Gen 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Gen 3:9-12 “ And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
Gen 4:6-7 “And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”
What life changing choices have you made? How has your life changed because of them?
There is a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge. The difference between wisdom and knowledge is knowledge is information whereas wisdom is revelation or knowing what to do with that knowledge.
When you pray, you must include a prayer for wisdom. You must understand the power of choice. Those choices you make can alter your life forever and set you on a course for a lifetime.
Some decisions are made hastily and cause a ripple effect affecting many lives. The choices you make are very serious.
Just like a rock bouncing across the water, causing a ripple effect, so are your choices.
Waves come from objects in the water that disturb the calm of the sea. So, are those decisions to the calm of your life.
This effect that took place started in the Garden of Eden, these are the choices Adam and Eve had that affected the world they were creating together. Death was the result of eating from that tree (obedience).
How have the choices you’ve made affected others?
1 Tim 2:14 “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
Adam answered honestly to the Lord and shifted blame onto Eve. Eve said the devil tricked her, also honest. Adam was in transgression because he knew better and chose to sin.
Adam chose Eve and the sin over God. He knew the sin and the consequences of it. He sinned willfully. His sin was greater. Because of Adam death was passed on to everybody. All who sin are in Adam. He was the originator and a ripple effect took place. It was by one man that sin entered the world.
Rom 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
The greater the disturbance, the farther the reach the wave will go. Adam’s choice still affects us today, over six thousand years later.
What can reverse this cause and effect? How can we fix this? God gives people a choice.
Moses said, ‘I give to you a choice, life or death, blessing or cursing.’ He gave them wisdom as well. He said, ‘Choose life, choose God, serve Him and be blessed.’
All the victories that God wrought for the Israelites in the Promised Land, were based on the choice that was made by those Israelites to serve God. Joshua led the people and they had great victories.
Joshua 24:14-16 “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. 16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;”
Joshua chose to serve the Lord. A ripple effect took place.
How have the choices you’ve made benefited others in the long term?
A woman who was a Moabite chose to follow her mother-in-law and become Jewish. Ruth’s choice caused a ripple effect that changed the lives of people down through the ages.
Ruth 1:16 “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:”
She was given opportunities and more decisions made. Her grandchildren were affected by the choices she made. Jesus came through her line.
The Ripple Effect has no judgment, it just keeps impacting lives.
Rahab made a decision that saved the lives of her entire family. She believed in the Great God of the Jews. She risked her life to keep the spies safe. One choice changed the course of her life. Jesus came through her line too.
Lot made some choices too.
Gen 13:12 “Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.”
Lot went eventually in the direction he was looking. He chose to live in an evil place. Because of his bad decision, his daughters became the mothers of the Moabites and the Ammonites. These became the enemies of Israel. Bad choice after bad choice caused these bad results. Abraham should never have taken Lot with him. God told him to separate from his family.
There is a way to reverse the effect of the Ripple Effect.
Jesus gave the disciples a choice. God is giving you a choice today.
John 6:66-68 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”
Peter made a choice and stayed with Jesus. This caused a ripple effect that changed his entire life.
A young man made a bad choice and people died in a tragic car accident.
Decisions that are good and bad will have a Ripple Effect.
Make a list of the great decisions that you have made.
Some of those poor decisions can haunt you at night. If you throw a rock into the water and that rock begins to move your boat down the river, how do you get the ripples to move in another direction? Throw another rock! Make a decision to do something better. Find a bigger rock!
The Rock of Ages is waiting for you to pick Him up and make a big splash. Choose you this day. God has given you a choice. The thing that haunts you will be smashed and thrown away.
You can make a decision to change direction and follow Jesus. Jesus will lead you into more good decisions.
If you understand the Ripple Effect on life, you have to understand where you will find wisdom and help.
Will you choose to throw a bigger Rock and see what God will do for you?
Alexander the Great conquered the world so quickly because he never wavered.
James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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