LISTEN: Decision Making and the Will of God, Part 1 (God’s Solutions for Today’s Problems #42 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

We don’t have to look far to see that many people in the world are dealing with a variety of problems and are in need of solutions. No matter what problem you are facing — whether it is emotional, psychological or spiritual — Jesus Christ holds the solution that you need. As we walk together in this podcast, we will address a number of topics that exist in the world and present solutions from the Bible that will help you heal and live life more abundantly. Our aim in this podcast is: (1) to introduce you to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the ultimate source of all healing; (2) to provide you with information that will help you to understand the problem; and (3) to help you by providing solutions to your problems.

Our passage from the Word of God today is Proverbs 3:5. It reads, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Our quote for today is from A.W. Pink. He said, “The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice.”

Our problem today is “Decision Making and the Will of God” (part 1) from the book, “The Guide to Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins.

Gracie has always been a bright student. Now she has had a number of universities accept her application for enrollment. For the first time in her life, she feels as though she doesn’t have the answer. Which school would God want her to attend?

Casey has been dating Madison for more than two years. He is thinking of proposing to her, but with a lifelong decision such as this, he wants to make sure that this is what God would have him do.

At forty-five Paul is not sure if he can handle another career change. A great opportunity has just surfaced, but he is wondering if his family is up for the challenge. He wishes he knew if this was God’s plan.

Mary wants to get a divorce. She’s met another man and wants a counselor to tell her that it’s okay for her to make that decision; she thinks the grass is much greener on the other side of the fence.

Here are some Definitions and Key Terms to Consider:

> Do not let someone else tell you what you should do, even if they think it seems obvious to them. You are seeking God’s will, not theirs.

> Wait on God’s answer. He will reveal His will to those who earnestly seek Him. And remember that God is much more patient than we are.

> Do not allow superstitions to enter into the decision-making process (such as blindly looking for or pointing to a passage in the Bible or following some dream or coincidence). God uses His Word, not luck or superstition.

> God is most interested in a relationship in which we lean on Him daily for our strength and guidance. He will not show you your entire life’s journey. He wants you to rely on Him throughout our lives.

> Decision making can be fearful for some people. You may speak of or think about past decisions that ended disastrously. Of course this doesn’t mean that God wasn’t in those earlier decisions.

> Be careful not to put too much credence in your feelings. Emotions can be misleading and may cause you to sin. Often people will quote Psalm 37:4 and say that God wants to give them the desires of their heart. This is true only after the first half of that verse is fulfilled, which is that we should be delighting ourselves in the Lord.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.