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8 ways to make quality decisions as a Christian

8 ways to make quality decisions as a Christian

Luke 10:41-42

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

You may find yourself at a crossroad, which requires making a decision you are not comfortable with. Yet it is a decision you must make in order to move forward. You are troubled about many things and feelings of anxiety like Martha is taking you over. This is because your decisions may have far reaching consequences. The decisions you make not only affect you, but your entire family, your employees, your department, your business, your organization, your finances and your ministry. You cannot avoid or procrastinate your decisions for a long time because you may end up regretting not making the decision sooner, or not making it at all.

Some of us are making decisions wisely as we may think, but there is still that element of uncertainty and unpredictability of the outcome of these decisions. I invite you to step into Mary’s shoes, after you have considered all the pros and cons, choose to listen to what the Lord has to say about it. Consult heaven on your decision. Involve God in your decision making process, He has been known to order steps, direct paths, lead the way, make the way clear, open doors, cause impossible things to happen, change outcomes, change minds, turn vinegar into water. He is the all-knowing, all-wise God and He has access to information we don’t. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).”

Consider these things in making your decisions:

  1. Find a quiet place and time where you can pray and consult with God

1 John 5”14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Job 22:27    “You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.”

  1. Find the promise in the word and stand on it. Rehearse it when your mind is bombarded

Proverbs 2:6

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

  1.  Make sure the decision is not YOU-Centered, sheltered under self-preservation

Did you consider all parties it may affect?

Are my motives right in making this decision?

Ask God for his wisdom to do right by others as you would yourself.

Proverbs 16:2

“All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives.”

  1. Release the anxiety you feel and invite the peace of God to fill your heart and mind

Anxiety sometimes causes you to make quick and unwise decisions. Because they are mostly fear based.

Are you feeling anxious about the decision?

Then Pray! Be anxious for nothing. I speak this scripture daily over my life, because I am moved to make decisions in haste and I have to pray and think things through.

Proverbs 21:5

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes   surely to poverty.”

  1. Pray with confidence, pray in the Spirit, then believe that he hears you

Ephesians 6:18

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Jude 1:20

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.

1 John 5:15

And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.

  1. Learn from past experience and employ the counsel of authoritative figures.

Proverbs 11:14

Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

  1. Make your decision with confidence, peace and the wisdom of God

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  1. Walk away knowing that the decision you made is supported by the Lord. He’s got your back, should anything go wrong.

Note: What to do when you need to make a decision on the spot?

Take a minute to quietly pray-asking God for his wisdom. A decision that has great impact, should not be made without prayer and good consideration. Do not let pressure force you into making premature decisions.

Proverbs 18:13

“He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.”

Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 19:2

“Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs.”

As you make decisions, from simple to complex:

I pray God will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; and He will counsel you with His eye upon you (Psalm 32:8).

I pray that anxiety will be out the door “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).”

I pray in all you do, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Be blessed

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Rest in His peace

My prayer for you today: Rest in His peace!

Peaceful waterYou might be facing some interesting situations right now, where things are shifting a bit in your life. So learning to trust God’s word and resting in God’s peace, becomes necessary for you. The enemy’s plan is to steal your peace and he will create any situation to make that happen. One day you are happy and all is well and another day, or the before the end of the day, something goes wrong and your peace is out the door. Some people become nervous when things are going great in their lives, because they are afraid it will soon come to an end.
 
The fact is, there will always be something out there that is trying to steal our peace. But the truth is, you don’t have to let it. You must be in pursuit of God’s peace. Believe it or not, it is our responsibility to secure our peace and rest in God. The challenge is staying at rest no matter what goes right or wrong in our lives.

That’s the place we need to be in God – at rest, experiencing calm assurance and living in full- God confidence. “But this is not being realistic,” you might say…. Yes, it’s much easy to carry the care than to cast it. After-all, it’s my problem. Yet God gives us a golden opportunity to access his divine rest and peace and live the abundant life. The pressures of work life, family life, social life and the world at large, does not make it any easier for us to rest. Yet God has given us a great invitation, to walk in his peace and enter into his rest.

Hebrews. 4:3

Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.

The reason we rest is simple, God RESTED. He had finished all his work before the world began. God was not thrown into confusion when the first man and woman sinned. He accomplished salvation long before man ever showed up, none the less sin. The same for us all, the things we are losing sleep over has already been accomplished by God. Our Job is to give it over to him and let him take care of it.

John 14:27

My Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Jesus knows we would need peace in a world of turmoil. Jesus knows the cares of this life is big enough to cause our hearts to trouble and bring us into much fear, so he gives us his peace. He wants us to live life to the fullest until it overflows.

Where do we find the ability to rest in his peace?

Peace is given, rest is given also; now we take it by faith and labor to enter into rest. It’s all in the WORD. The word is full of great promises. Resting in God’s peace does not mean the absence of trouble, but in the midst of trouble we experience His calm assurance. We must be in pursuit of God’s peace – knowing full-well, God knows how to bring us out and how to get us through.

Seven ways we can rest in God’s peace

  1. Cast your cares and anxiety upon the Lord for he cares. (1 Peter 5:7)
  2. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Col. 3:5)
  3. Employ the fruit of the spirit to work in you – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. (Gal. 5:22)
  4. Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14; Romans. 12:18)
  5. Seek Peace and pursue it. Also Promote peace and have joy (1 Peter 3:11; Prov. 12:20)
  6. Let the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4: 7)
  7. Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. (Rom. 14:19).

It is a good idea to live life the way 1 Peter 3:9-11 says….

 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

Peace has a much more soothing effect on our hearts than all other negative emotions we allow. We have got to guard our hearts from these negative feelings weighing it down and putting undue pressure on it. You might not understand how important resting in God and walking in peace really is, until you truly need it. Let’s make it our duty to seek peace and pursue it. Rest in all that Jesus has accomplished for us already and know that everything is going to be ALRIGHT. Your health will thank you.

Overcoming Fear: What rattles you

 
Is41.10
Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. [Acts 18:10.]
 
Isaiah 41:10Amplified Bible (AMP)
 
Today I walked with my kids on a familiar trail in one of the parks. I knew that there would be animals I did not care see, but never did I thought I would encounter a rattle snake. This was a small rattle snake, but just as dangerous for me. Someone was standing near the snake and pointed it out to us from a distance. My first reaction was of course fear. I stopped and many thoughts flooded my mind of how I can get around this snake without passing it. Rearattlesnake-wp-3lly, it was the only way out of the park, and I knew I could not allow this snake big or small to rattle me.
Yes, I passed it and we were fine. At that time, I knew I could not allow fear to dominate my thoughts, thinking; Oh there might be many more here and now every sound in the bushes sounds like snake movement. I took authority over the fear I felt and that of my children. I spoke the word and kept on going. This is could describe anything you encounter, that poses a challenge or something that describes your greatest fears. It might take more than a venomous shake to rattle you, like it did me, but something else might.
 
The scripture says God will help us and uphold us and we must believe that he will.
 
I don’t know what your fears are today, but I know that God WILL help you overcome them.
 
God’s hands are not slippery, to hold us firm. Or his grip weak, so he lets us go. God’s hold on your life and mine are strong, steadfast and unbreakable. Others have dropped the ball, but he won’t.
 
There is really nothing to fear when God’s got you.
 
Be blessed!
 
 

God is calling YOU to pray

Prayer is an absolute MUST

Prayer is not for intercessors only, it is for every believer. Gone are the days when we depend on intercessors and prayer warriors to do the praying.

Today we either pray or faint

We must keep on praying for the nations and our local communities. The Devil’s plan is for us to relent and quit praying altogether so he could have his way. In my prayer time this morning the Lord showed me how distracted we have become by all that’s been happening in our personal lives and the rapid changes that are taking place around us. How much we have made the News our source of advice and not the WORD. The News should serve as a source of information but the place we turn to for godly living is WORD OF GOD. God’s standards for human lives have not changed and will never change.

Pray with authority

We have been so caught up that our ability to pray objectively about issues have been greatly affected. Now is the time to refocus our attention back to the WORD and PRAYER. What the Lord has impressed on my heart is that; we feel like we are praying but God isn’t doing anything and changes are happening any. This is where the Lord reminded me about the storms the disciples faced while Jesus was on the boat. Jesus was right there but the impact of the storm was so great it was as if he wasn’t there. He was sleeping and this was an opportune time for the disciples to operate in the same authority and power Jesus used. We are not much different we must also take the word and use our authority to declare what the WORD says and stop being afraid or angry.

There is Strength in numbers

As Believers we are the SALT of the earth, we are the LIGHT of the word, Jesus lives in us, therefore we already possess all that’s needed to shake nations. There are millions of believers around the world. What if we all pray fervently? What if we all pray without ceasing? What we all just get down and pray until some significant godly changes takes place? What if by our prayers we strengthen the hands and courage of righteous leaders in power, instead of criticizing them? What if one chase a thousand, how much would tens of thousands accomplish or even million of believers?

Your prayer has great impact

The impact of our prayers are eternal and far reaching. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds 2 Corinthians 10:4.” We are reminded that the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective (James 5:16). Our prayers are powerful and effective when we without preconceived notions invite God to accomplish his purpose in what we are prayer for. Prayer connects we who are finite with an infinite, all knowing God ready and willing to hear the prayer of the righteous.

Charles Stanley says, “Praying doesn’t alter God’s purposes or plans, nor does it cause Him to change His mind. What He has decided will occur, and His decisions will be exactly the right ones to accomplish what He wants to achieve.”

There is more with us than against us. Greater is he who resides in us. Colossians 4:2 says we are to devote ourselves to prayer. Prayer is every believer’s mandate, so pray and keep on praying. If you know today that your prayer would make a great impact would you pray more often? You and I have a responsibility to pray let’s do it.

Be blessed.
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Developing trust as a necessity

Developing trust as a necessity

Proverbs 3:6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Trust is the currency that completes the transaction with God.

Trusting God is simply believing that He loves you, He’s good, He has the power to help you, He wants to help you, and He will help you. Christians are called believers, but many times, we are more like unbelieving believers. We trust our friends, the bank, the stock market or the government more than we trust God and His Word (Joyce Meyer).

Trusting God means that we are totally relying on His strength, His wisdom, His Spirit, His guidance, His leadership, His integrity and the absolute truth of His WORD.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my Trust Godmouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)

We have been taught to trust our own hearts, feelings, instinct, and those of others. These are not bad at all, but with Jesus in the picture, we transfer the trust from ourselves to Him. As much as we are incline to trust ourselves, we can begin to develop our God given instinct to totally trust and depend on what God says. Trust is something we develop as we make God’s word our number one priority. Saying we trust and actually trusting is two difference things. Believe it or not we need to be developed in our trusting skills. This is necessary when you are consistent in the Word and prayer. We seem to only find trust important when our backs are against the wall. No need to wait until something happens, not when we can work on our trusting skills daily.

My husband and I were faced with a situation that could have shook us up and put us in a place of worry. When the situation developed immediately my mind geared into the word. Scriptures I have been reading over the past weeks, months and years came flooding into my mind. The Holy Spirit help me develop a coping mechanism where the word was in my mouth, my ears, my heart and instructed not to consider the negative. Not to give it the time of day. Not to dwell on it. When things happen, we tend dwell on it and we consider it more than we consider the word. It’s not that it didn’t creep up often, but when it did; the word and the Spirit raise up the standard I needed to stay in faith and to walk in peace. If the Devil can steal your peace, he will because then fear takes over and your mind is consumed in a war zone. It wasn’t long before God worked it out beautifully. Developing trust must start with a conscious and deliberate effort. You must deliberately put the truth in you daily so when you need it the most you’ll have it.

These are some practical things we can do to develop of trusting skills

  • Start considering what God says first, before you consider what the doctor says, or any negative report. Find appropriate scriptures and speak it over and over every day.
  • Bombard your mind with the word. Put it in your eyes, your ears, and rehearse it all day long. Habitually study the Word to really have confidence in God.
  • Keep your mind stayed on God (Isa 26:3).
  • Commit your ways to the Lord (Psalm 37:5). Trust that he will bring it to past.
  • Labor to rest in Him – (Heb. 4:11).
  • Follow His voice-His leading (John 10:25). The good Shepherd will not lead you into destruction and he will not leave you to wander alone.
  • Do not depend on you – Trust Jesus.

The evidence of Trust

The evidence of trust is the refusal to worry.

When you trust you, don’t fuss.

When you trust, you walk in peace.

When you trust, your mind is at ease.

When you trust you have confidence that it is going to be alright.

When you trust you are persuaded that God’s got you.

When you trust you let go and let God.

When you trust you stop focusing on you and you focus on Him- His finished works.

When you trust you stop carrying IT and let Him carry you.

Develop trust in the word now so you have substance to fall back on when you need it.

Be Blessed.

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12 scriptures about : Be Strong and courageous

Be Strong and courageous – YOU have a courage heart

 1 Chronicles 28:20
"And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord."
Joshua 1:9
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Psalm 31:24
"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD."

Isaiah 41:10-13

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
1 Corinthians 15:58
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 16:13
"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."
Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Haggai 2:4
"Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts.."
Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
 
1 Chronicles 22:13
"Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed."
2 Chronicles 19:11
And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the Lord shall be with the good.

The WHY- For this reason

The WHY- For this reason

John 12:22
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”

No matter what was happening to Jesus, He never forget the WHY.
John recorded this statement when Jesus was predicting his death. During this time many of the Jews were going over to Jesus’ side because they were believing in Him. The Chief Priests were not happy about the fact that large crowds were going after Jesus, so they designed a plot to kill Him.

Jesus knew what was happening and he knew the time for his death was quickly approaching, so He prayed “Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” He knew this hour was going be gruesome, but he soon caught himself, it is for this “REASON”.

Do you realize that YOU were apart of his WHY. The reason he said NO to comfort and YES to horrible death. It was for this reason Jesus endured suffering; he said YES to death so YOU and I can say NO to sickness, NO to hurts, sadness and grief, NO to addictions, NO to disappointments, NO to sin and its power over us and No poverty and lack. They laugh at him – come down and save yourself, what they didn’t realize; he was too busy carrying and saving the world, it wasn’t about him, it was about YOU.

Pin point the reason in your life, and Yes he took care of it. What is your reason for living and fulfilling the dreams in your heart today? The road might be a bit rocky sometimes, but Jesus took the journey so you could enjoy the destination. WHY not let Jesus be the center of your world today? I know you might be saved, but is Jesus really on the throne or are you?

Jesus Loves you!

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This Jesus – No greater love

JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

This was an incredible time of prayer for Jesus because he was about to take on the sins of the entire world. His time was no longer coming, it was now here. The task ahead was incredible, the journey was nothing a mere man could endure. The sorrow Jesus felt inside was so very great. Only he could truly understand the magnitude of his sacrifice. In Christ, God prepared himself a sacrifice for the entire human race. He knew how all of it would play out, so as fully man he cried out to his Father to take away this assignment from him, yet as fully God, he said, “Not what I will but what you will”. Jesus came to carry out the Father’s Will even though it cost him his life. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (Corinth. 5:21)”.

                                                      JESUS

“Behold the Lamb of God”- the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the entire world. Only JESUS – the true Lamb of God could fully satisfy the wrath of God for the punishment of sins and thus purchase the redemption of man. Jesus became the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for all mankind (Heb. 10:10, 14). Salvation, according to the Word of God, is known as a gift that is freely given by God to man, through his son Jesus Christ as atonement for sin, which can only be fully appropriated by an exercise of our faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8).

What he did?

  • He was despised and rejected
  • He bore our sorrows and carried our grief (Isa 53:4)
  • He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities (Isa. 53:5)
  • He was chastised for our peace (Isa. 53:5)
  • He lay down his life for us (1John 3:16)
  • He suffered for sins – so he could bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18)
  • He became the propitiation for our sins and the sins of the world (1John 2:2)
  • He was manifested to take away our sins (John 11:25)
  • He poured out his blood for the forgiveness of sins (Matt 26:28)
  • He became poor that we might be rich (2 Corinth. 8:9)
  • He is the resurrection and the life – this means victory and abundant for us (John 11:25)

What does this mean to us?

  • If he bore our sins and he did, then why should we continue to walk in sin?
  • If he bore our sickness- why do we need to keep bearing it?
  • As believers we have a blood bought right to receive all the benefits Jesus died to give us
  • Our job is to believe in Jesus Christ and receive his awesome gift of eternal life
  • His punishment was enough to pay for the penalty of our sins
  • His death provided life and life more abundantly- to the fullest and overflowing
  • Jesus was rejected that we could be accepted by God
  • Jesus became sin that we may become righteous
  • Jesus was chastised for our peace- so now can walk in his peace
  • He became poor that you might be rich
  • By his stripes we are healed
  • His love is as amazing as his grace

All of this can be summed up in one word- LOVE. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13). Jesus loves us more than we even know.

What will you do with Jesus today?

My job is to present Jesus as the only hope and answer to man’s dilemma; as he is the only one who provides it (salvation), faith as the only effort to receive it and man’s confession evidences the work of salvation. This reveals how we can appropriate the gift that God has given to us so freely, so that we will never have to face an eternal damnation because of our rejection of this gift.

Your best decision YET is to make JESUS Lord and Savior of your life. It is very simple; believe in him from your heart, confess him as Lord with your mouth, ask him to forgive your sins and THERE you are saved. You are precious and wonderful to him.

If you need any further help inbox me and I would be happy to assist you.

Be blessed.

 

Supporting Scriptures

John 11:25 – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Romans 3:25
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood–to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–

Hebrews 2:17
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

1 John 3:5
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:14
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

Prayer is your greatest weapon!