Preacher’s Pulpit                Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Mt 12:30

SUBJ: The Danger Of Indecisiveness

Introduction:
Our language has colorful expressions for indecisiveness: to be wishy-washy, to hem and haw, to beat around the bush, to straddle the fence.

Jesus describes those who are indecisive as having “no root”

(Mat 13:20-21 KJV)  "But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; {21} Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended."

Jesus says that these individuals are like children.

(Eph 4:14 KJV)  "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"

Jesus also states that being indecisive especially in spiritual matters is very DANGEROUS!

(Rev 3:15-16 KJV)  "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. {16} So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

God asks us to exercise the freedom of our minds and choose to obey him.

I.    GOD CHALLENGES US TO CHOOSE, TO DECIDE FOR OR AGAINST HIM

(1 Ki 18:21 KJV)  "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word."

A.    But more is needed than a one-time “decision” to obey — faithfulness to God requires constant determination.

B.    The problem with many, even of those who are supposedly Christians, is that they have never fully made up their minds about God and have never really been converted to the Lord.

II.    WE ARE GUILTY OF “TEMPORIZING.”

A.    Temporize = “to compromise or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision” (AHD).

B.    When it comes to deciding about God, we stall and engage in delaying tactics.

III.    INDECISIVENESS ENDS UP BEING THE SAME AS HOSTILITY TO GOD

A.    Our character is the cumulative product of every “little” choice we have made.

B.    Few evil men are those who set out with the malignant intent to defy God.

C.    Following the course of least resistance is what makes men and rivers crooked.

D.    Unfortunately, our character may have been formed largely by default, rather than decision.

E.    We may have become what we are by postponement and procrastination, rather that purpose.

F.    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

IV.    THE MAN IS A FOOL WHO POSTPONES OBEDIENCE

(Mat 7:26 KJV)  "And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:"

A.    By our indecision, we offer an offensive, disgusting insult to the Lord.

B.    The uncommitted are nauseating to the Lord

C.    Failing to make a decisive choice, we show ourselves not fit for the kingdom.

D.    Ultimately, there is no middle ground: not to decide for the Lord is to decide against Him

(Rom 6:16 KJV)  "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"

V.    WHAT WE NEED IS TO “GIRD UP” OUR MINDS - 1 PT. 1:13

A.    We need to take control of the emotional feelings that threaten to overthrow our sober decisions.

B.    It is not necessary to “hit bottom” before we take charge of our decisions.

What decisions are we putting off concerning:

Daily Bible study and prayer?
Personal evangelism and edification?
Rectifying wrongs and broken relationships?
Coming back to the Lord?
Obeying the gospel?

Unmade decisions are ticking time bombs.

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