Principle of Predeciding

The Main Idea:

 1) You have a recurring problem such as: laziness, cheating, stealing, swearing, anger, lust, pride, lying, immorality, lack of self control, pornography, drugs, etc.
OR
 2) You have a potential problem, a problem that might pop up some day in the future such as: (see above)
HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
• Find a Scripture that deals with the problem.
• Memorize this Scripture.
• Meditate on this Scripture.
• Personalize the Scripture (put your name in it wherever possible).
• Pray the Scripture back to God.
THEN WHAT?
• Ask the Lord to use this Scripture in your life the next time (or first time) you are confronted with the problem, test or temptation!
EXAMPLE:
 If you have an anger problem you might memorize Ecclesiastes 7:9, "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools."  This can be uncomfortably convicting because God calls people who are hastily angry fools!
• IS YOUR TONGUE OUT OF CONTROL?
• Memorize, Meditate, Personalize and pray back to God--Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
• Pre-decide to let God use this Scripture the next time your tongue needs taming.
YOU ARE TEMPTED TOWARD IMMORALITY
• Memorize I Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
• For example, what are the ways of escape?
• You are tempted to enter your girlfriend’s apartment. . .
• Has God provided a way of escape?
• Yes, you don’t have to go into the apartment.
• But, you DO go into the apartment.
• Has God provided a way of escape now?
• Yes, you can say “goodnight” and leave.
• But, you do not leave . . .
• Has God provided a way of escape now?
• Yes, you could sit on separate chairs instead of the same couch.
• But, you find yourselves on the couch.
• Has God provided a way of escape now?
• Yes, you can get up off the couch and go home!  Etc., etc., etc.
GOD ALWAYS PROVIDES A WAY OF ESCAPE!
LUST OF THE EYES
• "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”  I John 2:16
• “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.”  Psalm 101:3a
• "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
Romans 13:14