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MAKING ADULT DECISIONS

DECISION-MAKING IS ADULT IN TWO SENSES:

There are decisions which adults make:


education, careers, relationships, conflict
resolutions, resources
In making decisions, adults take control of
and manage
their own lives
MAKING ADULT DECISIONS

ADULTS MAKE DECISIONS

It is in making decisions for


our own selves that we become
and mature as adults.
Making decisions is an adult act.
By making decisions, adults take charge of
and accept responsibility for their lives.
JAMES 1

14 But one is tempted by one's own desire,


being lured and enticed by it; 15 then, when
that desire has conceived, it gives birth to
sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown,
LEARNING
gives FROM SCRIPTURE
birth to death.
LEARNING FROM SCRIPTURE

JAMES 1

2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet


various trials, 3 for you know that the testing
of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And
let steadfastness have its full effect, that you
may be perfect and complete, lacking in
nothing. 
LEARNING FROM SCRIPTURE

TWO DESTINIES:
In the case of sin, if nothing is done to
prevent it from becoming
fully grown, the result
will be death.
In the case of steadfastness, if it is allowed to
take its
full effect, the outcome
will be perfection.
MAKING ADULT DECISIONS

TWO GOALS IN DECISION-MAKING:

To prevent sin
from becoming full grown
and thus check evil in our lives.
To let steadfastness in faith
have its full effect so that we may be “perfect
and complete,
lacking in nothing”. 
MANAGING LIFE

ADULT DECISION-MAKING
charts the course of our life
makes necessary adjustments
to life’s directions
steers us through life’s journey.
Decision-making checks drifting and enables us
to manage our lives instead of letting
circumstances manage us.
MAKING ADULT DECISIONS

ADULT DECISIONS ARE

firm so that the


desired outcome can be achieved
(attitude change, change in lifestyle,
conduct, way of doing business, work
ethic, status of relationship)
MAKING ADULT DECISIONS

ADULT DECISIONS ARE

sustained & maintained so


that it is followed through and
will attain the desired results
consistent with life’s goals
GOD’S SPIRIT GUIDES US

The Spirit’s principal instrument


of guidance is
God’s word which is
the sword of the Spirit.

Question: IS THE BIBLE


a GPS device, or
a compass?
GOD’S SPIRIT IS OUR GUIDE

THE BIBLE IS BOTH


a GPS device and compass.
At times it prompts us with specific
instructions (Ten Commandments)
but mostly it consistently points us to
one direction: GOD
and leaves us to make our own
decisions on how to get there.
WE ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE

THUS, THE SPIRIT’S GUIDANCE


through GOD’S WORD
does not exempt or excuse us
from
MAKING ADULT DECISIONS.
LIFE’S TRANSITIONS

IN PRACTICAL TERMS:

We can better manage our


transitions by making
decisions to deal with these
external circumstances &
influences to effect desirable
change

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