Coffee with the Preacher

Life Decisions

Exodus 2:12-15 (KJV)
12  And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
13  And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
14  And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
15  Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

Decision making is sometimes a hard difficult process.

One decision can change the course of your life and that of your family for every.

There are choices that we are force to make and there are choices that we choose to make by a given situation.

In my first pastoral charge I was forced to leave but the second one I prayed about moving to a place where I believed I could do more ministries.

The decision I made to retire from my day job and go into full time ministry affected my family livelihood and well being.

That decision also affect me spiritually for I believed that God was calling me to full time ministry and the other factors weigh less than being obedient to God.

Well since we are that road let’s talk about the decision to retire wow. That was a big one. I had to seek God for timing and permission.

I had a deep feeling that my time for pastoral ministries was done. I had completed 47 years and three churches with hundreds of revivals.

I had witness 53 young ministers called to serve but a voice was saying it was time to step aside.

What was important about walking away?

  1. I didn’t want to be stuck in a bad place.
  2. I didn’t want to live with a bad attitude.
  3. I did want to be responsible for a toxic situation.

How did I know it was time to make the decision?

  1. When sometime causes you to compromise your faith.
  2. When your integrity is at stake.
  3. When you have lost the fire/passion.
  4. When you hear the inner voice.
  5. When it is confirmed by the voice of the Lord.

7 Steps to Effective Decision Making

Decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternatives resolutions.

Using a step-by-step decision-making process can help you make more deliberate, thoughtful, and defining alternatives for life that you will feel align with God and your best future.

There was a time you could take forever to resolve a life matter but the world today changes by the hour and not by the years.

We had the opportunity to listen to four young pastors on Saturday and they all agreed that these new times with new norms.

The challenges of the new norms will make separate leaders.

The greatest of these new times is we all are being forced to make Quicker decisions and Good decisions.

Now how do we accomplish just that? By developing a Process to making decisions.

Step one, Identify the Decision you need to make.

Step Two, Gather information only related to the decision.

Step Three,  Identify alternatives to the decision

Step Four, Weigh the facts and not your feeling.

Step Five, Choose among the alternatives.

Step Six, Take action.

Step Seven, Review and not be afraid to change

Are you ready for the new norms?

Are you prepared for the new norms?

Are you prepared to keep up with the new norms?

Are you prepared to change for the world has already changed?

Ok the text this morning is about a prince in Egypt named Moses. Moses was born a Hebrew but raised an Egyptian.

The voice in him told him he had to do something to make a difference in the lives of His birth people.

Moses held a high position in the court of Pharaoh.

But the inner voice was press him to do something.

The inner voice had spoken, but remember I said God needed to confirm what the inner voice was saying.

Moses acted out of the plan and timing of God by killing an Egyptian and burying him in the sand.

Moses was out of the will and plan of God.

Here is where God is leading me to today.

Moses is now faced with new norms and new decision with time being sensitive to his survival.

Ya’ll need to pray with me.

We don’t always have all the information needed to make that just right decision so we have to evaluate what we have.

Moses is not the only person in the scriptures who had to make a quick decision to Flee.

Genesis 16:6 (KJV)
6  But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

Genesis 27:41-42 (KJV)
41  And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
42  And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

Hosea 12:12 (KJV)
12  And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

Genesis 31:24-26 (KJV)
24  And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
25  Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
26  And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?

Genesis 39:12 (KJV)
12  And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

Judges 11:3 (KJV)
3  Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.

2 Chronicles 10:2 (KJV)
2  And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

Acts 7:29 (KJV)
29  Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.

Matthew 2:13 (KJV)
13  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Matthew 24:16 (KJV)
16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Each of these moves required a change in new norms.

Are you preparing to think new thoughts?

Are you preparing to choose new words?

Are you preparing to make new alternative?

Are you preparing to take new actions?

Are you preparing to have new habits?

Are you preparing to reach a new destiny?

Moses went to Midian and fitted in. Moses got married; Moses didn’t mourn the lost but embraced the new!

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