Friday, January 1, 2010
Satan asks Jesus if He is hungry. Then he suggests that Jesus make bread from the stones. But Jesus says, in Matthew 4:4, "It is written man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Then, Satan wisks Jesus to the top of a building, telling Him to throw Himself over the heads of people and angels would save swoop down and save Him. Jesus responds with, "It is written, do not put the Lord your God to the test." Then Satan tells Jesus that if He will only worship him, he will spare Jesus fromt the cross. Jesus responds again with scripture, "It is written, worship the Lord your God and serve Him only. So...Our first question, when we are face with making wise decisions is, Is it written? We can only make wise decisions when we know what the will of God is and the will of God is in the Word of God.
Before King David was king, Saul had sent his men after David because he was fearful that David would replace him. David's men knew that he had been annointed the next king and they wanted to kill Saul, but when the opportunity of all opportunities arose, what did David do? Saul took a break from his men to go the bathroom alone in a cave where David and his men were hiding! David's men were adament about killing Saul. "Take the deal, David!! C'mon!!" But David must have gotten this Divine Morse Code. He chose to wait. Why would he wait? Could it be that maybe David asked himself, "Is it written?" The Bible says "Thou shalt not kill".
"Should I burn this CD for my friend or not. Sure, I save money and sure, I will be seen as cool. But is it written? "Thou shalt not steal". Often we choose to make decisions based on how we feel, but Johnson says, "Heck, I didn't FEEL like getting out of bed this morning! Besides, what if you are making a decision about sex at a time when it really feels good? Your feelings will mess you up nearly every time!" We have to ask the question, "Is it written?"
The second foundational question is, Is it Love? Matthew 22 asks "what is the meat behind the ministry? It talks about love; "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus, his entire life, was motivatied by love. Jesus ignored the laws of men and said "(basically) Screw that. I am going to love these people and bless them."
Love can look different when you are dealing with different people . Some people need to be smacked upside the head with the word of God. Sometimes, you have to show people mercy. Is it written and is it love? Those will help us make great
I Corinthians 13 lays out the the whole idea of what love is in the eyes of God. It says;
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
They very last thing said about love is I Corinthians14:1 which says to follpw the way of love. Once we know then, what love is in these verses, then we can respond according to this verse.
The third question to consider when makeing decisions is, Is it on the agenda? Somehow, in the mind of God, He has a will for this world. Luke 19 says the son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. That was his life, so when Satan came to Jesus, he knew what was written, what was love and what was the agenda? God had an agenda! Somehow, when we can know what God's purpose of our life is, we can make excellent choices.
In Mark 16, Jesus tells us to go into all the world an preach the good news to everyone...That basically is the purpose for each one of us, but in different packages. These three foundational questions are going to get you on the right track, but there are also personal life questions that will enable us to drill down and answer these questions further. These questions will be addressed later in the "Deal or No Deal" series.