This message is presented by Amos Johnson Jr, PhD. He is the CEO & Pastor of Church for Entrepreneurs. God has given him a calling to help Christian Entrepreneurs succeed at their calling. He believes a fulfilled life comes from clearly knowing what God has called you to do and doing it.
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As you follow God’s plan for your business, there is a multitude of decisions to make along the way. We encounter both minor and major decisions in our course. However, if you follow these seven (7) simple rules, you will always make the best decision possible.
Rule 1: Never Make a Decision Based on Money
If you make a decision based on money, you will be wrong 95% of the time. Only make a decision based on direction from God. You’ll be right 100% of the time. In John 5:30, Jesus said
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Jesus did not make decisions without first checking in with God. In fact, this scripture demonstrates that any decision that needed to be made came directly from God.
Similarly, we need to have a close walk with God, to ensure our spiritual intuitiveness is sound to guide us in our decision-making process. If we are seeking His will, we’ll make less and less bad decisions as time goes on.
Rule 2: Don’t Hesitate after Receiving Direction
Only wait on God for direction when He has not given you specific instructions. If God has given you direction, go forward down that path. For example, in Exodus 14:14-16, Pharaoh’s army had chased the children of Israel to the sea, and there was no apparent way of escape. So Moses prayed to God for direction, and God responded
Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward
God was telling Moses that He had already given him the instruction to go forward, and within that instruction was the power to do so. Likewise, when God gives you direction, go forward.
Rule 3: Don’t Follow Every Good Idea
Stay on your course and don’t follow every good idea you have. All ideas are not for you to do. Some ideas are for anther time or person. Pray for discernment to recognize the difference.
In Acts 16:6-10, Paul had to make a decision on where he should preach next. There were a lot of places that needed the gospel preached, but there was only one place at that time God desired for Paul to go to.
Like Paul, we should only execute the idea God has called us to do. Our anointing for success lives in what God has called us to do, not something else.
Rule 4: Don’t Wait for Perfect Conditions
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap – Ecclesiastes 11:4
There is never a perfect time to make a decision, so do not wait for perfect conditions. If you are observing your circumstances and waiting for the right time, you will never make a decision.
Rule 5: Don’t Let Fear Stop You
You will make mistakes along the way; however, do not allow that to prevent you from making a decision.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand … For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. – Psalm 37:24, Proverbs 24:16
The Bible is clear that even a just man will make some mistakes in his lifetime, so with that being the case, we cannot be troubled about making a mistake. Just know that you will make mistakes at some point in time, but when you do, God has your back. Therefore, do not let the fear of making a mistake stop you from making a decision.
Rule 6: Gather as Much Information as Possible
When in the decision-making process, gather all the information you can relative to the subject. As a result, you will be able to make a more informed decision based on a multitude of facts.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established – Proverbs 15:22
A multitude of counselors can come from people or authoritative sources of information. For example, if you are striving to develop a real estate business, you should utilize the library for books related to real estate or seek the counsel of those in the real estate business.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. – 1 John 2:20
Upon gathering the required information listen to the Holy Spirit on what to do with that information.
Rule 7: Make a Better One Next Time
Finally, if the decision you make does not produce fruit, then make a better one next time. Deuteronomy 18:21-22, states that any word that comes from God will produce fruit.
If the decision you made does not produce fruit after a reasonable amount of time has passed, then you have made a mistake. Remember rule number five, even a just man makes mistakes from time to time. The key is not to lay down in your mistakes, just say, “Praise God I was wrong”; and move on.
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