Making Wise Decisions

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Psalm 32:8 (ESV) “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

We all struggle in decision making.  How do we know how choices are beneficial to us and our family?  How do we know we are following Gods will?  We often times feel as we are caught in a tug of war in our decision making.  It may even seem as if we are in the midst of the large ocean being tossed around by the great and might waves.  Kicking with all our might to stay afloat and not sink to the bottom of the deep.  Why does decision making place us in such a frantic place mentally?

Well to answer the above questions, the first thing we need to evaluate is our position in God.  In order to receive instruction and counsel we have to be available to God, we must know His voice so that we are not confused by our voice, the enemy’s voice and Gods voice.  If you have no relationship with God then you will not know His voice.  How do we learn of one another?  By the intimate time spent with them.  Within your first or second date you may not be able to discern the individuals voice but after dating them for several weeks to a month, you no long have to ask to whom you are speaking because you know their voice.

How do we know God’s will?  By searching the scriptures.  His Word provides instruction for every circumstance.  We find the scripture that applies to the decision that needs to be made and we speak the scripture over our lives and we pray as the Holy Spirit leads.  

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

So we know the will of God no matter the circumstance is for good and to give us hope.  We will obtain peace when we are in Gods will.  Philippians 4:7 (ESV) “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We are to seek God for guidance.  James 1:5 (ESV) “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

See what God’s Word tells us about seeking Him for Wise Instruction…

Proverbs 19:20 (ESV) tells us, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

Proverbs 11;14 (ESV) “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

Proverbs 12:15 (ESV) “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Proverbs 15:22 (ESV) “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom.  In this book, you can find instruction in rearing children, how spouses are to treat one another, guidance in dealing with wealth, business endeavors, prosperity, treatment of employees, setting up an inheritance, how to live a wise moral life… and many more things.

If we follow the principles set before us in Gods Word we wont fail.  We don’t need to wallow in worry, we don’t need to call Miss Cleo, we don’t need to get 100 confirmations, we don’t need to declare a fast.  We only need to be available to God so that His spirit can counsel and guide us.

If you are in a place of turmoil, indecisiveness has you bound.  Go to God and don’t get up until He answers!  No longer are you bound to your circumstance.  Jesus has freed us and given us liberty in all things!  Know that God has not forgotten.  He is WELL ABLE!

Meditation verse – James 1:2-8 – (NLT) “Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.



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