7 STEPS BEFORE MAKING A MAJOR DECISION

Luke 15:11-20

11  And he said, A certain man had two sons:

 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

 

The major reason people fail is bcos of wrong judgment

Any DECISION becomes outstanding by proper ANALYSIS!

When your indices are wrong, your decision will be faulty & fatal!

  1. STOP DELIBERATELY

Psa. 46:10, Isa. 30:7

Before any major decision, take a deep breath.

You can’t be tangled in your mind & take good decisions

People hate to be static; but that is a requirement for sound decisions.

 

 

  • THINK DEEPLY

 

Thinking is the ability to reflect; not just being silent or melancholic.

It is pondering on the NOW, FUTURE & CONSEQUENCES of your decision.

[THE 3 DEPARTMENTS OF THOUGHT ARE: NOW, FUTURE & CONSEQUENCE]

It is best to make decisions for the future; not just the present.

Assemble ALL the facts available & process objectively

[IF OVER 70% OF THE FACTS ARE UNAVAILABLE, YOUR DECISION MAY BE FAULTY]

Take decisions based on the BIGGER picture!

 

  • JUXTAPOSE

 

Assuming you were on the receiving end of such decision; will it be palatable?

Always mirror every decision with a reverse lens before you execute it

Though it is your decision, what are their effects on those around you?

[IF OUR LEADERS DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH FACILITIES ABROAD, THEY WILL FIX OUR HOSPITALS]

 

  • PRAY SPECIFICALLY

 

Pray to get spiritual direction on the matter at hand.

[THIS PRAYER IS NOT YOUR REGULAR MORNING DEVOTION KIND OOO]

Table the matter before God & trusted spiritual partners for sufficient periodof time

When you are peaceful within after prayers, it is a positive sign

When you are restless or agitated, STOP ACTION or CONTINUE IN PRAYERS

 

  • RECEIVE INSTRUCTION

 

Many people pray; very few get instructed.

Prayer is not over if direction is not expressly received

Instruction can be in form of a WORD, VOICE, VISION, IDEA OR REVELATION from Scripture

Don’t execute a major decision until spiritual clearance is received directly!

[EVEN WHEN U ASK PPLE TO PRAY 4 YOU, CONFIRM IT BY YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY]

 

  • ACCESS YOUR MEMORY BANK

 

Satan cannot steal your memories

Always go back to the mental pictures you have for comparisons

(THE PRODIGAL SON LOST EVERYTHING EXCEPT HIS MEMORY & THAT LED HIM BACK HOME).

Memory is a magnet that attracts you back to your miracle.

Memory is the gift of God that connects man back to restoration.

[THINGS MAY HAVE GONE BAD NOW; WHEN YOU ACCESS YOUR MEMORY, YOU WILL SEE IT IS NOT SO BAD & THERE IS HOPE 4 2MRW]

Memory is a catalyst for repentance

The memories you have will play a vital role in your outlook on life!

  • DRAW A PLAN

 

Don’t waste your plan, if the above steps have not been done!

Planning is not the same as execution; planning should determine action!

Do I have enough facts to proceed?

How can I maximize this step?

What should I do or not do?

What are the phases imbedded in this plan?

[WHEN THOSE 4 QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED POSITIVELY, CAREFUL ACTION CAN BEGIN]

 

PRAYER

O LORD, REMOVE FROM ME ANYTHING THAT LOOKS GOOD BUT HAVE EVIL IMBEDDED IN IT IJN