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In our every day lives, we are forced to make numerous decisions. The choices we make have the potential to thrust us into our destiny or throw us off track. As you read this article, I pray that you will apply these six keys. They will help you make godly decisions.

  1. A SURRENDERED LIFE
  •  The first key to making successful decisions is surrendering to God
    • You don’t need God as your co-pilot; you need him as your pilot
    • John 4:34, Jesus said, “It is my meat to do the will of the Father.”
  • Before going to the cross Jesus tried to find another way other than dying to save the lost, but surrendered and said, “Nevertheless not my will but thine be done.”
  • Sin is what Separates us from total Surrender.
  • It’s like a dog who is obedient to his masters every command.

2. DISCERNMENT

  • 1 John 4:1, “Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.”
  • Discernment is the still small voice of the Holy Spirit giving us a thought, picture impression regarding people, things or events that help us in making right choices and decisions.
  • God often gives us direction but doesn’t give us all the details. Discernment helps with details.
  • Acts 16:7-10, Notice they didn’t say, “why,” but, “what now”. Because discernment says, if one door closes, I’m not going to waste time asking why or get discouraged. I’m going to keep walking, knowing that God will open another door that’s bigger and better. They might have killed them, and they would have missed out on being blessed in Macedonia.

3. GODLY COUNSEL

  • Making decisions without getting godly counsel is like a pilot flying a plane through air space without the help of air traffic control. It could end with disaster.
  • Four Biblical Benefits of godly counsel.
    • Protection from hurts, injuries and losses. Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is not counsel, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
    • Success Proverbs 15:22, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
    • Reveals Blind Spots; Proverbs 12:15, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” Godly counsel is a mirror that enables us to identify blind spots.

4. KNOWING GOD’S WORD

  • Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a  light unto my path.”
  • God’s Word helps us avoid many sorrows, pitfalls and tragedies brought on by wrong decisions.
  • Hebrews 4:12

5. PROPHETIC CONFIRMATION

  • 1 Corinthians 14:29, “Let the prophets speak two or three and let the other judge.”
  • If you’re so sure your choice or decision is Godly, wait and expect prophetic confirmation.
  • Just because there have been abuses and misuses of prophecy, doesn’t mean we should avoid the proper use of prophecy.
  • Prophetic confirmation is designed to support, strengthen and provide further evidence.

6. PEACE OF GOD

  1. Two kinds of Peace
  • Peace With God:  Romans 5:1, “Having been justified by faith we have peace with God thru our Lord, Jesus Christ.”   Peace with God comes as a result of repentance and right relationships with God.
  • Peace Of God:  Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.”  Peace is the umpire that calls things “safe” or “out”

Apply these principles to every decision that you make. It doesn’t matter if you think the decision is big or small, you need to take the time and go through these six steps above. Never make a bad decision again, and allow God to be in control of everything in your life.

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About Bill Jenkins

Bill Jenkins is a senior Pastor who has served in full time ministry for over 27 years, renowned conference, life coach and an award winning author. He has been recognized by the Mayor of Indianapolis as a community service leader and by the Minority Business Men as a “Man of Distinction”. He has been featured in Charisma magazine on Trinity Broadcasting Network as well as many other media sources. He is passionate about his work and desires to bring hope and encouragement to those he comes in contact with.

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