Everyday we are faced with decisions. Today we are living with the results of previous decisions that we’ve made- both good and bad ones. As we grow in Christ, we must grow in our ability to make Spirit-led decisions.
When we don’t rely on the Spirit to make decisions, we mostly rely on emotions and intellect. Both of these are undependable. Let’s address emotions first.
Emotions are unstable and constantly changing, so it’s no wonder why our decisions don’t stick when we rely on emotions to make them. When we make emotional-based decisions, we will often regret our decisions because we now feel differently than we did before. We will grieve over our decisions because though we initially felt good about the decision, we no longer feel the same so we are confused. We are easily manipulated with regards to our decisions when we base them on emotions. Though it’s not always explicitly stated, when others know that you make emotional-based decisions they will play to your emotions to get you to make a decision that will benefit them.
We should not make decisions based on how we feel.
We must make an internal decision to do what’s right, no matter how we feel. We must ask ourselves: What is God leading me to do?
As we mature in Christ, we should be determined to do what God would have us to do (no matter how we feel), understanding that He always knows what’s best for us and He always wants what is best for us. When we begin to follow His leading on our decisions, we will make decisions that stick and allow us to start making real progress in life. The decisions that God leads us to make will allow us to live more fruitful, blessed, productive, purposeful, peaceful lives.
Intellect. This can be a little trickier than emotions because we think we are so smart, and it can be difficult for us to relinquish the control that we think we have over our lives. We tend to think that we know more than we know, when only we see and know partly. We do not know everything, only God knows everything. This is why He tells us to acknowledge Him in all of our ways, allowing Him to direct us.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” – Proverbs 3:5-7
We need God to direct us more than we realize. There are traps and snares set all around us. Often, we fall into them only because we are not making Spirit-led decisions. Following Christ and doing what He leads us to do really protects us and prevents us from experiencing a lot of hurt and harm.
In order to make Sprit-led decisions, we must spend time with God. We must spend time reading His Word so that we can understand what His will is. We must spend time in His Word and allow Him to cleanse us and renew us so that we can do what He leads us to do.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2
Don’t conform to what’s going on around you, don’t give in to evil. Trust God, make Spirit-led decisions, and let God handle the rest.