Decisions

20 05 2010

Hey guys,

As summer quickly approaches here are some thoughts from Mariya about making decisions in a Godly way.

Decisions

by Mariya Jones

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

In this verse, James is expressing our need for wisdom not only as knowledge, but also as discernment. We must make wise decisions all the time. The difficult part is knowing what the right decision to make is. God tells us that if we just pray and ask Him for guidance, He will grant it to us. God wants us to make good decisions for our lives, but often we fall short and go the wrong direction. If we turn to God and ask him for support and guidance, He will be our wise leader and show us the right path.

In my Bible in the book of 1 Corinthians, there is a table with questions about how we should go about making decisions. It says:

If I choose one course of action:

…does it help my witness for Christ?

…am I motivated by a desire to help others know Christ?

…does it help me do my best?

…is it against a specific command in Scripture and would thus cause me to sin?

…is it the best and most beneficial course of action?

…am I thinking only of myself, or do I truly care about the other person?

…am I acting lovingly or selfishly?

…does it glorify God?

…will it cause someone else to sin?

Before we make a major decision, we must know in our hearts that it is truly what God wants for our lives. We must be certain that He is the center of everything that we are about to do. This will create a stronger relationship with God by realizing He is our rock and provider.

If we become impatient on waiting for the right answer from God, this can be disastrous. Sometimes God’s timing is very different from our own, and part of how He shapes us is by making us wait for His command. God will come through; we just have to trust Him completely. In 1 Samuel 13, Saul does not obey the command given to him by God through Samuel. He doesn’t trust God to care for him and his people, and thus makes a foolish decision. This foolish decision leads to a dire consequence. Samuel informs him that since he did not obey him, Saul’s kingdom will not endure. 1 Samuel 13:11-14

“‘What have you done?’ asked Samuel.

Saul replied, ‘When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.’

‘You acted foolishly,’ Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.’”

If we cannot trust in the Lord and wait for his clear decision, we will suffer like Samson suffered under the Philistines for choosing to be with Delilah. Have you ever made a decision and later faced the consequences for it? Wait, who hasn’t? We all make mistakes and learn after we have had to suffer the consequences. For some situations, the consequences are small compared to what could have happened. For others of us, the result is something we will live with for the rest of our lives.

God doesn’t want us to take on the burden of making major life decisions on our own. We trust him for guidance and lean on fellow Christians for support. We can’t always do everything on our own. This is why God gave us the church, so that when we find that church family we belong to, we can learn from their wisdom and decision making processes. God doesn’t turn his back on us, even when we make completely wrong decisions. He guides us and all we have to do is trust that guidance and seek it in our daily lives. What is God leading you to do?

Blessings!

To the King!

Katy

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Knowledge

6 05 2010

Hey guys,

Crazy busy time right now?!  I know.  I had to have foot surgery this past week which forced me to slow down and it was pretty agonizing having to just sit around and do nothing for five days straight.  Too much to do and so little time right?!

Anyway, a great chance for you to slow down and take break is going to College Camp May 21-23.  You need to get registered ASAP.  We extended the registration deadline to May 10th, which is this MONDAY!!!!  So get your registrations in!

Here’s a devo from Mariya:

Knowledge

by Mariya Jones

Recently, I was talking with a friend about answers in life and how we can’t know everything right now. I said that the answers are not obvious to us all the time and sometimes, we can’t know the answers to our most burning questions until we go to heaven. We know that when that glorious day comes and we are in heaven with our Father, we will have all knowledge and understanding. 1 Corinthians 13:12

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

When we meet our Maker face to face, we will have all the answers. I don’t think it will necessarily be God telling us everything we need to know or even us knowing everything. I think it will be a peace that we don’t need all the answers and just having an understanding. Only God has all the answers and we must trust Him to take care of us. Matthew 11:25

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.’”

Knowing all of life’s truths or answers isn’t healthy for our faith. In order to trust God fully, we must lean on Him for understanding. If we understand everything, there wouldn’t be a reason for Him! Just like Job had to trust God after his life seemingly fell apart, we must trust God to keep us afloat in the storms of our lives. We must understand that no matter how hard it gets, God will be our solid rock because he is the one with all the knowledge. Like my Bible’s footnotes say, “To be unshakable, faith must be built on the confidence that God’s ultimate purpose will come to pass.” Sometimes we might not understand what God is doing in our lives until we look back and say, “Huh. So that’s what God was doing and shaping me for during all of that.”

God promises a knowledge when we believe and trust in Him with all our hearts. But the full knowledge will not come until we are united with Him in heaven. What a great feeling we will have then! So this week think about what you have been longing to know or understand and ask God to take that from you. When you are feeling really burdened, give it to God and fully trust that He will take care of it.

Have a blessed day.  Praying for you!

To the King!

Katy