1. Surrender to doing God’s will as known from His Bible and without focusing on personal comfort, happiness, materialism, fulfillment, etc.
a. 1 Thessalonians 4:3a God’s will is for you to be holy, NLT
b. Ephesians 6:6b-7.. 6bdoing the will of God 7doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, NKJV Also Psalm 40:8, 1 Peter 2:15, 4:2, James 4:15; Romans 12:2 HCSB
2. Develop a long-term “Life Vision or Purpose” that will be used as a guide in decision making or plans for the future. For my 3 short visions since 1950 click here.
3. Depend on wisdom from God for guidance from the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and mind of Christ:
a. Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet a And a light to my path b. [a= short-term direction, b= long-term guidance]
b. 1 Corinthians 2:12,16.. 12 Now we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 16 …But we have the mind of Christ. [For example, click here.]
4. Use the Sound Mind Principle with continuous prayer for guidance:
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. & 1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing;
5. Replace anger and fear with faith by thanking God in all circumstances:
1 Thessalonians 5:16,18.. 16Rejoice always; 18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Also Philippians 4:4-7, Habakkuk 3:17-19, Psalm 37:1-9,23-24,39
6. Decision-making based on prerequisites 1-5. Unless absolutely required by the need for an instantaneous decision, problem-solving in a-c should allow for at least 2 days to allow for spiritual guidance and input from all involved or impacted.
a. Problem Solving. Be thankful in the moment of trouble. Recognize the difference between a fact A & a problem. Define the problem. Develop alternative solutions. Select the best solution. Implement that solution. Then continuingly Review progress, Revise action steps if appropriate and Refocus energy. In this and future steps it is absolutely necessary to be disciplined by keeping careful notes of the entire process.
b. A decision between alternatives. Develop criteria for assessment. Rate each alternative for each criterion. This may include research, consultations with others and careful thought. Total the ratings for each alternative. These totals should help in finalizing your decision between alternatives.
c. A yes or no answer to one question or opportunity. Develop pro’s and con’s in 2 columns for the question and then rate these similar to a. above.
Henry Luke revised 6/21/2018
I have over 10 posts on my blog related to this subject. Go to “Life Vision” by clicking here for the first post and then at the bottom in “tags” click on “Life Vision”
Notes: A- Facts cannot be changed except by miraculous intervention by God. He will give you the grace to accept it or supernaturally change it. But, God can give you His wisdom, courage, and knowledge to solve problems. See Paul’s Thorn as an example of a fact–click here.