You May Chose: Your Way or God’s Way?

There are numerous Scriptures that tell us we have a choice.  The problem is: we too often make the wrong decision.  We believe our way will be more fun, exciting and prosperous than God’s way.  God has a plan for everyone that is born.  He offers us wisdom in order to show us how to live a wisely life.  This wisely life does not always come from knowledge but it comes from heavenly wisdom.  That wisdom takes preparation and without that preparation we miss God’s ways.  Heavenly wisdom cannot come without reading God’s manual for living life.  It must also come from His Spirit’s direction that is within a Christ believer.  Whose outcome would you prefer: God’s or yours?

If we disregard God’s ways we are more apt to have unusual frustration and less confidence.  God knows what will make us a more complete person than we do.  Since He knows us completely and gives us a part of Himself, His Spirit, why do we so many times ignore His purpose and direction?

Isaiah 55:8 – 9 – “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Matthew 7:13 – 14 – “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”

God’s ultimate goal is for each Christian to become like Christ.  Have you studied the Bible enough to know how to emulate Jesus?  This requires changing from our self-centered nature to having a God-centered nature.  The more we become Christ-like the more we will be blessed.  God will not give us blessings we cannot handle.  Have you read the results of many who have won millions of dollars from a lottery?  We have seen what happens to many very successful and prosperous people.  They cannot cope well with success and often become egotistical or excessively greedy.

Proverbs 2:1 – 7 “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,”

From experience God meets my needs as promised.  Materially, there is nothing I need or want that God has not given me.  In addition, I have lived without stress, having peace, confidence and prosperity.  That doesn’t mean Christians live without facing, sometimes very serious problems.  It is problems that God “often” allow to help teach us how to prepare for life’s unintended consequences.  My office has been robbed and I have had health issues and supernatural healing.  Each time I learned to make changes.  Other times I have come close to having car accidents and just misses.  I immediately thank God for His intervention and then I become a more defensive driver.

I have had financial, personal, work-related problems and each time I gained wisdom going trough testing and temptation.  My faith allowed me to know God would show me a way through it and He has. Much of the wisdom I gained, I believe resulted from problems.

I have seen God’s hand in my life that I feel safe and at peace knowing He is with me at all times wanting what is best for me.  As the above Scripture states, I have tried to live an upright and blameless life.  I have tried to please God and emulate Christ to my best ability.  I know I will never reach perfection on this earth but God has a better life for me in eternity as long as I follow His ways and not my ways.

I have given my personal experiences as a testimony that God will keep His promises if we live according to His ways.

Ecclesiastes 2:26a – “To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.”

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