The Most Important Decision

"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3: 13-14 KJV

I receive a lot of emails from people asking me how they can know what to do in situations. To all of these people, I have replied "Do you have peace in your heart about it?" The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." If we will stay in the presence of Jesus, we will know what He wants us to do.

We also read in 1 Corinthians 14: 33 "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." If I don’t have peace in my heart about something, then I don’t do it because it is so easy to get out of God’s perfect will for our lives. Sometimes, I get ahead of God. He speaks to my heart about the ministries that He has entrusted to me and tells me that He is expanding the ministries. I think that I need to make the changes immediately and there are times He has to tell me "Wait on Me".

I have read stories and heard testimonies from couples who have been married for a long time who have said that they know what their spouses are thinking and how they would respond in a situation. When we spend a lot of time with people, we know their hearts and we know how they think and how they will respond to a situation. The same is true when we spend a lot of time with Jesus.

I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that the most important decision that you will ever make in your life is choosing between following Jesus or following satan. There is no in between. We read in Joshua 24: 14, 15 "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Even today there are people who are serving other gods. Instead of following the mandate that we have been given to spread the good news of a risen Saviour and His cleansing, atoning and redeeming blood which He shed for us on the cruel cross of Calvary, we sometime spend hours watching television. There is nothing wrong with watching television if it is something that you would watch if Jesus was sitting next to you.

If you would be embarrassed and ashamed to have Him see what you are watching, don’t watch it! Also, if we spend more time watching television than we do telling others who are lost and without Jesus about the unconditional love of Jesus, then we have allowed the television to become our god.

Deciding to give your heart and life to Jesus is far more important than deciding what you are going to wear, what kind of car or house you are going to buy, where you are going to work, and it is also more important than deciding what person you are going to marry. All of these things will come to an end, but a relationship with Jesus will last for all eternity.

Have you made the decision to ask Jesus into your heart to be your personal Saviour? If you have humbled yourself, admitted that you are a sinner and asked Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour, I rejoice with you. Praise and thank God for His mercy, grace and unconditional love for you in sending His only beloved Son to die for your sins.

Have you made the decision to follow Him no matter how many obstacles you encounter, no matter how many heartaches and sorrows that you have to endure and no matter how many poisonous arrows of criticism and sarcasm that satan hurls at you? Remember the level of our service to Jesus depends on our level of love for Him. What it comes down to is "How much do we love Jesus". Every one of us must decide if serving Jesus is more important than watching movies and sports on television hour after hour.

Even while we are watching television, there are people who are lonely, hurting, in deep despair and agony, and thinking seriously about committing suicide. Have you decided to commit your entire life and all that you have to the One who gave His all for you? How much do you love Jesus?

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