Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Power of Choice

When the Israelites had to go to war with Amalek, Moses demonstrated the importance that making the right choice(s) had to play in the scheme of things and Moses said unto Joshua, choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand (Exodus 17:9). If the right warriors had not been chosen for the battle, it would have been lost. Declaring the Word then would have been a lost cause since the conditions for victory had not been fully satisfied. Like the saying, a bad workman blames his tools if the wrong workmen (i.e. soldiers) had been chosen to go into battle, there would have been no victory.

You must understand that the power to choose is yours and you have to use it in your life. You must exercise this power not only through decisions (but also through the various choices you make), because there’s a difference between deciding to do something and choosing to do that same thing. People make decisions based on influence (i.e. environment, people, feelings etc whilst choices are made from the gut or instinct). So Moses instructed Joshua to choose men that he was comfortable with rather than those he ‘thought’ fit or was pressurised to pick.

For instance, there may be certain people you should not be closely associated with but as a result of various things this is not the case. In spiritual matters if you relate closely with the wrong people, the right things will not happen to you (e.g. people that are quick to praise you but whose hearts are not with you). When you are involved with these types of associations you will discover that the Word will not work the way it ought to in your life. God’s promise in the book of Isaiah is, ‘thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee,’ (Isaiah 49:17) This becomes the reality when you choose (from instinct) rather than make decisions (based on people and circumstances)... Pastor Poju Oyemade

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