Bad choices have bad outcomes !
All we have to do is look at the lives of David, Jacob, Joseph and others in scripture to see that bad choices have bad out comes.
While we can always find forgiveness in Jesus from our sin but he does not erase the consequences we experience for our wrong choices.
David was called to be a ruler but he found out through temptation that he had sin in his heart. Lust, greed, and a sense of privilege.
After David sinned he suffered from his bad choices. He lost a child and ended up in many battles that might not have occurred had he been obedient to God.
Joseph was prideful and boastful. He ended up making enemies because he had a fat head. Where did that get him? In the clink! He had to be humbled in order to find out that he wasn’t such a big shot.
Jacob was a big fibber and could decieve and manipulate others. Those choices of his because of the sin in his heart ended up having him working for a bigger deciever and manipulator than himself !
Do you see a pattern here? Yeah you are right! You reap what you sow !
Spiritual principles are the same as natural principles. You throw a ball in the air and it can land right back down on your head!
There is a reason that Jesus told people he healed, “Go and sin no more lest a worst thing happen to you.”
Our sin will always end up with dire consequences. Wrong choices which usually come from a wrong heart attitude will always work out for our good IF we love God and are called according to his purpose.
When we make wrong choices the Lord reveals to us our heart attitudes that need changing by the consequences of our wrong choices. Want to know what the sin is in your heart ? Just take a look at what you reaped from those wrong choices.
When we see our sin for what it is, we can confess our sins and ask for forgiveness and restoration. BUT if we refuse to look at our sin and keep going in the same direction we will find ourselves in a continual pattern of repeated wrong choices with repeated consequential events.
Sin not dealt with just becomes a cycle of bad attitude, bad choices and bad outcomes.
Now for the dreaded word! REPENTANCE. It is not enough to see our sin and confess our sin. Unless we repent we will perish the Bible tells us.
Repeatedly sinning because of undealt with heart attitudes will have dire consequences for us. We must put our hearts on the altar and have the Lord slay the dragon which rules in our flesh.
Once we acknowledge our sin we can then ask the Lord to help us not to continue in that sin. God gives us power to say no to temptation if we call on him to help us and he can even change our stony heart and make it soft and pliable by his Holy Spirit.
Life is a learning process and it is up to us to yield to the Lord in surrender so that he can make us what he wants us to be. That’s why scriptures tell us that ALL THINGS are working together for our good!
Even our wrong choices can end up revealing to us our heart condition so that we can repent and be changed from one degree of God’s glory into another.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
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