James 1:7-8 (GN) “A person… unable to make up his mind and undecided in all he does, must not think he will receive anything from the Lord.”
How do we make wise Decision?
I. STEP ONE: PRAY FOR GUIDANCE
Pr. 28:26 (LB) “A man is foolish to trust himself. But those who use God’s wisdom are safe.”
Col 3:15 (GN) “The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make.”
Ask: What does God want? Not what do I want.
II. STEP TWO: GET THE FACTS
Pr. 13:16 “Every prudent man acts out of knowledge.”
Pr. 18:13 (LB) “It’s stupid to decide before knowing the facts!”
Ask: What do I need to know?
III. STEP THREE: ASK FOR ADVICE
Pr. 24:6 (GN) “The more advice you get, the more likely you are to win.”
“It is wise to learn from experience, but even wiser to learn from the experience of others.”
Pr. 20:18 (GN) “Get good advice and you will succeed.”
IV. STEP FOUR: CALCULATE THE COST
Pr. 20:25 “It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.”
Luke 14:28 (esv) For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
ASK: IS IT WORTH IT?
V. STEP FIVE: PREPARE FOR PROBLEMS
“Expect the Best but I Prepare for the Worst.”
Pr. 22:3 (LB) “A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them… The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences.”
Ask two questions:
1. What can go wrong?
2. What will happen if it does?
VI. STEP SIX: FACE YOUR FEARS
Question: What your excuse?
Eccl. 11:4 (LB) “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.”
God has always use imperfect people, in imperfect situation to get his will done.
The basic decisions of life/commitments life must be made in this middle of this thing call life.
Romans 8:31 (ESV) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
FOUR BASIC LIFE DECISIONS
That I commit myself…
– to Christ and my family, a church family
– to the habits necessary for spiritual growth
– to using my God-given gifts and abilities in serving God and others (Get in the game)
– to sharing Christ with others