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LEAD2015DUMC Night Session 1 – Choices Have Consequences

Choices Have Consequences
Pastor Peter Tan-Chi
LEAD2015 Night Session 1, 04/06/2015

Introduction

We are free to choose but we are not free to escape the consequences of our decisions. Life is about choices. We choose what to believe. We choose who we marry. We choose whether we want to believe Jesus or not.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)

Observation #1 – do not be deceived. We feel bad when we are deceived. It’s worse if we deceive others. The worst is if we deceive ourselves.

Observation #2 – what we sow, we reap. What we sow, we may not reap immediately. There are times in life when we do something, the consequences may not be immediately.

When a pilot deviates the flight path for 1 degree, he may not see the effect immediately. But after 6000 miles, the destination will be so far away.

The text is Genesis 25.

Abraham waited 25 years for his son. Isaac waited 20 years. God wanted Isaac to go through the same thing.

Isaac got married at the age of 40 and he got his children when he was 60.

If you want family problem, show favouritism. If we show favouritism, we are sowing the seeds of discord. If we do not want family problems, love every child equally.

We all have appetites for food, for success, for sex. Appetite on its own is not a problem. Sin distorts appetites. When it comes to our appetite, we have to think.

Esau despise his birth right. He sold his birth right for a bowl of stew / a single meal. What is our bowl of soup?

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done. (Hebrew 12:16. 17)

Appetite will never be satisfied. It will always want more. The problem with appetite is that once we give in to one, the others will come in. Psychologists describe this as impact buying. The person make purchase on impulse. After that, he experience buyer’s remorse. We need to manage our appetite.

Forgiveness is different from consequences.

Sometimes, it is costly to follow Jesus but it is more costly not to follow Jesus.

Make choices, the most important one is to make the choice to follow Jesus. There are 3 Ms:

  • Master – make Jesus our master
  • Mission – once we make Jesus our master, he will tell us our mission in life.
  • Mate

PRAY

  1. Pause.
  2. Resist the first impulse – whatever it is.
  3. Ask God – “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
  4. Yield to God

The frontal lope responsible for logic thinking is not fully developed for male teenagers as compared to female teenagers.

Consider the Eternity Quotient (EQ) – what will be the consequences of our choices 10 years from now, 100 years from now or even 1000 years from now? We have many appetites in our lives and we need to manage them. What is our bowl of soup? Let’s not sacrifice what is eternal for what is temporal.

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  1. Jess
    04/06/2015 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks so much for putting up the summary! Attended today sessions, captured the essence but not as detailed as your summary. It’s so great to find yours.

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