Isaiah 28:10, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”

Psalm 119:45, “And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.”

I will not make such a major decision when I am down spiritually, emotionally, or physically.

  • Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
  • Romans 8:8, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
  • 1 John 2:11, “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
  • “Don’t make a decision when your decision-maker is broken” – Dr. Jack Hyles
  • “It will be difficult for God to guide you if you are not in a position to hear His voice.”

I will not make such a major decision in haste but will be patient and prudent.  I will not make a change when I cannot take adequate time to seek and determine God’s will.

  • Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
  • Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”
  • Proverbs 14:8, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”
  • Proverbs 21:5, “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
  • Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
  • Proverbs 29:20, “Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
  • “It is much better to proceed forward slowly than to try and go backwards to undo what you did before you should have done it.”

I will not make such a decision without much prayer, fasting, and searching of God’s Word.

  • Ezra 8:23, “So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.”
  • Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
  • Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
  • Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
  • James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
  • “God’s will never conflicts with God’s Word.”
  • “God will not give you step by step directions if you never even open the map.”
  • “To determine your next turn in life, use your GPSGodly counsel, Prayer, Scripture!”

I will not make such a decision without seeking counsel from my pastor.

  • 1 Samuel 9:6, “And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.”
  • Proverbs 11:14, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”
  • Proverbs 15:22, “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”
  • Proverbs 19:20, “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”
  • Proverbs 20:18, “Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.”
  • Jeremiah 5:5, “I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.”
  • Hebrews 13:7, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”
  • Hebrews 13:17,”Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
  • “In Ezekiel, the preacher is called the watchman on the wall.  Even if you think your pastor may not be smarter than you, he does have a different vantage point.”
  • “If God gave you a shepherd, there is a reason!”
  • “Seeking counsel from your pastor is not so much based on what he personally knows, but rather WHO he knows personally.”
  • “If God’s Book has the answers – and it does – it may do you well to seek counsel from those who know it well.”
  • “If the preacher tells you his personal opinion – that is probably good advice.  If he tells you God’s opinion – that is indisputable counsel.”
  • “For the Christian, every decision is a spiritual decision, so you ought to seek spiritual direction.” 

I will not make such a decision without getting all the facts and weighing all the pros and cons of the situation.

  • Proverbs 14:15, “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”
  • Proverbs 18:13, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”
  • Proverbs 18:15, “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”
  • Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
  • Luke 14:28, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”
  • “It is impossible to make an informed decision without the information and it is improbable you will make a good decision without good information.”
  • “Every decision will have pros and cons.  Your job is to gather them and choose the best direction based on them.”

Dr. Jack Bachman

Vice President
Lone Star Baptist College
Mesquite, Texas