Sunday, September 16, 2018

Destiny Defining Decisions - Introduction

Ruth 1:1-5
When it comes to destiny, our decisions play a major role and the outcome is defined by the decisions made in the process. It isn’t so much about the decisions versus what guides your decisions. Who guides your decisions? What factors do you consider when it comes to making decisions? Which values do take into consideration before making a decision or decisions? Do you have principles that you hold unto prior to making decisions in your life?

There is no insignificant decision. Neither are there small nor big decisions. Many wheels turn when “a” decision is made, regardless of how significant, insignificant, big or small the decision is. The outcome of a decision is what determines whether or not in your opinion the decision was big, small, significant or insignificant. For example, for most people, the prayer of salvation is best appreciated, after they begin living the kingdom life. However, on the day the decision was made, there was n’t much to look out for. Amen.

A decision about salvation, marriage, a contract, etc. determines destiny. So too is destiny determined when a decision is made to keep your sink clean, do your laundry and mow the lawn. We cannot undermine the power of decisions. Decisions have an impact on destiny. Think about it. Where you are in life today is as a result of a series of decisions you made or that someone made on your behalf. I bet you’ll agree with me that life is not an event lived by chance because an undecided mind is a decision made anyway.  

A great character in the bible by name Elimelech can be referred to as someone who made A Destiny Defining Decision for himself and his family. He is not mentioned frequently in the Bible, however, the lessons we learn from his life can forever, refine how we make decisions. We are introduced to Elimelech and his family in Ruth 1:1-5 (NIV). Scriptures say these about them.

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.  The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there. Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah, and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Let’s delve deeper into his life and learn more about destiny defining decisions.

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