Rev. Manson B. Johnson
by Rev. Manson B. Johnson
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times



Bible Fact: Knowingly or unknowingly human beings seek daily in different ways and in different measures to find the paradise man once had with God in the beginning.

The Big Idea: People who are aware of the common personal significance needs (PSN) enable

“When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song,” tenor Luciano Pavarotti relates. “He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice. Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor in my hometown of Modena, Italy, took me as a pupil. I also enrolled in a teachers college. On graduating, I asked my father, ‘Shall I be a teacher or a singer?’

“’Luciano,’ my father replied, ‘if you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them. For life, you must choose one chair.’

“I chose one. It took seven years of study and frustration before I made my first professional appearance. It took another seven to reach the Metropolitan Opera. And now I think whether it’s laying bricks, writing a book–whatever we choose–we should give ourselves to it. Commitment, that’s the key. Choose one chair.”  —Guideposts.

I. Adam and Eve was misguided and made poor choices that negatively impacted their blessed state of being. Genesis 2:15-17; 3:6

A. An agreement becomes a contract and should not be violated by choices one makes.

II. The condition of the heart will determine its ability to be guided and its willingness to make right choices. Psalm 28:7; 40:8,10; 66:18; Jeremiah 17:9-11

A. The heart’s condition determines the relationship with God;

III. Only God’s guidance can help make positive choices that will improve one’s blessed state of being.

A. God guides His people by His will but they must choose to follow His will by faith in Him; Genesis 12:1; 13:21; 15:13

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