Decision Making: Should I or Shouldn't I?



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One of the toughest questions that we are plagued with is "Did I make the right choice?" This question extend to many elements of life in which we have to decide or determine one choice over the other. God does not want us struggling with this question, He wants us to make decisions and not be tormented by them. God has given us tools to help in making good decisions by looking to His Word and having the gift of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. There are three key elements in good decision making that we can gain confidence in making the right decision. 




Have a standard
Isaiah 59:19 KJV[19] So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
When it comes to decision making we must have a benchmark to measure the choices against. Having a standard allows to know where we should morally draw the line. The enemy will present a path before you seemingly leading to your destination but it will not come without a cost. Your standard should be measured against the will of God. If any aspect violates God's will, you know that is not the path to choose.

Know the burden (Peace of God be the ruler)
Colossians 3:15 AMP[15] And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ's one body you were also called to live. And be thankful (appreciative), giving praise to God always.
In knowing the burden of a decision we are asking ourselves can we deal with the consequences of one choice over the others. Each choice presents its self with its own set of sacrifices and gains that will be made. The key to dealing with this is to allow the peace of God to be the ruler of our hearts. There is nothing like making a decision and then being miserable afterwards. When we make a decision we should have peace in that decision and that comes through God. God is not the author of confusion and if a decision causes an inner struggle then that is not the choice to make.

Stay in bounds
Micah 6:8 AMP[8] He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?
Having boundaries is understanding how to operate within the parameters of the choice that is made. If you watch sports such as basketball or football, you will notice that the game is played within a governed boundary. Once, the game has started one of the major points particularly on the offensive side is to keep the ball within that boundary. If the player who has the ball allows it go "out of bounds" or outside the boundary the ball is turned over to the other team. Enough turn overs will lead to a team losing the game. These turn overs are causes by carelessness, distractions, or pressure. Do not fall victim to these things as you follow God's will. Stay focused and stay in the will of God.

To my readers:

Our actions within each day, each moment, each second is the result of a decision that was made. Furthermore, each decision is birthed from the struggle of "should I or shouldn't I" and from that each decision carries a weight of consequence and sacrifice. We can only hope that we have made the best decision. But what if I told you that that decision making process will now be easier by trusting in leaning on God allowing Him to direct our path. Psalm 119:105 AMP "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."


 

2 comments:

  1. Good thoughts on decision making. I think this is a subject Christians struggle with throughout their lives, especially when the choice is between two good, moral, or reasonable options. In the end, once we have followed the steps as you have outlined, we trust that God's plans and purposes will prevail in our lives because we belong to Him. Blessings, Sondra

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    1. Thanks Sondra for commenting. Trusting God's plans and purpose will help ensure that we are making good decisions. He is able to guide because he is the one who created the path and have already given us an expected in.

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