Make A Right Decision


Some of my friends find it’s easy to make decision. But for me, it’s difficult to know if I am using good judgment as I make decision about life. Some kind of important and life-changing decisions.

After few minutes googling, I finally found an article about how to make good decision from a biblical standpoint.

“The answer comes when you look to God for a solution. Believing and relying on God’s Word will shed incredible light on just about any issue. God has an amazing plan for you and your life, and he does all he can to help you find and attain it. So when you work with God, he gives you the grace to make right decisions and show good judgment.

Four keys to point us in the right direction:

1. Make the decision to let God be God.

You’ll never make progress in this area as long as you refuse to give up control. It certainly isn’t easy, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight, especially if you’re a control freak as I once was. It almost drove me completely nuts when I began giving up control of things. But it helped immensely when I realized there was somebody a bit more qualified than me in charge of my life.

Proverbs 16

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.

2. Study the Word of God.

The only way you’re going to get to know God and his character is to study his Word. It won’t take long before you’re able to judge situations and circumstances with a new view. Decisions are easier because you already know in advance the direction you want your life to take.

2 Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3. Surround yourself with people who are further along in the journey.

There is no reason to learn every lesson yourself when you have perfectly good examples right in front of you. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we often counsel one another from what we’ve learned through our mistakes. Take advantage of this counsel and learn from the mistakes of others so your own learning curve is not so steep. You’ll be very glad you don’t have to go through every mistake as you learn from observing and listening to others. But trust me, you’ll still make plenty of your own mistakes. You can take comfort in knowing that one day your mistakes may serve to help someone else.

Corinthians 11:1

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

4. Never give up.

Be glad about your progress. Let yourself off the hook. You didn’t start showing poor judgment overnight and you won’t always show good judgment now, just because you want to. Just be happy you’re making progress and you’re seeing your life improve. Little by little as you gain wisdom from God’s Word, you’ll begin to see the results reflected in your decisions.

Hebrews 12:1-3

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

It takes time to develop good judgment, but once you make the commitment to move forward in this area, you’re halfway there.

 

Working with God is continuous, but it is worth the effort.

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The Old Windmill


A man who grew up on a ranch in West Texas tells about a rickety, old windmill that stood alongside his family’s barn and pumped water to their place. It was the only source of water for miles.

In a strong wind the windmill worked well, but in a light breeze it wouldn’t turn. It required manually turning the vane until the fan faced directly into the wind. Only when properly positioned did the windmill supply water to the ranch.

I think of that story when I meet with pastors from small churches in remote areas. Many feel isolated and unsupported—caregivers for whom no one seems to care. As a consequence, they grow weary and struggle to bring life-giving water to their flock. I like to tell them about the old windmill and our need to daily reposition ourselves—to intentionally turn toward the Lord and His Word and to drink deeply from Him who is the source of living water.

What’s true for pastors is true for all. Service for God flows from within, outward. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). It’s when God speaks to our depths that we are able to touch the lives of others. To refresh others, let’s return to the Source of life regularly.

When our hearts grow weary,
When our spirits dim,
He will go before us,
Leave it all to Him.

The Greatest Gift


Matthew 19:14

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”


People often ask me at what point in my life I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am sure my answer is often disappointing because I had no eartshaking or near-death experience that brought me to my faith. Because my parents were Christian, strong in their beliefs, I have known about Jesus and felt close to him as far back as I can recall. I remember sitting in Sunday school, looking up at pictures of Jesus holding a little child and wishing with all my heart that I could be that child sitting on Jesus’ knee.

I guess you could say that my faith was given to me by my parents the day I was born and has evolved over the years. Their gift is definitely a “gift that keeps on giving.” Through my study of God’s word, I have made my faith the foundation for the many decisions I have had to make in my life. Faith is my rock – immovable, unshakeable, unchangeable – that one thing I have been able to depend on and trust completely during the dark and tough times inevitable in life.

Although I am now in my later years, I know I am still a child of God, one of little children Jesus still calls to and holds close.

CINTA…CINTA…


Kehebatan seorang pria terpancar dari cara kerjanya sehari-hari,

bukan dari satu jam rayuan gombalnya.

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Cinta sering kali akan lari bila kita mencari,

tetapi cinta juga seringkali dibiarkan pergi bila ia menghampiri.

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Cinta adalah kebiasaan yang paling sulit untuk dihentikan dan dipuaskan.

– Drew Barrymore

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LOVE IS RESPECT.

Jika seseorang mengatakan bahwa dia mencintai Anda, tetapi kata-kata dan tindakannya tidak menghormati Anda sebagai pribadi yang baik dan mandiri, maka dia tidak betul-betul mencintai Anda. Mungkin dia ingin memiliki Anda, tetapi pasti bukan cinta.

CINTA ADALAH PEMUJAAN.

Maka bagaimana mungkin orang yang seharusnya memuja Anda – menyakiti Anda?

Be wise, this is your life.

-Mario Teguh

Spend time helping others to find the Living Water


John 15:5

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”


Two rose bushes in my garden are a true gift from God. They are planted close to the house, and I have a perfect view. I can see and enjoy these plants all the time, especially when they are in bloom.

A few days ago, in a bit of a rush, I cut a few flowers and placed them temporarily in a container with water. Several hours later, I decided to transfer them to a vase. Much to my dismay, two short-stemmed blooms were dropping and lifeless. I quickly noticed that the stems of these two plants did not reach the water level. Consequently, these roses did not look as fresh as the other ones with longer stems did.

I began to think about Jesus’ words in John 15:5: “Apart from me you can do nothing.” There are those among us who are fragile. They too are God’s children. We have a responsibility to care for them by offering the Living Water, Jesus Christ, through our love, witness, prayer, and wise counsel. When we help them to find this Water, these fragile ones can grow stronger and bear beautiful flowers, as they were meant to.