December 22, 2020
Direction without Doubt
With Bishop Ronald K. Powell
Key Verse: Psalm 25:12 -22
12 What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
15 Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
I. Introduction: Christians can face difficult decisions with confidence knowing God is willing to give them clear direction in every situation. However, those who fail to seek or wait for His guidance will experience uncertainty, confusion, and frustration. Feelings of inadequacy or the fear of making wrong choices prevent some people from taking advantage of wonderful opportunities. Others miss out because they rush ahead and hope everything works out for the best. With so much at stake, we desperately need God’s wisdom to direct us.
The Lord wants you to make the right decision in every circumstance. He’s not
trying to keep His will a secret. However, your attitude regarding His guidance
makes a difference. His instructions are reserved for those who fear Him (Ps.
25:12). So when you acknowledge that He alone has the right to direct every
choice you make, He’ll give you the wisdom you seek.
II. A Pattern for Making Decisions. The following six steps will help you
discern God’s directions no matter what situation you’re facing.
A. Clear the pathway.
In order to hear the Lord’s voice, you must remove all
1. Clearing your heart of sin.
- Any sinful attitude or habit must be removed before you can proceed because sin clouds the mind like fog obstructs your view
on the highway.
- Ask God if there’s anything in your life that doesn’t fit your identity as a follower of Christ. If He reveals a specific sin, immediately confess
and repent of it.
2. Bringing your desires to the point of neutrality.
- There will be times when what you want in a situation is not in line with what the Lord desires.
- The only way you’ll receive His guidance is by submitting to Him.
- When you can honestly say that you desire His will be done more than your own, He’ll give you clear
3. Exercise patience.
- Some decisions are urgent-at least from a human perspective.
- However, demanding an immediate answer from God is a sign of distrust.
- Patience requires a willingness to trust the Lord and submit to His timing.
- Examine the situation from God’s perspective and remember that those who wait
for the Lord will not be ashamed (Ps. 25:3).
B. Be alert to pressure.
When seeking the Lord’s direction, be careful not to let anyone or anything persuade you to choose a path other than God’s. Be
1. External pressure.
- Sometimes people don’t understand why you’re waiting, and they may offer advice or push you to make a decision.
- Instead of giving in and jumping ahead of God’s will, fill your mind with His Word.
- That way, you’ll be able to discern if the advice aligns with His desires.
2. Internal pressure.
- Other times, the pressure to make a decision comes from within.
- Fear of losing an opportunity may cause you to enter into a situation or
relationship instead of waiting for God’s guidance.
- He may lead you to a decision nobody else will understand, but if you take the first step of obedience, His
blessings will follow.
C. Persist in prayer.
- Just because you don’t receive an immediate answer from the Lord, it doesn’t mean He isn’t listening.
- The point of persistent prayer is not to force God to do what you want but to see the situation from His
- As you wait, He deepens your relationship with Him and deals with issues in your lives that are preventing you from growing spiritually.
D. Rest in God’s promise.
- In order to find out what the Lord wants you to do in a situation, you must believe His promises.
- He assures us He’ll answer the prayers of those who ask, seek, and knock (Matt. 7:7), and if you’ll faithfully
read the Word each day, the Holy Spirit will lead you to passages with the guidance you need for any situation.
E. Wait for Christ’s peace.
- The last step in the decision making process is to let the peace of Christ act as the “umpire” for your choice (see Col. 3:15).
- When the direction is from God, His peace will enter your heart and mind.
- This is the final proof that you are following His path. There are no more doubts-just confident assurance.
When you’re faced with a decision and don’t know what to do, remember that God’s Word is His primary method of speaking to His people.
You can also receive guidance by humbly seeking the Lord in prayer and asking the Holy Spirit to help you apply Scriptural principles to your particular
When you patiently wait to hear His voice and heed His instructions, you can make a confident decision knowing that God has given you