Have you ever been paralyzed by fear of making the wrong decision? Maybe it’s a choice between two jobs, quitting a job, moving out state, or even courting or marrying someone. We are all faced with life-altering decisions that require us to have faith. Faith in the sense that we have to trust that our decision is right and that it is the will of God.
When facing difficult dilemmas, there are ways for us to know if our decision making is truly a leap of faith. Likewise, we can know if our decision making is based on our flesh.3 reasons NOT to take a leap of faith. Click To Tweet
Here are three ways to know if it’s faith or flesh decision.
#1- Are you walking out your faith every day?
When we are pursuing God, reading/studying the Word, have an active prayer life, and are walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 22-23) every day, we can be assured that when faced with a big decision we will make the right choice. However, if we are pursuing worldly things, not in the Word, inconsistent prayer life, and are walking in the flesh, our decision making will be made in the flesh.
“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God” Romans 8:5-8
It’s not possible for us to make good, godly decisions in our flesh. Our choices will always be to please self, rather than doing the will of and honoring the Lord.
#2- Are you seeking God’s will every day?
God’s will for our lives can seemingly be a mystery. However, we can be confident that we are doing the will of God when we are actively seeking His Kingdom first (Matthew 6:33), pursuing Christ and His righteousness (Matthew 5:6), renewing our mind with the Word (Romans 12:2), and if we have made it our goal to glorify God with our lives on earth (John 17:4).
“Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” 1 Corinthians 5:9
If we haven’t made it our daily ambition to please the Lord with our lives, and we love the world and the things in it (1 John 2:15), then when we are faced with a life-changing scenario, our decision making will be clouded by selfishness, worldliness, and the flesh. Our choices will dishonor God and glorify self, rather than please the Him.
#3-Are you obeying the Lord every day?
We are all sinners and we all fail to obey the Lord perfectly. But the question is are we striving to live obedient lives each day? Do we have the heart to obey the Word and live as sin free as possible, each day… and does our actions/behavior show it? If we can honestly say that our heart’s desire is to live for the Lord, serve Him wholeheartedly and obey Him, when we are faced with a tough decision, we can have faith that our decision will be correct.
“Why do you call Me,’ Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Obedience is a mark of true Christian. Therefore, if we find ourselves living in a habitual, sinful lifestyle, unconcerned with obeying the Word, then we need to examine ourselves to see if we are truly of the faith.
“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” ( 1 Corinthians 2:14)
A person who has not truly been born again, who is not filled with the Spirit, is incapable of “stepping out on faith”. Their decisions will always be made out of the flesh.
The good news for genuine Christians is that when we are truly seeking after Christ, His Kingdom, we can confidently take a leap of faith, knowing the Lord is ordering our steps. As we pray for godly wisdom and discernment, we can rest assured that when we are living an obedient life, whatever decisions we make, God will get the glory in our lives.