Cross that Bridge When I Come to it Eight Keys to Making Wise Decisions
Cross that Bridge When I Come to t Dr.iBrandon Park | May 3, 2015 Eight Keys to Making Wise Decisions
“We make our _______________ and then our decisions __________ us.” What you are today is based upon the decisions that you’ve made i n previous days. And what you will be i n the future will be determined by the decisions you make in your life today. FACT: We make over ________ decisions every day (some important, s ome not so i mportant). Each day we are confronted with a series of choices and those choices determine the direction and the destiny of our lives. When it comes to making decisions, most people find themselves in one of two categories: 1. Some people make ________ ________________ -‐-‐ they move forward too hastily. 2. Some people are __________________ -‐ they procrastinate or decide not to decide. Nothing of significance is ever accomplished in this life without clear decisions. We cannot take our decisions lightly! We need to have some kind of B iblical process that we can go to so that we can arrive at a good decision. The Book of Proverbs shows us how. Proverbs 28:26, “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom in kept safe.” One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to make decisions without the counsel of God. Here are 8 Biblical keys to making wise decisions.
1. _______________ WITH ___________
Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your p resence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” When you are seeking to make a choice, commence with faith. James 1:5 says, “If any man lacks wisdom let him ask of God who gives to a ll men g enerously.” You acknowledge that you are inadequate to make the right choice and you seek His wisdom. Someone has defined rebellion this way: “Reserving for myself the right to make the ________________ decision.” You don’t make the final decision! God does! “In his h eart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) When God speaks to you, he doesn’t always tell us exactly what He wants us to do. (BIBLE ILLUS: Abraham was told to leave his country and go to a c ity that he had not heard of. He didn’t tell Abraham where he was going and he didn’t tell him what the destination was. As Abraham went – God showed him where one step at a time. So God doesn’t necessarily lay out the whole plan for us. Usually, He shows us the first step and then the next step. God will never advance your _______________ beyond your last act of _____________________.
2. _____________ THE __________
Proverbs 13:16 says, “Every prudent man acts out of knowledge.” In other words, we are not to make decisions out of ignorance. We are to get all the facts that we can get regarding the decision that we are going to make. Proverbs 18:13 says, “what a shame, how ignorant, to decide before k nowing the facts.” Solomon wrote this verse. When you read the book of Ecclesiastes he tells us that he learned everything that he could about every situation—he sought learning…he was a learned man. We have to be careful to n ot make decisions based on ____________________. Proverbs 23:23 say