The E’s (Ease) of Decision Making–Part 2

            As promised previously, here are the concluding points on decision making within the will of God, taken from a message given by John MacArthur.

            7.  The Principle of Example:  Will it set a helpful example for others?  “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your’s become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.“ (I Cor. 8:9) “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this

 rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way….Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Rom. 14:13, 19)

            8.  The Principle of Evangelism:  Will it lead others to Christ?  “If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?” (I Cor. 10:27-29)  “For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.” (Rom. 14:18)  (Restricting your freedom by not offending            fellow believers can show attractiveness of Christian love to unbelievers.)

            9.  The Principle of Emulation:  Will it be Christ-like?  “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (I Jn. 2:6)  (Would             Jesus do this?)

            10.  The Principle of Exaltation:  Will it glorify God?  “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31)

            Whether you’re facing a big or small decision, consider the ten principles laid out in this and my previous post.

            Allow me to add a couple more brief thoughts.  You’ll notice in the above principles that there’s not an emphasis on feelings.  It’s true that God may give us His peace when we’re in His will.  However, whenever we have to make important decisions, our emotions aren’t nearly as trustworthy as the Spirit’s leading which is gained primarily from the Word of God.  God will never have you do something that contradicts Scripture.  Any counsel you get from others should line up with God’s Word, too.

            Though it sounds like an outworn cliché, learn to take your life one day at a time.  Be faithful to do the tasks set before you right now.  God doesn’t always move in dramatic ways.  Consider I Cor. 7:17-24, a passage I think I’ve shared before.  “But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”

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3 Comments on “The E’s (Ease) of Decision Making–Part 2”

  1. dansrice Says:

    I remember hearing this sermon from MacArthur years ago. I can’t seem to find the recording on the GYT website. Do you know where I can find the original sermon (audio)?

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