Decisions, decisions



“But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.” (Romans 8:9a)

I had a friend who once said, “God gave us a brain. He expects us to make our own decisions.” I know others who believe that every decision we make should originate and be verified through the Holy Spirit. For me, my decision process lies somewhere in between.

“Abide in me and I will abide in you.” (John 15:4) Yes, it is my favorite word, abide, from my favorite passage in scripture, John 15: 1-17. The key to all decision-making is abiding in Jesus. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man abides in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)

Admittedly, I call upon the Holy Spirit very frequently. I feel much closer to God when I am aware of the Holy Spirit working within me; sometimes, giving me precise words of instruction or advice. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in this world for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

We must be aware of the Spirit’s presence in our lives. Due to the influence of Oswald Chambers through the years, I believe the acknowledgement of the Holy Spirit in our lives comes from yielding our wills to God. When we release our will to Him, we can experience the Spirit’s movement and voice.

I believe, like my friend said a long time ago, God gave us brains and He expects us to use them. However, if we have yielded our wills to God and choose to abide in Jesus, the decisions we make with our brains will be in accordance with the will of God. That sounds complicated, but it is not.

As I author my articles, I call on the Holy Spirit to guide my thinking and my words. That action comes from my continually yielding my will to God and abiding in Jesus. Certainly, there are times when I fail. As I look back over previous articles, I can tell when I have written alone without seeking help.

I have learned to research scripture when I am unclear as to its meaning. In that sense, I am using the brain that God gave me. Through prayer, I seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to express accurate words. I have often stated that I am not a Biblical scholar, and my words reflect an ordinary believer’s mind. Recently, I gave an inaccurate statement. I was corrected, which I appreciated.

In everyday life, God wants us to use the brains He gave us. In most situations, it is not necessary to pray about which clothes to put on, or which route to take to a specific destination. We are not wasting God’s time when we pray about anything, so prayer is always appropriate but, maybe, not necessary.

If we frequently yield our will to God, and we continually abide in Jesus, we can be assured that the common, everyday decisions we make are fulfilling God’s will for us. When we sense a need for further guidance or wisdom, it is always appropriate to call on the name of the Lord for that extra help.

During our lives, we all make major decisions. Finding the right person for a spouse, and if or when to have children. Sometimes that is not our choice, right? Many people have “surprise babies,” but that is always in God’s will.

Managing our finances involves extremely important decisions throughout our lives. Certainly, we trust God for our well-being. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (our needs) will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) Major decisions require major guidance.

Dear Lord, teach us over and over to yield our wills to You and each day, several times a day, help us to abide in Jesus. Teach us that our decisions will be correct when we trust fully in You. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Jerry is just an ordinary Jesus follower who is blessed to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit in writing these articles. He is also a retired high school counselor who has learned many lessons from his students and friends through the years. Jerry can be reached at

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