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Evans Church of Christ. Decisions. Making Good. Free moral agent - not a machine Deuteronomy 11:26-28 Set before you… Blessing if you obey Curse if you will not obey. Life is a series of choices. Exodus 2:1-25 Hebrews 11:24-27. Choice Involves…. More than one option.

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Decisions

Making Good

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Free moral agent - not a machine

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

  • Set before you…
  • Blessing if you obey
  • Curse if you will not obey

Life is a series of choices

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Choice Involves…

More than one option

Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

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Choice Involves…

More than one option

Raised as son of Pharaoh’s daughter

Riches - honor

A Hebrew by birth

Greater riches - more satisfying

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Choice Involves…

More than one option

Two Choices

One bad ------- One Good

Sin ------------- Righteousness

Flesh ------------ Spirit

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Rom. 7:17-21

17. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

18. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

19. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

20. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

21. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.

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Rom. 7:17-21

  • O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
  • I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
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Gal. 5:17

17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

v. 19-21 - Works of the Flesh

v. 22-23 - Fruit of the Spirit

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Results of our choices

Choose one - give up the other

Pharaoh’s daughter - God’s heritage

Now and in eternity

Choice was for a “lifetime”

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What did Moses Choose ?

  • Ill treatment better than pleasures of sin
  • Reproach was greater than riches
  • Moses looked through the eyes of faith
  • “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” Ps.73:17
  • Moses looked at the end !
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Implications of His choices

Hebrews 11:26 (ESV) “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”

Decided this was the better choice

Looked at the big picture

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Implications of His choices

Refused to be called

“son of Pharaoh’s daughter”

We must refuse sin

James 4:7 “resist the devil”

1 Pet. 5:9 “whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

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Implications of His choices

“He forsook Egypt” = left behind

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Matt. 6:24

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How was Moses Able

To Make This Choice ?

“By Faith”

Trusted God

Involved things unseen

Involvements of faith

“just recompense of reward”

Looking ahead to the reward

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How was Moses Able

To Make This Choice ?

“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Heb. 11:27

Forsake “sure things” for “unseen things”

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How was Moses Able

To Make This Choice ?

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:18

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Good Example

Making Decisions

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Decisions

Making Good

Life is a series of choices

“Character is the sum total of all the little decisions, the small deeds, the daily reactions to the choices that confront us.”

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Three Greatest Decisions

  • Vocation
  • Marriage
  • God
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1 Kings 18:21 “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

arthurpigman@bellsouth.net

Sunday Evening June 8, 2014