Sometimes I ask God why do people have to undergo hardship and trials? It may came to a point that you need to decide not only for yourself but for a team or a department or considering it would affect your family how will you do it?
Getting Started on the Road to Right Decision Making
So how do you get started working with God so you can begin making right decisions and showing good judgment?
1. Before make a decision surrender to Him first.
We as human being we view the right things to do when it is favorable to us or we will have a benefit on it. This is one of the famous line when it comes to decision making “what ever you do follow your heart”.
Our heart is wicked as it was describe.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
What does God have to say to that? My question to you right now does it Glorify Him? Do you have peace in your heart? These are the questions you need to consider when making a decision. No Compromise and Justification you can not correct a mistake with another mistake.
Proverbs 16:1 We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
2. Before make a decision Read & illuminate on God’s word.
The only way you’re going to get to know God and his character is to study His word. To be more Christ like meaning to build your relationship with Him. He is our creator and we are His creation. He left us a manual which is I believe in every problem we have, there will always be a solution. Read your manual (Bible) daily as advice.
Joshua 1:8 New International Version (NIV) Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day andnight, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Here is the promise of God to us if we continuously read His word we will never get wrong. All the solution to our problem the bible is applicable
3. Before make a decision Pray & Wrestle with God. Talk to God
Our way of communicating to Him is by the means of praying. If we never speak to our spouse or never listen to anything our spouse might have to say to us, our marriage relationship will quickly deteriorate. It is the same way with God. Prayer is a communication with God that helps us grow closer and more intimately connected with God. You can always ask the Holy Spirit for Guidance and Wisdom in decision making. Talk to him don’t stop unless He give you the answer. God see’s the heart
Matthew 26:41 New International Version (NIV) “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Romans 8:26-27 New International Version (NIV) In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
4. Surround yourself with people who are further along in the journey.
This is I call my spiritual family. These are the people who can give biblical advice not worldly advice to something that you are burdened with. These are the people that will encourage you to stand up and keep up the fight. We know if we are alone we are weak but if you have companion it is much easier to decide. Find a mentor that suits your personality and you can get along with.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 New International Version (NIV) Though one may be overpowered,two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
There are time in my life that I stay in bed, walking alone the street, and just doing nothing I kind a question God “Do I qualify to be one of your Disciple?” I’m just an ordinary person with just an ordinary life. I’m not a teacher in profession and did not study theology subject back when I’m still at school.
You Qualify If you are an Ordinary Person
An ordinary person like you can change the world not because you are intelligent or good but God is good and full of wisdom. You don’t have to perform anything just let God use you mightily in His presence and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and Protection. A living vessel that God can use to minister to people.
1 Corinthians 1:27-28 New Living Translation (NLT) Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he choose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.
God sometimes use foolish people to change the world. Like the 12 Apostles here are some of them like Peter, Andrew, James, John are Fishermen and Matthew is a Tax Collector, Simon is a Political Activist.
You Qualify If You Obey His Command even if it is Uncomfortable.
Sometimes it is easy to follow God’s instruction when it is favorable to ourselves or we can benefit from it but what if it would take your salary, or would take too much of your time or it would take your life would you consider doing it anyways?
Best example of being obedient is Jesus when he is going to wash the feet of His disciples, Imagine the Kings of Kings and the Lords or Lord would humble himself to wash the feet of an ordinary people. Do you think its is comfortable to Jesus?
John 13:6-8 NLT When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
You Qualify if you Believe that God’s Standard is far more better than the World’s Standard
Base on Worldly view yes you are not qualified to be a Minister or Disciple because of the sin you have done before up until now but God’s grace is sufficient and all you have to do is to accept Him as your personal Lord and savior. It is God who Qualifies you not because you are nice or good or among other person you are far better than him/her,but it is by the grace of God that you are qualified.
John 15:16 New Living Translation (NLT) You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
As I continue my walk with Jesus Christ I met different people in church and have fellowship with them. Some shares their passion, some open up their story on how they met Jesus, some of them share their experience in their work place, family issue and relationships. If you have your own family at home you should have a spiritual family in Christ.
Why do you need a Spiritual Family?
1. Someone has the authority to rebuke you because by human nature we are sinful.
Sometimes we as Christians we can do things that is not pleasing to God the Father or does not bring glory to Him. Having a Spiritual Family is like someone is accountable of what is happening to you and can overview your growth as a Christian.
Matthew 18:15-17 New International Version (NIV) “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
2. Learn from the mistakes of others. You are both accountable to each other.
One of my favorite financial speaker is “Chinkee Tan”. Great wisdom by this man and every time I had the opportunity to listen to him I still learn many things and his favorite saying “Experience is the best teacher?” No. “Experience of others is the best teacher”
Proverbs 27:17 New International Version (NIV) As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
3. Burning coal!
Often we hear an illustration of a “Burning Coal“. When we fill we are not worthy for God we tend to isolate ourselves like a burning coal remove from other coals tendency is that your fire will die. These are what I like about Spiritual Family; they follow up on you, keep in touch with you, concern about you, and you could feel you are a family. On my perspective God use this people as an catalyst that would ignite your love to God.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV (English Standard Version) Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.