Saturday, August 29, 2009

Think Twice

Stop! What are you doing? Are you sure you want to do that? Why? What makes you say yes? And why no? Is that your final answer?

Decision making is such an immense thing to do. Everyday, great or small, we make decisions. These decisions make us succeed if we planned it so meticulous for success; failure for those decisions drawn from anger, jealousy, pride and selfishness. When people settle on ideas and undertakings, they might get to the point were they’re thinking without acting or acting without thinking.

As to the world view, morality is considered to be what you feel is good and what you feel is bad. There are times that what you think is right may not really right in the eyes of our Almighty Creator. Take an instance, drinking (alcohol or something fermented), some might say it is not wrong to drink because it removes stress from a long day of work or it gives us a good sleep. Or staying in front of the computer for like the rest of your life doing nothing for a day may not be offensive to the public or to the morality we have. You decide to do it thinking that you didn’t break any law or you can say morality says it’s good.

Thinking of these issues I can say sometimes I am thinking the same. Such example would be sleeping. Sleeping is part of our basic needs but oversleeping is still part of my discretion. I realized that I missed several points in decision making.

Asking questions before taking any steps and seeing the possibilities if you are making a right decision that pleases the Lord based on His Word will never harm you for sure.

The Bible says:

Is it an indulgence in earthly desires? “Do not love the world or anything in the world” (1 John 2:15)

Would it be pleasing to God or to humankind? Everything you do should be for God’s benefit, not your own or anyone else’s. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your hearts, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians 3:23)

Could God bless it? If it’s not something you could take before in good conscience, you have your answer. “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it” (Proverbs 10:22)

Could you thank God for it? Would it be something that would be inappropriate to thank God for? “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

Would it be a stumbling block to others? You should never do anything that would offend or harm others. “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block of the weak” (1 Corinthians 8:9).

Would I want God to see me do it? You must remember that God sees all –you can’t hide anything from Him. “You know my folly. O God; my guilt is not hidden from you” (Psalms 69:5).lly. O God; my guilt is not hidden from you"edom does not become a stumbling block of the weak"od the Father through him"t

What would its consequences be? God forgives your sin, but you will still have to live with the results of your decisions. “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7).

Would it hinder my walk with God? “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).

Would it bring God glory? Bless the Lord in all you do. “So whether you eat or drink whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

How would Satan react? The last thing you want or need is Satan celebrating your decision. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).

Would it bring me closer to God? Our daily lives should be bringing us ever closer to the heart of God. “Everything is permissible’ – but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’- but not everything is constructive” (1 Corinthians 10:23).

Have I sought godly counsel? Ask advice from godly people who have a proven track record of wise decision-making. “For lack of guidance a nation falls, nut many advisers make victory sure” (Proverb 11:14).

Have I asked the Lord about it? How many decisions do you make on a daily basis without first seeking God? He will never speak something that contradicts His Written Word. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

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