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How to Make Godly Decisions
All Campuses | Published on July 2, 2017
We’ve all been faced with a big decision at one time or another. You might even be there right now. Trying to figure out where to live, what job to pursue, what school to send your child to–the list goes on and on.
We have to make decisions on a regular basis. Yet too often, we turn to Google, we text a friend, or we try to strategize our way through them. What if we turned to God instead? What if we sought His will by spending time in His Word and by asking Him directly?
In the book of Acts, we see God speaking to Paul and Paul responding to God’s will. It’s tempting for us today to think that if God doesn’t speak to us in a vision, then He’s not speaking to us at all. In reality, He speaks to us every single day through his Word.
The Bible is the living, breathing, active word of the Lord. We cannot expect God to speak to us if we don’t open His word, if we don’t come to Him.
During his recent message, “Our Suffering for the Salvation of Others,” Pastor Robby shared three ways to make decisions that honor the Lord. Here’s how you can apply the Truth to your life:
1. Spend time in prayer.
“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Talk to God. He knows exactly where you’re at and exactly what your future holds: “God, give me wisdom. Show me what to do.”
The greatest spiritual discipline in our Christian life is to read the Bible daily. “God doesn’t need to speak another fresh word at all because He’s already spoken all that He needs to say through His Word,” Pastor Robby said.
Pastor Timothy Keller writes in his book Prayer, “Prayer is both a blessing and encounter with God… We must know the awe of praising His goals, the intimacy of finding His grace, and the struggle of asking His help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of His presence.”
Praise God for His precepts and ask Him for discernment.
2. Seek out Godly counsel.
Who are the people in your life pointing you to Jesus? Who will sharpen you with His Word and challenge you to become more like Christ? These are the people we must seek out in the midst of our decision-making. It’s so easy to follow what the culture says and to do what everyone else seems to be doing. We look to Facebook, Instagram, and the secular world around us, rather than our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We cannot live the Christian life alone. When you’re in the midst of the decision-making process, speak to a trusted friend or mentor. Tell your Life Group and D-Group. Ask for their thoughts and what they believe the Bible says about this matter. Share your prayer requests. Let the Godly men and women in your life come alongside you and offer wisdom in your decision-making.
3. Step forward in faith.
Some Christians spend so much time praying and trying to discern God’s will that they never step out in faith. Taking ample time to pray is wise — but at some point, you will need to make a decision. If you are spending time in His Word, if you are talking to God every day, and if you are surrounded by Godly community, then listen to the call He has placed on your heart. Walk through the door He is opening for you. If God doesn’t want you to proceed in a certain direction, He will make it apparent to you. He has the ability to close doors that are not in His path.
“Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
In the Old Testament, the Israelites had to move forward in faith, trusting that God would provide for them and deliver them to the Promised Land. It was tough. It took years, and they made mistakes along the way. But they forged ahead. Do not let fear keep you from living the full life God has in store for you. He knows your future better than you know your own past. Trust Him and take a step in faith.