April 30, 2014

Success is a Result of Good Decisions

Romans 8:35-37 says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."  According to these verses we are going to face many obstacles in life.  All of these things come to separate us from our love walk with Christ.  The devil knows that if he can separate us from Christ and get us out of love, he can hold us in defeat.  Yet in verse thirty-seven Paul tells us, "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

God created us to win and to be overcomers in this life.  The key to becoming the winner God created us to be is making good decisions when we are facing tests and trials. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."  Every day our lives are filled with choices we must make.  God tells us to make decisions that produce life and blessing.  So in essence, we are where we are, doing what we are doing because of our decisions.

I want to give you a list of ten decisions that will help you to be a winner and to produce life and blessing.  Always remember, you don't have to stay where you're at or settle for what you've got.  Good decisions can turn your life around.

 

10 Decisions To Make You A Winner

1)     Control Impulses

Never make a permanent decision over a temporary situation.  (Don’t make a decision on something now that won’t be there tomorrow.)

2)     Be Aware of Blind Spots

Make sure your emotions are not driving your decisions.  Never make a decision on a feeling or on what somebody tells you.

3)     Delegate with Confidence

Surround yourself with wise competent people and empower them to perform.  Don’t be intimidated by their expertise.

4)    Consider All the Options and Accept Responsibility for Your Final Decision

Make sure you have all the information and options available to you.

5)     Never Go to War Where There are No Spoils

       If there is nothing to be won, don’t fight.  Choose your battles wisely.

6)     Be Accurately Informed

Make sure you have all available facts before deciding anything.  Conjecture always leads to crisis.  (Conjecture = theorizing, or predicting from incomplete evidence.  A guess.)

7)     Contemplate the Consequences

Consider the possible results before acting upon them.  Don’t do something until you know you can live with the results.  Don’t change until you’re done, you can’t go back.  (Don’t cut your nose off to spite your own face.)

8)     Take Calculated Risks

Don’t allow expectations to exceed practical potentials and realities of your resources.

9)     Be Cost Effective with Time

If the return is not greater than your investment then the endeavor is not worth your time. (Wasted time is cardinal sin of ministry.)

10)   Survive in Order to Thrive

If you don’t survive you won’t thrive.  Allow yourself - 10% ratio to be wrong, 50% likelihood of betrayal, 100% commitment to survive it all.