Decisiveness Lesson 1 Refusing to Reconsider a Decision which I Know

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Sometimes we must absolutely move on a plan and not look back... be sure you have done your drill down, and know the pitfalls... and then do not look back!

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Decisiveness~ Lesson 1 Refusing to Reconsider a Decision which I Know is Right :

Decisiveness~ Lesson 1 Refusing to Reconsider a Decision which I Know is Right Character Sketches, Vol. 1 IBLP, 1986, pages 328-339 Information also drawn from CharacterFirst !, www.theCharacterJournal.com as well as various Character Council & other informational websites   James 4:8   Draw nigh to God, & He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;  & purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… One of 265 species in this family Found throughout the world Lives in areas with thick, damp ground cover From Scripture… A soothsayer Contributed to Israel’s moral decay Greedy

The Short-tailed Shrew:

The Short-tailed Shrew Known as an insectivore, it is: active both night & day in 3 hours cycles, eats continuously, completely bent on fulfilling its mission to find food & is short-tempered, unsociable, & volatile Ounce for ounce, it is considered one of the most vicious animals alive. Is about 3” long Weighs about as much as a dime…

How are they “decisive”?:

How are they “decisive”? F renetic activity & the constant need for food leads to a laser-like focus… Find Food! Eat Before You Are Eaten! It is constantly on the outlook for insects, worms, salamanders, small vertebrates (birds, mice, etc.), nuts, seeds, grasses, even carrion, eating twice its weight daily….

Habitat & Habits… :

Habitat & Habits… Family life~ *Lone venomous hunters *Only with others during short mating seasons spring – fall *May have 2 litters of 4-10 *Nest is loosely balled grass *Mom runs Dad off just before the births *Babies follow Mom in a “train” *They mature & leave after a month or so *Live roughly 15 months-3 years

PowerPoint Presentation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjsx4Rjuvok http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEm3UXJlEDA A clip from the BBC on youtube : A clip from Mammals of the World on youtube : Sensitive to smell & sound, they search for food & react to danger. The eyes, though, are quite weak.

How to be a decisive shrew ~ assess quickly, focus, gather resources, & attack without thought of retreat…:

How to be a decisive shrew ~ assess quickly, focus, gather resources, & attack without thought of retreat… The shrew by nature must be decisive just to survive… As Christians, we must~ *Sometimes assess quickly, *Apply God’s principles & wisdom, *Attack the situation/problem with the assurance that once we “get our teeth into it” (without venom!), we win.

God talks to a soothsayer? Say, what??:

God talks to a soothsayer? Say, what?? Num 22:1-3 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Moab, Midian & Israel had common ancestry:

Moab, Midian & Israel had common ancestry Terah Haran Abraham from Keturah from Sarah Lot Midian Isaac from Lot’s daughter Moab Jacob (Israel)

Balaam, a foreigner used by God…:

Balaam, a foreigner used by God… Used to power Knew he heard from Jehovah, but… Willing to circumvent clear directions Greedy and devious So focused on gain, he blinded himself to clear warnings…

Balaam, the soothsayer…:

Balaam, the soothsayer… A Mesopotamian Considered powerful Open to the spirit world Evidently used by many “gods” Finally paid the price for his willingness to be swayed for a price against God’s people

Outside vs. Inside:

Outside vs. Inside Balaam refused the request to curse God’s people, But… looked for ways to get around it. Stopped from pronouncing a curse, He formulated a plan to cause the Israelites to self-destruct.

The Missed Opportunity:

The Missed Opportunity If Balaam had stayed the course with God, If he had not been swayed by greed & flesh He could have advised the Moabites to trust & accommodate their cousins, thus paving the way for peace & blessing for all of them…

Something to remember… :

Something to remember… 

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