Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one. – Matthew 5:37 NLT
We make decisions every day: what to wear, where to go, what to eat, what to do etc. Some decisions are no brainer, while some require wisdom. And our choices, good or bad, will determine the outcome; and the outcomes will determine whether your life be filled with abundance or with repercussions.
Oftentimes, our feelings dictate our choices more than what we know the right thing to do. And you made that final decision- your choice:
To do Quiet Time or not to do Quiet Time- it is a choice.
To join cell or not to join cell- it is a choice.
To attend church or not attend church- it is a choice.
To forgive or not to forgive- it is a choice.
To trust or not to trust- it is a choice
To serve or not to serve- it is a choice.
The question is, what determines your choice?
Anything vacillating in between, is considered “evil”, in other words, “excuses”, because they are the result of being double-minded. To quote a scenario- I am sick, so obviously I should stay home to rest and decide “No” to any activities, as opposed to, I will see how and decide later how my mood is, then I will decide if to head out or not. In James 4:8, it says, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” So the crux of the matter is the matter of the heart- how your heart is where your choice will be.
When we entertain “if” or mete out certain conditions to making our decision, is also considered “in-between”. For example, “if God do this for me, then I will listen to Him”, in other word, manipulating God in “deciding your choice” to be “yes” or “no” is considered “evil”.
We have to first DECIDE in our mind and just put to action, our heart will then follow. It is not the other way round when you FEEL like it, for our hearts are deceitful above all things else.
And of course, certain big decision have to weigh with wise counsel (Cell leaders, mentors and elders) or Body of Christ (for collective confirmation from Holy Spirit / God)-
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. – Proverbs 11:14
Be wise, tune to the Holy Spirit living in you, (or weigh with the Body of Christ) and make the right choice that honours God.