Preached recently at Faith.
The Bible gives us story after story of people whose destiny was altered by one decision. Adam and Eve were the first example of how one decision altered the destiny of the whole world. King David made a simple decision to stay home and the result was adultery, lies, deception, pregnancy, judgment and the loss of life. Achan in Joshua 7 brought the judgment of God upon the nation as well as his own family, all because he took the accursed things and hid them in his tent. Annias and sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost and died on the spot. Doubting Thomas made one decision the do something else and missed seeing Jesus and hearing the great commission.
Today, there are people still dealing with the effects and scars of one decision made years ago, and the reason that is important for us top know is that we face decisions now that may very well go with us the rest of our lives.
Now there is a biblical answer to making decisions that affect destiny. Please read Psalm 16:11, 119:35, Prov. 1:15, 4:14, 18, 26. Verse 26 says, “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” Verse 23 states “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” The word “issues” means boundary and is translated elsewhere “border, (s) goings (s)” It simply means where you go in life! In the 1828 Webster’s dictionary “to pass”, “to flow” and “to proceed.” Simply put, from verse 23, your life is going where your heart is allowed to take it. That is why the admonition to “keep thy heart with all diligence.” Notice, “for out of it.” A very important verse on this subject is Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Read Matt. 6:19-21
I want to use the word “Keep thine heart” in Proverbs 4:23 to head up each thought on “Decisions and Destiny.”
- Keep thy heart, from the paths of sin. Sin is a natural path for sinners, but when we are saved, we keep our heart from driving our lives toward sin. Romans 7:5; Eph. 2:3
- Keep thy Heart, from the path of worldly success. I am speaking here of success without godliness. Anytime a Christian abandons Godly ideals to achieve worldly success, a destiny changing decision has been made. “Success drives people to fame and fortune, and excess drives them to shame and sorrow.” L.L.H See 1 Jn.2:15-17
- Keep thy Heart, from the path of sensual passions. Young and old need to know that sensual passions can bring a lifetime of sorrow. The shame and disgrace of just one moment of sinful pleasure is beyond comprehension. See Prov. 6:20-35 and 9:10-18
Most people who are enslaved by sin did not plan to go there!
Most people who are enticed by the world did not plan to stay there!
Most people who are engaged by the flesh id not plan to fall there!
It all happens with decisions that decide destiny!
What decisions are you making, or are you going to make, that will change your life forever?
Will you keep your heart with all diligence?
“You can tell what is in your future by what is growing in your heart.” L.L.H