• Opportunity available for a limited time.
• A choice that is or can be taken.
When deciding what to choose it is best to rule out things rather than making an uneducated decision. Now stay with me for a second I know you bible scholars are breathing fire down my back even as I speak. I know you might be saying we are not suppose to make educated decisions when we are Christian’s we are supposed to base our decisions on the Word of God not our education. However, you need to hear me out before you judge what I am saying because in order for you to make a decision based on the word of God you first had to be educated or informed. In other words you had to be taught. Jesus sat down and taught or educated the disciples concerning the Kingdom of God or God’ way of doing things so that when He went to Heaven they would know what to do. To educate thus simply means to: teach, inform, Instruct, edify, train, alert or tutor. There’s nothing evil or ungodly about being educated, what makes it evil or ungodly is the content or subject matter.
So as I was saying we must learn to rule-out things before we make a finally decision. The process of ruling out something allows you to examine all the options. In the Garden of Eden God gave Adam and Eve a command which created options. God told them you can eat of all the trees, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, so we can say God instructed or educated them. God did not hide the tree from them it was out in the open just like all the other trees. God gave them a choice. Did Adam and Eve make an informed choice or did they ignorantly choose death? God did not leave them without truth to base their decision on. When truth comes to us we must make a decision at that moment to always obey it and never be disloyal to it regardless of the allurement of temptations. Don’t wait till temptation comes to decide which option to choose. When you hear truth, settle it in your heart immediately never to choose the thing that you know displeases God. Jesus said that He always did those things that pleased the Father. How did He rule out the other options, He knew what pleased and what displeased His Father.
The word rule out means: to exclude something, or make a decision not to consider something. To rule-out is to prevent something or to make it impossible. When I rule-out something I am making a decision not to do it based on the truth I know or was taught. Hosea 4:8 reveals to us, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” To live ignorant of options is to become prey to deception. God did not create us to be as robots, we have the ability to make choices but we should make them based on what we know; if you don’t know enough you should wait until you do. Never yield to the pressure to make quick decisions.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: