The E’s (Ease) of Decision Making–Part 1

            Some time back I copied notes from a message about making decisions within the will of God, which was given by John MacArthur on his radio program.  I passed these tips along to my children and thought I’d share them with you with the hope that you’ll find them encouraging.  It’s practical, though MacArthur does use some big words in his attempt to make important points begin with “e”.  I’m going to make this a two part study so I can include all the Bible verses.  You can meditate on the principles outlined.

            1.  The Principle of Expedience:  Will it be profitable to me spiritually?  “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.“ (I Cor. 10:23)

            2.  The Principle of Edification:  Will it build me up?  (I Cor. 10:23)

            3.  The Principle of Excess:  Will it slow me down in the race?  “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,…“ (Heb. 12:1)  “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one

 that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (I Cor. 9:24-27)  )Notice weight and sin are separate; things that are not             wrong in themselves can weigh us down.)

            4.  The Principle of Enslavement:  Will it bring me into bondage?  (Heb.             12:1;  I Cor. 9:24-27) “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.“ (Rom. 6:12-14)

            5.  The Principle of Equivocation:  Will it be a covering for my sin?  “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.“ (I Peter 2:16)

            6.  The Principle of Encroachment:  Will it violate the lordship of Christ in my life?  “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Rom. 14:2-8)  (Don’t go against conscience or usurp God’s sovereignty in your life.)

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