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How do you anchor your life in God and build a life that does not shake? How do you know you took the right decision when a storm comes in your life?
The second most important decision of my life (after the decision to follow Jesus) was the decision concerning whom I should get married with. And if you think like me, marriage is like following Jesus— its a one-way road. No turning back and no compromise in this respect! Therefore, one needs to be careful and discern wisely the person with whom they want to get married with.
Now, I will not go into all the details of how I got married. Nevertheless, I knew that this was a crucial decision and I needed a strong anchor. An anchor that will hold me down when I will face storms in life. And life with God taught me the importance of having an anchor like that for every critical decision!
Firstly, I prayed and asked the Lord to guide me from His Words regarding my decision. Then I journaled all the different scriptures God spoke to my heart about my choice. Secondly, I did search my heart to see if I have peace about my decision because I knew that wherever Jesus reigns there is peace. Thirdly, I talked with some mature believers and my parents about this decision. And they all prayed with me and for me to get God’s wisdom and guidance for my marriage.
Therefore, I want to share with you the three principles I have learned over time:
1. Anchor your life in God’s Word
In the most challenging days of my life, I only had the Bible and God’s promises to help me get through the storms. Therefore, if you are about to take a decision but you know that the Bible says different than what you want, my advice for you is to obey His Word. In Proverbs 3:5-6 (TLV) we read
Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
You trust God by trusting His Word! A decision that it is not rooted in God’s Word will produce only bad fruit in your life. Trust me; I know what I am talking about. Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time to change a few ungodly decisions I knew were against God’s Word.
Furthermore, if your life is according to God’s Word, it means you live your life in His will. Continue to study His Word and practice it and make sure your decision is not against His will and Word. This simple principle can save you from a lot of troubles later.
2. Anchor your life in God’s peace
In my previous post, I have written in more detail about this principle. If you are about to take a decision right now and you know your decision is according to God’s Word and not against it but you do not have peace, my advice is: do not take that decision. Continue to wait and pray!
However, you need to discern why you do not have peace. And you can do that only in your time of fellowship with God as you stay in His Presence. Nevertheless, wherever Jesus is Lord, there is peace.
I have learned that when we live according to God’s Word, we live in God’s general will. However, if you want to find God’s specific will for a specific situation and decision you will have to continue to pray about it until you have peace. If your life is in His general will, He will reveal to you His specific will.
And if you do not have peace, do not move forward.
3. Anchor your life in the fellowship of Christ’s Church
Nevertheless, if you are still unsure about your decision, go and talk with your spiritual leaders from your Congregation or talk with some mature believers. Often we are subjective in our decisions and we take decisions out of emotions. Therefore, we need to double check every (important) decision with the people around us that can speak the truth in our life.
When I am about to take a decision, I follow these principles. And when a storm comes, I am telling myself: I know I was in God’s will when I took that decision, and I know I had peace about it and the people with whom I spoke confirmed it to me. Therefore, I know God is with me in this storm!
In the storm, when you cannot discern His will, do what God told you when you had peace.
I am sure many of you already knew what I have written above. However, never forget that whenever you need to take an important decision, you need to take it based on two or three witnesses.
Maybe right now you need to take a decision regarding your family, business, health, job or money, etc. These are big decisions. However, no matter what decision you need to take, make sure you will anchor your life in God by following the above principles. Do not ignore or disregard them. Our theology needs to be practical.
Make sure you anchor your decisions in God’s ways and principles and then walk by faith! That is all you can do. And remember that the greatest anchor we have is at the cross— look there for answers!
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