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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE. Sunday, July 19, 2020.

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4 months 6 days ago #9609 by thaiwohvista
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YOUR DECISION DETERMINES YOUR DESTINATION (I).

Read Luke 15:11-16.
11. And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

MEMORISE: And the younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me." So he divided to them his livelihood (Luke 15:12)

EXPOSITION
Life has four constants, which are time, birth, death and decision. However, we influence each of these variables. Decision is something somebody has chosen or makes up his or her mind about after considering alternatives. Also, it is the process of coming to a conclusion, or determination about something (Encarta dictionary of English language). Luke 15:11-32 discusses the life of a man who has two sons, whose names are not mentioned, but the younger is regarded as the prodigal son. Prodigal is a French word that has been adopted in English language. It means being wasteful, or extravagant. The prodigal son, who was the younger of the two sons, decided to have his own share of the yet-to-die father's wealth. Having bequeathed it to him, he went ahead to squander it. The decision he made determined and dictated what he eventually got.
You are the architect of your decision, but you aren't the master of the consequence. You have control over your choices but have no power over the consequences. You make the choice, and the choice automatically dictates the outcome. The young man, who was very rich, ended up in penury, to the extent of trying to share meal with pigs.
What decision are you about to make? Think twice before you act. In fact, let God preside over it. Allow Him to show you the way, at all times. It is costly to make Him the last option. Negative decisions automatically produce negative results. A good decision you make goes a long way to show how great and glorious your life would be. The decision you make today, will determine your destination tomorrow. Most times, God does not interfere with our decisions. Rather, He permits it. Get His perfect will instead of the permissive. Only then are you guaranteed of His backing in all your endeavours.

PRAYER POINTS:
1. Lord, deliver me from rash and wrong decisions; help me to always wait on You for my decision.
2. Whatever has been shattered in my life because of rash decisions, O Lord, in Your mercy, help me to ammend it.
3. O Lord, help our leaders to always put You first in their decision-making process.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Nehemiah 13; Esther 1 - 2; Hebrews 10

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