Summer United: Decision Maps
To make good decisions, we need to step out of the moment. We need to go beyond “responding” and intentionally decide under a grander context and bigger picture. We need to look at what God is doing and ask God to help inform our decision making.
Many times decisions that are made “in the moment” are not good decisions. When we make bad decisions, we become hesitant to make future decisions. Our motivation is more about not losing, than winning. The pain of a past decision becomes our focus, not the long term benefit. Instead of taking a step, we hesitate to make a decision. We trade what we want most for what we want now. Our focus is more on the problems, not the possibilities.
If we want to make good decisions, we need to understand God’s will.
God has a sovereign will:
There are things that will happen because God will’s them to happen. God’s will always has more than we can see. God’s sovereign will is a rescue mission. God created man with a free will. In the beginning, man made bad decisions that separated us from God. The rest of the bible is God’s rescue mission and desire to pursue his sons and daughters of the earth.
Moral will of God:
God sets out morals in the bible for His children to follow. Not because he doesn’t want us to have fun, but because He knows remaining within those morals gives us freedom to approach Him and be satisfied. Sin promises something it can never deliver. For a season, sin can be pleasurable. However, it always comes back and steals the very thing it promised. God knows the desires He put in us. He also knows the way we try to fulfill our desires doesn’t work. He will show us a morally better way to fulfill the desires He placed in our heart.
Personal will of God:
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. -Psalm 139:16
God has a will and purpose for your life. The more you understand the sovereign will of God and align yourself with the moral will of God, the better you can discern the personal will of God for your life.
When making hard tough decisions, it is important to look at God’s will in your life. When you understand the grander context of life, decisions seem more clear. Ask yourself these questions when trying to make your tough life decisions:
#1.) Am I spending healthy time with God?
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2
In order to understand God’s will you need to spend time investing in your soul. If we aren’t investing time renewing our mind with Him, our souls will stagnate and we will not be able to understand His will. Make time in your day to read scripture, pray and be alone with God.
#2.) What does scripture say to us?
Sometimes we pray about things that are already clear in God’s word. Trust God and make the decision based on what the scripture says. When you know the truth of God, decisions become easier to make. Find scripture that relates to your circumstance and study it. A good way to study the bible is using the S.O.A.P method. Pray and ask God to reveal what He wants you to see through the scripture.
#3.) Have I sought Godly counsel?
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. -Proverbs 11:14
Seek Godly counsel from people who understand God’s will. Such as, your pastor and mentors. Sometimes we need to get perspective from someone Godly that we respect.
#4.) Do I sense God’s peace?
When you have peace about a decision, you have an inner conviction from God one way or another. God shows up in a still small voice. Sometimes you know a decision is just not quite right. Use this as secondary filter. Do you have peace about your decision after praying, seeking counsel, and seeking God’s will?
#5.) Is it my will or God’s will?
“Is this something I want to do or is this something you want to do through my life?” This is the #1 filter, as a believer, for your life. Spiritual maturity is a transition of our life into God’s will.
Your best decisions are made in grander context, when you align your life with God’s will. Make decisions based on God’s will. To get perspective on God’s will: read scripture, seek Godly counsel, and spend healthy time with God.
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