Wise Decision Making


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Wise Decision Making

  1. 1. Wise Decision-Making In A Great Christian Family
  2. 2. Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
  3. 3.  Decision breaks or makes a family. Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
  4. 4. 1. Remember these Five Guidelines in Decision-Making
  5. 5. A. Strong atmosphere of prayer James 1:5 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. Matthew 18:19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
  6. 6. B. Clear Words of God are followed and must never be violated Psalm 119:1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Psalm 119:98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies for they are ever with me.
  7. 7. C. Confirmation of Critical Decision by God-given authorities and godly leaders Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 20:18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. a. Spiritual Authority b. Parental Authority
  8. 8. D. Christian testimony must be considered significantly 1Corinthians 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1Corinthians 10:32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God--
  9. 9. E. Peace of God in your heart and mind Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  10. 10. 2. Seek the opinions of the family with clear explanations of advantages James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  11. 11. 3. Delay making final decisions when opinions are differing and opposing for more prayer Isaiah 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. NOTE: Waiting in prayer while walking in obedience is necessary for God's work and blessing
  12. 12. 1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
  13. 13. 4. Allow the head of the family who is the father to make and state the final decision Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
  14. 14. 5. Support the final decision without complaining , grumbling and speaking negatively maintaining agreement and unity Mark 3:25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand
  15. 15. Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, NOTE: Avoid harboring grudge and bitterness when decision is not working or succeeding immediately
  16. 16. 6. Evaluate the processes and outcome of a decision in your weekly Communication Time Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. NOTE: Evaluation is a vital part in obtaining success of the plans
  17. 17. 7. Adjust or even change a decision if it is not successful at a given target date. Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
  18. 18. NOTE: Timing is everything ! Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
  19. 19. Conclusion: Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 3:5-6 v.5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; v.6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. [1]