Explore the Bible Lesson for July 1- The Decision Dare
June 18 2012 by Thomas Marshall, pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Laurinburg

Focal Passages: Joshua 23:1-24:33
I remember reading about a young man who was talking to his girlfriend on the phone. She had asked him if he really truly loved her. He replied to her that he did with his whole being. She asked if he was coming over Saturday? He told her he would climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest sea, battle the fiercest beast, and break down the toughest barrier to be with her. Yes, he would be there Saturday – if it didn’t rain.
We laugh, yet often we can see ourselves as this young man. We make commitments, but discover that they are shallow.
We do this with other people and it’s wrong. But we also do this with God, and that is worse.

Each and every day we are faced with many choices. A recent TV ad says we are faced with 35,000 choices each day – from getting up each morning to what we will eat, or the clothes we will wear, and then the choices at work, school and in our homes. Some of these choices are minor and do not have any major consequences.
Others impact our lives for years to come.
One choice that makes a major impact is what one does with Jesus Christ.
This not only affects today, but all eternity. In these lessons of being daring in leadership, faith, accountability, loyalty and decisions, this one is vital. We must seek to dare to decide for Christ.
First, this entails a person making a decision to accept the free gift of salvation and forgiveness offered by God. When one does this they demonstrate courage in taking a stand for Jesus.
However, it does not end with that one decision. That is the start of the daily decisions that one must make to follow Jesus as He guides us in this life and eternity.
Because it is easy to make a shallow commitment like the young man at the start of this article, we must daily count the cost as Joshua challenges in Joshua 24:15c (HCSB) – “As for me and my family we will worship Yahweh.”
6/18/2012 4:09:06 PM by Thomas Marshall, pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Laurinburg | with 0 comments

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