"What fear freezes, faith releases."
Do you ever struggle to make decisions because you're afraid of making the wrong decision?
Practical helps from the second message in the Fear Not series:
1. Identify what you are afraid of/frozen by.
Label the underlying fear(s) preventing you from making a decision. They're often rooted in past events or hurts unrelated to the current situation. Pray through the issue and seek healing from those past hurts.
2. Keep in mind that most decisions are repairable.
It's important not to under-emphasize the consequences of your decisions, but it's equally important not to over-emphasize them either. You'll never be able to make a decision if you expect yourself to always make the perfect decision. Allow room for failure and grace in your life.
3. Seek 80% instead of 100%.
You'll never be 100% sure of something or have 100% of the information you'd like to have. Seek instead to be reasonably informed and reasonably certain.
4. Figure out if you're being patient or just procrastinating.
Distinguish the difference between patience and procrastination by asking yourself, "What information do I need to make the decision? Do I have that information now?" If you do, you're just putting off making a decision. If you don't, actively seek to get your questions answered or get the information you need. If you're not willing to actively seek out the information you lack, you're probably procrastinating.
5. Utilize the means of help God has given you:
- Prayer (Luke 18:1)
- The Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26)
- Past/Others' Experience (1 Corinthians 6:5)
- Wise counsel (Proverbs 9:9; 11:14)
6. Believe Jesus is for you.
Trust that God is on your side and "at work in you, both to will and to work according to His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).
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