty. And he who his spirit than he who take a city.
Self control is superior to conquest. Success in business, school and home life can be ruined by a person who has lost control of his or her temper. So it is a great personal victory to control your temper. When you feel yourself readily to explode remember that losing control may cause you to forfeit what you want the most. Cain decided to kill his brother because his offering was rejected by God. But he reaped the consequences of his decision, he became a cursed man, ground no longer yield its crop for him. He finally became a restless wanderer on the earth.
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