Choosing Wisely: How to Tap into God’s Power

Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world. ~ Anso Coetzer

Choices. We’re faced with them all of our lives. Some seem insignificant; others are obviously life-changing. And many of them are auto-pilot decisions, made to ease pain, enhance enjoyment or because ‘we’ve always done it that way’. We don’t really think about how those choices may affect our lives.

Most of our childhood was spent with others making our choices. We may not have liked them, but we had to live with them. What to eat, when to go to bed, what activities we could join – all of them at the mercy of our parents’ decisions.

Then came a time when we got to choose! What freedom, we thought. “It’s my life, and I can do what I want.” Fairly quickly, however, we learned that those decisions had repercussions. We needed to learn to consider our choices and make better decisions.

God has repeatedly told us where to put our focus and what to choose. He’s promised a life of freedom and victory, blessing and favor if we will choose wisely.

Created in His Image

The Supreme Being of all creation made choices, too. He decided to create galaxies and planets, the sun and moon, and all living things from the formless void. He created the Garden of Eden, the most beautiful place anyone could imagine, for His kids. Then He created us in His image and told us to have dominion – to rule the planet, or at least our part of it, using His laws and His ways.

We are His children, adopted into His family and commissioned to serve as Jesus’ representatives in the earth. It’s like a huge family corporation. We all share in the work, following the leadership of the Board of Directors (God and Jesus, with help from the Holy Spirit) and reap the results of our cooperative efforts. Jesus is the CEO, the Author and Finisher (Heb. 12:2), Empowerer and Enforcer. We are named as His Power of Attorney (Matt. 28:17-18) to use His Name with authority in all of our dealings and situations.

We are the only living things on the planet with functional thinking, the ability to reason and choose. We are also the only beings with a voice to express those choices. God spoke his choices into being with His Word. Then He told us to govern our lives the same way.

“What Were You Thinking?”

Remember when you screwed up, and your mom asked, “What were you thinking? How dumb can you be?” Obviously, your choice wasn’t such a good one and the results were not what you’d hoped. Then you got a lecture about (hopefully) making better choices.

Everything starts with a thought. Every invention, concept, bright idea (or dumb one), every action or choice is, first of all, a thought to be reasoned and examined for its value and possibility.

God gave us a heart (spirit) and mind (soul) for a reason – so that we would consider our ways (Haggai 1:5) and think on these things (Phil. 4:8). He does not want us to act rashly or selfishly. Jesus often asked, “What think ye?” Just like your mom, He wants to know, “What were you thinking? How did you come to that conclusion?” He is the Shepherd and wants to teach His sheep to follow the right paths and not get dismayed or distracted.

Consider these verses:

  • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~ Jer. 29:11
  • And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore [why] think ye evil in your hearts? ~ Matt. 9:4
  • The thoughts of the diligent [those who guard their thoughts and words] tend only to plenteousness: … ~ Prov. 21:5
  • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword … a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ~ Heb. 4:12
  • Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true … honest … just … pure … lovely … of good report … think on these things. ~ Phil. 4:8

God told Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night … for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (v.1:8). Who was going to make Joshua prosperous? Joshua was – by thinking and meditating God’s Word! God gave us His Word to help us think rightly and make wise choices. Then He told us to copy Him (as a child imitates his parents) and speak His Word so we can get His results.

What did you say?

In Matthew 6, Jesus taught extensively on thoughts and words. He asked the crowd if worry would add any extra inches to their height or put food on their table. He asked if thinking would change the clothes in their closet or give them something to drink. He told them they had ‘little faith’ because of their worry and stress. Then He told them to “take no thought, saying” (v. 31). In other words, you give power to thoughts by speaking them.

God won’t make you follow His plan, meditate on His words or ‘choose life’. He gave you free will; therefore, you make those choices for yourself. Do you want to be sick, worried, addicted, selfish, nasty, angry or depressed? Do you want to hang onto unforgiveness? You can. If that’s what you have now, look back at what you’ve been saying! Just keep speaking those words.

Thoughts fly through your head all the time – gossip, complaints, worry, self-pity – any number of negative emotions. Don’t give them credence by speaking them out of your mouth! Instead, God told us to “call those things that be not as though they were” (Rom. 4:17).  When you speak God’s words you release His power into your situations. Changing your words will change your life!

Be consistent.

The key to tapping God’s power is consistency. James tells us that sweet water and bitter (blessing and cursing) should not come from the same place (3:10). He also taught that a double minded man (one minute full of faith, the next worrying) won’t receive anything (1:6-8).

Faith is just that – a strong unwavering belief that what God said is true and will come to pass. It knows, beyond a shadow of doubt that our gospel came not … in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost and in much assurance (I Thess. 1:5) You build that kind of strong faith with study and meditation (constant, consistent thinking).

You choose.

You are absolutely free to choose your own destiny. God gave you that gift. He also gave you His Word, wisdom, authority and power to release redemption, salvation, favor, blessing, health and abundance in your life. You choose.

Everything you need, all the power necessary to change the circumstances of your life, is available in the power and promises found in God’s Word. Jesus came to show us that if we think His thoughts and speak His words, we can have His results. He confirmed that He could do nothing by Himself, but what he seeth the Father do (John 5:19). He used God’s words to defeat the devil in the wilderness, heal the sick, silence storms and bring blessing and restoration to anyone who asked in faith.

After His resurrection Jesus spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore … (Matt. 28:18-19). In other words, I’ve given you access to My power. Take it and use it to change the world. Choose to believe and speak God’s Word and release His power in your life!

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