These are my notes from Dr. Charles Stanley's sermon, "A Life of Obedience" which was broadcasted on January 11 and 12, 2010.
So how do you make decisions? A believer should make his decisions based upon what the will of God is. Convictions should be based on the truth of God, including that He is sovereign over all. If you believe in God's sovereignty, then you have to trust Him, love Him, obey Him and listen to Him.
There are always consequences for the decisions you make, and it is unwise to ignore the consequences. The "It's not going to happen to me" mentality is a deception of the devil. You should be interested in the consequences of your decisions because they will have an impact -- positive or negative. Some consequences are short-term while others last a lifetime.
Live life in full surrender. The area of your life that is not surrendered to God is the area which you have chosen to be disobedient. Disobeying God will cause you to miss out on opportunities to serve Him and others and will stunt your spiritual growth. Disobedience will also diminish your joy. You are responsible for the consequences of your disobedience.
God is responsible for the consequences of your obedience. With obedience comes success, but the success God grants will unlikely be like the success defined by the world. Also, when you obey God you will be filled with a sense of serenity, peace and joy.
It takes courage to be obedient to God because with obedience comes conflict and suffering. This is because we live in a world that is against God and the things of God. However, continued obedience through conflict and difficult circumstances will result in spiritual growth. One person's act of obedience can motivate others to obey God, but chances are you will never know the impact of your obedience.
You should obey God and leave all of the consequences to Him. If you obey God, He will bless you in ways beyond your imagination. You cannot go wrong by obeying God because the consequences are always good.