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"How To Make Godly Decisions With The Holy Spirit" by Eleanor Carpenter

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just desperately want a writing-on-the-wall kind of a moment, where God just shows up and tells you exactly what to do. Now I’m sure that would be great—and probably equally as terrifying—but what do we do when God doesn’t give us a clear direction? How do we actually make godly decisions with the help of the Holy Spirit?


God has gifted us his Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth (John16:13). He’s not given to us to dictate or force us into making any decisions, but rather he lovingly invites us into relationship with him and allows us to be co-workers with him (1 Corinthians 3:9), in the work that his is already doing.


If you are struggling to make a godly, wise decision, here are four ways the Holy Spirit can help you.


Surrender Your Decision to God

Before we get to the decision-making part, I want you take a moment to consider if you are actually ready for God’s answer? Are you fully surrendered to what he has to say? Do you trust that God loves you and has the best for you?

Because our depth of trust in God, and faith that he has a beautiful plan and purpose for you (Jeremiah 29:11), determines our response to his answer.


Sometimes our own selfish desires are the very things stopping us from hearing God’s voice clearly. So, before you even ask him for anything, invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart (Psalm 139:23).


Consider why it is that you want to know his will. Are you just wanting to ‘do the right thing,’ or do you genuinely believe that God has a plan and purpose for your good?


Surrendering our own desires to God makes room for us to hear his voice more clearly.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6




Seek God’s Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 ESV


God invites us to ask for wisdom and his wisdom is far greater than earthly wisdom. To put it simply, earthly wisdom is wisdom without God. It is often centred around our own selfish desires and self-promotion and relies on our own ability to get to where we want to be. However heavenly wisdom relies on God’s divine and sovereign power and works to bring about his plans and purposes on earth.


James describes heavenly wisdom as ‘first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere’ (James 3:17). So, I encourage you to lay down the logic and ways of the world and sincerely seek God’s wisdom.

The Word is a great place to start when seeking godly wisdom. His Word is ‘alive and active’ (Hebrews 4:12), and ‘is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives’ (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT). God’s solutions will always align with his scripture.


The Word helps us understand the nature and character of God, which helps us better discern his leading and promoting when making decisions.


Some decisions are a little clearer cut, like when one option doesn’t align with God’s Word and isn’t consistent with his character. But what about when both options seem like a ‘good’ option?


Just as I’ve mentioned above, we can pray for God’s wisdom, read the Scriptures, and in addition, we can also look back over the promises and testimonies of his faithfulness in the past.


Take a moment to go back over your journals or ask God to bring memories to mind of things he has spoken to you about in the past. It might be Bible verses, prophecies, or previous answered prayers. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that may help you make your decision.