THE VALLEY OF DECISION
Many are in the valley of decision this morning.
Not really doing anything for God but nothing against Him either.
Not hot not cold.
But is this life pleasing to God?
Is it accomplishing the purpose for which we were created?
If we are stuck between the cares of this world and serving the living God in a way
that will please Him, we must make a conscience decision to serve the living God?
1 King 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the
people, and said, How long
halt ye between two opinions?
if the LORD be God, follow
him: but if Baal, then follow
him. And the people answered
him not a word.
Matt 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for
either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will
hold to the one, and despise the
other. Ye cannot serve God and
Are there things in my life that are questionable?
Is my music questionable?
Are my thoughts pleasing to God?
Are my actions pleasing to God?
Do I have trouble getting along with others?
Am I really selfish?
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to
do good, and doeth it not, to
him it is sin.
If we want to please God with our life, we must make that conscious decision to serve God.
I think the fact is we want to serve God.
We want to please God with our lives.
But Satan has handed us a lie and we have believed it.
And that is I'm a good person and if I don't go to church or serve God it is okay.
It is not okay. It does make God angry.
And if we think God is going to bless our life when we are not in His will we are
Luke 6:46 46 And why call ye me, Lord,
Lord, and do not the things which
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and
heareth my sayings, and doeth
them, I will shew you to whom he
48 He is like a man which built
an house, and digged deep, and
laid the foundation on a rock:
and when the flood arose, the
stream beat vehemently upon that
house, and could not shake it:
for it was founded upon a rock.
Luke 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth
not, is like a man that without a
foundation built an house upon
the earth; against which the
stream did beat vehemently, and
immediately it fell; and the ruin
of that house was great.
We must make that decision to please God
with our lives.
How do I go about getting out of the rut
that I'm in?
How can I find the strength to make the commitments necessary to please God with my
Things seem to always interfere with my well intended plans.
I. PLACE YOUR CARES UPON GOD.
Psalms 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up
early, to sit up late, to eat
the bread of sorrows: for so
he giveth his beloved sleep.
Matt 6:25 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take
no thought for your life, what ye
shall eat, or what ye shall
drink; nor yet for your body,
what ye shall put on. Is not the
life more than meat, and the body
26 Behold the fowls of the air:
for they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns; yet
your heavenly Father feedeth
them. Are ye not much better than
27 Which of you by taking thought
can add one cubit unto his
28 And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of
the field, how they grow; they
toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That
even Solomon in all his glory was
not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe
the grass of the field, which to
day is, and to morrow is cast
into the oven, shall he not much
more clothe you, O ye of little
31 Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or,
What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do
the Gentiles seek:) for your
heavenly Father knoweth that ye
have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom
of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be
added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for
the morrow: for the morrow shall
take thought for the things of
itself. Sufficient unto the day
is the evil thereof.
Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD;
trust also in him; and he shall
bring it to pass.
Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD,
and he shall sustain thee: he
shall never suffer the
righteous to be moved.
Prov 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD,
and thy thoughts shall be
1 Pet 5:6 6 Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon
him; for he careth for you.
II. PLACE YOUR COST TO GOD'S ACCOUNT
A. No one ever said being a christian
would be easy.
There is a price to pay for being a
child of the King.
luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate
not his father, and mother, and
wife, and children, and
brethren, and sisters, yea, and
his own life also, he cannot be
luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his
cross, and come after me, cannot
be my disciple.
Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to
build a tower, sitteth not down
first, and counteth the cost,
whether he have sufficient to
B. We have been chosen to accomplish a purpose.
Matt 20:16 So the last shall be first, and
the first last: for many be
called, but few chosen.
1 Pet 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people; that ye should
shew forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light:
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring
forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain: that whatsoever
ye shall ask of the Father in my
name, he may give it you.
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in
him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:
2 Tim 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth
himself with the affairs of this
life; that he may please him who
hath chosen him to be a soldier.
C. The cost encountered to accomplish
that purpose will be repaid many fold.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the
sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be
revealed in us.
Ps 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put
thou my tears into thy bottle: are
they not in thy book?
God records every deed whether goods or
bad and no good deed goes without its
Luke 6:22 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall
hate you, and when they shall
separate you from their company,
and shall reproach you, and cast
out your name as evil, for the
Son of man's sake.
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and
leap for joy: for, behold, your
reward is great in heaven: for in
the like manner did their fathers
unto the prophets.
1 Cor 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that
watereth are one: and every man
shall receive his own reward
according to his own labour.
Psalms 58:11 So that a man shall say,
Verily there is a reward for
the righteous: verily he is a
God that judgeth in the earth.
III. PLACE YOUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD'S ABILITY
A.God is able to accomplish that for which He created you to do.
Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that,
what he had promised, he was
able also to perform.
2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace
abound toward you; that ye,
always having all sufficiency in
all things, may abound to every
Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all
that we ask or think, according to
the power that worketh in us,
2 Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also
suffer these things:
nevertheless I am not ashamed:
for I know whom I have believed,
and am persuaded that he is able
to keep that which I have
committed unto him against that
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep
you from falling, and to present
you faultless before the presence
of his glory with exceeding joy,
Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the
gospel of Christ: for it is the
power of God unto salvation to
every one that believeth; to