Choices that Propel Us Forward

It’s Time to Move Forward 

Often times, almost without knowing it, we lose momentum or get a little off track. Hebrews 12:1 says it this way, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

 Making Choices

Our choices can propel us forward or hold us back. We make choices daily and lots of those choices shape our lives and the lives of our descendants. It’s important that we make the right choices because there are always consequences. Some good. Some not so good.

We are responsible for our choices.

The Bible challenges us in Deuteronomy 30:19.

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”

I believe that most of us want to make the right choices.  We want to choose the right job, the right friends, the right place to live, the right spouse.

Sometimes it is very difficult to know which choice is best for us.  Psalm 32:8 says: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”  If we seek God for the answers, He will show us which way to go.

Rebellion and Disobedience

Sometimes we know which choice is right, but we really want to choose what is wrong. We want to do the opposite. This can be a spirit of rebellion and/or disobedience. In this case, we need to ask the Lord where the door opened and what to do to be free of it.

Deciding Not to Choose

One of our choices is “deciding not to choose.” When we don’t want the responsibility, don’t care, or are fearful of the results, we choose not to decide. We can come into agreement with denial, avoidance, fear, etc. It opens the door to the enemy. If we fear punishment for making a wrong decision, we tend to take the road of less pain. We will choose to “choose” what someone else wants or choose not to make the decision.

Sometimes we don’t know what to do. We’ve tried everything we know and we feel like we can’t deal with something anymore. So, we say, “I just don’t’ care what happens.” If we are the one God has made responsible, it opens the door to the enemy. We turn it over to him.

Repentance Can Free Us

Lord, I confess the sin of my ancestors and my own sin of choosing not to make decisions, choosing what’s wrong on purpose or for not taking responsibility. Either to escape the responsibility, fear of the consequences or because we were angry at someone. I ask you to forgive us for the sin and the consequences of this sin. I forgive my ancestors and myself for this sin. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by His blood, I renounce all evil that has given power to choosing not to decide and/or choosing not to take responsibility. All evil that has given power to this sin leave now and go to the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Choosing Not to Be Seen

Sometimes we choose (probably not consciously) to not be seen. It’s not safe or life is too hard when we are noticed. So we sort of collapse our spirit. We go into stealth mode. It’s a survival mechanism. We might choose to sit in the back of the class so we won’t be called on. Some choose not to be seen because if they were noticed, they were abused.

 The problem is that when we choose not to be seen it opens the door to the enemy and we will not be seen when we want to be seen. Again, it opens the door to the enemy. When we choose to be invisible, it is usually self-protection. The problem is that we didn’t go to the Lord and ask Him to protect us or solve the problem. We need to cry out to the Lord for His protection.

 Prayer of Repentance for Not Wanting to Be Seen

Father, I confess that I have made a choice to not be seen, to not be noticed. To be invisible. I wanted to be safe and I chose to protect myself instead of asking You to protect me.  I ask You to forgive me. I come out of agreement with all evil that is attached to it. I ask all evil that is connected to this mantle of invisibility to go to the feet of Jesus. I ask this in Jesus name. I choose to be seen. I choose Your protection which is far superior to mine.

 Choosing Not to See

We can choose to see or choose not to see. When you choose to not see what we should see, it opens the door for you to not see what you want to see. You open the door to deception. When we are deceived, we don’t see reality.  The real issue remains hidden. It’s a spirit that controls where you look and what you see. It is a survival mechanism that opens the door to the enemy. Ask God to shine His light where He wants and to hold it there until you see reality.

Prayer of Repentance for Choosing Not to See

Father, I confess that I have wanted to look away and not see what I should have seen. I chose to be mesmerized and deceived. I wanted to be safe and I chose to protect myself by not seeing.  I ask You to forgive me for this sin. I choose to see what You want me to see knowing that I can come to you with what I see and You will show me how to handle it. Your protection which is far superior to mine. I ask all evil that is connected to the mesmerizing and decepting spirits to go to the feet of Jesus. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Trusting the Lord

We don’t lean on; rely on the Lord when we believe lies because of past events. When we believe that God did not protect us and He should have, we don’t trust Him and we protect ourselves. We make choices to take care of it. If we adjust our choices to God’s choices (our will lines up with His will), we will have the fullest of God’s blessings.

In Jeremiah 6:16 this is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

A choice to Move Forward

Some of us stay where we are and haven’t moved in a while. We don’t know what’s wrong and we want to move forward but we don’t know how. Here are some questions that may help propel you forward. Ask the Lord and then wait for Him to answer. Have pen and paper ready to journal. May the Lord bless you and give you freedom and wisdom to move forward!

Questions

Lord, what obstacle, if removed, would move me to the next level?

What lie do I believe that keeps me from ______________________.

What have I looked to other people to do for me that You (God), have wanted to do for me.