Pastor, Westgate Church
We are so accustomed to making decisions that we many times don’t consider that we are in fact making decisions that can have a long-lasting effect on our lives.
We instinctively engage our five senses and decide what should be done. While that works well for touching a hot stove, fanning away a stinky odor, or covering your ears when there’s a really loud sound, sense knowledge cannot sustain a believer.
Sense knowledge reflects what we know because the five senses that God gave each of us are in operation…sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. Sense knowledge requires no revelation of God’s word and is a reflection of one’s feelings.
The problem here is that, many times, our feelings lead us to make decisions apart from faith in God’s word. As a result, we have little or no confidence in those decisions and worry and stress set in as we question what the next step will be.
We can often easily justify decisions we make based on our sense-knowledge. The problem is that sense-knowledge will compromise your faith. Christians must rely on revelation knowledge in order to make right decisions.
Revelation knowledge is what we “know” based on our faith in the word of God. As we meditate on God’s word, the Holy Spirit brings clarity and understanding to us and enables us to begin to make decisions based on God’s word rather than our five senses. Revelation knowledge also brings an assurance that the lasting impact of those decisions will be favorable.
Romans 8:28 says that “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
Christians, ask yourself, to which do you lean when making decisions…sense knowledge or revelation knowledge?
If it’s revelation knowledge, congratulations. Keep the word of God fresh in your heart and mind and enjoy the benefits of making righteous decisions. If it’s sense knowledge, make a conscious effort to trust the word of God more.
Find a scripture regarding the decision you need to make and ask God to increase your faith in that area. Work on setting your feelings aside.
By faith, make a decision based on direction from the scripture.
Be encouraged and be blessed.
If you need prayer, feel free to call us at (225) 381-5700. Remember, God loves you and we do too.
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