I am delighted to bring to you another inspiration and challenge from the word of God in the book of Daniel saying, “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with King’s Choice food or with the wine that he drank;—————- (Daniel 1:8). What we are today and what we shall be in the future is the summation of the different choices we made and those we will make. Daniel made a choice which seemingly, according to human judgment, was foolishness.
How can you punish yourself by denying yourself enjoyment and fun? Others who made such unpopular choices according to human perception, were Moses who willingly stripped himself off the privileges of a princes in pharaohs kingdom, (Hebrews11:23-24), Joseph rejecting the opportunities for sexual pleasure with his master’s wife, (Genesis 39:7-9), Jesus Christ rejecting an offer from the devil to take a short cut to rule the nations of this world without going through the pain and shame of the cross, (Luke 4:5-8), and not forgetting the four lepers at the gate of Samaria who risked their lives to go outside the gate to the enemy territory in search of food, ( 2Kings 7:3-5).
Bad choices are governed by attraction of superficial and short term benefits. The Long term impact of bad choice is always disastrous and irreversible. On the other hand a good choice is always less popular and probably dull or even boring, but at the end it pays.
Taking Jesus Christ as a personal savior and Lord is the master key around which all the right choices revolve. Before taking the human flesh to be man, Jesus Christ was known in Heaven as the “Word of God”. Today we have also the same word in a written form. The written Word is the principle guide to our choices, ”your word is lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105).
Another help available to man in making the right choices is use of the renewed mind (Roman 12:2). A renewed mind is the mind completely overhauled by Holy the Spirit, with new set of values and direction away from the world. It is the mind not governed by the dictates of the flesh. The renewed mind evaluates thing in the light of Scripture and the intuition of the Holy Spirit. Such response is practically impossible for any carnal-minded person who is not in Christ. It is one thing to claim to be born again, but is totally a different thing to be among the flock govern by the administration of Jesus Christ. For God knows those who are truly His (2Timothy 2:19).
Finally, to arrive at a sustainable decision, it is advisable to make various consultation with reputable people across the board. (Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 15:22). Here, caution is absolutely necessary: There are inexperienced counselors who tend to overrun the will of the counselee. The counselor only gives guidance and amplifies various options; the sole choice is made by the counselee in his or her privacy, Amen! Rev. Isaac Peter Oyako
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