Sunday, February 10, 2013

Decisions by Reba Altizer

I hope this finds everyone of you enjoying a lazy Sunday.  I just thought I'd let you know that I ate fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and buttered corn for lunch.  Then I took a tiny nap.   I plan on reading a little something when I sign off here.  I just purchased Kisses From Katie as recommended by a friend.  (Thanks Kim!)  Kim recommends perfect reading.  She is three for three or four for four- I can't remember.  Perfect Sunday!  Ladies,  Reba has another great  Sunday devotional for us today.   It's like a little gift I get to open in my email.  I am always blessed, and I know you will be too.  I know that the Lord speaks through Reba.  She is truly an amazing woman.  I really would like to get a video of her on here and show her off.  She's been described as a little sparkler and that she is... Do you know anyone that sparkles light, laughter, and the Love of God everywhere they go? 
  Thank you so much Reba.  ~ Kasse D.

Does it really matter what I do?

This is what I have been thinking about:
From what I have seen and understand, you can't be afraid to make a decision. We do have to remind ourselves though of one important thing: A decision that is made at the wrong time, out of the flesh, can have a ripple effect not just on our lives, but all those who are somehow attached to us.  If we have made a rash decision by making or not making a decision, or just letting things happen, it can mean life or death for us spiritually or physically. I sometimes watch the show Intervention with a heart to understand what really leads to a breakdown in their life.  Rarely have I watched an episode where an other's decision, someone close, has not impacted the breakdown in one way or another. It could have been a lack of parental figures, divorce, or abuse; Nevertheless, our choices almost always affect others. I believe we all must take responsibility for ourselves. I do not believe in blaming others for the way we are, but what I have resolved is I must be led by the Spirit of God in decisions I make weather I think they are big or small. To ask myself how it might affect my family, those I love, or even those who are watching my life. No matter who you are, weather you know it or not, someone is watching.  This is not to say you make decisions just to please people or do what they expect, but that you pray and do your best to wait on The Lord and ask for Gods help.  Trust in Him, who knows the beginning from the end, to lead you. This is called being led by His Spirit. Yes, we might sometimes miss it.  Most of the time we will not hear an audible voice, but to know I talked to The Lord about a situation and gave Him time to speak to me through His Word, this gives me the confidence to step out in faith and do what I believe I am suppose to do.

My Pastor gave a simple way which has helped at different times in my life.

Ask yourself three questions:

1.  Does it lift up the Name of Jesus?

2. Does it Agree with the Word of God?

3. Does it produce a peace?

Romans 8:14
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14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

I understand every decision we make daily does not seem like life or death but there is a reason I believe it says in:
Proverbs 3:5-9

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5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

It takes a conscious effort to do this.

Sometimes we are the one affected by an other's decision and we have to live with it.  We can still use these questions to base our reactions.

 It is so awesome we serve a redemptive and transforming God. No decision we have made is too big for His redemptive transforming power. I just think God has given us everything we need in His Word and His presence in our lives to hear clearly.  He says:

 John 10:10
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10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

He desires to give us life and life more abundant and the rest of that verse clearly tells us it is not one sided.  The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. If we want the abundant peaceful life He promises, we must take time in our life to acknowledge Him and believe for Him to make our paths straight.  This is the true preventive solution for our lives.

In conclusion, there will always be decisions to make and we can't be fearful of making the wrong decision.  We just need to do it by faith and confidence and know that we are not in this alone. We have a Heavenly Father waiting for us to acknowledge Him and He will establish our steps.

Proverbs 16:9
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9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps.

~ Reba Altizer

Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.

1 comment:

  1. The 3 questions are truth and am going to copy and put in my devotional binder.
    Part of my story...Dave, husband, died in 11/11 and I'm writing a book on how to prepare...there's so much time, effort and money lost when one isn't prepared for the death of a spouse...widow or widower. The decisions can be very overwhelming at a time when one has a loss of energy, focus and (dare I say it) brain cells with which to cope. Being prepared, as much as possible, for the financial and physical fallout leaves one better able to copy with the grieving process.
    I wish I didn't know so well...wry smile.
    God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.