Proverbs 14:12 and 3:5, 6 - Making Right Decisions.

Proverbs 14:12 and 3:5, 6 - Making Right Decisions.

Prov 14:12 (KJV) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, 
but the end thereof are the ways of death. 

Prov 3:5,6 (KJV)  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and 
lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge 
him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

Prov 3:5, 6 (MSG)  Trust God from the bottom of your heart; 
don't try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God's 
voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will 
keep you on track.  

Making Decisions
These are ten questions you'll want to ask yourself and pray 
about when you're faced with a decision. The first five are generic. 
They represent moral issues and godly wisdom that are normative for 
all times. The next five are questions that you need to ask when 
facing a change in direction. Let's take a look at what each question 
First, have you prayed about it? The Lord's Prayer begins with a 
petition for His will. Prayer was never intended to be a fourth down 
punting situation in which we ask God to bail us out of our hasty 
decisions. It was intended to be a first-down huddle. We aren't supposed to 
ask God to bless our plans; we are supposed to ask God for His 
Second, is it consistent with the Word of God? In our culture 
ignorance is no excuse since resources abound. I believe every home should 
have at least a concordance, Bible dictionary, topical Bible, a good 
commentary and a study Bible with notes. 
Third, can I do it and be a positive Christian witness?
Fourth, will the Lord be glorified?..... Am I seeking the glory of 
man or glory of God? Am I doing this to be noticed by man or am I 
seeking to please the Lord?  
Fifth, am I acting responsibly? God doesn't bail us out of our 
irresponsibility. He will let us suffer the consequences of our sins and 
irresponsible choices. But when we are faithful in little things, he will put 
us in charge of greater things. 
Sixth, is it reasonable? God expects us to think. His guidance 
may transcend human reasoning, but it never excludes it. God doesn't 
bypass our mind.... We are warned in Scripture not to put our mind in 
neutral. We are to think and practice what we know to be true 
(Philippians 4:8, 9). 
Seventh, does a realistic opportunity exist? Closed doors are 
not meant to be knocked down. If you have a hopeless scheme let it 
go. If it isn't God's timing, wait. If a realistic opportunity 
exists, and all the other factors are in agreement, then take the 
Eighth, are unbiased, spiritually sensitive associates in 
agreement? Be careful not to consult only those who will agree with you. 
Give your advisors permission to ask hard questions. Don't be afraid 
of no answers. If it isn't God's will, don't you want to know 
before you make the mistake of acting impulsively? 
Ninth, do I have a sanctified desire? Don't think that being in 
the will of God must always be an unpleasant task. The joy of the 
Lord should be our strength.... Is this a desire to satisfy a lust of 
the flesh, or a Spirit-filled desire to see God's kingdom 
established and people helped? 
Tenth, do I have a peace about it? This is an inner peace. In 
the world you will have tribulation, but in Christ we have assurance 
of overcoming the world. Is the peace of God guarding your heart 
and your mind? 
If you have been able to answer yes to all ten deciding factors, 
what are you waiting for? (From Walking in the Light by Neil 
Anderson) [Inspirational SB re Jos.22]