How do we make Godly decisions?
(Proverbs 4:23 GN) “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
(Matthew 16:21-23 NLT) “From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead. But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
✓ Are born in boundary-less environments.
✓ Base themselves upon misinformation.
✓ Live in emotional isolation.
(John 1:1-4 NLT) “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”
Logos - The Word of God / Bible.
Rhema - The revealed Word of God.
1. Godly decisions are based on the Word of God.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17) “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
(Matthew 13:19 NASB) “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.”
2. Godly decisions are revealed by the Spirit of God.
(John 5:46-47 NASB) “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
(John 6:63 NLT) “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
3. Godly decisions are made with the wise people of God.
(Proverbs 13:20 NLT) “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”
(Proverbs 4:10-13 NLT) “My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.”
(James 1:5 NIV) “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
(1 Kings 4:29 NIV) “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”
✓ Start reading the Bible daily.
✓ Get in a Small Group.
✓ Decide to grow with God this year.