Decisions

Morning

I thought I would share something mid week with you.

I have been considering a suggestion put to me some time ago and spending time with God so that I could be sure my answer and decision to the question was the right one. By the right one I mean that my answer was what God would want at this time.

Matthew chapter 4 v 8-9 is where I want to take you regarding this whole area of decision making. Here we read:

“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Satan’s power is over all the nations of the earth. That could be very frightening when we realize he can influence men in such a way that they are not even aware that they are being influenced toward evil. His power is so extensive that he is over all the nations of the earth. Jesus calls him the ruler of this world (John 14:30). He affects people’s attitudes by moving our reasoning processes toward satisfaction of the self. He gives disinformation and stirs up our spirit.

Here is what is so perverse about this: It is not evil for one to take care of himself. What is evil is to make the satisfaction of the self more important than God or others. We are to serve God before all else (the great commandment), and the second is like it—we are on an equal par with others physically. Nowhere are we given the right or privilege by God to make ourselves greater than or more important than God or other human beings. We are all of equal value being made moral beings in the image of God.

We can imagine the direction Satan is going to move us toward—to the point that satisfaction of the self becomes more important than conforming to what God says. In other words, he will push us toward making ourselves greater or more important than righteousness or truth.

So in decision making, which happens so much at work and I guess in life generally, I do need to be aware of this battle.

Have a good day

Mark

2 thoughts on “Decisions

  1. Yes, it is a difficult question. Consider me applying for a job. Really , if i treat my neighbour as myself then I should consider whether other job applicants need the job more than i do. thats a tough one

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