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Making Quality Decisions (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Making Quality Decisions (Part 3)
The mind of man is the seat of decision making. The quality of your mind determines the quality of your choices, which determines the quality of your life. God does not make choices for anyone; you make your choices by engaging your God-given instrument, your mind. So, if you must make the right choices, then your mind must be properly renewed. You must work on your mind. Proverbs 23:7 says: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…
Redemption gives you access to a regenerated mind, so you can give God rest. If you sharpen your mind appropriately, it will be easy for you to make godly choices that will give you joy, peace and rest. We have seen the importance of choice making and some people in the Bible who made the right choices in their lives. This week, I will be looking at how to make right choices.
The journey to a renewed mind begins with being born again. As a believer, the Bible says that you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). If Christ never made wrong choices, it is possible for you also to keep making right choices, and new birth is the beginning of it all.
Trying to be a believer does not make you one. No matter how long your pet lives with you, does it make that dog a human being? We have a dog that has been with us for almost eight years. But since it came to that house, it has never been given a room in the main house to sleep in. Nobody has ever remembered to buy it a Christmas dress, and it has never sat with us at the dining table for meals. Similarly, no matter how long you have been going to church, until you are born again, you are not a child of God, and you don’t have the mind of Christ. As long as you do not possess the mind of Christ, you will keep making wrong choices that will put you in trouble. That is why I said that the journey to making right choices begins with the new birth.
How to Renew Your Mind
One way to renew your mind is by studying and meditating on the Word of God. Romans 12:1-2 says: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
This scripture makes it abundantly clear that it is not enough to be born again, you must be set to constantly renew your mind. You must feed your mind with the right stuff, so it can be sharpened well enough to make right choices. Renew your mind; don’t leave it the same way it has always been.
You also renew your mind by rubbing minds with similar and/or superior minds. Listen to people wiser, older and more experienced than you are. Watch how they make choices and take actions, ask questions on why they made certain choices, learn from their mistakes, seek sincere advice on the issues of concern to you. These are effective ways you can seek right counsel for a well informed choice making. You can also sharpen your mind by listening to tapes or books of anointed authors. The Bible says: Wise friends make you wise, but you hurt yourself by going around with fools. Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other (Proverbs 13:20; 27:17 CEV).
Proof of Right Choices
- Peace: Right choices are usually accompanied with peace (Psalm 25:12-13; 23:1-6).
- Joy: When you are on the right path, you experience unexplainable joy (Hebrews 12:2).
- Divine Strength: You get supernaturally energised when you make sound decisions. There is always strength to make the task that comes with great choices (Judges 6:14).
The journey to making right choices, begins with new birth. Until you are born again, your mind is not renewed to make right choices. This is by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. Peradventure you are not born again and you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through [email protected], 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored)
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.