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A Biblical Decision-Making Guide: 76 Bibles Verses About Making Choices

Health and Growth

A Biblical Decision-Making Guide: 76 Bibles Verses About Making Choices

God talks an awful lot about money in the Bible.

In fact, there are more than 2,000 scriptures on giving, money, and possessions in the Old and New Testaments. If you’re doing the math, God spoke more often about money than he did about faith and prayer combined.Needless to say, there is no shortage of tithing scriptures in the Bible.

There are good reasons God chose to speak about money frequently. But we wrote about that elsewhere, and we encourage to dive into the frequently asked questions about tithing and giving to read our thoughts.

As far as we know, no one argues if Christians should be generous. However, many people have discussed whether or not Christians are required to tithe.

Before tackling the response to this question, let’s take a moment to answer a foundational question to this conversation.

What is a tithe?

When was the last time you used the word “tithe” in a conversation or even had a conversation about tithing scriptures?

If I were a gambling man, I’d bet never.  

The word “tithe” isn’t often thrown around in everyday conversations. But this doesn’t mean it’s not a significant concept to understand as a Christian! Many people wonder "what is tithing?" ... and we'd like this resource to help you get a better grasp on the spiritual topic.

Don’t let the "old" sound of the word throw you off. It’s straightforward to understand.

Here is the definition of the word tithe: A “tithe” is a tenth. Some like to use ten (10) percent.

Easy, right?

Now, when you hear the Church talk about “tithing,” what they’re usually referring to is giving a tenth of your income or assets. And this is where things get… messy.

When you hear the Church talk about tithing, you might react like many do—unless you grew up in the Church—who naturally ask, “Do I need to tithe?”

This is a fair question, and unless someone is pointing a gun at you, it’s okay to ask. I mean, it’s not every day you give someone or an organization 10% of your income. So, what is a tithe according to the Bible?

Are Christians required to tithe?

Several responses have been developed to this question over the years. But most Christians believe one of these two responses below.

1. Christians are commanded to tithe

The argument: The tithe began in the Old Testament and carried on by Jesus Christ.

The foundation of this argument stands on two pillars:

First, the argument is made that the requirement to tithe (or give 10 percent) was made before the Mosaic covenant (Gen. 14; 28; Heb. 7:1). If this true, then this means the tithe was not abolished in Christ and is still in force today.

Second, this position argues that Jesus affirmed the continuation of the tithe in the New Testemant (Matt. 23:23). If Jesus upheld the tithe in the New Testement, then Christians are commanded to tithe ten percent today.

People who hold this position do not believe that Christians are restricted to giving only a tenth or that they can not give generously to other causes outside of the local church. The people who believe this position generally believe in the continuation of the tithe from the Old Testament.

2. Christians are commanded to give generously

The argument: Christians are called to give generously, but they’re not commanded to tithe.

This position boils down to two main points:

First, the tithes that were given by Abraham (Gen. 14) and Jacob (Gen. 28) are descriptions; not prescriptions. In other words, there is no additional evidence that Abraham and Jacob continued to tithe or that their actions were binding for others then or today.

Second, the tithing in the New Testament does not exist. Read: The New Testament does NOT command Christians to tithe. When giving is referenced in the New Testament, Christians are commanded to give generously (2 Cor. 8–9) from their heart, but they are not commanded to give 10 percent.

What am I supposed to do?

There are strengths and weaknesses in the two positions above, and the length of this blog post is not sufficient to cover them all. Hopefully, by the time you leave, you will understand what a tithe is according to the Bible! But also know that you'll likely spend many more hours researching, talking, and praying before you come to your own conclusion. 

Regardless if you believe you’re commanded to tithe ten percent or give generously, we pray you follow the Lord with a clear conscience, give generously, and support your local church and other causes as you’re able.

106 Scriptures about tithing in the Bible, giving, and generosity

Do you need verses on tithing in the Bible to make the offering in your church more meaningful? Or maybe you’re looking to use scriptures on giving and generosity in your daily devotions? What about Bible verses you can use as part of a Bible study you release in your church app?

Regardless of what you’re looking for, here are over 100 scriptures on tithing in the Bible.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), but sometimes just knowing it isn't enough. We need our hearts to be moved. We need to hear stories and see examples. We need God's Word, the Bible, to inspire us. We need to learn what God says about tithing in the Bible.

Old Testament scriptures on tithing in the Bible

  1. Genesis 14:19–20: (The first tithe) And he blessed him and said,“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
  2. Genesis 28:20–22: (Jacob offers a tithe) Jacob made a vow (to God), "If God will be with me and will watch over me…all that You give me I will give You a tenth.”
  3. Exodus 35:5: From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering.
  4. Exodus 35:21: Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work.
  5. Exodus 35:5: From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering.

From what you have, take an offering for the lord. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the lord an offering.

Exodus 35:5
  1. Exodus 35:22: All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
  2. Exodus 35:29: All the men and women who were willing brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD…had commanded them to do.
  3. Leviticus 27:30: (The tithe is introduced into law) A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
  4. Leviticus 27:32: The entire tithe of the herd and flock-- every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod-- will be holy to the LORD.
  5. Numbers 18:21: I give to the Levites (ministers) all the tithes…in return for the work they do while serving (the Lord).
  6. Numbers 18:26: (The Levites tithe) Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, “When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.”
  7. Deuteronomy 12:5–7: Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored. There you will bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your voluntary offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your herds and flocks. There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you.
  8. Deuteronomy 14:22–23: You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
  9. Deuteronomy 14:27–29: At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.
  10. Amos 4:4–5: (God requires more than the tithe) “Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O people of Israel!” declares the Lord God.
  11. 2 Chronicles 31:4–5: And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
  12. 2 Chronicles 31:6: The men…brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the LORD their God, and they piled them in heaps…When King Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the LORD and blessed God’s people.
  13. 2 Chronicles 31:12: God’s people faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.
  14. Nehemiah 10:35–37: We obligate ourselves to bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord; also to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God, the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and of our flocks; and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our towns where we labor.
  15. Nehemiah 12:43–44: (God’s people) offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing…could be heard far away.  Men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, first fruits and tithes.
  16. Nehemiah 12:47: All (of God’s people) contributed the daily portions for the singers, gatekeepers…Levites (ministers).
  17. Nehemiah 13:11–12: I rebuked the officials and asked them, "Why is the house of God neglected?" Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts.  All (God’s people) brought the tithes…into the storerooms.
  18. Malachi 3:7–9: Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How are we to return?'  "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse-- the whole nation of you-- because you are robbing me.
  19. Malachi 3:10–12: Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.
  20. Malachi 3:11–12: (God says to those who bring him tithes and offerings) “I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty.  "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land.”
  21. 1 Kings 17:13, 8–16: Elijah said to (the starving widow woman), "Don't be afraid…first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry’…She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
  22. Exodus 36:3–6: The people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.  So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work and said to Moses, "The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done."  Then Moses gave an order…"No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary." And so the people were restrained from bringing more.
  23. Malachi 1:6–7: "A son honors his father, a servant honors his master. I am your Father and Master, yet you don't honor me…you despise my name." "Who? Us?" you say. "When did we ever despise your name?"  "When you offer polluted sacrifices on my altar." "Polluted sacrifices? When have we ever done a thing like that?" "Every time you say, 'Don't bother bringing anything very valuable to offer to God!'”
  24. Malachi 1:8–10: (God’s ministers tell people) 'Lame animals are all right to offer on the altar of the Lord-- yes, even the sick and the blind ones.' And you claim this isn't evil? Try it on your governor sometime-- give him gifts like that-- and see how pleased he is!… I have no pleasure in you," says the Lord Almighty, "and I will not accept your offerings.”
  25. Malachi 1:11: “My name will be honored…from morning till night. All around the world people will offer…pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name shall be great among the nations," says the Lord Almighty.
  26. Malachi 1:12–13: (Ministers dishonor God by telling people) God’s altar is not important and encouraging people to bring cheap, sick animals to offer to God.  "You say, 'Oh, it's too difficult to serve the Lord and do what he asks.' And you turn up your noses at the rules he has given you to obey. Think of it! Stolen animals, lame and sick-- as offerings to God! Should I accept such offerings as these?" asks the Lord.
  27. Malachi 1:14: “Cursed is that man who promises a fine ram from his flock and substitutes a sick one to sacrifice to God. For I am a Great King," says the Lord Almighty, "and my name is to be mightily revered among the people of the world."
  28. Haggai 1:4: "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while (God’s) house remains a ruin?"
  29. Haggai 1:5–8: This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."  This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways…build (My) house…so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored.”
  30. Haggai 1:9–11: "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.  Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.  I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands."
  31. Proverbs 11:24–25: One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:24–25
  1. Proverbs 3:9–10: Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
  2. Proverbs 18:9: One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
  3. Proverbs 22:9: A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
  4. Proverbs 28:22: A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.
  5. Proverbs 28:27: He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
  6. 1 Chronicles 29:2–3: (King David said to God’s people) “With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold…silver…bronze…iron…wood…onyx…turquoise…all kinds of fine stone and marble-- all of these in large quantities.  In my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided.
  7. 1 Chronicles 29:5–8: (King David said to the leaders) “Who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?"  Then the leaders of families…officers…commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds…and the officials…gave willingly.  They gave toward the work on the temple of God gold…silver…bronze…iron.  Any who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD.
  8. 1 Chronicles 29:9: The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
  9. 1 Chronicles 29:11–12: Everything in heaven and earth is Yours, O LORD.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
  10. 1 Chronicles 29:13–14: (David prayed to God) “God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
  11. 1 Chronicles 29:16: LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
  12. I Chronicles 29:17: (David prayed to God) “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these (offerings) I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”
  13. Ezra 2:68–69: Families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God.  According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work.
  14. Deuteronomy 28:12: The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
  15. Deuteronomy 28:13: The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
  16. Psalm 50:10: Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills…the creatures of the field are mine… the world is mine, and all that is in it.
  17. Deuteronomy 8:18: Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
  18. Deuteronomy 16:10: Celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.
  19. Deuteronomy 16:16: No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed.
  20. Deuteronomy 16:17: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.
  21. 1 Samuel 30:24: The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.
  22. Isaiah 32:8: The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

Isaiah 32:8

Tithing in the New Testament

  1. Matthew 23:23: "Woe to you, teachers of the law…You give a tenth…But you have neglected the more important matters-- justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
  2. Luke 6:38: If you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give-- large or small-- will be used to measure what is given back to you.
  3. Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
  4. Luke 18:9–14: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
  5. Matthew 6:1–4: Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
  6. 2 Corinthians 8:2–2: Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
  7. 2 Corinthians 8:5: They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.
  8. 2 Corinthians 8:7: Just as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us-- see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
  9. 2 Corinthians 8:9: You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
  10. 2 Corinthians 8:10–11: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.  Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
  11. 2 Corinthians 8:12: If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:12
  1. 2 Corinthians 8:20–21: We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.  For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
  2. 2 Corinthians 9:5: I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.
  3. 2 Corinthians 9:6: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
  4. 2 Corinthians 9:7: Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
  5. 2 Corinthians 9:8: God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
  6. 2 Corinthians 9:10: Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
  7. 2 Corinthians 9:11: You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
  8. 2 Corinthians 9:12: This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
  9. 2 Corinthians 9:13: Men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
  10. Matthew 6:25: (Jesus said) "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
  11. Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  12. Matthew 6:27–31: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
  13. Matthew 6:33–34: Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (food, clothing, drink) will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  14. Mark 12:41–44: Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-- all she had to live on."
  15. 1 Corinthians 16:2: On every Lord's Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.
  16. 1 Timothy 6:6–8: Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
  17. 1 Timothy 6:9: People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
  18. 1 Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
  19. 1 Timothy 6:17–19: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
  20. Matthew 6:19–21: (Jesus said) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  21. Matthew 6:21: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  22. Hebrews 6:10: God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
  23. Acts 2:44–45: All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
  24. Acts 4:34–35: There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
  25. Acts 4:36: Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.
  26. Romans 12:13: Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
  27. Hebrews 13:16: Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
  28. Hebrews 7:1–2: For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.
  29. I John 3:17: If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

I John 3:17
  1. Luke 18:22–25: When Jesus heard this, he said to the rich young ruler, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."  When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.  Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
  2. Luke 11:42: But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
  3. Galatians 6:6:Those who are taught the Word of God should help their teachers by paying them.
  4. Galatians 6:6: Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.
  5. Matthew 25:35–40: I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'  "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’…"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
  6. Acts 20:35: (Remember Jesus’ words when he said) “It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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Making decisions can feel overwhelming.

You have a gazillion options to choose between for everything.

You’ll open a new browser tab in Google to an answer a question before making a decision.

You’ll bounce back and forth at work by switching between tasks hundreds of times.

To add insult to injury, according to one study, adults will make 35,000 decisions every day.

I feel anxious just writing about these statistics.

Time to heed Jim Gaffigan’s advice:

 

You may not feel like it’s a big deal to make thousands of choices every day. But for some of you reading this post, making decisions—both big and small—is grueling.

You second guess yourself all of the time, and you’re just never sure about the choices you make.

Regardless of where you find yourself about the decisions you make, as a follower of Christ, I know you’re concerned about whether or not you make decisions that please God.

In short, you want to walk in God’s will for your life.

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To help you know God’s will, make biblical decisions, and overcome decision anxiety, we poured over 76 Bible verses about decisions, choices, and wisdom.

After reflecting on these scriptures about decision making, we put together a guide to help you better understand God’s will and how to make biblical choices.

In this post, we’re going to cover the following:

  • What is God’s will?
  • What is God’s will for your life?
  • What doe the Bible say about making decisions?
  • 7-step biblical decision-making guide
  • Bible verses about trusting God in difficult times
  • Bible verses about trusting God and not worrying

Alright, sit back and buckle up.

This one’s a doozy!

What is God’s will?

Talking about the will of God is easier said than done.

There tends to be a bit of confusion (understatement?) surrounding this topic of conversation.

 

The challenge in talking about God’s will really boils down to this:

Mixing up the way we talk about God’s will with the way the Bible talks about God’s will.

Let me explain.

The Bible generally talks about God’s will in two different ways, which are made clear in Deuteronomy 29:29:

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."

In this verse, we see that the Bible talks about God’s will in these two ways:

  1. God’s sovereign will
  2. God’s revealed will

Let’s take a moment to explore these two sides of the same coin.

God’s sovereign will

God’s sovereign will is also known as his “secret” will or his “hidden” will. In other words, we don’t see this part of God’s will until after it occurs.

Is it God’s will for it to rain tomorrow?

Will your favorite football, baseball, or basketball team win the championship?

Will the business proposal you pitched get picked up?

You may be able to forecast the answer to these questions and have a pretty good idea of the outcome, but you won’t know God’s will until after the fact.

What is more, there’s entirely nothing that falls outside of God’s sovereign will. Whatever God has willed (decreed) to occur will happen.   

We see God’s sovereign (secret) will in many verses in the Bible:

Psalm 139:16:

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

   in your book were written, every one of them,

   the days that were formed for me,

   when as yet there was none of them.

Isaiah 46:9-10:

"Remember the former things of old;

   for I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is none like me,

   declaring the end from the beginning

   and from ancient times things not yet done,

   saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,

   and I will accomplish all my purpose.’"

Matthew 10:29:

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”

Acts 4:27:

"For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.”

Ephesians 1:11:   

"In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will."

God’s revealed will

God’s revealed will refers to how God desires for us to live.

This side of God’s will is made plain as day in the Bible.

Here are a few examples to consider:

  • It’s God’s will for you to repent and believe in Jesus (Acts 3:19)
  • It’s God’s will for you to tell the truth (Lev. 19:11)
  • It’s God’s will for you to glorify him (1 Cor. 10:31)
  • It’s God’s will for you to be sober (Eph. 5:18)
  • It’s God’s will for you to work hard (Rom. 12:11-17)

This list can go on. But you get the point.

What is God’s will for your life?

On the one hand, when we’re talking about God’s will for your life, you’re not going to find the answer to specific questions you have, such as:

  • Who should you marry?
  • Where should you work?
  • What college should you attend?

On the other hand, what you will find in the Bible are morals and principles that will guide you in the decisions you make, which will explore in detail below.

In the meantime, here’s one key passage from the Bible that talks about God’s revealed will:

2 Timothy 3:15-16:

“And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."

What doe the Bible say about making decisions?

As I mentioned above, you’re going to make around 35,000 decisions today.

For the vast majority of the decisions you make, you’ll just need to make a choice.

Assuming you’re in communion with God through prayer, reading the Bible, and Christian community, you won’t need to spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating every little decision you make.

 

For instance, here are some fundamental decisions God expects you to make with the brain and common sense he gave you:

  • What clothes should I wear today? (Just wear something)
  • Should I fudge the numbers on my tax returns? (Tell the truth)
  • Do I need to take my wife out to dinner? (Love your wife)
  • What should I have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? (Food, but don’t overeat)

But here’s the deal: When you need to make a non-moral decision that’s not spelled out in the Bible (e.g., marriage, work, college), it’s a good idea to follow the Bible verses about decisions.

Following God’s guidance in decision making will help you to avoid potential pitfalls and honor the LORD in the decision you make.

In studying Bible verses about decisions, there’s an observable 7-step biblical decision-making guide that comes to the surface:

  1. Clarify the decision
  2. Get wisdom from the Bible
  3. Seek godly counsel
  4. Pray
  5. Consider alternative choices
  6. Make a choice
  7. Trust the Lord

Below, I'm going to walk you through how to make decisions with God and explore what the Bible has to say about making choices.

#1. Clarify the decision

Are you not sure about whether or not you should marry someone?

Do you have a new job opportunity you’re considering?

Are you thinking through what church you should join?

The first step you need to take when making a decision is to actually clarify the decision you need to make. This is the compass that will guide you through the rest of this decision-making process.

If you’re confused or not sure what you’re trying to decide, you’ll be walking in a fog throughout the rest of this process. Before moving forward, make sure you have a clear idea in mind about the decision you need to make.

Proverbs 18:13:

"If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.”

Proverbs 18:17:

"The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him."

#2. Get wisdom from God

The next step you need to take is to get wisdom from God.

Thankfully, as I pointed about above, God doesn’t hide his will for your life close to his chest like a skillful poker player. He lets you know how he desires for you to live your life for him.

To get wisdom from God, you have to fear the LORD first.

Check out this opening salvo from the Book of Proverbs:

“The fear to the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” —Proverbs 1:7

In this context, to fear the LORD is to revere the LORD.

Through faith in Christ, you’ll be led to have a profound awe, respect, and humility in your heart for the LORD. Fearing the LORD is the starting position you’ll need to take if you desire to live your life for him.

We see this reality clearly illustrated in Deuteronomy 10:20-21:

“You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen.”

Getting wisdom from God for the decision you need to make is not an idle pursuit.

It does require studying the Bible to understand what God has to say about your decision. But obtaining this information alone is not enough.

We’ll talk more about this in the next step (seek godly counsel). But I want to highlight it now so that way you’re not inclined to stop reading at this point and move on.

Now, let’s take a look at the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It’s easy to get the two of these confused, and it’s essential to make sure you know the difference between them.

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

Have you memorized the Bible verses about wisdom and guidance?

Do you know a handful of Bible verses about dating, marriage, and sex?

Can you quote several passages about work?  

You need to know what the Bible has to say about the decision you want to make to be informed. But knowing what the Bible has to say about any given topic is only one part of getting wisdom from God.

When we talk about biblical decision making, knowledge is knowing what the Bible has to say about the decision you need to make. Knowledge is having the right information.

If you have wrong or misinformation about what the Bible says about any given topic, you’ll make a wrong, misinformed, or sinful decision.

So, if knowledge is having information, then wisdom is being able to apply that information to your situation. This is the difference between knowledge and wisdom you need to know.

To help you think through getting wisdom from God, here are multiple Bible verses about wisdom and guidance for you to review.

Joshua 1:8:

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

1 Chronicles 10:13:

"So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance."

Psalm 19:7-9:

"The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.”

Psalm 119:105:

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Proverbs 2:1-5:

"My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.”

Habakkuk 2:19:

"Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
and there is no breath at all in it."

Romans 12:1-2:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 15:4:

"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."

Hebrews 4:12:

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

2 Timothy 3:14-16:

"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”

2 Peter 1:19:

"And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."

#3. Seek godly counsel

You are not called to live your life alone.

God has created you for community.

When you place your faith in Christ, you become a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12).

As you study Bible verses about decisions, one clear theme you’ll observe time-and-time again is your need for godly counsel to make wise choices.

Again, you don’t need to ask someone their opinion on most of the decisions you make every day. But when you’re dealing with a choice that isn’t clearly addressed in the Bible, it’s essential to seek the advice of other Christians in your life.

So take the time to listen to what your family, friends, and church leaders have to say.

But here’s the kicker:

Make sure you’re not living in an echo chamber.

In other words, don’t only seek the counsel of someone in your life who you know will agree with the decision you want to make. Maintain a posture of humility by being open to hearing the opinions of other godly men and women in your life—even if you don’t agree with what they have to say.

Here are some Bible verses about guidance in decision making that will shed some additional light:

Proverbs 1:5:

"Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.”

Proverbs 11:14:

"Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."

Proverbs 12:15:

"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice."

Proverbs 13:20:

"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."

Proverbs 15:22:

"Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 18:1-2, 24:

"Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion... A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 19:20:

"Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

Proverbs 27:6:

"Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”

1 Corinthians 15:33:

"Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'”

#4. Pray

The stool of God’s wisdom is held up by three-legs: the Bible, godly counsel, and prayer.

As you study the scriptures on decision making and seek godly counsel, don’t forget to pray along the way.

In seeking God’s guidance in decision making, you need to ask for God’s help to apply what you’re reading in the Bible and what you hear from your community.

God wants you to make wise decisions, and he has given you an open invitation to ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

Trust the Lord.

Believe in him.

And ask him to give you the wisdom you need.

As you maintain a posture of prayer, it’s also a good idea to set aside dedicated time to pray about your decision. In your prayers, be open to the possibility that the LORD will redirect your desires to lead you in the direction he wants you to go.

Jeremiah 33:3:

"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Matthew 6:9-10:

"Pray then like this:

   'Our Father in heaven,

   hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

   your will be done,

  on earth as it is in heaven."

Luke 22:41-42:

"And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

Philippians 4:6-7:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

James 1:5:

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

1 John 5:14:

"And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

#5. Consider alternative choices

Here’s one key to making big decisions:

Be patient.

By the time you get to this step, it’s possible that days, weeks, or months have passed by. Don’t rush the process. Take time to understand the decision you need to make, study the Bible, seek counsel, and pray.

Before making your final choice about a job, school, or whatever you decision you need to make, make sure you consider all of the choices you have.

Check out these few scriptures on choices:

Proverbs 14:1:

"The wisest of women builds her house,

but folly with her own hands tears it down."

Proverbs 14:5:

"A faithful witness does not lie,

but a false witness breathes out lies."

Proverbs 27:12

"The prudent sees danger and hides himself,

but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

Luke 14:28:

"For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?"

#6. Make a choice

Now it’s time to make a decision.

This sounds simple enough. But many Christians struggle with passivity or timidity in making a choice.

At the end of the day, you have to make a decision.

Here’s a list of Bible verses about choices for you to consider:

Deuteronomy 30:9-10:

"The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Deuteronomy 30:19:

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live."

Joshua 24:15:

"And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:

"The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil."

Matthew 7:13-14:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

1 Corinthians 10:13:

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."

Galatians 6:7-8:

"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

Colossians 3:17:

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Hebrews 11:25:

"Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin."

#7. Trust the Lord

After making your decision, you may feel like you can wash your hands and walk away.

But not so fast.

Regardless of the decision you made, you’re still called to trust in the LORD.

Do you want to glorify God in your work?

You’ll need to trust him to empower you to do the work you’re called to do.

Do you want to love your wife like Jesus loves the church?

You need God’s help to do that.

Do you want to live and love like Jesus today?

Well, you can’t do that on your own. You need to trust that God the Holy Spirit will empower you to live a life like Christ.

What’s the point of all this?

Simple.

There will never be a time when you “arrive” as a Christian.

Every single day of your life you will need to trust God with everything.

And remember:

God is always guiding you.

Regardless if you’re actively pursuing God, read your Bible and prayed for one hour today, or committed a sin, God’s will for you and everyone else in the world isn’t altered. He's still at work in your life guiding your along the way.

Be sure to study these Bible verses about trusting God:

Proverbs 3:5-6:   

"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."

Isaiah 58:11:

"And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."

Matthew 6:33:

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

John 8:12:   

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"

James 3:17:

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."

Proverbs 19:21:

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man,

   but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand."

Bible verses about trusting God in difficult times

Let’s face it:

You’re going to meet challenging times in your life.

God doesn’t promise you a life void of pain and suffering on this side of heaven. You’ll experience highs and lows. But God and his people will comfort you, support you, and transform you more into the likeness of Jesus Christ along the way.

To help you see trying times in your life from God’s perspective, there are many Bible verses about trusting God in difficult times that will shed some light on your situation:

Deuteronomy 31:6:

"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 26:3:

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

Jeremiah 32:27:

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”

Psalm 34:17-18:

"When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears

   and delivers them out of all their troubles.

   The LORD is near to the brokenhearted

and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 55:22:   

"Cast your burden on the LORD,

   and he will sustain you;

   he will never permit

   the righteous to be moved.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4:   

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18:   

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10:

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

1 Peter 4:12-13:   

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”

Hebrews 12:1-3:   

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted."

Bible verses about trusting God and not worrying

Are you prone to worry about everything in your life?

Me too.

It’s easy to be tempted with anxiety about how things will or will not work out. This is the case for many Christians in the United States and around the world.

It can be easy to focus on the things going wrong in our life instead of trusting in God who we cannot see.

If you’re prone to feel anxiety, consider spending time meditating on these Bible verses about trusting God and not worry:

Isaiah 41:10:

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 43:1:

"But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’"

Psalm 23:4:   

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

   I will fear no evil,

   for you are with me;

   your rod and your staff,

   they comfort me.”

Psalm 56:3:

"When I am afraid,

   I put my trust in you.”

Psalm 94:19:

"When the cares of my heart are many,

   your consolations cheer my soul.”

Proverbs 12:25:

"Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,

   but a good word makes him glad.”

Philippians 4:6:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

John 14:27:

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

2 Timothy 1:7:

"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

1 John 4:18:

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love."

Over to you

While making decisions may feel overwhelming for you, I pray these Bible verses about decisions, choices, and wisdom bring you clarity and bring you peace in the decisions you make.

Before asking my parting question, let’s take a quick look at the 7-step biblical decision-making guide I shared above:

  1. Clarify the decision
  2. Get wisdom from the Bible
  3. Seek godly counsel
  4. Pray
  5. Consider alternative choices
  6. Make a choice
  7. Trust the Lord

From among these different steps, which step do you struggle with the most? What step do you find the greatest clarity in your decision? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Brady Shearer
www.storytape.com
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
03
Michael Lukaszewski
www.churchfuel.com
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
04
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
05
Justin Dean
www.thatcc.com
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
06
Daniel Irmler
www.churchhero.com
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
07
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
08
Nik Goodner
www.crtvchurch.com
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
09
Kevin Ekmark
www.church.org
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
10
Logan Fields
www.theappguys.org
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
11
Kenny Jahng
www.kennyjahng.com
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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