Saturday, May 06, 2006

Guidance When You Are Just Not Sure What You Are To Do!

Guidance When You Are Just Not Sure What You Are To Do!

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Rom 14:17)

Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation that you cannot at the present time make a decision since consciously you are not sure what to do. That is ok for in Paul’s letter to the Romans chapter fourteen we learn that “he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom.14:23). This simply states when a Christian takes actions which in conscience he or she is unsure of whether right or wrong they sin. Therefore, if for whatever reason, you are unsure and not confident in the decision to be made then it must not be done. God’s guidance at this point is that you must not go forward. Therefore you must place the decision on hold.

This is a gracious directive from our God. Peace of conscience is important to our Heavenly Father and He wants us to have that peace. This is part of being in the kingdom of God, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy I n the Holy Ghost.” (Rom 14:17). Therefore, He tell us to stop and put the decision on hold for conscience sake.

Now we are not to walk away and never make the decision. We are still responsible and required to make decisions in life with a peace of conscience. Therefore there are multiple benefits given to us as we take God’s direction and place this decision on hold for a period.

Benefit # 1 - One benefit is that this time of refrain allows us to gather new and needful information which lessens doubt.
Benefit # 2 - Another benefit is that this refrain gives time to search the scriptures in order to be guided by God in the principles precepts of His word.
Benefit # 3 - It also benefits in that it gives time for new developments to take place that may be needful.
Benefit # 4 - This time of refrain also gives you the benefit of time in order to work through the issues to make a decision comfortably. MAny times you may need to speak with your pastor, or one of the other elders at church or a Christian friend that can help direct you in the Word to a comfortable biblical decision.
Benefit # 5 - We are also benefited in that we are guarded from making hasty and perhaps emotional decisions which can, and often does, lead us into sin.

Finally, once you have worked through the things you need to make a comfortable decision then make the desion not doubting but in faith and in a peace of mind.

Oh! To be led by God. Oh! What peace of conscience and mind!


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