When Philemon wanted Paul to visit, Paul waited for God’s approval. Don’t be carried away by people thinking you are doing God’s work, be directed by Him, you will bear fruits.
Philemon 1:22 One more thing-please prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that God will answer your prayers and let me return to you soon.
Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
If you make decisions based on feelings, what happens to the decision when feelings change? Genesis 25:29-31 One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”) “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”
There are things that as a Christian you don’t even have to pray for, God has already declared it for you. Choose right, be a master of your feelings. Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
God has given us the liberty to do anything in life but in the decisions we take there are consequences which we cannot run away from. Running away from consequences only prolong the problem.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
The painful part is when He has put his servants around you and you ignore the warnings that comes through them. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Chronicles 17:3 Now the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals. Many believes they can hear God for themselves and don’t believe in prophets. The bible tells us that God was with Jehoshaphat, but we later learn that Jehoshaphat before he went to war, he consulted God through his prophet Micaiah.
Many of us are in trouble today because of the decisions we made. It is easy to take decisions but the consequences cannot be avoided. Before Jehoshaphat joined Ahab to fight against Ramoth Gilead, he wanted to consult God first. 2 Chronicles 18:4 Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the LORD says.”
2 Samuel 11:2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. David allowed the flesh to influence his decision making and this made God angry. God did not stop him from fulfilling his desires but the consequences that followed were unavoidable. 2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
James 1:7-8 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.