DCCC FAMILY CONFERENCE 2012APRIL 6, 2012BIBLICAL DECISION MAKINGPASTOR NEIL Q. MIÑA
PREFATORY Salvation is no different to making decisions. Though it’s a done transaction, sinners are called to come to Christ, enter the narrow gate, repent and believe, and to trust and obey. We decide every day, even trivial decisions. The gravity of importance of decisions made depend on who’s deciding. On the other hand, to be able not to decide is a wrong decision.
"Indecision is the seedling of fear." Napoleon Hill By the way, there are right decisions with wrong consequences and wrong decisions with right results. To be able to make the right decision, you must be born again, and that’s a given. If you’re a Christian, there is no Christian that is foreign to you.
I. SATURATE YOURSELF WITH THE WORD (COL. 3:16) Matt. 28:20; Acts 20:20; Ps. 119:1-176; Josh. 1:8: Ps. 1:1,2 Jer. 9:23, 24 - Knowing the Lord is knowing His mind and heart. We have the resources we need to know the mind of God. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9) who teaches and leads us to all truth (John 14:26; 16:13). We have the infallible word of God (Ps. 19:7-9). We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16; cf. Phil. 2:5), and the eternal purpose of God - predestinating us to be conformed to the image of His Son - cannot be thwarted (Rom. 8:29). He also gave gifted men to the church to equip us (Eph. 4:11, 12). That reality is inescapable. We are headed toward that direction. That is our intended end. God, His Word and even the world expect us to live like Christ, to think like
A. BIBLICAL DOCTRINES (2 TIM. 3:16-17) As you saturate yourself with the Word of God for the purpose of knowing Him, you will inevitably end up learning doctrines. So within the framework of biblical teachings you will be guided and be able to decide. Illustration: The Decalogue Earnest C. Reisinger, in his book Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments? states, God’s law comes from His nature. It is what God is like that determines what is right, and his will imposes that standard upon all his creatures as a moral obligation. The law is therefore perfect (Ps. 19:7), because it reflects the perfection of his nature.
Every believer should be a theologian. He or she must take every opportunity to learn the Word or theology. Theology will create a conviction in a person. His principles will be guided by that conviction and will stand (decide firmly) on that principle. (Example of Manny Paquiao) B. SEEK BIBLICAL COUNSEL (Ps. 119:24; Prov. 11:14; 15:22; 24:6; cf. Isa. 1:26) In the unfathomable wisdom of God, He chose to use human instruments to give us directions and help us make wise decisions.
C. CONSIDER CONSCIENCE (1 COR. 10:23-33;CF. 6:12, 13; ROM. 14; CF. 1 TIM. 4:3-5) Every decision you will make will have immediate and future consequences that will directly or indirectly affect others especially the ones you intend to protect. Illustration: Fiesta: Would you go or not? It would be better to offend the unbeliever who invited us than a weaker brother.
D. CONSIDER THE LAWS OF THE LAND(ROM. 13:1-7; MATT. 22:16-22) 3 Hebrew children – Daniel 3:3-6, 10-18 Daniel – Dan. 1:6-12 Jesus and Peter – Matt. 17:24-27 "A decision without the pressure of consequence is hardly a decision at all.“ Eric Langmuir If a government ordinance doesn’t violate God’s revealed will, we are free to obey it.
E. CONSIDER COMMON SENSE AND PRUDENCE(PROV. 8:5) When using common sense in decision making, you have to recognize certain elements:1. You don’t have full knowledge of the situation. Since you have limited facts, weigh the options and decide accordingly. “Choose the lesser evil.” So they say. Jacob in Gen. 32 esp. vv. 6-8.2. Sometimes the better option is not the best option, so it’s wiser to wait and stay and be content (as in applying for another job, or relocating to another place)3. Because God is sovereign, everything is under his providential permission. All things work together for our good and for his glory in the end. God can even use the “bad” things that happened to us to bring about his eternal purpose (the story of Joseph - Gen. 50:20). Trivial and major decisions are often if not always the result of overlapping of theology, wise counsel, conscience and common sense.
II. BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT (EPH. 5:18) Being saturated with the Word is the result of being filled with the Spirit. The Spirit’s ministry is to reveal the deep things of God to us. If you neglect the Word, for sure you’re not filled with the Spirit. If you are controlled by the Spirit, definitely, you are a man of the Word. So if you will decide, as a Spirit filled person, your highest consideration is the glory of God, because the Spirit’s primary goal is to give glory to Christ (John 16:14).
PRAYER AND FAITH A life of prayer is a life of dependence in God (Ps. 37:3-5; Prov. 3:5-7). The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Ps. 37:23). The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD (Prov. 16:33).
CONCLUSION "Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made." Wayne Dyer Moses - Deut 30:19-20 Joshua - Josh 24:14-15 "Be willing to make decisions. Thats the most important quality in a good leader. Dont fall victim to what I call the Ready- Aim-Aim- Aim Syndrome. You must be willing to fire.“ T. Boone Pickens
WHAT THEN IS BIBLICAL DECISION?A godly decision considers the nature andcharacter of God, values the wise counsel ofothers, does not disregard humanordinances nor violates conscience butconscientiously and prayerfully submits tothe loving control and the unsearchablewisdom of the Holy Spirit in order to glorifyGod and our Lord Jesus Christ.