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December 16, 2019

Ep.1104: How Do I Know My Decisions Are Right?

Revealing and applying the mechanics of great decision-making

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CHAPTERS

[00:14:11]
How do we manage our personal desires?


[00:30:19]
How do we avoid peer pressure when making decisions?


[00:45:59]
How do we deal with decisions other Christians might not agree with?


[01:01:25]
What steps did Jesus lay out for his followers to help them make the most important decisions?


Theme Scripture: Luke 14:28

To live is to decide.  No matter who you are and what environment you live in, you will most likely be pressed with making an untold number of decisions. These will directly influence how your life will unfold.  This can be a scary thought because no one wants to make decisions that are bad!  Yet, most of us don’t seriously put in the time and effort to be sure the path we chose is good.  How can this be?  Much has to do with the way our minds work, social pressure and our desire for comfort. As Christians, we need to be keenly aware of these challenges, because our choices are supposed to always be in line with God’s will and Jesus’ footsteps.  How must we think and what must we do in order to keep our decisions in line with all that would bring glory to God?

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The human mind is very predictable when it comes to decision making.  No matter who we are we, our minds have some degree of pre-programming built into the process.  This is an instinctive efficiency measure.  It cuts out the need to consciously process every little decision about every little thing.  This can be both a very good thing and a very bad thing.  It all comes down to what information our pre-programming is based upon.  Is it based upon ethical and righteous thinking that seeks to do only that which is godly?  If so, we are indeed positioned for sound decision making.  Is it based upon previous experience, emotions and the influences of peer groups?  If so, we are typical and unfortunately set up to begin our decision making on the wrong foot.

To have a better grasp on making the kind of decisions a true Christian should, we need to understand two things:

  1.  We need to know how to identify what drives our default decision making process.
  2.  We need to establish what principles we will always strive to abide by, as well as what influences we will seek to ignore.

There are several very revealing biblical accounts that help us to unravel all of this.  King Solomon is a great place to start.  He became the wisest man in all the earth and then descended into selfishness and idolatry.  In some ways, his story is a paradox, as it seems that foolishness would naturally precede wisdom.  Yet, Solomon’s experience was the opposite.  Once we understand how and why he lost his grip on godliness and wisdom, our own decision making processes are easier to identify.

Check out our December 16, 2019 podcast, “How Do I Know My Decisions Are Right?” for more.  We pull apart Solomon’s story along with experiences from Samuel the prophet.  We add some wise counsel from James and Paul.  To top things off, we look at some of Jesus’ teachings and uncover an unmistakable process for godly decision making.   Life is too valuable to experience without access to the best decision making tools.  Listen in and walk away better equipped!

 

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