Tough Decisions Can Be Uncomfortable

We ended last time with:

So if you are trying to make a decision based on your soul (your affections, your memory, your reasoning, etc.) or your flesh (what you see, what you touch, what you hear, etc).  You are going about it the wrong way.

In prayer, we lay out our petition to God and know,  Philippians 4:6 KJV Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

We need to learn, if you are saved – “in Christ” – how to make decisions in the spirit. Remember, our spirit attributes are faith, hope, prayer, praise and reverance. To do this, you willingly choose to believe God and his word over everything else. You believe God over what you see and hear (what people tell you) you believe God over what your own mind and thoughts tell you. An example of this is Abraham.

Romans 4:17 KJV
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Romans 4:18 KJV
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Let’s use the scriptures to give a modern day example of making a decision based on your spirit. Let’s say you get this rash and sore on your foot. Over the course of a couple of weeks you notice the rash and sore get worse. So you soak your foot, anoint your foot with medicine. Then the next day you see your other foot has a rash too. Be honest, what would you do?

Most people will try to handle it themselves . They will soak their feet, put ointment, cream or some topical medicine on their feet. If nothing works, they might ask someone in their family or a friend what they think. If nothing helps, they go to the doctor. There are some people who run to the doctor first about everything. But most people try to handle things themselves.

Question: What should you do in the above example? Yes, pray and ask God for help. But when should you pray and ask God? Scripture is clear, at any time. Another words first or later in the process or at the end, it doesn’t matter as long as you do ask God. But if you ask God first, you might not have to go through extra pain and suffering.

The foot disease example above is in scripture. It is not about the feet or the disease, it is about the principal God is trying to teach us in that scripture. God was not happy that his man Asa, sought out doctors before Asa sought the Lord.  2 Chronicles 16:12 KJV “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great : yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord , but to the physicians.”

When we make spirit decisions we base our decisions on God, his word and his promises. Our problem is we try to understand the matter. And we can’t. I was very guilty of this for many, many years. One of my key verses in my Christian walk has been:

Proverbs 3:5,6 KJV “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
[6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

When God showed me, I didn’t need to understand the matter, the issue, the how or the why, but just trust him to keep his word, he would make everything work out for my good. Just like he promises in Romans 8:28 KJV
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Remember, Romans 8 is a key chapter in learning how to live and walk in the Spirit. We will pick this up again next time.

When you make decisions in the spirit and not the world’s way, you may feel out of place sometimes.

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