In our lives, we will always have decisions that will make or break the cohesiveness of our walk with God. I learned that the way to live was with discipline. I consider myself to be that person, but I have learned some secrets that have helped me to make the right decisions in the right moments. I heard a statement recently. It was this.
“Your choices determine your future.”
Even though this statement has the ring of truth, it is not the Kingdom way of living. Discipline has never been the goal of the Lord. Jesus does not want us to be His disciples for the sake of discipline. Depending on the Church you go to, you might hear that you must follow the Lord and be obedient. If you don’t the Father won’t give you what you want. You might hear the evil opposite which is that the Father so loves you it does not matter what you do. He understands that you are not perfect and you have sinned. These two or both traveling around the edge of the Kingdom, but both fail to enter into it.
The Kingdom is based upon better promises.
Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
Since this covenant is based on better promises, it should awaken us to the truth that it is not based on better laws. Why? The Laws of God were and are perfect. There was nothing wrong with the Law. The problem was our sinful flesh. We were subject to its cravings and appetites, and this made the Law seem week, but it was us. Christ has accomplished for you and me what we could never do ourselves.
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
The New Covenant is not about us living out the Law, but to fulfill promises. That might seem shocking. If we evaluate Scripture correctly, we will see that the promises of God are at the center of all we are supposed to do. I am not saying that we can sin. Please don't misunderstand. The original mandate of God was not about seeing how good man could behave. It is not the mandate now. We need to see how promises make up much of the New Covenant.
Jesus is the Promised Seed
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
Galatians 3:17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.
Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Galatians 3:19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.
The Spirit is the Spirit of Promise
Acts 2:33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Galatians 3:14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
We Have Been Given Promises
2 Peter 1:3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
2 Peter 1:4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The promises of God is to be our focus. These are to motivate us and dictate our choices. The truth of the Kingdom is this.
“Our Promises are to determine our choices.”
I love the last verse above. By the exceedingly great and precious promises, we can be partakers of the Divine Nature. Here are few things that pertain to the promises and our choices.
Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
The power is in knowing your promises and living with these in mind. Consider your choices as steps toward your destiny. Most people make decisions based on what is immediately in front of them. This usually means that people make decisions based on what will satisfy them at the moment.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
No one disciplines themselves for the sake of discipline itself. That is how the church has sold it for so long. That is the inference of being a disciple. However, God wants us to discipline ourselves for the sake of the promises. These promises help to display God’s Goodness and manifest His love to the world.
Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
When was the last time that you looked over your promises and prophetic words from the Lord? Have you written them down and meditated on them?
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
If you would start each day thinking about your promises and make decisions based on where you wanted to go, you will say no to many things that do not help in your quest. You would also work a lot harder on the things that are necessary for your future. Those who live with goals and dreams have more energy and focus every day. My suggestion is for you to write down those promises that the Lord has made to you. Start pursuing them in prayer and with purpose. Life will become easier after a while as you begin to make decisions based on where you want to go.
Here a few steps that will help.
- Write out your prophecies and promises
- Read them every day
- Keep them in front of you
- Pray your promises
- Make daily choices based on promises
- Walk as if you are worthy of God's best.
- Change your speech to line up with the promises