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President’s Blog #7 – How Can I Know What God Wants Me to Do?

Using Mere Human Methods To Find God’s Will Leads

To Desperation, Frustration, Guilt, and Uncertainty.

 

Here Are Five Basic Principles To Assist You In Knowing What God Wants You To Do:

1st BASIC PRINCIPLE:  GO TO THE LORD.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God… and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt…Do not merely listen to the word…Do what it says.”  James 1:5-22  

How Do We Go To Him?  We must demonstrate trust, practice submission, give ourselves to prayer and live in obedience to Him.  In James 1:25 God promises that the man who is obedient in the word “will be blessed in what he does.”

2nd BASIC PRINCIPLE:  UNDERSTAND GOD’S GUIDELINES.  The Guidebook Is The Bible!  God’s Guidelines Are Provided As Commands and Principles.  Paul Instructs Us, “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteous-ness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16,17

God’s Clear Commands Offer Us Direction For Most Of Life’s Decisions.

God’s Clear Commands Offer Us Direction For Most Of Life’s Decisions.  For Example:

Love God And Your Neighbor (Mark 12)
Forgive Others (Mark 11:25) 
Help a Brother In Need (1 John 3)
Be Holy (1 Peter 1)
Keep The Sabbath, Do Not – Worship Idols, Murder, Lie, Steal, Covet, Give False Testimony, Commit Adultery  (Ex. 20)

God’s Principles Offer Guidance For Decisions Not Clearly Covered By His Commands.  For Example:

Don’t Try To Get Rich Quick (Proverbs 28)
Don’t Follow The Crowd (Romans 12)
Be Subject To Authorities (Romans 13)
Work As If For God, Not Your Boss (Colossians 3)
Use Your Tongue To Edify (Ephesians 4)
Seek The Good Of Others (Philippians 2)

3rd BASIC PRINCIPLE: INVESTIGATE YOUR OPTIONS.  All Possibilities Must Be Considered, Along With Probable Consequences – Both Worldly And Spiritual.  “The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.” Proverbs 18:17

Use Your God Given Gifts For Decision Making – Judgment, Discernment, Wisdom, Maturity In Faith, Knowledge of God’s Will.  Evaluate Your Abilities, Interests, And Weaknesses. Test Your Decision. Does It Violate – God’s Biblical Principles? Good Judgment?  Your Spiritual Well Being?

4th BASIC PRINCIPLE:  DISCUSS DECISION WITH OTHERS.  A Wise Man Surrounds Himself With Wiser Men.  “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”  Proverbs 12:15 

After Careful Research And Consideration, Seek The Counsel Of Others.  Whose Counsel Should You Seek? “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Ps 1:1,2                                                                                                                                                                            

It Does Little Good To Seek Advice When Your Mind Is Made Up.  Be Open To Wise Counsel & Different Course-After Careful Thought.

5th BASIC PRINCIPLE:  EXPRESS YOUR FREEDOM.  Our God Given Freedom Begins With Decisions In Obedience To God’s Specific Commands And Principles And Extends To Those Decisions That His Commands And Principles Have Not Clearly And Specifically Addressed.  You Are Free To Decide – In Obedience, With Discernment, After Seeking Wise Counsel Of Others. If The Decision Comes Hard, If You Are Uneasy, Not At Peace, If The Consequences Are Serious – You May Wish to Wait Before Deciding: 

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”  (Proverbs 21:5)

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”  (Proverbs 21:5)
“The man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith…”  (Romans 14:23)
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(Ph 4:7)

Do Not Be Paralyzed By Fear Or Use Petty Excuses To Delay An Important Decision.  When All Available Information Yields No Clear Direction And The Choices Are Mutually Good, Remember The Breastpiece Of Decision (Ex 28:29) And Flip A Coin!  God Can Use Either Decision To His Glory.

SUMMARY

How Can I Know What God Wants Me To Do?

1.  Go To The Lord.

2.  Understand God’s Guidelines.

3.  Investigate Your Options.

4.  Discuss With Others.

5.  Express Your Freedom.

DECISION CHECK LIST:           YES       NO

Have I Asked For God’s Help? [  ] [  ] Am I Filling My Mind With God’s Word? [  ] [  ] Do I Obey God’s Clearly Revealed Will – Am I
Determined To Please Him? [  ] [  ]

Do I Show My Trust For God In Every Area Of
My Life? [  ] [  ]

Do Specific Biblical Commands/Principles Apply
To This Decision? [  ] [  ]

Have I Examined The Alternatives And Consequences
Of Each Possible Decision Option? [  ] [  ]

Have I Examined How My Abilities And Weaknesses 
Apply To My Options? [  ] [  ]

Will My Decision Glorify God, Build Me Up 
Spiritually, And Edify Others? [  ] [  ]

Have I Sought Out Worthy Counselors And Evaluated
Their Advice? [  ] [  ]

Is This Decision A Matter Of My Own Freedom? [  ] [  ] Would Waiting Be Profitable Or Detrimental? [  ] [  ] Do I Have Peace That My Decision Is Right? [  ] [  ]