Originally, I thought that I would not do a Bookmark of Dave Swavely’s, Decisions, Decision: How (and How Not) to Make Them, because I wrote a review as soon as I finished reading it. You can read it for further details.
Swavely wrote this book to help us make more decisions that are grounded in God’s Word. The first half of the book is dedicated to how we should not make decisions. The second half is on how we should make decisions. It is very, very practical. At the same time, it convinces with solid Biblical evidences.
Dave Swavely is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He was founding pastor of Faith Church in Sonoma, California.
Here are some things I highlighted:
- “Needs theology” has infiltrated the church – the idea that our needs must be met first before we can really reach out to others … this is unbiblical.
- When faced with a choice, remember the old saying that the road to JOY is Jesus, Others, then You – in that order.
- When we give little or no thought to God in our decisions, we are disobeying the command in 1 Corinthians 10:31 and failing to fulfill the very purpose of our existence.
- Extra-biblical revelation is not only spurious, it’s downright dangerous. It invariably leads you astray, away from the truth of God. Your curiosity and your fascination will take over, eclipsing the authority of the Scriptures.
- The fact that God speaks today only through his Word is a blessing, not a handicap.
- Discontentment with the wisdom of the Word and the presence of the Spirit is looking for “something more” than what God chose to give.
- You need to understand that the Bible uses the terminology “will of God” to express two different concepts: the sovereign will of God and the moral will of God.
- From God’s perspective, he knows all our choices ahead of time and actually has planned for us to make them. But from our perspective, we do not know his plan until it happens, so it is our responsibility to make our decisions based on the commands and principles revealed in his Word.
- God’s sovereign plan will go on undaunted.
- Feelings and impressions are not always a good indicator of a godly choice.
- God’s providential plan is a part of the “secret things” that belong to him alone. We must focus on what he has revealed in his Word.
- The terms for prayer in Scripture are never used of God. We talk to God through prayer; he talks to us through his Word. So the idea of “listening to God in prayer” reflects a misunderstanding.
- God accomplishes his sovereign will through our desires, and his moral will reveals that sometimes he gives us guidance through our desires.
- Psalm 37:4 seems to not be saying that God will grant the desires of your heart, but that God will implant them into you (when you are following him).
The above excerpts are often paraphrased slightly for reasons of brevity. They are solely to capture your interest in order that you might lend yourself to purchase the book for your own reading.