I first heard Herbert Cooper give this sermon at Evangel University on Wednesday, September 5th 2012 In this sermon Herbert Cooper (founding pastor of Peoples Church in Oklahoma City) talks about six questions you should ask before making big decisions in your life. These questions will help you determine if the decisions you make are God’s will.
The Six Questions you should ask to determine if the decisions you make are God’s will:
1) Does it agree with the Bible?
- God never contradicts his word.
- If the decision you are trying to make does not pass the first test there is no need to continue to the rest of the tests.
1 Peter 1:23-25 (NIV)
2) Am I in a right relationship with God?
- We’re not talking about perfection, we are talking about direction.
- When our flesh is in control, we will miss God’s will for our life.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
3) Does it make me more like Christ?
- Will this decision cause you to love people more?
- Will this decision cause you to be more <kind, truthful, respectful, patient> towards people?
- God never leads you to be a jerk.
- Will this decision cause you to forgive people more?
- God is never leading you to create hate, division, disunity, or to get even.
- Will this decision cause you to serve people more?
- Will this decision cause you to give to people more?
Matthew 6:14 (NIV)
Mark 9:35 (NIV)
Acts 20:35 (NIV)
4) Have I sought Godly Counsel?
- Prerequisites before seeking Godly Counsel
- Do they live a Godly life that is producing Godly fruit?
- Do they have experience in the area you need wisdom in?
- Do they have proven results?
Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)
Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)
5) Do I have God’s Peace?
- If you’re getting ready to make a major decision and you feel <stressed out, pressured, anxious, anxiety>, you need to wait on that decision.
- God always leads through peace.
John 16:13 (NIV)
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)
6) Am I perusing God’s Will?
- Each person falls in to one of three categories
- I want what I want
- I want what You want, but …
- I want what You want.
Luke 22:41-42 (NIV)