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Decisions, Decisions

Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. When making decisions remember that God is for you, not against you. The ways that God prospers us are many and some have gone into an exploitation mode when thinking about that prosperity. Some have tried to offset that abuse by creating the term "prosperity gospel." In this

"hip shot" at God's promises that term has polluted the very Word of God. Hence the above scripture. I even heard someone say one time "Oh, God keeps His promises" and then they proceeded to tell all of the negative things God has promised to those who don't follow Him correctly. I have one word to say to them. Grace. We should. never water down or abuse God's truth to make a personal point, and the war against anything good coming from God is a major mistake. I don't want to ever come across as minimizing the power of God to make it palatable and easier for me to understand. His truth will always stand on its own two feet and never waver. Our God Is An Awesome God!!

But still, we forget, don't we? When making decisions we should always spend time with God for direction and guidance. God's Word speaks to this and gives us direction in the form of a discerning heart that is unique to each one of us. No cookie-cutter religious fluff. Just pure truth from God and a personal word that is unique to our situation.

In 1 Kings 3 Solomon prayed for wisdom to be able to govern the people and his cry sounded like this: 1 .Kings 3:7 “Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around.8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” King Solomon's first act of wisdom was when he turned to God for more wisdom and ours should follow his example by turning to God for discernment and wisdom, and God will give it to us.

All of this begins by conforming our thinking to what God wants and He will renew our minds to be able to discern as needed. Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. To conform to God's way of thinking means we must be willing to think "outside the box" when God leads us to and let the Holy Spirit guide us. Usually, God is going to lead us against the very customs and behaviors of this world because it is "from the world." We are in the world, but not of the world. We are "of God." So our thinking will always be different than other people because we are coming from a God-centered perspective. The Apostle Paul wrote this in 1 Corinthians 2:14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

This is frustrating for me personally because I see things from a different perspective at times and even other Christians don't think the same way. But that is because God is speaking to me. Me! It doesn't mean I am better than someone else, but it does mean I need to keep a close relationship with my Heavenly Father to make sure I am on the right track. Because without His Word I am nothing and wandering aimlessly in life. But with His Word, I am very focused and purposeful. Discernment becomes a reality at that point and then God can really do some great things through me then because He has brought me to a place to listen correctly.

If you are toiling over some major or minor decisions right now, do like Solomon and admit you are in over your head and you need God's help in order to live the life He has called you to live. As always, God will come through with great wisdom and discernment and show you the path you must follow. 1 John 2:26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray.27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. We have everything we need when we have the Holy Spirit and you get Him when you receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

The Pilgrimage Continues.

David Warren

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