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This Week’s Action Step:
Six questions for gospel-centered discernment:
Memorize and ask these six questions as you need to discern and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
G – God’s glory
Will this decision primarily be about my glory or God’s glory?
“…every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:2-4
O – Other Christians
What do other gospel-saturated, Christ-centered, wise friends say about this upcoming decision?
“They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us.” – 1 John 4:5-6
S – Scripture
Does the Bible command, permit, or prohibit this decision? What does inerrant, infallible Scripture say?
“By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” – 1 John 4:6
P – Prayer
Have you abided with, rested in, asked from, listened to and waited on God in this decision over time?
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” – 1 John 4:11-16
E – Evangelism
Will this decision give me the opportunity to share the gospel and invite people to faith in Jesus?
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:7-10
L – Lifestyle
Will this decision lead me to live a lifestyle of love marked by the Fruit of the Spirit and holiness?
“By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” – 1 John 4:17-21
Our words have the power to breathe life or death into those we’re speaking to. God breathes life into us and gives us the ability to do the same to others. Yet, we’ve all experienced words tearing us down and speaking death over our lives. Are you using your words to encourage others or careless stab others like a knife?