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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Decision Making- Will of God

God plays no game of hide and seek---
the closer you draw to the heart of God,
the clearer you’ll know the will of God.
He reveals His will day by day…
He unrolls the scroll one line at a time. 
---June Hunt

James 1:22 says
“DO NOT merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says!”

God’s Will

v  God’s will has already been prepared for you!       

 “We are God’s workmanship, 

created in Christ Jesus to do good works, 

which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10

v  We can know God’s will for our lives! 

 “The god of our fathers has chosen you to know his will.”

Acts 22:14

v  He will reveal His will…it will be revealed through the Spirit of God and the Word of God!!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 

by prayer and petition, 

with thanksgiving, present your request to God.  
And in peace of God which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

What decisions can I make that are going to make God happy!!??

v  He initiates it

 “I instruct you in the way of wisdom

 and lead you along straight paths.

Proverbs 4:11

v  It lines up with His words

 “Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,

 that I may follow it to the end.”

Psalm 119:33

v  His purpose is accomplished

 “for it is God who works in you to will 

and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”

Philippians 2:13

v  We have to depend on His strength

 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

v  End result is giving Him Glory

”So whether you eat or drink or

 whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

v  Promotes kindness, justice and humanity

 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. 
And what does the Lord require of you? 
To act justly and to love mercy and 

to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8

v  Reflects His character

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to 

be conformed to the image of his Son, 

that he might be the first born among many brothers and sisters.”
 Romans 8:29 

v  Faith 

 “An without faith it is impossible to please God,

 because anyone who comes to him must believe

 that he exists and he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Hebrew 11:6       

v  Consider others interest

“not looking to your own interests 

but each of you to the interest of the others.”

Philippians 2:4

v  Prayer and more Prayer

“pray continually”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

So how is He going to give us GUIDANCE?  I found an amazing way to look at this question.  June Hunt showed it this way.

G- Gifts
 Ø  Use your spiritual gifts, talents and abilities
 Ø  Reflect on what brings you real joy
 Ø  Reflect on your weaknesses
 Ø  Write down your accomplishments
 Ø  Ask a friend to assess your strengths. 

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, 

as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10

 Ø  Look at the whole decision and what it all involved. Clearly determine the situation. 
 Ø  Know the facts
 Ø  Do you know the consequences?
 Ø  Is there a deadline to which you need to have your decision made by?

“Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, 

but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.”

Proverbs 15:21

 Ø  The Spirit of God often brings passion or establishes truth in your heart.  
 Ø  Pray for God to speak to you and confirm your notion through another resource. 
 Ø  Consider a time of fasting---only if you are led to do so.
 Ø  Spend time with God.  Seek His Heart!! 

 “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

even at night my heart instructs me.”

Psalm 16:7

 Ø  When we want to please God in all areas of our lives then our desires become more like God’s desires! 
 Ø  Study God’s WORD!!
 Ø  Pray that you can see your sin as God sees it and then pray that you learn to hate your sin as He hates it.
 Ø  Remember He promises strength where we are weak!

“Take delight in the Lord, 

and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4

 Ø   God often speaks through other people.  Make sure they are…
ü  In the Word of God
ü  Mature in godly wisdom
ü  Living a life with God
ü  Been through similar situations

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, 

and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” 

Proverbs 19:20

Ø  Evaluate your responsibilities as a child of God.  Such as…
ü  Choice that may keep you away from your kids for long periods of time
     ü  Moving away from a elderly parent that needs you

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do 

and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.”

 James 4:17

Ø  Remember not all doors are opened by God!!  Closed doors may help though with decision making! 
Ø  Consider the obvious situations and realize they may not be the final answer
Ø  Look past the present circumstances and see what God wants to accomplish
Ø  Ask God to open doors or close doors according to His will.  We need Him to guide us through those doors!!

“In their hearts humans plan their course, 

but the Lord establishes their steps.” 

Proverbs 16:9

Ø  Not all options are best for us.  Eliminate one by one.  Think through it.  Examples…
ü  Places you are in tempting situations
ü  Would not be the best use of my time
ü  Require skills I do not have
ü  Sinful behavior may be shown

“’I have the right to do anything’ you say but not everything is beneficial.  

‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive.”

1 Corinthians 10:23

Then June goes onto giving us a little test we can go through. 

Scriptural Test
Ø  Has God already spoken about it in His word?

 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for 
teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”

2 Timothy 3:16

     Secrecy Test
S                 Ø  Would it bother me if everyone knew this was my choice?

 “The integrity of the upright guides them, 

but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

Proverbs 11:3

     Survey Test
Ø  What if everyone followed my example?

 “Set an example for the believers in speech in life,

 in love, in faith and in purity”

1 Timothy 4:12

     Spiritual Test
Ø  Am I being people pressured or Spirit-

 “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  

Or am I trying to please men? 

 If I were trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Galatians 1:10

Stumbling Test
Ø  Could this cause another person to stumble?

 “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine 

or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.”

Romans 14:21

     Serenity Test
Ø  Have I prayed and received peace about this decision?

Philippians 4:6-7

     Sanctification Test
Ø  Will this keep me from growing in the character of Christ?

 “We…are being transformed into his likeness 

with every increasing glory”

2 Corinthians 3:18

If all of this is still not enough PRAY PRAY PRAY!!
Other verses…
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 32:8
Psalm 25:9
James 1:5
Proverbs 16:9
Psalm 40:8
John 16:13
Matthew 6:10
1 Corinthians 10:31