Have you ever experienced situations in which you are placed in a difficult position to make the “Right Decision?”
The Book of Psalms is one of my favourite place I go to when I do my daily study and meditation. It shows us ways in which we can worship and exalt God for His Power and Greatness. It also has many guidelines for building good spiritual habits and characters. Psalms also provide good guidelines to assist believers to do the right thing, that is to say to make the “Right Decision”, the title for today’s topic.
When it comes to making decisions they have many good guidelines. Here in Psalms 37:23 we read that God is the one who will direct the path we take: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord“. God delights in a good man, a righteous person, to the extent His eyes are always fixed on every step the good man takes. He watches over the person’s going out and coming in and He takes great delight in blessing all the works of the good man. He will make the man as the head and not the tail.
Chapter 119 of Psalms contains numerous nuggets of guidelines to show believers how to walk with the Lord. In 119:103 the scripture reads: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. What a great scripture! If we are diligent to read and study the Bible, God’s promise is that whenever we have to make a decision, He will direct our path to ensure that we make the right choice. You see our Lord Jesus is the “Word and the Light of the world”.
As believers we are, as the scripture says, the candles of the Lord. So it is important that members should not as far as possible miss any church meetings. One time the Holy Spirit showed me that I must not skip church or miss cell meetings because each of us is a small light, a candle of the Lord. And when all saints gather together, we all will become a great light which will release the power of God during which time we can expect to experience healing and deliverance.
The following selected verses in Psalms 119 will further demonstrate how important we are to pay attention not to depart from God’s word for they will benefit every believer who is a faithful student of the Bible:
119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee
119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways
119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law
119:24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors
119:33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end
119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts
119:72 The law of my mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver
119:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven
119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to mouth
119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
In decision making, we are sometime unsure of the decision to make but fortunately the Bible has many guidelines we can use to rely upon, especially when making decision on “grey areas”. We call such matters as “grey areas” because there is no clear guideline.
Let’s turn to 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any”.
Do you see it, the above scripture clearly says that there would be occasions when many things we do may appear lawful or permissible? Our colleagues or friends may seem to hold the opinion that they are alright to continue to act that way, yet the scripture shows us that if those things or actions that we are doing are repeated over and over and there is a certain “power” that is causing the habit, that we can conclude that the matter has become spiritual matter. The solution therefore is for prayers to be made to bind that “power” that has caused the habit.
In the above scripture the Apostle Paul’s advice is that we should not allow that “power” to control us. We know that the Bible refers to many kinds of spirits that can be binding spirits causing habits that can turn into addiction.
Now drinking coffee or smoking may be alright but Paul tells us that if the things appear to “control” us into forming a habit and seems to have some power or force, we should not carry on. If this power compels or forces you to do it habitually then it is no longer a habit. There is a spirit or force behind it.
There is also another verse that teaches that when believers encounter situations to do certain things which may seem to be lawful, the guidelineto note is that when the things that we are asked to do “does not build us up”, then we should not do it. The scripture in 1 Corinthians 10:23 says this:
10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
I hope today’s message will help you to make the right decision whenever you are called to do so.