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10 KEY PRINCIPLES FOR GODLY DECISION-MAKING



Posted: 06/11/07

by Steve Cornell

1. Glorifying God:

Scriptures: I Corinthians 6:19-20;10:31; I Thessalonians 2:12

Questions: Does this behavior/practice bring glory to God? Would it dishonor God?

2. Loving others:

Scriptures: I Corinthians 8:1,9-13;Romans 14:13-21; Galatians5:13.

Question: How will this behavior/practice affect others? 

Note: Offending weaker brothers should be distinguished from offending Pharisees (see Matthew 15:12-15). We should not change based on the opinions of pharisees (see: http://thinkpoint.wordpress.com/2007/06/06/are-the-pharisees-still-amoung-us/ )

3. Eliminating excess:

Scriptures: I Corinthians 9:24-27;Philippians 3:13; Hebrews 12:1.

Question: Will this hinder me in living an effective Christian life?

4. Attaining excellence:

Scriptures: I Corinthians 6:12;10:23; Ephesians 5:16; Philippians 1:9-11.

Questions: Is this activity useful toward my Christian growth? It may not be wrong, but is it really useful and profitable? Is this activity the best use of my time?

5. Avoiding improper relationships:

Scriptures: II Corinthians 6:14-18;Psalm 1:1-3;Proverbs 13:20;22:24-25.

Questions: Am I entering into a relationship that could cause me to commit myself to believe or practice something that is unscriptural? Will this association bring wrong influences in my life?

6. Keeping a clear conscience:

Scriptures: Romans 14:5,14,22-23; I Corinthians 8:7.

Question: Is what I am doing bothering my conscience in its current condition?

7. Aiming at Christlikeness:

Scriptures: Romans 8:28-29a;I John 2:6.

Question: Is this consistent with all that I know about Jesus Christ?

8. Maintaining purity:

Scriptures: Matthew 5:27-30; Romans 13:14; Philippians 4:8; I Peter 2:11,16; Galatians 5:13

Questions: Will this activity become a source for sin? Am I allowing myself to be vulnerable to temptation?

9. Prioritizing the Gospel:

Scripture: I Corinthians 9:23

Question: Will this activity hinder or help my effectiveness as a witness for Christ?

10. Listening to leadership:

Scripture: Hebrews 13:17;I Thessalonians 5:12-13.

Questions: Is what I am doing in conflict with the membership or service covenants of my Church? Am I respecting the leadership and seeking guidance from them?

The key to using these principles is personal honesty and humility. God knows our hearts and He knows what is best (I Samuel 16:7; Hebrews 4:13; Philippians1:9-11). Our service for God should be motivated by love for Him as we make every effort to do what pleases God in all things (Matthew 22:37; II Corinthians 5:9-10,14-15; ). However, we must be careful not to treat our conclusions on each matter as morally binding upon all who desire to please God.

Proverbs 3:5-7

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil."

II Corinthians 5:9-10

"So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or awayfrom it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad."

 

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By Steve Cornell

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Re: 10 key principles for godly decision-making
Posted On: 06/21/07 03:54:08 PM Age 44, PA
Hey Steve, do you have any articles without the typical number references from the "pastors" oratory handbook. 5 ways to be a better, 7 habits of a sucessfull, 8 ways to effective blah blah blah. You professionals are so boring!



Re: 10 key principles for godly decision-making
Posted On: 06/12/07 09:13:59 AM Age 47, FL
Thank you so much for writing this article. I have been struggling with a few things lately and this was right on time for me. Also, My daughter has been making some unwise decisions lately and I think this will help open her eyes. Thanks for being obedient to our Lord with your work in the kingdom and keep up the good work.

Re: 10 key principles for godly decision-making
Posted On: 06/12/07 09:00:31 AM Age 63, OH
Steve this is a good list of practical advise but I think you left a couple of real important things off the list. I am surprised that you did not say look in the scriptures to give God a chance to deal with you on this issue and can you think of anything in scripture that would apply to this decision. But the NUMBER ONE thing that I think that should be on the list is - Praying and asking God to show me His will and to guide me in the way He would have me to go. If the Lord Jesus Christ is not our guide why are we Christians. Is the Lord Jesus just after a people who do the right things or does He desire a people to have an intimate relationship with. We are the bride and He is the bridegroom. He wants us to discuss everything with Him and not just so we will do the right thing but so we will get to know Him more and become closer to Him. Romans 8:14 "because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." The scripture tells us what the sign of being a son of God is, it is those who walk in the Spirit. Those who have an intimate relationship with the Living breathing God who resides in our hearts. Lou



Re: 10 key principles for godly decision-making
Posted On: 06/12/07 01:46:34 AM Age 45, NEW ZEALAND
Short, simple, Biblical, to the point, fantastic! I'm gonna copy it down. :)

Re: 10 key principles for godly decision-making
Posted On: 06/12/07 01:46:32 AM Age 45, NEW ZEALAND
Short, simple, Biblical, to the point, fantastic! I'm gonna copy it down. :)

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