6 Steps for Biblical Decision-Making

“A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe” (Proverbs 28:26 TLB).

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By Pastor Rick Warren

God gave Moses the dream of leading the children of Israel out of 400 years of slavery, but Moses had to make the decision to confront Pharaoh. God gave Noah the dream of saving the world from the flood, but Noah had to make the decision to build the ark. God gave Abraham the dream of building a new nation, but Abraham had to make the decision to leave everything he had and go out into the unknown.

Just like these men, you will never realize God’s dream for your life until you come to the stage of decision-making and step out in faith.

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Whether it’s about your career, marriage, finances, health, or children, there is a simple, workable plan for making biblical decisions that will keep you on track toward pursuing God’s dream for your life.

1. Pray for guidance.

Before you do anything else, get God’s perspective on the issue. “A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe” (Proverbs 28:26 TLB).

2. Get the facts.

There is no contradiction between faith and fact. Find out everything you can before you make a decision. Proverbs 13:16a says, “All who are prudent act with knowledge” (NIV).

3. Ask for advice.

Talk to somebody who’s made a similar decision and to friends who know your weaknesses. “The more good advice you get, the more likely you are to win” (Proverbs 24:6b GNT).

4. Calculate the cost.

Every decision has a price tag; it will cost you time, money, energy, reputation, talents, and resources. Proverbs 20:25 says, “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows” (NIV). When people pressure you to make a decision, it’s okay to say, “I’ll get back to you.” It’s more important to make a wise decision than a quick decision.

5. Prepare for problems.

In faith, expect the best. Expect God to work in your life. But also prepare for the problems that are part of every decision. Solomon said in Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (TLB).

6. Face your fears.

Perfectionism paralyzes potential. God has always used imperfect people in imperfect situations to get his will done. Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done” (TLB). Trust God and start moving in spite of your problems, fears, and doubts.

Talk It Over

  • Why do you think we are so often hesitant to pray and ask God for direction about big decisions?
  • What is the difference between taking a leap of faith and taking biblical steps to make wise decisions?
  • Which one of the six steps from today’s devotional is the most difficult for you? Pray, and ask God to help you trust him for every step of your journey of faith.

Disclaimer: The intention of posting the daily hope is to promote Pastor Rick Warren. No other intention other than this.

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8 thoughts on “6 Steps for Biblical Decision-Making

    1. You’re most welcome! I wanted to share Pastor Rick’s, Daily Hope. I proved that it is true, everything that he explained and also based on the bible are true and already happened with me. In my autobiography, you can read my past bad experienced, struggles and miracles that made my life successful.

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    1. You have a point, and I strongly agree…

      You said: “Memorizing scriptures in our minds and hearts is a process that takes time to do”

      I will tell you a story of mine and explained that it takes time to do the biblical decision-making.

      At my age 9 to 22, I was in an adventurous jungle of my life, finding ways to live.
      At my age 21, one of a Pastor from the Church once told me: “John Snow, would you like to become a Pastor someday?” I ignored him because I am not interested. I care only for myself. In short, I was selfish.

      Fast forward, now I turned 32. I don’t know, but I just felt it… The God’s calling.
      In my heart and in my thoughts, I have to help street children and orphans.

      Because I already achieved what I wanted and proved to myself that I can do anything that I wanted. And now, I wanted to outreach street children, and orphans that need attention. But this is only possible with the help of our God through his wisdom. But I cannot do it alone…

      That’s why I mentioned: “Together we can build, and change the street children, and orphans future into a better life”

      Thanks for your voice out and emphasized.

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    1. I agree. It is very difficult facing fears. It is a true challenge overcoming fears.
      When you are out of control facing your fears, extend your arms with God, pray for it and let him do the rest. Believe me, God will work on it.

      I remembered when I was at 16~17 years old, my life was in the ring of death. I can’t still believe that I am alive now.

      I was cornered by 3 men with a knife, then I was beaten, and fell down on the ground. You can check that story from MY STORY menu, Chapter 2.8 Our enemy at the street, a nightmare.

      I have so many fears in life when I was a kid but I overcome them.
      Now at my age 32, I have no fear, I fear no one. I let it with God overcoming my fears.

      I believed you can overcome too. God Bless You!

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