BE DECISIVE ABOUT YOUR CALLING
BE DECISIVE ABOUT YOUR CALLING
Psalm 32:8-9; Isaiah 30:21
Decision determines destiny! You make choices every day and they have a direct bearing on the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life. Which job should you take? What car should you buy? Should you ask him to marry you? Are you ready for another baby? Is this house right for you, or should you keep looking before you make an offer? Life is full of hard choices and the bigger they are and the more options you have, the harder they get. When a serious decision has to be made, how can one know in which direction lays one’s true destiny?
PREPARE TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION – Romans 12:2 and Phil. 4:8
Whatever choice or decision you will make in life must be filtered through all those parameters mentioned in those two bible passages. You should be able to ask yourself the following questions about whatever decision you make in life: Is it the WILL of God?; Will the Lord be pleased with me making such a choice?; Can this choice stand the test of the truth of God’s word?; Does it stand in congruence or alignment with the holiness of God?; Will people praise God with me when they hear of such decision?; Is it honorable in the sight of God?
Here, I will outline some tips you can embrace to make you fit to be able to discern the right path all the time.
• Be a diligent student of the word of God – (Psalms 119:105, 130; Matt. 4:4 GNB; 2 Tim.3:16,17 GNB).
The word of God is his voice that has been captured by holy men of old and penned down for our own use to guide us through life. When you give yourself to it, you will be able to discern very quickly what is right per time.
• Keep your prayer watch perpetually – (Habk. 2:1 GBN).
The place of prayer is pivotal to making the right decision in life. When you make prayer your perpetual life habit or lifestyle, then it becomes easy for you to decipher the will of God in every matter and come out with the right decision. It was this kind of prayer lifestyle that helped Nehemiah to be able to know what to do and quickly gave the king the right answers when he was asked about his choice: “The emperor asked, “What is it that you want?” I prayed to the God of heaven…” (Neh. 2:4 GNB).
• Keep the Gates to your heart clean and sound – (Prov. 4:23; Matt. 12:35)
The raw materials your mind work upon are the information it picks from the environment and other available sources via the gates of your EYES and EAR. If you cannot control what you see and what you hear then you cannot control your thought. Your mind can easily be controlled simply by regulating what goes in there. The quality of life you will live and the basis for most decisions you will ever make is a function of what you are made of. This also is a function of what goes into your heart everyday via the gate of the eyes and ears.
• Keep the Right Company – (Psalm 1:1 GNB.)
Who is your friend? You must be very meticulous when it comes to choosing your friend. The friend you keep can actually make or mar your destiny. As a matter of fact, your friend can make you rich or poor, whole or ill, strong or weak, progress or retrogress in life. The old adage still holds tenaciously, “Show me your friend and I will tell you the kind of person you are.” Who you are to a great extent is vividly reflected in the type of friends you keep. Your friend has a measure of influence to determine how your journey in life will look like — a glorious destiny or a dead end. “Don’t fool yourselves; bad friends will destroy you” (I Cor. 15: 33 CEV)
• Keep your friendship with the Holy Spirit – (Rom. 8:14)
Sometimes we are more mental-conscious because we live more in the mental realm. If we are going to be lead by the Spirit of God, we must become more spirit-conscious, or we’ll miss out, on the whole, things. Only the Spirit of God searches deep things and make them available to us (1 Cor. 2:9-10).
Let me conclude this section by saying that the fact is; left alone to our brains, it is so wired that we can devise our own ways of getting around making choices. But this may not be authentic; our brain can lead us astray if care is not taken. My submission is based on this biblical truth: “My thoughts,” says the Lord, “are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours” (Isaiah 55:8, 9 GNB). God’s way is always the best. As long as you follow His path, you are bound to get to a safe end (John 8:12).