Have God Help You Make Decisions

Christ promised a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10) I want it! How do I get it? It normally is the result of making correct choices. However, if you think life is always going to be easy you are mistaken. But it doesn’t have to be as bad as some of us make it. If we make decisions without God’s help the consequence may not turn out with the best results. So if we want the life that Christ promised shouldn’t we ask God for help?

The first thing we must understand is that God created us with a purpose. Through His Word He promises that He will guide us throughout life to fulfill that purpose. But we have a real problem. We have been given a self-centered, sinful nature that wants to make decisions; we have a devil wanting to influence the choices we make and we are offered God’s Spirit to show us the path that God has prepared for us. If we accept Christ and receive the Holy Spirit we then have one positive and two negatives that want to guide us through life. Our life will depend upon who we listen to: the two negatives or hone in on the positive One? We must determine what we want the consequences to be. Do we allow one of the negatives to choose or the positive One?

An example would be in choosing a spouse. The two negative spirits look at the outer extremities or lust and the positive Spirit looks at the inner person. The Holy Spirit sees the person’s temperament, their morals, their heart and most everything we cannot see. What are your chances for a satisfying life if we allow the spirit of lust choose rather than the Holy Spirit? Won’t your life be the consequence of the choice you make? Do you see the advantage of asking God to help you make decisions? Or do you believe God will pick out the most unattractive person who will be no fun to live with? Would that give you the rich and satisfying life Christ promised?

Let’s give it a try. How do I get the Holy Spirit to help me make decisions? We must start each day asking God to allow the Holy Spirit to give us direction. We pray that we will be given energy to exercise. We ask for guidance in determining what we should be eating for health reasons. We must pray for wisdom and as we read our Bibles each day, we must ask for understanding. We need to pray that the Holy Spirit will block out all of the negative influences that will be given throughout the day. Ask God to help us select the correct relationships and meet the right people that will enhance and better our lives. Help us to be a proper witness for Christ in attracting the right friends. The Bible says we will always have an open line to God, for He never hangs up, and we are to pray without ceasing.

The amount of help we may expect from the Holy Spirit will depend on how seriously we spend time in Bible study and prayer. We must not throughout the day, continually ignore God’s Spirit if we want His help, because the two negative spirits will try to help us make every decision. The friends they pick out may not give us the life for which we are looking.

There will be times when God will allow you to make the wrong decision. There are some things we can learn only through experience. We should never ask: “God, why did you allow this to happen to me?” The correct response is: “God, what did you want me to learn from this negative experience?” When we make the wrong decisions we always know that if we repent God will forgive us. If we love ourselves more than we love God, we will be disobedient to God’s will. Selfishness finds it hard to repent but easy to ask for forgiveness.

When bad things happen that we have no control over, such as parents losing a child in death, there may be a tendency to blame God. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) When we were created God knew everything that would happen in our lives and you were chosen to be the parents of the one who died at an early age. We will only know the reason when we get to heaven. But there will be a reason. There may even be occasions when God uses sickness or other means to draw us closer to Him. We then have time to read our Bible and certainly we increase our prayer time.

There will be times when we pray and God will not answer our prayer. Yet, we know that God wants what is best for us. Most times I have found if a prayer does not get answered God has something different and better that He wants to give me. Then there may be times He does not answer because He is testing us. What will our reaction be to an unanswered prayer? We must trust God in all things, regardless. God’s ways are not always our ways.

I only wish I had learned all of this information fifty years ago. It would have made life’s valleys easier to navigate through. I too have made a number of bad decisions, mostly financial, but have had a rich (having enough) and satisfying life, thanks to God. The best decision was allowing the Holy Spirit to select my wife.   She didn’t!  Oh well!

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