6 Ways Decision Making Can Affect Your Faith
I suppose I find myself starting my conversation with you the same way so often. But, it really will NEVER cease to amaze me how God will speak words straight to my heart in Sunday School only to repeat them again through the sermon. I find myself leaning over to whisper to my husband saying something like, “weren’t we just talking about this?”
This week He wanted to talk to me personally about how decision making can affect my faith. Maybe the message was the same for others, maybe He spoke something completely different to someone else through the same message…He’s pretty amazing like that 😉
Do you find decision making easy? Do you find it a challenge? Does it depend on the circumstances? I know I know, as usual, I ask a lot of questions. How do we grow if we don’t ask ourselves some hard questions? It probably doesn’t occur to us that we’re making decisions ALL day long. They may seem like trivial or insignificant decisions, but decisions none the less.
Let’s talk about a couple of daily decisions that are significant. God designed our physical bodies to require rest. In fact, it’s ideal that we sleep a third of a day. One third of every day. Have you ever really thought about this? Rest is important. So, if our physical health requires rest, among other things, what about our spiritual health? What would a healthy day look like for us spiritually? Let’s look to our ultimate example, Jesus. He got alone to pray. While scripture doesn’t say for sure that He did this everyday…I lean toward the idea that He did.
What do decisions about our physical and spiritual health have to do with decision making affecting our faith? Everything, my friend. Because just as our pastor pointed out, “one decision can cost you dearly....don't be wishy-washy”
Six ways decision making can affect your faith.
Decide to get the sleep you need.
There’s not a person alive that doesn’t know the effects of not getting enough sleep. It’s so necessary for us to get the rest we need not only to be healthy, but to have the strength to serve God. The energy to do our jobs. In fact, our attitudes reflect whether we’ve had the right amount of rest.
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5
If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24
Decide to wake with Christ as your first thought.
After all, He is right there with you anyway. Say good morning to Him and put on that armor acknowledging that you can’t do it without Him. Although He is with us, it's important to acknowledge that. We must invite Him to guide us in all the decisions we’ll be making as we take on the tasks of the day. He is constant, and we must choose to be consistent. Our pastor pointed out to us that there are two kinds of shields we decide to take up every day. One is the “ceremonial” shield. This shield is the one just for looks. It’s the one you would imagine being used in pictures or just for show. Then there’s the “prepared” shield. Did you know the shield was made of fur? That it was very thick. In order for them to be prepared for battle it had to be immersed in water and anointed with oil. Every single day. Think about the significance of that for a moment. I found this to be so interesting and so like our Lord to parallel this with our daily lives. Jesus understood the need to be prepared and refueled by getting alone with the Father.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Decide to refuel daily by getting alone with your Savior.
Just as I've already pointed out Jesus knew the importance of this and we should too. Life is draining. Decision making is draining. Just as our physical bodies are designed to be refueled through healthy choices so are our spiritual bodies designed to be refueled through healthy choices such as, prayer, Bible study, and worship.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. John 4:24
Decide to care for your physical body with your diet, exercise and rest.
Are you a good steward over the body God has trusted you with? Ouch, I’ll leave this one for us to answer to ourselves.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2
Decide to care for your relationships.
We were designed to be relational. First with Him. Then with our spouses and families. He wants us to have friends. God did not want us to go this alone.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. Psalm 127:3
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiates 4:9-12
Decide to share in community with others of like faith.
It is important that we surround ourselves with other Christians. We need one another. None of us are perfect. We were designed for community. Without it, our spiritual health is hindered.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, ... Acts 2:42-47
These are only six ways your decision making can affect your faith. I encourage you to dig deep into the Bible and explore what God has to say to you personally about healthy decision making. It is my prayer that you are consistently building your faith and growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
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