~ Distinguishing Between Alternatives ~
Do you have a good decision-making process?
The following is an excerpt from a book.
Discernment has to do with the ability to distinguish between alternatives—decision-making based on principles. Discernment is a critical component of the Christian life. It takes life out of the realm of the mechanical and puts it into the realm of the decisional. Discernment takes knowledge and sensitivity to the Spirit of God. Spiritual discernment brings about action on the requirements and relationships required to live a life in accordance with God’s general will.
What about decision-making? Your decisions will not be pleasing to God unless they are based on knowledge of His desires for you. How can you know what God wants at a specific decision point? That is what you are about to examine.
Paul wrote to the Colossians, “we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9). Clearly Paul understood that you can know God’s will and he linked it to wisdom and understanding. Following the general will of God is the solid base for spiritual understanding and Godly wisdom. Paul defines wisdom’s source as God through Jesus Christ. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
~ from “THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH: Understanding God’s Will for You” by Robert Lloyd Russell, pgs 88-89 (ISBN: 9781606474303)
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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