Four prerequisites for effective decision-making:
1. Do God’s will as known from His Bible and without focusing on comfort, happiness, materialism, fulfillment, etc in our life. Note from the scripture below as the will of God is described as “your sanctification”, “doing service, as to the Lord”, “giving thanks in everything”, “do what is pleasing in His sight”, “doing right”, “no longer lusting for the things of men”, “keeping His commandments which are not burdensome”, etc.
a. 1 Thessalonians 4: 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; [being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ]
b. Ephesians 6: 5…be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, 6 doing the will of God 7doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, NKJV
c. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
d. Hebrews 13: 20 Now the God of peace,…21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,
e. 1 Peter 2: 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
f. 1 Peter 4: 2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
g. I John 5: 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
h. Psalms 40: 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”
i. Romans 12: 1 …I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. HCSB
j. 1 Corinthians 1: 1 Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
k. James 4: 15 …you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
l. Psalm 37: Do not fret because of evildoers,… 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; 4 Delight yourself in the Lord; 7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret …, 8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret;
m. Mark 12: 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31,… ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ also Matthew 5: 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
n. Matthew 28 : 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, 20 …and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
o. Matthew 5: 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
2. Avail yourself of wisdom for guidance from the Bible, the Holy Spirit and mind of Christ:
a. Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
b. 1 Corinthians 6: 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
c. 1 Corinthians 2: 12 Now we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 16 …But we have the mind of Christ.
3. Use the Sound Mind Principle with continuous prayer for guidance:
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 pray without ceasing;
4. Replace anger and fear with faith by thanking God in all circumstances:
a. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always; 18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
b. Philippians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God
c. Habakkuk 3: 18 … I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength,
5. Decision-making in a life following prerequisite principles 1-4.
a. Develop a long term “Life Vision or Purpose” that will be used as a guide in decision making or plans for the future. This should be short. My vision in 1950 was 4 words, 7 words in 1986 and 32 words in 2015/16.
b. A decision between alternatives. Develop criteria for assessment. Rate each alternative for each criteria. This may include research, consultations with others and careful thought. Total the ratings for each alternative. These totals should help in finalizing your decision between alternatives. In this and future steps it is absolutely necessary to be disciplined by keeping careful notes of the entire process.
c. A yes or no answer to one question or opportunity. Develop pro’s and con’s in 2 columns for the question and then rate these similar to b. above. Many if not most one issue questions may actually have undeveloped alternatives available.
d. Problem Solving. Recognize difference between fact & problem. Define the problem, Develop alternative solutions. Select best solution. Implement that solution. Then continuingly Review progress, Revise strategies & action steps if appropriate and Refocus energy.
I have over 10 posts on my blog related to this subject. Go to “Life Vision” https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/life-vision-102/ for the first post and then at the bottom in “tags” click on “Life Vision” for posts like “How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge”, “The Problem Solving Cycle”, “The Tyranny of Urgency”, “In a a pit with a lion-How to survive and thrive when opportunity roars”, ” When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith”, etc.
Henry Luke August 29, 2106