BY LARRY NAULT, BKC President and Chief Strategist
In today's edition, entitled "THE ART OF WAITING" we learn that there is a need to continually be led by the Spirit when making decisions.
"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
How are you at waiting on God? How do you determine if God is giving you the green light to move forward?
The Lord is calling His people to partnership and place of divine rest, rather than striving, knowing that He is aligning the path ahead and He will bring divine alignments and opportunities at the perfect time. If we strive and open doors in our own strength, we will labor in vain, and what we build will not be the fullness that Lord has planned for us.
"The steps of the God-pursuing ones follow firmly in the footsteps of the Lord, and God delights in every step they take to follow Him." Psalm 37:23 (TPT)
Many workplace believers make the mistake of adding up all the pluses and then concluding that God has given them the green light. Several factors go into making a decision from the Lord.
First, you should gather facts. Fact gathering allows you to determine all the realities of a given situation. However, this does not ultimately drive your decision, but it can put a stop to it.
For instance, if you were planning to build a shopping center and you knew the only way to lease the space was to rent to a porn shop, your decision would be made. God would not lead you to enter into unrighteous ventures.
Second, is the Holy Spirit guiding you in your decision?
"If the Lord delights in a man's way, He makes his steps firm" (Psalm 37:23).
George Mueller cites that the steps are also "by the Lord." God puts hedges around us, but many times we bull our way through the hedges under the guise of tenacity and perseverance. This too is unrighteousness.
One wise workplace believer stated that the greatest success one can have in business is to know when it is time to pull the plug rather than keep forcing a situation. Not all businesses last forever.
Third, has your decision been confirmed? God has placed others around us to be used as instruments in our lives to confirm decisions and keep us from the deceit of our own heart. "Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses" (2 Cor. 13:1b). This is God's way of keeping us within the hedge of His protection.
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