1. God has given you freedom to make choices.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27
2. With the freedom to make choices comes responsibility.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:15-19
3. With freedom to make choices and responsibility comes consequences.
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:13-15
4. How God’s Word can help.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. Proverbs 11:18
- What does God say is my purpose?
- How are my priorities aligned with my purpose?
- What current choices am I making?
- Are my current choices aligned with my purpose?
- What changes do I need to make?
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