DECISION – MAKING WITHIN THE WILL OF GOD
This is a subject for which any thinking believer must have an interest in, that is, a desire to know what the will of God is for them so that they in turn can live a life with meaning – purpose that is God honoring and therefore pleasing to Him.
Unfortunately many believers run scared all their lives, fearing some disaster, that results from making a wrong decision, one that is out of the will of God.
The purpose of this study is to look at what the Word teaches related to this subject. May explode a few myths you’ve held as we discover the mechanics of decision making and the will of God.
Principles of Decision – Making and the Will of God
1. Introduction to Decision - Making:
a. Through out our lives it will be necessary for each of us to make many decisions, and often we will be faced with some very tough ones.
b. The frame of reference from which we draw the information to make those decisions is very important since all our choices shape our lives to some extent.
c. Because the decisions we make turn around and make us over time we should be motivated to make right decisions.
d. If asked, everyone would say that they want to make good decisions, and as Christians we have an added, ultimate objective and that is to glorify God by our actions. 2 Cor 5:9; 1 Cor
e. The prerequisite for God - pleasing decisions is set forth in Col 1:9-11.
- vs:9 "knowledge of His will" What does that recall to your thinking?
How can we grow in the full knowledge of the will of God??
Paul's closing words here tell us; "in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" What is he saying??
We understand the will of God through the Word of God.
- vs:10 is a purpose clause which gives us the result of having the spiritual wisdom and understanding
In the Bible and consequently in the CWOL, knowledge and obedience go together; there is no separation between learning and living.
- There is an interesting sequence here in these verses; 1st is acquire wisdom; then its walk and then is work.
f. The principle task then in decision making for the Christian is to learn what God wants him to do, and then do it.
g. The obvious question becomes, "How is the Christian to learn what God wants him to do as he is confronted with life's dilemmas?"
2. Throughout History, the ways that God has communicated His will to men have varied.
a. Before there was any Scripture, God revealed His will through direct revelation.
1. This included as His means of revelation dreams, visions, teaching angels, Theophanies, or the direct verbal communication from God.
2. Usually the message was received by a single individual who would pass along to others whatever content God would instruct. (i.e. Moses & prophets)
b. As God's special revelation was committed to writing His people had two sources of the knowledge of His will.
1. The Book. Joshua 1:8
2. And the additional instructions that God gave by further direct revelation. Josh 1:1-9
c. Over a period of 1500 years, God's will was written down. 2 Pet -21
1. Believers in this age possess in Scripture the full disclosure of God's will.
2. Hence, God has provided for us all that we need (capacity and resources) in order to make decisions that are pleasing to Him. 2 Pet 1:3
3. Therefore it is knowledge of the Word of God that will provide us with the ability to make wise decisions that will also be pleasing to Him.
3. THE PRINCIPLE OF OBEDIENCE:
a. The principle of Obedience definition:
In those areas specifically addressed by the Bible, the revealed commands and principles of God (His moral or directive will) are to be obeyed that is if you desire the benefits, power and provision God has for you. (they are not optional)
b. The moral will of God definition: the commands and principles which God has revealed in the Bible to teach what we ought to believe and how to live.
- we will be instructed in these ways Titus 2:12
c. The ramifications of the principle of obedience are more fully understood when four crucial characteristics of God's moral will are brought into focus.
1. The moral will of God is fully revealed in the Bible.
a. 100% of what God wants us to know and how we're to live to please Him He has already told us.
b. The Bible is to be our final and complete authority for faith and practice it is all that we need. 2 Tim 3:16-17
Proposition that we're building on is that the revealed will of God is sufficient for the believer. Documentation for this is 2 Tim 3:16-17
#1. The origin of Scripture; "All scripture is inspired by God.."
#2. The use of Scripture.
- First it says its what? Profitable; wvfe,limoj (-imoj says that it is describing an action or a process) also means useful, beneficial, advantageous.
- Then it lists 4 categories in which this applies.
a. teaching (didaskalia) general word with emphasis on content; today we might call it curriculum; Scripture must be the source of all the curriculum, all doctrine taught.
b. reproof = evlegmo,j basic to expose (Jn ) idea is to point out error; therefore the convicting of sin in the life.
c. correction; evpano,rqwsij; used of setting a leg; set something or someone upright; it assumes an error that is to be set upright or in order; therefore the idea of correcting, refuting error.
d. for instruction in righteousness = paidei,a; more than just training it is a total education, step by step process;in righteousness (dikaiosu,nh) [quality] experiential;
#3. The Purpose of Scripture.
"That the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
- a;rtioj = complete, capable, sufficient; ie to meet all of God's demands; Not only that but the word will make the man of God,
evxarti,zw fully/completely outfitted and furnished; fully supplied and equipped; i.e. for anything that we might face in life.
What is this passage telling us??