Outline of Sermon:
Life is filled with decisions.
The journey is as important as the destination. Introduces you to yourself.
Crossing Jordan is a place of separation.
What separates you from those around you?
If there’s nothing different, no one can remember you. Even your smell, bloodhound. Don’t blend in into commonality.
Have you experienced your Jordan?
Jericho – place of prosperity
You are defined by whom you serve or by what you serve.
Self-serving people. No fun.
We are designed for relationship.
Jesus spent full night in prayer before choosing disciples. Pray much more for marriage partner.
We are shaped by the relationships that choose us or we choose our relationships on the basis of who we intend to become.
Do you have the right relationships in your life that will help you to become who you need to be?
Before you make any major decision:
– pray for the mind of Christ
– ask God for wisdom (James 1:5)
– research, count the cost
– Seek counsel from others who have gone before you because it always looks easier than it is.
Questions demand decisions
“Should I marry her?”, “Who am I?”
You choose who you become. Don’t leave who you become to chance. Live with intentionality.
God won’t help till you say yes.
What decisions will you make today?
Faith, family, finance, future, fitness, friends, fun.
How to have fun:
1. Divert daily – to relax from work, friends make you laugh
2. Withdraw weekly – need a Sabbath rest
3. Abandon annually
When you live your life by principle, 99% of your decisions are already made. Never make a decision against your conscience.
All decisions have consequences present and/or eternal. You have the right to make the decisions but you have no right to choose the consequences.
Choose the pain of restrain or the pain of regret.
With the freedom of decision making come responsibility.
Decisions are made for internal, external or eternal reasons.
Lead, follow or get out of the way.
From the west, people will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.
When a flood come your options are:
1. Change the environment – Get the water out
2. Change the environment – Get out of the water
3. Be changed by the environment – learn to swim
Make a decision to focus on the promises of God over your life, not the problems in your life.
Song: I’ve decided to follow Jesus