Making Biblically Sound Decisions
Sermon shared by Rick Adams
Summary: This message is the second in a series on choices. This message offers practical steps in making Biblically sound decisions.
Audience: Seeker adults
"You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it" – Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
It is our human nature to want to follow the easy path. This true with running water, it will flow downhill where there is the little resistance. The same holds true for electricity. Electrons flow in the path of least resistance. People by nature are the same way. But the easy way isn’t always the right way. Often times choosing the right “pathway” means following a course that is narrow.
That is why I believe that we should make any “life altering” decision based upon God’s Word and His will for our lives. So, here are some practical steps to making Biblically sound decisions.
The first thing that you want to ask yourself when faced with a life choice is -
· What does the Bible say about it?
Since the Bible parallels our life here on earth as walking along a pathway, we need to make sure that we can see where we are going. Driving at night at 65 MPH with the lights off on a rural road could be deadly. The same could be said by living life without the illumination of the Word of God.
"Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path." – Psalm 119:105 NLT
ILLUS: Making major life decisions without referring to the illuminating Word of God is almost like trying to put something together without referring to the manual. Men are especially prone to do this, I know I am. The words “some assembly required” makes some women shutter at the thought of what is about to ensue. We get it all put together and looks great, but then we realize we have all these parts left over. What that should tell us is that it isn’t put together the way it was designed to, and it will be UNSTABLE.
Making life choices without consulting the Bible can lead to a very unstable life because you are not following the Creator’s instruction manual. There are many things in this life that aren’t 100% guaranteed, but I can tell you with 100% assurance that if you are faced with a choice that contradicts the Bible, then it is NOT God’s will for your life. God’s will for you and His Word will never contradict themselves.
So what happens if I don’t find a solid answer in the Bible? Maybe you are faced with a decision to buy or rent a house. Will you find “thou shalt not rent, thou shalt buy”? Probably not. So what should you do in those cases?
· Pray about it – wisdom is available for all who ask
"If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking." – James 1:5
Let me just say first, praying and searching the Bible should go hand in hand. God recognizes that we don’t know everything. But God is omniscient, which means He knows everything. The reason some of us don’t know what to do is because we never took the time to ask God.
ILLUS: Ladies perhaps you have experienced something similar with your husbands. You are driving around in an unfamiliar area, you are
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