Week of June 17
Ed Young Television Weekly Devotional

Decision Effect

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Romans 7:15

Paul was the ultimate Christ-follower. He dedicated his life to spreading the message of Jesus and started many churches during his time here on earth. He even wrote most of the New Testament. Yet Paul still struggled with lining up his actions with what he knew and understood to be right.

We are not alone in our struggle to match our priorities with our commitments. It has been a problem for thousands of years and has cost many Christian men and women the freedom that God desires for them. But the sad thing is that many Christ-followers do not realize they are sacrificing their freedom when they choose to neglect this concept.

We often ask for God’s help when dealing with the major decisions of life like who we should marry and what career path we should take. Yet we neglect to seek his guidance in the seemingly mundane decisions like where we go to find ‘entertainment’ or who we should reach out to as a friend.

God does not want us to live that way. Daily decisions can add up to shape a lifetime, and wisdom is found in making the most of the little opportunities as well as the big ones. All of our decisions matter to God and they not only impact our lives, but also the lives of others. To experience true freedom, be sure to make God a part of all the opportunities that shape our lives – instead of just waiting for the next “opportunity of a lifetime.”

Prayer

Lord, Decision making can be stressful as I struggle to line my priorities up with your principles. Please give me the wisdom to make the right decisions—big or small—so that I can live in your freedom. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Today’s Evotional was inspired by the Study Guide RetroThis is a 6-part study where we leverage what we’ve learned in the past to help us bridge the gap between our priorities and commitments today. (Includes a Leader’s Guide, Creative Notes and Youth Notes for each session.)

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