Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Question Your Decisions
Anonymous - Aug. 1, 2014
Devotional

Question Your Decisions Have you ever asked yourself why you did something right after you did it? When I think about death I can’t help but be convicted about certain actions I took, the way I spoke to someone, the way I treated a friend, etc. Death puts life in perfect perspective: Christ’s death on the cross, the death of a parent or sibling, even the death of a favorite pet. Going through death can make you overcome with regret of all the things you could have done, or wish you didn’t do. Imagine if we thought about that in the middle of making those poor decisions. God has been continually revealing the purpose of…His purpose. Why did God give a purpose to our lives and what is that purpose? Romans 12:2 shows that our mind is transformed by renewal, and through this renewal the will of God can be discerned. There is a renewal that happens at the moment of salvation but there needs to also be a daily renewal. How many fights with our spouses, or parenting choices, or even eating choices would be different had we just tested ourselves with questions before we did it. Does it glorify God? Does it minister Christ’s sacrifice? Does it show love, kindness, and gentleness to those around me? If I think about it too much I can become overwhelmed with regret –but then what would be the purpose of that?  Carrying out what we know is the will of God is a great and glorious thing, sometimes it can be really painful (martyrdom), sometimes it can be really hard (letting down your pride, humbling yourself), but most of all He makes it really simple. He states His will black and white. It’s His will that we give thanks always (1 Thess. 5:18), that we be set apart from the world (1 Thess. 4:3), that we seek Him first (Matt. 6:33), and the list goes on and on. If I just questioned what I want to do before I did it, how many bad memories would be replaced with what God had intended in the first place? Or if I just questioned myself right after I did something, how many times could it be avoided in the future? 2 Corinthians 10:5 says to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. It almost seems like a necessity if we are to carry out the will of God. The way a family functions, or church outreaches, and definitely attitudes would be drastically different if we deeply acknowledged God’s ultimate purpose for that particular thing and then took our thoughts captive step by step through it. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.