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  • 20 Scriptures About Making Decisions

  • Psalm 19:8 ESV
  • The precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
  • Psalm 25:12 ESV
    Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
  • Psalm 119:9 ESV
    How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
  • Proverbs 1:5 ESV
    Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
    and the one who understands obtain guidance,
  • Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV
    My son, if you receive my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you,
    2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
    3 yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice for understanding,
    4 if you seek it like silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasures,
    5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
  • Proverbs 2:6 ESV
    For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
  • Proverbs 1:5 ESV
    Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
    and the one who understands obtain guidance,
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
    6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
  • Proverbs 11:14 ESV
    Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
    but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
  • Proverbs 12:15 ESV
    The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    but a wise man listens to advice.
  • Proverbs 13:20 ESV
    Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
    but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
  • Proverbs 15:22 ESV
    Without counsel plans fail,
    but with many advisers they succeed.
  • Proverbs 16:9 ESV
    The heart of man plans his way,
    but the Lord establishes his steps.
  • Isaiah 30:21 ESV
    And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
  • Jeremiah 6:16 ESV
    Thus says the Lord:
    “Stand by the roads, and look,
    and ask for the ancient paths,
    where the good way is; and walk in it,
    and find rest for your souls.
    But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
  • Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
    Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
  • Philippians 4:6 ESV
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
  • James 1:5 ESV
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
  • James 3:17 ESV
    But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.


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"10 Biblical Principals For Making Wise Decisions."

1. What Biblical Principles Should Inform My Decision?

Proverbs 2:6

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

Proverbs 3:5-6

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

1 Corinthians 10:31

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

2 Corinthians 6:14

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Proverbs 22:7

“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Questions to Ask

1. What does the Bible have to say about that?

2. Who can help me better understand what God’s Word says about this decision?

3. Make sure you are not the only one who holds to your interpretation.

2. Do I Have All the Facts?

Proverbs 18:13

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

Proverbs 18:17

“The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.”

Questions to Ask

1. Ask a lot of questions.

2. Don’t fall prey to “wishful thinking “or let your emotions get the best of you.

3. Remember that there are two sides to every story.

3. Is The Pressure of Time Forcing Me to Make a Premature Decision?

Proverbs 19:2

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

Proverbs 21:5

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

Questions to Ask

1. Beware of the “once in a life time” deal and the lure of instant gratification.

2. Don’t let the fear of missing out drive your decision.

3. When in doubt, leave it out.

4. What Possible Motives Are Driving My Decision?

Proverbs 16:2

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

Proverbs 20:9

“Who can say, ‘I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin?’”

Questions to Ask

1. Acknowledge that you have “blind spots.”

2. Honestly assess your motives, both good and bad.

3. Give others permission to speak in to your life.

5. How Should Past Experiences Inform My Decision?

Proverbs 26:11

“Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.”

Proverbs 17:10

“A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”

Questions to Ask

1. Look for patterns of behavior – “triggers.”

2. Understand how your family back ground might affect your thinking.

3. Learn from your mistakes!

6. What Is the Collective Counsel of My Community?

Proverbs 11:14

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

Proverbs 18:1

“He who separates himself seeks his own desire. He quarrels against all sound wisdom.”

Proverbs 18:2

“A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.”

Questions to Ask

1. Avoid having many separate conversations.

2. Recognize the difference between “selling” and “sharing.”

3. Know when to “open the circle.”

7. Have I Honestly Considered the Warning Signs?

Proverbs 10:17

“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who forsakes reproof goes astray.”

Proverbs 16:25

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Proverbs 27:6

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

Questions to Ask

1. Don’t think you are the “exception” to the rule.

2. Remember that God’s way is the best way.

8. Have I Considered the Possible Outcomes for My Course of Action?

Proverbs 14:1

“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”

Proverbs 14:15

“The naïve believes everything, but the prudent man considers his steps.”

Proverbs 27:12

“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naïve proceed and pay the penalty.”

Questions to Ask

1. Do the “long math.”

2. Assess the potential risks.

3. Have a contingency plan.

9. Could This Decision Jeopardize My Integrity or Hinder My Witness for The Lord?

Proverbs 25:26

“Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”

Proverbs 10:9

“He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.”

Proverbs 20:7

“A righteous man who walks in his integrity—how blessed are his sons after him.”

Proverbs 22:1

“A good name is to be more desired than great riches, favor is better than silver and gold.”

Questions to Ask

1. Work toward the “center” rather than flirt with the “edge.”

2. Ask yourself, would this pass the “newspaper” test?

3. Keep short accounts.

10. Is There a Better Option That Would Allow Me to Make a Greater Impact for God’s Kingdom?

Proverbs 11:30

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins’ souls.”

Questions to Ask

1. Ask yourself, what story could God be writing?

2. Don’t assume that just because something is hard that it is not God’s will.

3. Understand how God has uniquely gifted and resourced you.

You can download all of these decision making principals here, and to dive deeper into these principals be sure check out week 1 and week 2 of Blake Holmes message, “Should I?”

The post 10 Biblical Principles for Making Wise Decisions appeared first on Watermark Community Church Blog.

http://www.watermark.org/blog/decision-making-principles. Accessed, April 26, 2017.

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