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How to make a decision that honors God?

As you look back on 2014, you can see that there were decisions that were made (some good and some bad).  I have counseled people this year that are dealing with bad decisions.  I have celebrated with people as well that have made good decisions, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.  The thing that I have come to learn about decisions more and more is that 1. Everyone has to make them. and 2. We deal with the circumstances.  I know common sense stuff. right.  I have also learned that many bad decisions can be avoided if people will just stop and think about what they are doing.  I find myself sometimes making the smallest dumb decisions because I just won't stop and think (ask my wife, haha).  But whether it is a small decision or a big decision, there are questions that need to be asked for the Christian believer to guide you as to whether this decision is going to lead you down the path towards Christlikeness or towards broken fellowship with God.

Our pastor shared seven questions yesterday that I thought were excellent for anyone seeking to make a decision.  Let me share these with you:

1. Is there a direct command from God about it?   1 John 2:15.  We are notorious as believers in the supernatural to look for supernatural events to be signs of making a decision, when God has put the yes or no perfectly clear in Scripture.  When people do not want to hear the direct command they often times look to the Bible to justify their bad decision.  Where if this was their focus at the first the bad decision could have been avoided altogether.

2. Does it glorify God? 1 Corinthians 10:31.  If I would have realized the power of this question I would have avoided many decisions in college that I made.  There were times when I blatantly did things that did not honor God and there were consequences.  If students today would just stop and think about what they are doing as being God honoring or dishonoring, this would help them in so many of the situations they find themselves in.  This would help their online behavior.  It would also help in their family lives as well.  Sad to say this is bleeding over to parents and their decisions as well.

3. Does it cause others to stumble? 2 Corinthians 6:3.  What is this question ultimately about?  Pastor said it well: influence.  Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone has influence.  We have been teaching this to our daughter who is four.  When she does not want to eat at the table and play, our younger daughter who is two will see how she acts and will ultimately copy her.  We have been trying to show her how much influence she has.  If the same is true of two young girls, the same is true of adult believers.  You have influence and what you do whether you want to admit it or not influences others.  Do you want to influence them to grow closer to Christ or further away?

4. Is this activity necessary? 1 Corinthians 10:23.  This is an excellent question to consider in a time of character being questioned.  It also gives a great out for someone desiring to remove themselves from a place of temptation.  Another way to consider this question is how my life is going to be different by participating in this situation or activity.  It's the simple things that affect the way we grow in our walk with the Lord and doing the things that are unnecessary hinder more than help in our journey.

5. Does it harm my body?  1 Corinthians 3:16-17.  Christians that see the need to abuse their body and senses both physically and emotionally are hurting the very temple the Lord has declared to be holy.  Remember that your body is the temple for the Holy Spirit, the indwelling presence of God.  When we harm our body in a way that God does not desire, then we are hurting the temple that God desires to dwell in.  He has made you for a purpose and what God has made He declared to be good.

6. Does the activity promote evil?  Romans 12:9.  There was a guy I heard give a testimony of how at work during their break time all the people would gather in the break room and watch a trashy talk show that definitely promotes evil.  He was convicted and realized that the best path for him to take as a follower of Christ was to not watch the show and separate himself from the group.  When people came to ask him about why he wasn't coming in there, he now had a perfect opportunity to share Christ because he didn't want to participate in something that promoted evil.

7. Can I ask God to bless it? Proverbs 16:3.  How often do we make decisions and ask God to bless them later.  I have found myself doing this before in my life and I end up eating crow later because it wasn't truly what God desired.  But if I take the time to stop and ask this question for God to bless it from the beginning and see if this is a part of what He desires, then I will end up saving myself great hassles later on.

I believe that if we as Christians ask these questions in our daily behavior we will start to see decisions made for 2015 that will honor God first and foremost.  Then as a church body we will see a corporate movement that honors God as well!

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