I have lived long enough to realize that I have a pattern of making the wrong decisions. Wrong decisions cost me time, money, and health. It didn’t matter whether I had good intentions and tried hard to be as close to God as I can be, I still don’t make the right decisions all the time.
We have got to make the right decisions all the time! because we don’t have time to waste. I sense that God is coming back very soon. It maybe 10 years or more, or maybe less. If we continue to rely on human intellect to make decisions, based on limited resources, uncontrollable factors, and inadequate information, when will we ever accomplish anything significant? We need to build the Lord’s Church now! If you have read my recent posts, you will probably sense the urgency I feel right now—abuses, slavery, Antichrist New World Order, institutional churches…
These issues really need to be addressed. While I was very sincere, I just didn’t make enough good decisions to have the resources and time to help people. I think about many children who are being abused, human trafficking, human doctrines, Illuminati conspiracy, underage prostitutes… If only the people of God have the resources and time to help! Sadly, most of us are not good decision makers. If we can’t take care of ourselves and our families, how can we take care of others?
God seems to tell me today that He has always provided what I need to make good decisions—I just need to pay more attention.
In 2006, God prompted me to read Your Best life Now, by Joel Osteen. Although many people criticize Joel, I think this book has many good wisdom. In one of the chapter, he shares about how God was able to keep him from making wrong decisions supernaturally. His secret was to exercise his faith, by consciously placing his faith on the following scripture passage that talks about wisdom:
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
I have read this passage so many times before, but I didn’t really understand. After reading Joel’s testimony on his supernatural decision making by praying over Proverbs 2:3-9, I MANAGED TO FORGET about it for the next 4 years! It was not until I ran into the words of faith movement, starting with Charles Capps, did I have more understanding about the power of spoken/written words. Another 1.5 year later, which is now, I finally regain the wisdom of Joel about Proverbs 2!
In his testimony, he shared how he was building a television station from scratch. Most of us can’t build a house from scratch! (I don’t mean physically build it by yourself, but still)
If we are realistic, it is not hard to imagine that Joel really needed supernatural wisdom for such a huge project. Many times, God was able to supernaturally protect Joel and his coworkers from making mistakes. He gave an example to that in that chapter of his book. Also, his mom was able to recover from terminal cancer by praying over God’s words about health and remained healthy for next 20 more years. This inspired him to pray over wisdom Bible verses.
Satan is a theft indeed. Since he had stolen this piece of wisdom from me, I joined a network marketing company not long after. It was a wrong decision. Not that the company was illegal or scam, but it was not a profitable venture for me. Looking back, it was a wrong decision to make—it costed me money, time, opportunities, and emotional well being. I couldn’t have known, because the business opportunity seemed so right. It appealed to believers, and I tend to be a believer who wants to contribute to the world. Most network marketing businesses appeal to good people who want to believe.
In the next few years, I made a few more bad business decisions, and my financial well being suffered. Every business opportunity seemed so right at the time. It seemed perfectly moral and safe, but each time I found out something that didn’t quite fit me, or was morally wrong.
My experiences totally contradicted with the passage above, and the one below.
21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the LORD will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
So how do you gain wisdom?
By placing your faith into relevant passages that talk about wisdom. You can’t just meditate and believe like I did (Joel said that too, too bad I forgot). You have to “write them down and get in the habit of declaring them” as Joel puts it.
This was how his mom was able to recover from a terminal cancer, by developing the habit of declaring Bible verses about healing, all day long, everyday.
It is literally what God commands us to do in Proverbs 2—to CALL OUT for insight and CRY ALOUD for understanding.
Doing it once is not enough, we must do it everytime if we want to make sure we make the best decisions every single time. Maybe when you accumulate enough spiritual momentum in this area, you can then move onto declaring other Bible passages, but if you don’t have a perfect record of decision making yet, I think it would be wise to continue declaring it until you do.
Otherwise, what else can we do to gain such supernatural wisdom? Under heavy influences of the evangelical, I used to think that we somehow gain wisdom by studying the Bible enough, but God really says very little about wisdom other than to call out and cry aloud for it. There is no way we can gain wisdom by studying the Bible enough to get some “how to” instructions on getting wisdom. We gain wisdom by literally calling for it, not by accumulate it through a list of how-to steps.
Prior to that I have been studying the Bible for many years, but wisdom never seem to come. If it had come I would have known, because I would be wise enough to know, but I am sure I didn’t have enough wisdom to “not stumble” and to “not being snared”. I have to be right this time, why? because if I was wise, I wouldn’t have said this since wisdom makes me right. If I really wasn’t wise, I would only be wrong by saying I was. So I can only be right.
Reading the Bible and meditate on it don’t make you wise! You have to combine them with bold declarations. Writting them down in places that are easily accessible are great too.
More Bible Verses about Good Decisions
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the LORD establishes their steps.
Even if you make imperfect decisions, God can establish your steps in such ways to make them right. The key is faith.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]
It is hard to do something you don’t understand, and it is also hard to NOT do something you feel good about. I think it takes discipline to refrain from our own understanding and really trust the Lord to provide the best way in every situation. Even so, the best way often doesn’t look so attractive at first glance. We must cry out for understanding to open our eyes to the perfect wills of God.
Even a Child Can Do It
1The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
2All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
I can’t see any other way to apply the passage. The only instruction from the Lord is to consciously placing our faith on Him, and every thought we made shall be established. It’s like giving thanks before dinner. How complicated can it be to commit one’s work unto the Lord? Not much.
See? it’s so simple, even a child can do it. It has to be, because the wisdom of God should be available for everyone.
Throughout the Bible, God has supernaturally enabled the saints to make good decisions. God made it so balantly obvious to them what the best decisions are—the game was rigged! It would feel like cheating if other people know we have God supernaturally made life easier for us like that. Don’t you love it when you are playing a game that is rigged in your favor? If life is a game, please help me cheat God!
Life is supposed to be hard, if we live in rebellions. Some saints didn’t get to have God made it easy for them until they were beaten a pulp. It takes that much beatings for some of us to become like a child again.
Visions and Dreams—Ultra Supernaturally Good Decision Making
God often speak to the saints through dreams or visions to intervene with their situations, and to teach them what decisions to make. In the future post, I will talk about dreams and visions, and how we as the End Time saints should really embrace these spiritual gifts, or we won’t be able to live as conquerors in such days and age. The time has become so evil and complicated for the people of God to operate without sinning. We can’t build a biblical church without God’s divine help. If the old saints who lived in simplier times needed visions and dreams, how much more we need them as the world has become so dark and complicated now? (it’s so dark that many of us actually are deceived to think that it has become better)