Rules for Decision

by Robert Perry

The Fast Track: Do Not Let Opposition Get a Foothold

Morning: establish a “set” for the day (rule #1)

1. Establish your goal: imagine the ideal spiritual day that you want today (ideally, write it down on a note card).

2. Tell yourself, “There is a way in which this very day can happen just like that.”

3. Means: Determine to decide everything with the Holy Spirit. Say, “Today I will make no decisions by myself.”

Frequent reminders all through the day (rule #2)

Whenever you can…

1. Remind yourself of your goal for the day (it helps to pull out your note card).

2. Tell yourself, “If I make no decisions by myself, this is the day that will be given me.”

Asking for guidance

1. Ask the Holy Spirit as often as you can about what you should do.

2. Refrain from deciding what situations mean. That will cause you to:

  • decide what the problem is and what the question is
  • set a range for acceptable answers
  • be afraid His answers will fall outside your range and so refuse to ask Him

The Quick Restorative: When Opposition Arises, Get Back on Track Quickly

When you notice you’ve hit a situation in which you refuse to ask for His guidance:

1. Review “once again the day you want” (6:1). (Pull out your card and look at it.)

2. “Recognize that something has occurred that is not part of it” (6:1).

3. Realize that you have defined the problem, the question, and the range of the answer.

4. Say, “I have no question. I forgot what to decide.” (This means: “I don’t know what needs solving about this situation. I forgot that I was deciding only with the Holy Spirit today.”)

5. Return to asking Him what to do in this situation. (This returns you to the fast track.)

The Longer Restorative: Reason Yourself Back Into Wanting to Ask the Holy Spirit

If you still fear to ask His guidance in this situation:

1. Say to yourself, “At least I can decide I do not like what I feel now” (resistant to asking).

2. Tell yourself, “And so I hope I have been wrong” (about my view of this situation, a view which includes the idea that asking the Holy Spirit is dangerous).

3. Say, “I want another way to look at this” (situation, so that I won’t be afraid to ask).

4. Say, “Perhaps there is another way to look at this. What can I lose by asking (the Holy Spirit for His direction)?”

5. Return to asking Him what to do in this situation. (This returns you to the fast track.)