SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

DECISION MAKING (15)

by Zach Terry


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Decision Making (15)
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Zach Terry
Psalm 73


Introduction: The life you experience in many ways is the sum total of the decisions you make.

The average person makes 70 conscious decisions every day. That 25,550 decisions a year. Over 70 years that's 1,788,500 decisions. You put all that together and that's basically your life.

You are where you are today mainly because of the decisions you have made.
20 years from now you will arrive at the destination your decisions carry you to.

Interestingly, the number one influencer of the decisions is not the info you are given, it is your state of mind when you make the decision.

The sad fact is - most of the biggest decisions a person makes are made from a BAD state of mind.

- Change jobs - most people quit their job when they are in a lousy state of mind.

- Change Spouses - most people decide to divorce when they are in the lowest emotional state they've ever been in.

- Change Churches - most people leave their church when someone has frustrated them and gotten them bent out of shape.

Think about the biggest decisions you have ever made - how were you feeling? Did you sense the closeness of God? Did you have a healthy perspective on life and eternity?

I want to show you a better way to approach decision making from Psalm 73.

TEXT: Psalm 73 (ESV)

A Psalm of Asaph.

Asaph was a Levitical musician appointed by David to serve in the tabernacle he wrote 11 psalms that are recorded in scripture. (1 Chron. 6:31-32, 39)

1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Now this was a proverbial statement that was frequently quoted in Israel. It was something like when we say, ''God is good''. But notice what Asaph says next...

2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.

He is saying, ''I was beginning to seriously question whether or not God was truly good... as a matter of fact I was about to make a reall ...

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