“understand what the will of the Lord is”

JP: Humorous photo that I found along the way. It doesn’t exactly match the article because it looks as if no way is the right way. But I wanted to use it. The article from Pulpit Magazine is a good read. Additionally I thought it was a good followup to our Bible study last night were we discussed “understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).

Making Wise Decisions

Decision-making can be a daunting task for anyone, but Christians have the unique advantage of making decisions that are informed by God’s Word. To do so, there are at least three factors to consider.

  1. Obey the moral will of God as it is revealed in Scripture. If Scripture prohibits the action in question, your decision is easy: don’t do it!
  2. Good decision-making requires that you exercise biblical wisdom. Such wisdom comes from a diligent study of God’s Word.
  3. Consider your own desire. If the Bible is silent about your decision, and if one choice is not clearly wiser than the other, then do what you want. You have the freedom to do so, and God sovereignly works out His plan through your desires (Psalm 37:4; Philippians 2:13).

The above process presupposes that you are submitted to Christ and filled with the Spirit. Otherwise you won’t be able to make biblical decisions, as sin blinds your ability to understand and apply God’s Word to your life. However, if you do have a vital relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and are walking in the Spirit — as opposed to the flesh — you are free to make decisions so long as they don’t violate God’s revealed (moral) will. You shouldn’t be concerned that your decisions will somehow derail God’s sovereign will for you life, because He routinely works through your decisions to accomplish what He purposes.

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