Faith-Based Decision-Making

Faith-Based Decision-Making

Kristin Schuchmann 1998

 I        Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways, and he will direct your paths.”

          A       acknowledge = (Hebrew) yada  “to know intimately” (in Genesis, yada is the word used when it says that Adam knew Eve.)

          B       We receive direction from the Lord as a result of our intimate time with Him.  Intimacy with God bears fruit.  Clear direction is just one of the fruit we see in the lives of people who are passionately intimate with God.

II       Fear is the opposite of Faith

          A       “Jesus said, ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.'” Mark 23b-24 

Decisions and conclusions made based on fear (an ungodly fear based on circumstances and experiences that contradict the Word of God or because of lack of trust in God or His Word) are built on an unstable foundation that is resting on the sin of unbelief.  When we are challenged in that area, our decisions are not firm and we can easily be swayed.

          B       “…it is by faith you stand firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24b

Decisions and conclusions made based on faith (the leading and guidance of the Lord and a knowledge of His promises in the Word) are built on an unshakable foundation rooted in the assurance of the perfection of God’s will.  When we are challenged in that area, we are confident in our God and His direction for our lives; and, therefore, will not be swayed.

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