Being decisive is making all decisions based on the perfect will of God. Word Building PACE 1050 illustrates Mr. Trueword telling the students about the character trait trophy a student can have in his office for a week by displaying decisiveness in his life. J. Michael returns to his office and wants to be decisive by working hard, completing his goals, and obeying the rules so that he may earn the privilege of having the trophy in his office.

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Throughout Scripture we see illustrations of those who were decisive. Moses demonstrated decisiveness throughout his life. As Israel was ready to enter the Promised Land and Moses was ready to pass off the scene, he called the people together and declared, "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." (Deuteronomy 30:19) Similarly at the end of his life, Joshua called all of Israel together and asked them for a decisive commitment. "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." (Joshua 24:15)

One may wonder if he has sufficient wisdom needed to make decisive choices. James says, "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." God is concerned for every detail of the Believer's life, so one should not hesitate to ask Him for needed wisdom. James continues by saying to "ask in FAITH, nothing wavering." The one who wavers "is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1:5–8) A double minded man is one who serves two masters. Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters . . . Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)

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In another character strip from English PACE 1027, Pastor Alltruth is preaching and God moves upon the heart of Mr. Loyalton, Racer's dad, to respond to the invitation. He walks forward and accepts Jesus Christ into his heart. That is a decisive commitment of eternal value. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Like Mr. Loyalton, many students and parents may be seeking the Lord. Mr. Loyalton responded and was saved. Paul (Saul) was on the Damascus Road when he saw a great light, and Jesus said to him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" (Acts 9:4) Paul (Saul) was convicted and made a decisive commitment to follow Jesus that day. Do you need to make that commitment? If so, be decisive and make that commitment today!

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