WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
TOPIC: EVERY DECISION HAS CONSEQUENCES
BY T. O. BANSO
“Her uncleanness is in her skirts; she did not consider her destiny; therefore her collapse was awesome; she had no comforter. ‘O LORD, behold my affliction, for the enemy is exalted!’” (Lamentation 1:9 New King James Version).
Every decision you make in life has consequences, so does every action you take. Actions are a product of decisions. The inevitability of consequences is one truth that many people fail to acknowledge in life. You can’t escape the consequences, good or bad, positive or negative. They may not be immediate, but they shall surely come. What many people are going through today are actually consequences of their past decisions and actions.
Wise people consider the consequences before they take decisions and actions. They know they are responsible for the decisions and actions. You can’t blame another person for the consequences of your decisions and actions. You’ll live with the consequences.
Ezekiel 18:20 says, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself” (New King James Version). This scripture is talking about consequences and responsibility. Everybody will be responsible for the consequences of his decisions and actions.
Every sin has consequences. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. That had consequences, which they didn’t escape. They died spiritually as God had said. They were also ejected from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). The devil never told Eve these consequences when he was deceiving her. Man was lost as a result of their sin.
When David committed adultery with Bathsheba, it had consequences. Although God forgave him after admitting he had sin, it didn’t free him from the consequences. The sword never departed from his house for despising God and taking the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of his mighty men (2 Samuel 21:10, 23:29). Bathsheba was also a daughter of another of his mighty men, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite (2 Samuel 12:10, 23:34).
When Amnon, the first son of David, raped his half sister, Tamar, he failed to realize that it would have consequences. Absalom, Tamar’s full brother, avenged this immorality of Amnon later by killing him (2 Samuel 13). Though Absalom’s action was condemnable, what Amnon reaped was the consequence of his action.
Galatians 6:7 says you shouldn’t be deceived; whatever you sow, that’s what you’ll reap. If you plant the wind, you’ll harvest the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). As regards Jerusalem, Lamentation 1:9 says, “Her uncleanness is in her skirts; she did not consider her destiny; therefore her collapse was awesome; she had no comforter. ‘O LORD, behold my affliction, for the enemy is exalted!’” (New King James Version).
Don’t be deceived. Don’t be emotional in decision-making. Emotions are fleeting; they change quickly. But you’ll live with the consequences of your decisions and actions.
Fooling around with that boy has consequences. The extra-marital relationship you’re involved in has consequences. Squandering your money has consequences. Hanging out with the wrong people has consequences. Abuse of drugs has consequences. Disobedience to the Word of God has consequences.
Heaven is a choice; hell is a choice. Accepting Jesus is a choice; rejection Him is a choice. You’ll live with the consequences of your decision. Always think about consequences!
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me not to make decisions that will have negative consequences. Father, have mercy on me for the wrong decisions I’m suffering the consequences now.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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