Posts by Jim Jamison

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How do I make the right choices? – Proverbs 3:5-6

by Jim Jamison

What do we do when we get to the fork in the road? Making decisions are an important part of what we do every day. The battle is how do we make good decisions. Often, we battle hoping to make not just the right choice, but the perfect one! The key to making good decisions is to understand what the Word of God says about them. We begin by understanding Psalm 111:10 that says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures forever.” We need to understand that there is an author of truth, and His truth is absolute. With the knowledge of God, I understand that I am accountable to the one who has given me truth. With this in mind we need recognize that the better my understanding of the Word of God, the greater my ability to make better choices. Jesus said in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth,, and the truth shall make you free. As I learn the Word of God I need to work at understanding the principles revealed to us regarding the God we “fear” 2 Timothy … READ MORE

Pleasing God – Proverbs 1:7

by Jim Jamison

God is the Creator and sustainer of all things. As we make decisions the only one who knows the full impact of our decisions is the Lord as He sees the beginning from the end clearly. Proverbs 1:7 reminds us that “The fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of knowledge” (emphasis mine). Not the word “beginning” it means that this is the starting point of our decision-making process. In any and all decisions we make we must always start with God, and ask ourselves what decision would please God more. We start by understanding that there is a God and we are answerable to Him, that is the starting point. From there we must understand what He would have us do. Here we see a direct correlation between my knowledge of Scripture and the decision I am making. David said in Psalm 119:11 “You word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Here we are reminded that it is the Word of God that is the starting point for wisdom, and our understanding of God’s Word is the basis for wise decisions. We need to remember that our lives are not determined by … READ MORE

The Power of unintended consequences – Galatians 4:4

by Jim Jamison

When we make choices in our lives, we seldom think about the long term consequences of our choice. We normally ae only focused on the choices that we are making at the moment, and we forget that there is a ripple effect from any decision that we make. Some of those effects are minor, but they are still life altering. On the other hand, some choices are major and have set the stage of every historical happening. Galatians 4:4 says, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His So, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” God entered into history and history has been changed for all of eternity. In a similar manner we need to recognize that the decisions we make will impact us as we reach a fork in the road. The path we take is a divergent path that “alters” our “history.” For example, when Esau decided to sell his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew, it forever altered not only his destiny and the destiny of his genealogy, but the destiny of Jacob and … READ MORE