A Life of Decisions

In the Body of Christ, every believer and follower of Christ has the right and privilege of knowing His perfect will in every circumstance and situation. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Christ living inside us, will guide us into ALL TRUTH. 

Have you ever wanted to know either the history or the outcome of a particular situation? God knows these things, and he is willing to share information. Often we make our choices based on pre-judging (prejudice) or assumption because of what we see. God wants us to make choices based on faith, or what we can’t see, which is believing He knows everything, and what He knows is perfect and best. 

Nearly all the time, special knowledge from God is not needed to make a right decision. We have His written Word, the Bible, where every life issue can be weighed with the principles and commands spelled out clearly for us. The Spirit of God will always use the Word of God to teach us and make God’s perfect will clear to us. 

Here is one example of how God leads and teaches us.  We begin with some scriptures.

Genesis 2:23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

   “This one is bone from my bone,
      and flesh from my flesh!
   She will be called ‘woman,’
      because she was taken from ‘man.’”

 24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Ephesians 5:31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

These two passages reveal the heart of God how marriage is ordained to work. God does not give anyone a pass on this. If you will read all of Ephesians 5, you will learn that marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His Body, which is all believers. In order for Christ to be properly and truthfully demonstrated in marriage, a man must leave his parents and become one with his wife. When we became Christians, we became mysteriously joined to Christ in a relationship that the world we leave behind for that cannot understand. So it is that only the husband and wife can understand their own relationship with each other. Parents are not to be initmately involved inthat relationship, because that is not God’s plan. The book of Ephesians is greatly descriptive of how the Holy Spirit creates intimacy with believers and reveals truth. Marriage is a Spirit-led union. Any influence apart from God is impurity. Missing the mark. Sin.

Only the Hoy Spirit can bring about complete intimacy between Christ and man; between Christ and the church while we remain on this earth. When we get to heaven, then we shall know even as we are already known by God. I Corinthians 13 11-12 says, When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Here are questions for you to ponder today: do you want to know God intimately or partially? Do you want to live in truth? 

There is a way you can begin to unravel how your life has gone so far, and set the order for a right future. Make three columns on paper. In the first column, wirte down every major decision you have every made in a list. Leave lots of room between. In the second column, next to each listed decision, write down how that decision turned out. Good, bad, indifferent, or maybe you have never figured it out totally.  In the third column, write what God says about your decision. At the right of this blog, there is a link to Bible Gateway where you can research many Bible translations, topics, and commentaries. This third column will take some time. You are encouraged to completely finish this task.

Decisions based on truth will shine like heavenly lights. Praise and thank God for those! 

Decisions based on personal prejudice or wrong teaching from your past require cleansing. Seek the Lord for forgiveness and surrender yourself to His leading for what to do about these things. He will lead you into real truth that you can believe wholeheartedly. He will lead you into a right future.

Sometimes we have based new decisions on old bad decisions. We think the new choices will fix the old ones, or make them better. This can make getting at the truth involved and tricky. However, if you will rely on God, surrendering to the teaching and power of the Holy Spirit, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32) Then you can finish up the good work God has begun in you! 

Philippians 1:6 (New Living Translation) ” And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Have a great day in the Lord!

 

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2 responses to “A Life of Decisions

  1. wellwateredgarden

    Good message! I don’t believe, though, that a person has to muddle through his/her past in order to find direction for the future.

    Once forgiveness has been asked for, granted and received, the past is mute and the future uncluttered, see Psalm 103.

    We do not need to ‘understand’ the past in order to make righteous decisions for the future. All we need to do is, as you have stated, involve the Holy Spirit into our decision making process.

    What helps me a lot is when I am confronted with a difficult (or not so difficult) decision and sense no clear direction, I tell God that I am relying on His guidance and will assume that whatever I believe I need to do will be His will and then go ahead and make the decision that seems best.

    In other words, when I come to a fork in the road … I take it!

    If I miss it and it proves to be a wrong decision, or not right enough, then I depend on God to (like a GPS) show me how to get back, and He does.

    This becomes second nature after a while and very helpful.

    I hope this helps … God bless you!

    • You are correct about not muddling through; however, my readership seems to be struggling Christians. The point is to get them to examine themselves and have the Holy Spirit lead them to repentance and to receive God’s total forgiveness in every area of their lives. To list all decisions out and then go over them by way of scripture will put them in a more total perspective for the Lord to say, see, I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life.

      You mentioned Psalm 103. That is a wonderful Psalm. Most of the Psalms are reiterations of things past, present, and future, listed out for the Light of God to shine through.

      How would we learn from God’s Word if it contained nothing of human past decisions for us to see God working them out for His good?

      As I grow older, I find the the Lord reveals even wrong teachings from my childhood which led to false choices IN my childhood which did not seem significant until I understand they are present hindrances to my total relationship with the Lord now. “Understanding” simply means receiving revealtion from the Lord whereby He points out truth so we can move ahead now.

      Your fork in the road can always be the right fork. There are always clear indicators backed up by wise counsel and scripture which way to go. An unclear decision means wait. God wants you to know His will. He can use you more fully on the right path.

      Many believers do not understand that to follow Christ means literally to follow Him. He is in the right path, and we can look at Him and stick like glue. Yes, this takes time and practice, and it does become a very blessed habit.

      Faith is never intended to be blind.

      My personal walk with the Lord is not always reflected in my blog. Often, it is the Lord speaking through me for His intentional purpose to someone else. You input is always welcome. God will use it to help clarify His point for whatever reader needs it today.

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