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Friday, July 25, 2008

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Dear Friend:

Everyday we are faced with decisions. As the world progresses with technology and our ability for us to access information at a very high speed with the internet, we have been increasingly accustomed to “instant information.” Many times this access plays out in our lives with a great need to move quickly and want things to happen quickly. We have lost the art of DECISION MAKING. Many times we run around looking for answers in the wrong order.

Do you think that maybe you have lost or maybe never taught the art of DECISION MAKING? Let me just put out there the thought that the ancient art of having the ability of decision making is lost. I think that when we were growing up are greatest way to learn “decision making” was from our parents, teachers, Pastors (Reverends, Priests) and grand parents.

If there was any disorder amongst these people and when we were observing them and depending on them to teach us, we got a bad picture of how to practice the art of decision making.

I want to strongly suggest that disorder and the lack of ability to make decisions is not from GOD. Most importantly we must remember that our God is a God of order. He placed everything on this earth in order. God is never wrong.

Joh 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Jesus came that we may have life and have it to the full? Yes! Where would be the smartest place to go when we need help with decisions? To the one who will not destroy us, but to the one who created us and loves us so much and even greater is all-knowing regarding the past, present and future.

Where does disorder come from? Not from God, but from the thief.

Re 12:9 - The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

This verse refers to the end of the world. Don’t you find it interesting that God said “Satan, who leads the whole world astray?”

God is giving us the M.O. of the devil. The devil wants us to “make decisions” that lead us astray.

In any battle we must

1. Know the enemies tactics: disorder, confusion. Leading us astray.

2. God’s plan is full of life, peace and hope.

3. Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

4. Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

5. Go to the throne before the phone.

6. After you pray begin to write down what you are thinking about a decision.

7. Trust God your leader and that you are hearing from Him. This takes faith. Ask for the faith to believe.

8. Limit your counsel to special Godly people in your life. (consider the source)

9. Too much advice sometimes leads to confusion. That is not from God.

I think we all have decisions everyday. So we definitely need to pray:

Father in heaven. I need you. I want to hear from you regarding_______________. Please help shed your light into this decision. Make the answer clear. Give me peace when the answer comes so that I know it is from you. Keep the enemy away from this decision. Help me to wait. Thank you Jesus for your help. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Trusting in God,

Elaine