10 questions for discerning God’s will

In Psalm 119:24, the psalmist called God’s decrees “my counselors.”  Let God’s Word counsel you by asking yourself these questions in your moments of decision.

1. Can this be done to the glory of God? (1 Cor. 10:31)

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  

2. Will this make me a stronger or weaker Christian? (1 Cor. 10:23)

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” 

3. Am I doing this for the Lord? (Col. 3:23)

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”  

4. Can I do this in Jesus’ name and with God’s blessings? (Col. 3:17)

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” 

5. Does this have any appearance of evil? (1 Thess. 5:22)

“Abstain from every form of evil.”  

6. Will this cause me to offend someone or cause me to be a stumbling block? (Rom. 14:21)

It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.” 

7. Will this damage my witness?  (1 Cor. 8:9-13)

“But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” 

8. Will this involve me with the wrong company? (1 Cor. 15:33)

“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 

9. Will I be content before God with the consequences? (Gal. 6:7)

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” 

10. Am I willing to stand before the judgment seat of Christ with this? (2 Cor. 5:10)

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 

Scripture quotations taken from the New King James Version.