Traps are intentionally designed to look attractive and fun, but are based in hurt, pain, and deceit. Right now, Satan is strategically placing traps in and around your life hoping to ruin your future. The next trap is DECISION MAKING.
An example of bad decision making is found in 1 Kings 12:1-19. King Rehoboam is installed as the king and the people make a request of less work and lower taxes. Rehoboam rejects counsel from older men (guys who have lots of wisdom through years and experience) and listens and accepts the counsel from his the younger men (his peers) and the nation of Israel is divided. You are just one bad decision away from spiritual destruction!
An example of good decision making is found in Exodus 18:1-27. Moses is single-handedly carrying out the responsibility of upholding the OT law day in and day out, to the point where he is exhausting himself physically. Jethro, Moses father-in-law, presents some wise counsel and Moses graciously accepts it. As a result, Moses’ responsibilities got easier and God continued to bless his life and ministry! You are just one good decision away from spiritual construction!
-7 Statements about Decision Making-
1. Everyone is faced with making decisions regarding their future. I’m not alone! – During your teen years is when you are going to make some of the most monumental life-changing decisions. You can’t escape this! There will always be decisions to make especially during this time of your life.
2. The people I spend the most time with will greatly influence my decision making. – Basically 2 reasons why this happens:
- Fear – Because of fear and the desire to be accepted by others. You don’t want to upset or disappoint anyone.
- Popularity – Many teens tend to do what everyone else is doing. It must be right it a lot of people are making that same decisions.
3. Godly decision making starts with a desire to honor and obey God. – You see this clearly in our Biblical examples. Rehoboam wanted to please self and Moses wanted to please God. That is why they had different outcomes. If you want to make godly decisions in your life it MUST begin with a desire to honor and obey God.
4. I must take time to think through how my decisions will impact myself and others. – In the heat of a decision it is easy to do what instantly gratifies or fixes the problem, but what about the long-term impact? How will this affect me and other people around me?
5. I must value the counsel of the spiritual leaders in my life. They really care and love me! – This is huge! You have access to many spiritual leaders (Pastor, parents, youth leaders, etc). Take time to sit down with these types of people and value their advice. Don’t feel like they are going to trash and belittle your ideas, dreams, or goals. They love you!
6. If I’m fearful and/or negligent of seeking godly counsel, I’m heading in an unsafe direction. – It’s easy to go through your teen years thinking that you can handle these life-changing decisions with no help/counsel. YOU ARE WRONG! The spiritual leaders in your life know and can see things that you can’t. This will help you tremendously! If you aren’t taking time to seek godly counsel then you are heading in an unsafe direction.
- Prov. 11:14, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
- Prov. 15:22, “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”
7. I will make a habit of taking my future decisions to God waaaaay before I have to make them. I will avoid making hasty decisions! – It is difficult to watch teenagers make panicked/hasty decisions that will change their life. The reason why many teens wait to the very last possible moment to make a big decision is, I believe, due to the lack of taking it before God in prayer and fear of what the future holds. Not that you need to have your whole life mapped out in every detail, but you need to intentionally take these enormous decisions before the Lord waaaaay before you have to make them. This will enable you to trust God with your unknown future. Stop ignoring the future decisions you have rapidly coming up. Don’t fall into the trap of making hasty (quick) decisions.
1. What future decisions do I have coming up? – Make a list of upcoming substantial decisions you have to make. Go ahead and recognize them. Get them on your radar! Face it!
2. Who am I going to seek counsel from? – Start now seeking godly counsel about these significant decisions. It will help you and keep you from a ruined life.