Are You Facing a Big Decision?

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Right in the midst of making a major decision in my life that could effectively impact the eternity of a bunch of people living in dire straits, not to mention that could potentially effect my emotions on one end and my safety on the other end, it dawns on me that the method I use to make major decisions may be something worth sharing with others who struggle with making major decisions. So if you are wondering whether you need to alter, or upgrade, or even exchange your decision-making skills for the ones I believe God would desire for us all to have, I hope you will consider the nine steps I believe are crucial based on my long-time, in-depth study of the Bible.
1. Pray
2. Seek the Lord’s face
3. Study God’s Word
4. Seek prayer from others
5. Seek godly counsel from people strongly grounded in God’s Word
6. Wait until you hear from God whether straight out of His Word, directly into your heart, or through others
7. Listen
8. Measure everything you believe you hear directly from God into your heart AND everything you hear from people advising you against God’s Word. If it does not line up with God’s Word, it is not from God. He never speaks against His own Word.
9. When you are clear the Lord has spoken, obey
I am blessed to have people in my life, including my pastor as well as strong women of faith, who are willing to help me to take these steps when I am facing major decisions. And I thank God they know above all else that no matter what any of us think or feel or see or sense in our human flesh, that we are all desirous and willing to lay the flesh aside and to submit to the Lord’s will once we discern it. 
One of the greatest dangers in major decision making is the temptation to make decisions based on our thoughts and feelings rather than on the will of God. Our human eyes, and our flesh, can weigh our options and want to do what appears right, feels comfortable, etc. But the ways of the Lord are not the ways of the world. And He may want us to do something that runs entirely contrary to what we might think we should do. As someone told me long ago, God doesn’t just see what we see; He sees the whole picture. 
In facing the major decision that lies before me, and in seeking the counsel of my pastor, it was refreshing for me to hear him share with me that no matter what he feels or thinks, he is entirely willing to lay aside his own opinion and to yield to the will of the Lord. This is something we all must do in making big decisions. For the common denominator in all major decisions is the one who always has the perfect answer. The Lord. 
Pro 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. 
Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 
Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 
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