Principles of Decision Making

Principles of Decision Making

Patrick M. Morley, in his book The Man In The Mirror writes about decision making.  He gives insight from the Temptations for Lord Jesus Christ.  In the three temptations he brings out three principles of decision making: Word of God, do not test God and worship God. 

1) Word of God:  Lord Jesus Christ after long fasting of forty days, he was certainly hungry.  Satan gave a readymade decision: to turn stones into bread.  Lord refused stating that: “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4) Any decision that does not confirm to biblical principles, Will of God and attributes of God will lead to sin.  

2) Do not test God:  Satan quotes from Psalm 91 and asked Lord to jump from the pinnacle of the Temple like a stunt man presuming angels will hold him before he falls. Sadly, many preachers quote Scriptures out of context.  Lord refused to ‘test’ God with silly presumption.  Promises taken out of context, considering presumption as faith are in fact ‘testing’ God.  Without understanding God’s will, work, and word, we can jump to foolish conclusions and act on presumption or superstitions or cravings or greed

 3) Worship God by decisions:  All decisions should be for the glory of God.  Every word spoken, every thought that is meditated and every act done should be worship for the glory of God.  Paul writes: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (I Corinthians 10:31) Even every day habitual actions like eating breakfast or drinking water should be for the glory of God.  If so, how important are other decisions that affects us and others spiritually, financially, morally, ethically, emotionally, relationally, and physically?  

 Life is filled with decisions.  Our decisions declare, who we are?  There could be God-honouring decisions or Satan-honouring decisions.  

Do I follow the model of Lord Jesus Christ in making decisions?

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