“For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” Romans 7:15
In a sinful world we’re constantly having to decide between what’s right and wrong. Conflicting demands for our obedience are encountered every day and somehow we have to find a course of action that’s morally right, free from sin, and pleasing to God. That’s not always easy. Our carnal nature, when left to its own devices, strives to go any way but God’s way. As Paul says, “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” Romans 7:15. Which is why I find it helpful to establish basic guidelines to help determine what’s right and wrong. Here are nine criteria that should help you discern and obey the will of God:
1. Scripturally – Is it expressly forbidden in God’s Word?
2. Conscience – Is your conscience telling you it’s wrong? When in doubt leave it out.
3. Personally – Will doing it make you a better or worse Christian?
4. WWJD – Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”
5. Practically – Will doing it bring desirable or undesirable results?
6. Universally – Suppose everyone did it?
7. Witness – Will this hinder or advance the progress of the kingdom of God?
8. Stewardship – Will doing it be a good usage of what God’s entrusted to me or will it be a waste?
9. Socially – Will doing it influence others to be stronger or weaker believers?
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” Isaiah 58:11.