There are always decisions to be made – going or staying, spending or saving, harboring or letting go. To make correct decisions, we can make all the pros and cons lists in the world, ask everyone for their opinion and sleep on it for many nights, but when it comes down to it, we must go and do what God desires. If God leads, we must follow, no matter what our own agenda looks like.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
However, even though we know God, our minds can become clogged and fogged to the point we can’t think straight enough to know what step to take next. If we take time out to renew our minds, we will (for the most part) know what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is for life (Romans 12:2). Without this daily renewing, we get from reading, prayer, worship, etc., God may be telling us something that we’re too busy to hear. But, getting the wisdom we lack is as easy as asking God who gives liberally.
“If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:5-8 NIV)
Furthermore, it is imperative that we feed our minds with things that will be beneficial to our growth – spiritually, mentally and physically. Before we watch, listen or do anything that may be risqué, we need to take a moment to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in deciphering if what we’re about to feed our minds will have a negative impact. This may seem extreme, but if we continue to feed our minds with things that are contrary to God, they become thoughts which will become the basis for decision making.
If you find yourself feasting your eyes and ears on things that you know are contrary to God, try fasting that certain thing for a few days and take note of the difference in your feelings.
“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8 NIV)