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Pastor Gilbert Burns: Choices make you what you are

Posted: March 14, 2009 1:32 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2009 4:30 a.m.
When we read what the Lord says to us in Proverbs 2, "My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God."

The phrases that are used like; "receive my words," "treasure my commands," "incline your ear," and "apply your heart" imply the mental position we should have when it comes to listening to the voice of wisdom.

How does this type of mental attitude take place in our lives? Most people assume that desire just happens.

Well, in some cases it does, like eating food. Yet, even discipline is required when eating food. Not all food is good for you, yet we desire to eat.

Where did this begin? This machine, called the body, was fearfully and wonderfully made.

But just as much as we care for our automobiles, we likewise must care for this wonderful machine we call the body. This all begins with a choice.

Psalm 139:14 KJV "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."

David makes the statement that we are fearfully and wonderfully made with the knowledge of how to choose from right and wrong.

There is an inner voice that constantly speaks to us with regards to right choices. If we learn to pay attention to this still small voice, it could be what will make or break you in life.

It will make you when you listen to the wisdom that is instilled in you or break you because you ignore it.

A commonly used expression is, you have a "hunch" that something is right or wrong. This "hunch" is what God has placed in us to choose right from wrong.

In both Proverbs 14:12 and Proverbs 16:25 it states: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."

These two verses make us aware that we can make choices for our lives that could negatively affect us.

When we realize that our choices could result in death, we begin to pay attention to what we deal with on a daily basis, the power to choose and discerning between right and wrong.

Many of us are familiar with the phrase, "that is not natural". This is a common expression used to indicate what is right or wrong, and yes, there is right and wrong in our day.

This ability to be able to choose between right and wrong is what Proverbs calls wisdom.

Making right choices for our lives requires wisdom. This wisdom comes about through the words that are spoken to us through the Word of God.

God's word is full of wisdom and knowledge that is vital to our daily lives. The way to establish desire toward the life God has for you, comes as you make the choice to listen to His voice. God's voice is known through His Word.

This being the case, that God's voice is known through His Word, we must make a decision, a choice, to attend to the Word of God. If we are to make wise choices, we must have a system that leads to life, which is based on equity.

Equity is what we would understand as balance, what is fair, or impartial, and generates life.

Keep in mind that not every desire is right. How we determine what is right or wrong comes from the knowledge that is instilled in us throughout our years of life.

Everything begins with words. Our whole life began with a word.

Genesis 1:26 states to us, "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness," which is the basis to mankind's existence.

Notice that the scripture says, "Then God said," and that is the rule of thumb for all that we do in life.

Let us make a decision to make right choices toward the virtues that are drawn from the Word of God. If you truly desire to progress in life, taking at least 10 minutes a day, to read a daily Proverb, will change your life.

Keep in mind that change comes when you make right choices.

Gilbert Burns is a resident of Saugus and is the pastor at the Santa Clarita Christian Center. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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