Foundations

All of us are going to be faced with decisions. Do we have the capacity to make divine decisions, or are we just out of luck? Out of the 300 decisions that we make every day, 10 percent will be future-altering decisions that can alter our finances, futures and even our faith.

I am convinced that life is made up of 10 percent of what happens to us and 90 percent of what we choose to do with what happens to us. We can be a victim and surrender, or we can let it challenge and motivate us and cause us to rise higher. It is all in the choices of life.

God did not give us a mind to make poor decisions. God created our minds in order to discern His will and make decisions that follow Him.

“… let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing an perfect His will really is” (Rom. 12:2).

How is God going to transform us, the way we think and the choices we make? If I think or use my mind the way that God designed it to be used, I will see how good and pleasing God’s will is for my life. I will use my mind to make decisions that follow Him.

Can we really make divine decisions? Yes. How do we know?

God gave us the authority to make decisions.

“God created man in His own image … and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply … and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Gen. 1:27-28).

The Hebrew word for “rule over” means to take dominion over everything on this earth or to make wise decisions. God entrusts that authority and responsibility to us. He put us on this earth to make divine decisions.

If God has given us the capability to make decisions, how do we do that?

  1. Imagine What Kind of Person God Wants You to Be

Imagine what kind of person God wants you to be; not the person you want to be. God gave us the ability to imagine, and He is saying to use it so we can try to discern what His image is of us when He created us.

When we can imagine the best that we can think, God’s image for us is greater still.

“To Him, who by means of His power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for or even think of, to God be the glory in the church …” (Eph. 3:20-21).

When we are imagining what God has designed us to be in His image and we see our future, then we will know what kind of decisions we have to make on a daily basis so that we are steering or partnering with God in becoming what He’s created us to be as a husband, wife, or child.

  1. Write Down Life Values

Do you know what that means? For example, if I want to be the best husband I can be, then what kind of values would that person exude? I must have life values and write them down.

“Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run” (Hab. 2:2).

I must have directional kinds of principles or road-markers. Those are called life values. What we do we treasure as values in life that will be exuded by that person that we imagine God would have us to be?

If I have life values and I have imagined what God wants me to be, it tells me how to live daily.

  1. Establish Daily Disciplines

“… discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7).

I can do a bunch of things. I can accomplish tons, but if it is not what God’s called me to accomplish, it is moot. God will not hold me accountable for what I have done. He will hold me accountable for what He has called me to do and I have done.

Imagine the kind of person God wants us to be. Establish guiding principles and values. Make wise daily decisions. When we do, we will be glad because the Lord’s future will be ours.

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