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What to Do: Part 1, Scripture

May 28, 2013

Decisions.

Questions.

Sorting stuff out.

Our old friend John Wesley recommends four ways to make decisions, to address the serious questions we face, and to help us sort stuff out.

We’ll be thinking together about those four ways this week.  It takes all four together.  And I’ll add a fifth that I believe Mr. Wesley implies.

First: Scripture.

While the pressures and particulars of our lives have certainly changed from the days of the Old and New Testaments, God’s principles are constant.

Three quick ones for your consideration to get you started:

1.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; 

there is nothing new under the sun.  (Ecclesiastes 1:9) 

Frames our situation and gives us some perspective.

Good reminder that you and I are not the first ones

to find ourselves in whatever kind of situation we’re in.

Somebody’s been here before us and faced a comparable issue.

Breathe a sigh of relief, and keep moving forward!

2.  God has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  

And what does the LORD require of you? 

To act justly and to love mercy and

to walk humbly with your God.  (Micah 6:8) 

God has not left us wondering and wandering,

but has given us guidelines.

God cares about our choices and behaviors.

These things matter!

3.  Do to others as you

would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31) 

Jesus wasn’t kidding!

The first of John Wesley’s recommendations when we’re making decisions, facing tough questions and sorting out the “stuff” of our lives is to see what the Bible says.

But that’s only the first of four.

See you back here tomorrow with his second.

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