A. We have the power of choice.
B. If God had made us without this
power we would be mere machines, only robots.
C. Every day there are a host of
decisions to be made.
D. Joshua told the Israelites to
E. Moses chose:
Heb. 11:24, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the
son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures
of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater
riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”
F. There are some things that we do not have a chose in the matter.
has its limitations.
a. We did not choose our
b. The country in which we were born.
c. Also, our race.
G. Today, we want to take note of
some things that are impossible to choose.
I. IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO CHOOSE NOT
TO BE BORN.
A. Many times we hear or maybe have felt like saying,
“I wish I had never
B. Job wished this when he was overwhelmed with suffering.
(Job 3:1-16, refer to)
C. However, all of us were born, we live, and we are responsible.
II. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CHOOSE A
COURSE OF NEUTRALITY!
A. This is certainly true concerning Jesus Christ!
1. Many decide not to make a decision.
Matt. 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with
me scattereth abroad.”
2. A classic example of this is Pilate.
(Matt. 27:11-25, refer to)
B. Concerning evil and sin:
Eph. 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but
rather reprove them.”
Rom. 12:9 “Let
love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is
C. There is a difference between good and evil.
Isa. 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness
for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!”
b. No person can stand on the middle ground (take the middle of the road).
III. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CHOOSE THE
CONSEQUENCES OF OUR CHOSES.
A. Consider some physical laws.
1. The Law of Gravity is fixed and unalterable.
2. It cannot be broken.
3. You jump from an airplane without a parachute you
fall. One might regret
his choice in mid-air but you still have to pay the
B. The same principle operates in the spiritual realm.
1. We can choose to disobey God, but not the consequences
of doing so.
2. Gal. 6:7-8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit
reap life everlasting.”
C. Consider some Biblical examples:
1. Adam and Eve.
a. They could obey or disobey.
b. They made their choice and had to pay the price.
2. Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire.
Lev. 10:1-2, “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons
of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein,
and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the
Lord, which he commanded them not.
And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them,
and they died before the Lord.”
a. They were free to choose their actions, but were
powerless to change the results or consequences of that action.
D. What about our choices?
1. We can drink or not drink.
2. Curse or not curse.
3. Live an immoral life or not.
IV. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CHOOSE OUR
OWN REMEDY FOR SIN.
A. Many think they can live a good moral life and save themselves.
B. The Bible tells about the remedy for sin.
Matt. 26:28, “For this is my blood of the new
testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Rev. 1:5, “…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own
Eph. 1:7, “In
whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of
V. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CHOOSE OUR
OWN TERMS OF PARDON.
A. No criminal is permitted to set his own terms of pardon.
B. Naaman, the
leper, could not even choose the river to dip in.
God specified the Jordan for that purpose.
2 Kings 5:10, “And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan
seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou
shalt be clean.”
1. He had to dip 7 times, not 6,
in order to be cleansed of his leprosy.
C. Salvation is conditional!
Heb. 5:8-9, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the
things which he suffered
Lk. 6:46, “And
why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
D. We must:
Believe- Jn. 8:24, “…if
ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
Repent- Lk. 13:3, “I
tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Confess- Matt. 10:32-33, “Whosoever
therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also
before my Father which is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also
deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
Be Baptized- Mk. 16:16,
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned.”
VI. WE CANNOT CHOOSE OUR OWN
“TYPE” OF BAPTISM.
A. Many claim that sprinkling or pouring is just as
acceptable as immersion.
B. The word “Baptism” means to dip, submerge, and to immerse.
Col. 2:12, “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him
through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him
from the dead.”
6:3-4, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the
glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of
VII. WE CANNOT CHOOSE TO ESCAPE
Heb. 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
VIII. WE CANNOT CHOOSE AS TO
WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL LIVE ETERNALLY.
A. Some wish that their existence would end at the grave.
B. By our actions, we choose to live eternally in Heaven or in Hell.
YOU must decide now!
I Cor. 6:2, “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of
Prov. 27:1, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may