Decision-Making Leave

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The title of this post comes from an old term used by many businesses when dealing with “problem” employees.  Many such employees were given a day off called “decision-making leave” and the purpose was for them to decide whether or not they wanted to work there.  Some may refer to this as a “Time-Out”.

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The Lord can give us a “decision-making leave” as well, but in his own way and according to his will.   Unless we ask him to help with our minds, will and emotions, we can let those over-shadow his will.   The Lord will sometimes allow us to continue our plans, as he knows the outcome.  

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If our plans are truly not the Lords plans, he may use those to help teach us something important.  Maybe we are to encounter someone who needs prayer or we run into a group of people who needs help.   Whatever we think “our plans” are, the Lord can turn those around into “his plans”.

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Sometimes the Lord may give someone a straight-forward message that they don’t want to accept, because it came from someone who they are not sure if they “hear from the Lord”.   Keep in mind, the Lord can use anyone to obtain his goals.    When we don’t accept the message, we might do our best to convince all of the people we think do “hear from the Lord” that our decision is the right one.

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One thing we all know for sure is that the Lord does not lie and he never ever asks us to sin.   The Lord loves us and will always accept us with open arms, no matter how many times we fall.

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If we have a history of making bad decisions, it’s hard for others to accept another decision that has the appearance of all the bad ones from before.   It doesn’t mean that they don’t love you or pray for you, it’s just that actions speak louder than words.

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If we are facing a decision, first take it to the Lord in prayer yourself.   The Lord does answer prayer in perfect timing.   Don’t be impatient by immediately assuming you have to gather a large group together to get your answer.  Sometimes others do need to be involved, but not all the time.   Ask the Lord to have the Holy Spirit reveal the truth in all things.   Clarity, Discernment and Wisdom is always needed.

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If someone is truly testing our patience, stop what you are doing and take it to the Lord in prayer.  Don’t let anger take control of any situation.   Remember to always show the characteristics of Christ, no matter what anyone is doing.


“Frank Sinatra, My Way, With Lyrics”


“What a friend we have in Jesus”

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9 thoughts on “Decision-Making Leave

  1. J.C.,
    This is another great post. Your posting of the song, “MY WAY” reminded me of the comment that I posted in the Epilogue of “The Bridal Series” published on Linda’s believeacts2 Blog back in late April 2016.

    I copied and pasted my comment here regarding the song “MY WAY”–

    NOW, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE LYRICS? (at the bottom) CHECK OUT THE CAPITALIZED WORDS.SOMETHING’S WRONG! DOESN’T THE BIBLE SAY TO DO THINGS “HIS WAY” ACCORDING TO “HIS WORD”? IN THE END, WE HAVE A THE CHOICE:
    WE CAN DO IT GOD’S WAY OR WE CAN DO IT GOD’S WAY, BUT WE WILL DO IT GOD’S WAY!!!

    Okay, in PART 16, Debra Walker had prophesied the Big Smile, the Big Heart (HIS Love), and the
    Rainbow (HIS Promise) as well as a Wedding SURPRISE! We had definitely seen the first two icons and had the SURPRISE on the Wedding Day. But, so far, no Rainbow.

    Well, on April 7th, Jim and I were returning from seeing a fabulous production of “Samson” (from the Bible) at “Sight and Sound” in Lancaster County, Pa. We were there because as a Wedding Present, someone had purchased two tickets for us to go on this delightful bus trip. We had a great time.

    We were travelling home and as we got toward the bridge to cross over to New Jersey, a song was sung on the tasteful concert that was playing away on the screens inside the bus. The group heard the announcement of the song and the pleasing sounding music. All through the place, folks oohed and aahed that— “Oh, I just LOVE this song.” I knew the lyrics, and granted, the music was entrancing, BUT— suddenly I said to Jim. This is not good at all. I think it’s the “THEME SONG OF HELL.” I was very unhappy that folks were being deceived by the beautiful music which was very well done. How can we get to Heaven by “doing it MY WAY”? We felt alone in a crowd that was being pulled in deceitfully. We felt very “Odd for God.”

    Next thing you know, the bus pulled into the large parking lot of the beautiful library. Our journey for the day had ended. At the beginning of the trip, the Leader had announced the we had recently been married. We got to the front of the bus, and a lady in the front seat said very warmly, “Congratulations and have a beautiful life together.” I stepped off the bus and headed for the car. Jim was right behind me.

    Immediately, we saw the biggest and most beautiful rainbow we had ever seen together! It was very thick and very vibrant in all of the colors. We saw it directly in front of us over the Library. We saw the entire span of it! We stood in perfect awe of God’s Promise, and knew right away that it was the Rainbow that Debra had written about!

    Part of me thought that God was pleased with our thoughts about that song we had heard on the bus and our unwillingness to join the crowd and just “enjoy” the deceit. I started to see His way of doing things more and more and how it pleased Him when people did not compromise His Word and His Way.

    Please be encouraged as you stand apart from the crowd; set apart for Him. Your reward will be very great. I have seen much evidence of this, even now. He will never fail you if you DO IT HIS WAY!
    Also, be discerning enough to spot satan’s tricks of deceit. Since he was once the “worship leader” in Heaven, he’s after the music in this world. He wants to corrupt it. He wants our worship. NEVER EVER give it to him. DO IT GOD’S WAY!

    MY WAY- a song sung by Frank Sinatra

    And now, the end is near
    And so I face the final curtain
    My friend, I’ll say it clear
    I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain

    I’ve lived a life that’s full
    I’ve traveled each and every highway
    But more, much more than this
    I DID IT MY WAY

    Regrets, I’ve had a few
    But then again, too few to mention
    I did what I had to do
    And saw it through without exemption

    I planned each charted course
    Each careful step along the byway
    And more, much more than this
    I DID IT MY WAY

    Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
    When I bit off more than I could chew
    But through it all, when there was doubt
    I ate it up and spit it out
    I faced it all and I stood tall
    I DID IT MY WAY

    I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
    I’ve had my fill my share of losing
    And now, as tears subside
    I find it all so amusing

    To think I did all that
    And may I say – not in a shy way
    Oh no, oh no, not me
    I DID IT MY WAY

    For what is a man, what has he got
    If not himself, then he has naught
    To say the things he truly feels
    And not the words of one who kneels
    The record shows I took the blows
    AND DID IT MY WAY

    YES, IT WAS MY WAY

    Songwriters
    CLAUDE FRANCOIS, MARCELO DRUMOND NOVA, JACQUES REVAUX, GILLES THIBAUT

    Published by
    Lyrics © CHRYSALIS MUSIC GROUP INC

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    1. Well Sinatra was very well off in his days. He Even had contacts in the mafia i read somewhere. IF one does IT My way without Jesus one is doing IT satans way. And……….the first thing a man or woman should consider is why am i always doing things that end badly for me or others?

      Because the world was made to glorify God and doing things in sin that is separate from the Lord is doing things in the dark. Doing things in the dark is notoriously difficult so My question to people is John 1:7

      7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

      And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. Matthew 21:14

      Luke 6:39

      And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

      Can a blind human lead you to safety in pitchdark? Maybe IF he is familiar with the area. We were blind once familiar in sin and did IT our way. But one day Life leads you to unfamiliar ground and your familiarity with darkness will not help the walker far away from Jesus.

      And When that day comes forget My way and accept this way instead!

      John 14:6
      Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

      Remember this or show IT to the wanderer in darkness!

      Great truth Peggy about Sinatras My way!

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  2. Daily Devotional — 12/17/16

    Closing the Dignity Gap

    He entered the world with no dignity. He would have been known as a mamzer, a child whose parents were not married. All languages have a word for mamzer, and all of them are ugly. His cradle was a feeding trough. His nursery mates had four legs.

    He was wrapped in rags. He was born in a cave, targeted for death, raised on the run.

    He would die with even less dignity: convicted, beaten, bleeding, abandoned, naked, shamed. He had no status. Dignity on the level of a king is the last word you would associate with Jesus. There is a king in the story, though. Jesus was born “during the time of King Herod.” To an ancient reader, Herod — not Jesus — would have been the picture of greatness. Born of noble birth, leader of armies, Herod was so highly regarded by the Roman Senate that they gave him the title “King of the Jews” when he was only thirty-three years old.

    The child in Bethlehem would grow up to be a friend of sinners, not a friend of Rome. He would spend his life with the ordinary and the unimpressive. He would pay deep attention to lepers and cripples, to the blind and the beggar, to prostitutes and fishermen, to women and children. He would announce the availability of a kingdom different from Herod’s, a kingdom where blessing — of full value and worth with God — was now conferred on the poor in spirit and the meek and the persecuted. People would not understand what all this meant. We still do not. But a revolution was starting — a slow, quiet movement that began at the bottom of society and would undermine the pretensions of the Herods. A new time had come with Jesus, a time when thinking about kings and children would begin to shift. You might say there was an idea lying there in the manger along with a baby.

    All peoples in the ancient world had gods. Their gods had different names, but what they shared was a hierarchal way of ordering life. At the top of creation were the gods; under them was the king. Under the king were members of the court and the priests, who reported to the king. Below them were artisans, merchants, and crafts people, and below them was a large group of peasants and slaves — the dregs of humanity. The king was divine, or semi-divine. The king was understood to be made in the image of the god who created him. Only the king was made in the image of the god. This was a dividing line between the king and the rest of the human race. Peasants and slaves were not made in the image of the god; they were created by inferior gods. This is the Dignity Gap. The farther down the ladder, the wider the gap.

    But that gap was challenged by an idea that lay there in the manger, an idea that had been guarded by Israel for centuries: There is one God. He is good. And every human being has been made in his image. Because God is Creator of all, the earth is full of creatures. But human beings reflect the image of God in a way no other creature can, with the capacity to reason, choose, communicate, and invent. Imagine what it did to the hearts of the dregs of humanity to be told that not just the king but they too were created in the image of the one great God. Male and female, slaves and peasants, made in God’s image. God said that these human beings are to exercise “dominion.” That’s a royal word. But it is no longer reserved for the few. Every human being has royal dignity. When Jesus looked at people, he saw the image of God. It caused him to treat each person with dignity. This was the idea to which that little baby in a manger was heir, which had been given to Israel, which would be clarified and incarnated in his life in a way not seen before. Rejoice! For you are created in the image of the one great God!

    © 2014 by Zondervan. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Visit JohnOrtberg.com for more about John Ortberg’s work and ministry.

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  3. Praying that everyone finds peace in knowing where they will spend eternity, who they can trust and the authority we have been given. Too many people are getting distracted, and it’s exactly what the enemy wants. Sometimes we need to be quiet and wait on the Lord — all too often people get into a state of panic or anxiety, because they try to take control of everything. Be patient and let the Lord take control.

    Maybe some of us need to step away from distractions for awhile (email, phone calls, texting, skype, etc..)

    When we truly trust the Lord, we can have a very calm peaceful walk with him. BALANCE IS NEEDED IN ALL THINGS.

    When we allow too many distractions, we may find ourselves wrapped up in them so much, we forget about our own walk and soon we open a door for the enemy.

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    1. Good word James. Much going on and little time to finalize our last leg of the marathon…..true rest in Him is awesome. Those things you brought up can steal it all. Good reminder!!!

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