06 Jan Guest Post: The Power of Choice.
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The Power Of Choice
by Bill Winston
When God called me into the ministry, He gave me understanding by lighting my spirit with an illustration. I saw a doctor’s office with a lot of people walking by outside. The doctor was inside doing busy work, and he didn’t put out his sign that said, “Open for Business.”
Then I saw all these people lined up outside his office just waiting for him to open up and treat them. The Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit, “Son, you’ve got to go into the ministry because a lot of people are waiting on what I have put in you.”
God wants you to make the right decisions so that you can fulfill the destiny He has for you, and in the process a whole lot of other people will get touched and blessed by Him. But to make the right decisions you have to have revelation and understanding, which you will not get unless you renew your mind with God’s Word.
Your soul is your mind, your emotions, and your will. It is where you make decisions. Therefore, your destiny and the quality of your life are determined by your soul. That is why the Bible stresses that you must be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You have to get your mind transformed by the Word of God, which means it comes under complete submission to the Holy Spirit in your spirit.
Then you will begin to think, speak, and act like Jesus instead of that old selfish, sinful person you were before you got saved. You will act from your communication with God instead of your physical senses and carnal thinking. You will cease living the low life and live the high life!
Your soul is where the battle lies. Whoever and whatever controls your soul—whoever and whatever possesses your thinking, your emotions, and your will—determines the course of your life. This is something the enemy knows, and the devil and his demons will do everything they can to get your mind on anything but the Word of God.
Your life today is a result of the decisions you have made in the past. God gave you a free will and He will guard and protect it. He has such respect and regard for your free will that He will let you choose hell over Him in your lifetime. The enemy also knows this, and he will try to influence your decisions by capturing your soul.
The devil and his demons influence your decisions through circumstances and your physical environment. They introduce thoughts to your mind and get you focused on what your five physical senses perceive. They will use people they can influence to harm you or offend you.
Some people have no idea they are being used by the enemy. They are either unbelievers or believers with unrenewed minds. They can think they are doing the right thing, but they are deceived.
Live the High Life
A great example of someone who thought he was doing good was Saul of Tarsus, who later became the apostle Paul. Before he was saved he was responsible for the persecution and execution of Christians, and he believed he was faithfully serving God in doing this!
Paul’s life demonstrated how Satan influenced the decisions he made before he was saved, and Jesus influenced the decisions he made after he was saved. He went from living the low life to living the high life.
We live the low life under Satan, but we live the high life in Jesus Christ!
Unbelievers may not be aware of Satan’s influence or even that they have the power of choice. As believers, however, we know from God’s Word that God will always give us the final decision.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Life is choice-driven, and your soul is where the choice to live or die is made.