Near to God: Part 8
Making Wise Decisions
I grew up in church, and I’ve heard a lot of different sermons. The problem is that I had as a young Christian, many of the sermons were inspiring but where not practical. This message I wanted to make sure that this message was practical to help you in making wise decisions.
When you look at scriptures, making wise decisions for us today begins at Hebrews 5:12-14. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
We need to learn from those who have come before us and through God’s Word or we can never begin making wise decisions. The question is though how do we know what to do when the Bible doesn’t clearly state what our actions should be? How can we be sure we are doing what is best? When scripture doesn’t clearly tell us what to do, we need to focus on the principles found inside God’s Word to guide us.
The author of Hebrews tells us that immature Christians are in need of milk, not solid food. The immature Christian always wants to know if something is right or wrong. Sadly, they often want us to decide for them. They don’t realize that maturity is the key to making wise decisions.
Using the principles of God in making wise decisions
Their several key principles to help everyone in making wise decisions. The first principle is the principle of Grace. Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians 6:12 that “I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” – but I will not be mastered by anything. When making wise decisions, we first need to think if the outcome will lead us to freedom or into bondage. God’s grace is given to us to break the bondage of sin. 2nd Corinthians 3:17 tells us that “now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” We must not permit anything else to become our Lord. Only God is worthy of our worship.
The second principle to help you in making wise decisions is the principle of Growth. In 1st Corinthians 10:23 we are told “I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” – but not everything is constructive. We have to think that if the decision we make will build us up or tear us down. The best mindset we can have is to ask ourselves the question “Am I becoming more like Christ? Is the decision making us like Christ? If the decision pushes us to be like Christ, we are making wise decisions.
The third principle is the principle of attitude. As we continue in 1st Corinthians 10:24 we see that “no one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” To make the correct decisions, we also need to review if the decision is selfish or insensitive to other people. In our decisions, love must govern the boundaries of our liberty. Galatians 5:13 tells us that “you, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
By focusing on the principles of God, we can strive to make every decision God-centered. We have to realize that a good conscience is like a fine wine and grows over years of making wise decisions.
Dr. Dale Yerton
Apostle to the Church - Journey Church Hopkinsville
Dr. Dale Yerton has served in Christian ministry for over 60 years. As president of The Living Faith, Inc., he provides his quality teaching materials to leaders in 35 nations and each year trains more than 2,000 ministers, preaching an average of 250 times annually.
Dale and his wife Evelyn live in Kentucky with their family. They have two daughters: Kari Yerton and Lora–married to Vince Farrell. They also have two grandchildren: Emma and Bennett Farrell.