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The Social Pandemic – breaking the cycle

Notes: Decisi0n Making – 7th March 2021

The Social pandemic is a reality which is having damaging consequences. The social aspect of this
pandemic will cause challenges for generations to come as decisions are being made effecting marriages,
kids, schooling, finances, politics, relationships, church etc.

Good decisions should lead to peace, purpose, provision and pleasure.

Exodus 33:12-16
12Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know
whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with
me.’13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor
with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”

14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16How
will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else
will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

God will do what He does, but we need to walk with Him. We have to make the decision first to walk
with Him, and then this is confirmed in hundreds of daily decisions.

So how do we become better at decision making?

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight
with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish
strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of
God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

A Scriptural basis for good, healthy decision-making – take captive/interrogate every thought.

Good decisions always lead to peace, purpose and provision. Why? Because that’s the outcome of the
presence of God.

Psalm 90:12 NIV – Prayer of Moses
12 So teach us to number our days
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

1. First, Frame The Question

“We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control how we frame it.”

Question Number 1: What’s the outcome I want?

What are my most important values and goals?

• Values-based decision making.
• How will this decision affect those most important to me?
o How will this decision effect my community?
o How will this decision effect my family?
o How will this decision effect the next generation?

2. Find Your Answers

“It turns out, making a tough decision is a game of inches.”

This is the transfer from the reflexive, survival-orientated part of your brain (amygdala) to your neocortex
(rational, reasoning part of your brain)

Question Number 1: What stands in my way?

The best decision-makers are masters at identifying and prioritizing obstacles that are between them
and the outcome they want. Then they brainstorm ways to eliminate, avoid or neutralize the obstacles.

Question Number 2: Who has figured it out already?

“Intelligence is learning from your own mistakes; wisdom is learning from the mistakes of others.”

This is what the Scriptures teach us…

Proverbs 11:14 (ESV)
Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

3. Evaluate the Answers And/Or Decisions

“When your values are clear, making decisions becomes easier.” —Roy E. Disney

By this point in the thinking process, your initial answers may now have you leaning toward a decision.

4. Apply Your Decision
Now it’s time to find the courage and willpower to take action on your decision.
• Set a date and time to take action