Using Wisdom to Make Decisions
July 18, 2010
Using Wisdom to Make Decisions
Kings in the business world must make decisions routinely. I want to suggest that making a wise decision in the context of our heart’s desire is the quickest way we can discern the will of God. Our church tradition is that God should tell us what to do. In rare instances He does, but the norm is using wisdom. I understand God’s general will and so I map out a plan through my own heart’s desire. As I’m inventing and implementing that plan, I’m having conversations with the Father to see if He has any adjustments. I give Him the right to tweak the plan, stop it, or delay it. However, most often His direction is “well done” and “get going.” After I screw my courage and implement my plan with the Father’s blessing and congratulate myself on the fruit, I often hear this comment, “You could have done this long ago.”
Here’s the secret: if I’m willing to make a Kingly plan instead of making God do it, it pleases Him. If the plan takes me through my own heart’s desires (which have roots in God), then I’ll enjoy working the plan. It will be fun and I’ll be motivated to complete it. Servants who pride themselves on doing someone else’s plan (even if it is God’s) don’t enjoy what they do. They eventually run out of motivation and quit, or fail to put their heart into it.
Here’s a summary of your two choices for making decisions.
From a practical standpoint, all Christians face weighty decisions without absolutely clear guidance on what to do. The classic approach (1) actually causes well-meaning believers to invent hunches and impressions and act on them as though they came from the Holy Spirit. They are theologically unable to accept that their heart’s desires and initiative may be the means through which God expects them to make decisions.
One huge hindrance to overcoming a steady diet of decisions based on prophetic revelation is our history. We can all point to initiatives we entertained that failed utterly and were obviously not the “path of the righteous.” They can cause to “seek God’s revelation” even more and use wisdom even less. We end up in a religious mess laden with guilt, self doubt, and introspection, unable to make a good decision.
Mentoring – There is a common missing ingredient that will facilitate our transition from (1) to (2). It’s wisdom: the practical guidance from past experience with successes and failures of our own or others. I believe God is unfolding a fathering ingredient for marketplace ministries that fits this apostolic age. Instead of closeting ourselves in prayer and fasting, waiting for that perfectly clear guidance, let’s define a direction based on the desire of our heart and find a believer who has the background to help us make it happen. Really successful Kings love to share their secrets with people who share their heart’s desires. Successful people always have a fraternity of friends who help them. Those helpers might be advisors, employees, mentors, team members, board members, friends, etc. Wisdom knows who to ask for help.
I’m not suggesting that you discount hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. I am inviting you to see if that voice isn’t leading you to use “wisdom” to make decisions instead of agonizing over them. Take a look at the Biblical emphasis on “wise” and “wisdom” in your concordance. It’s amazing! Can you see the connection between wealth and wisdom?
The wealth of the wise is their crown… Prov 14:24 NIV
John and Sue
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church.
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