Making Our Own Choices
Unless we make our choices according to God*s will, we are sinning, we are foolish, we are headed for trouble and we will regret them. Always seeking His will should become our way of life.
Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jeremiah 10:23: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Isaiah 30:1-2: Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
Our only hope is to turn around and ask the Lord to guide us in every choice.
Psalms 119:176: I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
1 Peter 2:25: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Proverbs 16:1: The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
Proverbs 20:24: Man*s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Proverbs 21:1: The king*s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Psalms 23:1-3: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name*s sake.
John 10:4, 27: And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Psalms 37:5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
If the Father*s will was important enough to Jesus to pray for it, it should most certainly be important to us.
Luke 22:41-42: And he was withdrawn from them about a stone*s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
If Jesus could do nothing of His own self, neither can we. If Jesus judgment was just because He sought the will the Father, our judgment will only be just because we seek the will of the Father. Jesus did not seek His own will and neither should we.
John 5:30: I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
If the Father*s purpose for Jesus was to do His will, His purpose for us is to do His will.
John 6:38: For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Psalms 139:23-24: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Matthew 6:10: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.