DECISION – MAKING WITHIN THE WILL OF GOD
Back to our principles of decision making:
b. Specific areas where Christ is our example in character:
- we are to be conformed to the image of Christ. Rom
1. holiness - 1 Pet 1:15-16
2. righteousness - 1 Jn 3:7; living the standards of the word
3. purity - 1 Jn 3:3; takes constant cleansing and applying the Word in the life.
4. love - Eph 5:1-2; we are to walk in love just as Christ loved us.
5. forgiveness - Col. 3:13; forgiving one another....just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
6. compassion - Lk 6:36;
7. endurance - Heb 12:2-4; related to occupation with Christ
8. humility and obedience - Phil 2:3-8
9. kindness - Lk ; He is kind, even to the ungrateful, and evil men. (undeserved)
10. generosity in giving - 2 Cor 8:1-9
3. The moral will of God touches every aspect and moment of life.
a. God's moral will encompasses more than overt behavior.
b. He is concerned not only with what we do, but He cares also about what we think, as well as the motivation for what we do.
c. In other words, God's moral will prescribes the believer's goals and attitudes, as well as his actions. (the what, why, how)
d. Furthermore, the moral will of God is to shape our perspective of reality which serves as the context in which our decisions are made. (i.e. to have the proper world-view regarding reality; we must have Biblically based presuppositions)
- This is something that we must be renewing constantly; only occurs as we keep learning what God has to say in His Word.
e. Goals by nature are more general than behavioral commands.
Our goals as Christian's should reflect God's stated purposes for us in our lives after salvation, in phase 2.
(1) Primary goal = to glorify Him in all things. 2 Cor 5:9; 1 Cor
(2) Toward this end some intermediate goals and objectives should be established:
(a) to fulfill God - given responsibilities. 1 Pet 4:10-11
- each of us have been given spiritual gifts that are to be used to minister to or serve one another in the body of Christ; all gifts fill a need in the local body of Christ.
- as a result Jesus Christ reaps honor and glory as we fulfill these goals
(b) to minister to others; building up one another.
Rom ; context is dealing with the weaker believer; one less mature.
- providing comfort, encouragement and exhortation as the need and opportunity arises.
(c) to reach maturity. Eph 4:13; Heb 6:1 ("let us press on to maturity.")
- Context is P/T doing his job of teaching the Word. (vs:11-12)
- this trains and equips the believer who is not just a hearer but a doer of the word for their particular niche of service in the body of Christ.
- This whole passage
plays havoc with the notion that you can attain or maintain any spiritual
momentum or spiritual maturity, any spiritual impact in one's life apart from
(d) to do good works and produce spiritual fruit DGP. Eph 2:10; Col. 1:10; Jn 15:8; Titus 3:8
(e) to evangelize the lost - 2 Pet 3:9; 2 Cor. -20; 1 Cor -11:1
NOTE: Once we’ve established goals in our lives that are in line with God's moral will (those that fit the ultimate criteria of glorifying Him) then we have also established a means of concrete guidance that is applicable even in situations not directly addressed by scripture.
IF I TAKE THIS
WHICH CHOICE WILL MAXIMIZE THE FULFILLMENT OF MY OBJECTIVES/GOALS?
f. Our decisions should not only conform to God-given goals, they should reflect right attitudes.
Examples of God's will for our attitudes:
(1) love others Jn 13:35; 1 Thes. 4:9; 1 John 3:11
(2) reliance/trust Prov 3:5-6
(3) humility Phil 2:3-8 (includes authority orientation and teachableness)
(7) eagerness 1 Pet 5:2 (P/T)
(8) generosity 1 Tim 6:17-19
(9) courage Jn 16:33; 2 Cor 5:8
(10) submission Eph 5:21
(11) contentment Heb 13:5; Phil 4:11
(12) joy Jas. 1:2
(13) giving thanks Eph 5:20