Divine Decisions Part 6

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Sermon Notes

Deciding Who You Will Be

Each of us will have to make some very important decisions which will shape our future.  I think sometimes we forget that as Christians we have the ability to make choices that really improve our life; choices that bring us healing, prosperity and joy. The challenge is to take a more active part in these choices. We all have to make choices.

I have been told that having your home broken into and your possessions taken is one of the most invasive things that can happen; it kind of violates your security and peace.

The greatest theft going on today is not property theft; it’s not auto theft; it’s not robbing banks. The increasingly rising crime of today is identity theft. I read that last year, twelve million people were victimized by identity theft. People have been hacking into computers and data banks; stealing people’s identities; and using them for commerce. In fact, about 30,000 people a day get their identities stolen. Is it on the rise? Absolutely! In the last two years there has been an 80% increase in identity theft. Do you know what the rate of arrest is for this crime? It’s less than 5%.

It’s bad enough when someone hacks into your computer and steals your identity. What is even worse, however, is when we abdicate our identity; when we lose it because we are just not looking after who we are. This happens when we don’t make wise choices about our future and we forget it’s the choices – not chances – that make our future.

We can lose our identity by following the wrong models or wrong examples and end up becoming somebody we really don’t want to be. Because of the pressure of the crowd or our own indifference, we let the chances of life make our future; we model the wrong people. There is a television show called Extreme Makeovers in which, through plastic surgery, people are made to look just like their favorite celebrity, in my opinion that is crazy! If we follow after the wrong models, we lose our identity.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…” (Rom 12:2 NLT).