“Decision Making” Part 2

Posted: May 9, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Christianity, Crowns, Decision Making, Dispensations, God's Will

Having trouble making decisions? A farmer hired a man to work for him. He told him his first task would be to paint the barn and said it should take him about three days to complete. But the hired man was finished in one day. The farmer set him to cutting wood, telling him it would require about 4 days. The hired man finished in a day and a half, to the farmer’s amazement. The next task was to sort out a large pile of potatoes. He was to arrange them into three piles: seed potatoes, food for the hogs, and potatoes that were good enough to sell. The farmer said it was a small job and shouldn’t take long at all. At the end of the day the farmer came back and found the hired man had barely started. “What’s the matter here” the farmer asked. “I can work hard, but I can’t make decisions!” – Source unknown

In Part 1 we considered the “Scripture” test. Let’s go one to consider some other tests to help us make decisions that will glorify God.

The “Stewardship” Test. Stewards (household managers) have a master and are accountable to him (Luke 16:1-13). The Apostle Paul was the steward of the “Dispensation of Grace” in which we live (Ephesians 3:1-12). He wrote most of the new information from God for Christians to teach us how God wants us to live in this dispensation. Peter, John, James, and Jude provide supplemental information for us too. Each Christian is to conduct himself as a steward would in the use of his time, talents (spiritual gifts), and treasures (Ephesians 5:16; 1 Peter 4:10; Hebrews 13:15, 16).

Final Exam. The Christian’s works will be examined at the “Bema Seat Judgment” and each Christian shall give an account of himself to God (Romans 14:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:2; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Will you participate in this judgment of the New Testament Christian’s works (not for Old Testament believer’s works) or the one at the “Great White Throne” for unbeliever’s works that will determine his degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46)? “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

The “Separation” Test. Believe it or not, every person who places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the One who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4) immediately becomes a “positional” saint (one who is separated unto God). He is expected to start acting like one or as a “practical” saint (Romans 1:1, 7; 16:5; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:1, 2, 11; 1 Peter 1:15, 16). We are to bring the level of our “practice” up to the level of our “position” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). God enables each believer to live like a saint even though most Christians don’t draw on God’s power to do this (Philippians 3:10; 4:13, 19).

Yokes. Furthermore, Christians are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers in marriage, ecumenical evangelism, or in business (2 Corinthians 6:14).** We must, like Jesus, have love for and contact with unbelievers without being contaminated by them (Matthew 9:10, 11; 11:19; Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 1:10-19).

Mid-term Exam. How are you doing so far? Examine your own life (1 Corinthians 11: 28). Are there some adjustments that need to be made and some sins that need to be confessed so you (if you’re a Christian) don’t miss out on the rewards, crowns, and praise that the Lord wants to bestow on you? Honest confession leads to family forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and enables us to get back in fellowship with God as we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). Judicial forgiveness is granted to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior through the Gospel (Ephesians 1:6, 7).  Are you forgiven and accepted in the Beloved?

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**Unequal Yokes http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/separate/bibdocse.htm

 

 

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