How To Make Wise Decisions

Series - This Way: Wisdom from Proverbs
Presenter - Pastor Matt Surber
Date - June 13, 2021

Pastor Matt Surber walks us through the “Wisdom Trail”, the process of making wise, godly decisions.


Sermon Notes

WISDOM:  It’s not what you know, it’s how you live.

Wisdom Trail…”Making Wise Decisions”

Proverbs 3:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 15:22

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 19:2-3

Desire without knowledge is not good,
    and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,
    his heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:20-21

Listen to advice and accept instruction,
    that you may gain wisdom in the future.
21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
    but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Proverbs 21:30-31

No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel
    can avail against the Lord.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but the victory belongs to the Lord.

Three Questions for Making Godly Decisions:

  1. What does God’s Word say?    (1 Samuel 15:1-26)

-God sees partial obedience as evil 

-When God’s Word speaks clearly on a matter you are done.  You don’t have to look further!

-When we come to the WORD OF GOD, we have to take it as just that, THE WORD OF GOD!

  • What do godly people say?  (2 Kings 12:1-17)

People who are like me and like me, tend to agree with me.

-Godly counsel cares more about TRUTH than your feelings.  Your friends care more about your relationship than the truth.

  • What does God’s Spirit say?  (Joshua 9:1-27)

God’s Spirit will never contradict God’s Word – will never tell you to disobey, that it doesn’t apply to you.

Four More Practical Questions If It Still Isn’t Clear:

  • How does this affect me 5-10 years from now?
  • Can I live with the worst case scenario?
  • What am I going to regret not doing the most?
  • What do I want to do the most? (KEY:  last on list!)

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