Decisions #3

Avoiding bad decisions


Intro: What is your favorite place to eat and why?


  1. Deut 30:15-19, Jer 29:11 God desires for us to avoid making bad decisions that have negative effects on our lives, God wants our lives to be blessed.
    1. Prov 26:11 Many people feel they are in a cycle of making bad decisions that they can not break out of.
      1. Eph 4:22-24 Many feel they go from one bad decision to another, from one bad relationship to another, and can’t break out of a life of sin.
      2. Isaiah 40:29-31 Some people struggle with hopelessness because they cant seem to quit making the same bad decisions over and over again.
    2. Prov 19:3 Everyone wants to have great results in their lives, but few people are willing to make the changes needed to see good results.
  2. 2 Cor 5:17 In order for us to avoid making bad decisions, and quit having negative results we must be willing to let go of our old ways and change.
    1. James 4:6 Avoiding bad decisions starts with humility, we must be willing to repent of our sin, admit our sinful ways don’t work, and follow God.
      1. Hosea 4:6 People who make bad decisions lack knowledge and understanding.
      2. Prov 13:20 To avoid bad decisions we must ignore every influence, voice, and peer pressure that led us to make those bad decisions.
    2. Prov 9:10, Luke 9:23 To avoid making bad decisions and suffering the consequences, we must deny ourselves, submit ourselves to God and follow his ways!


  1. Why do you think it can be difficult at times to let go of sinful ways and wrong relationships, and admit that your old ways are wrong?
  2. Have you ever felt like you were in a cycle of bad decisions and bad results and couldn’t break free?
  3. What are some of the negative influences that have led you to make bad decisions? Have you removed those influences from your life?
  4. What are some areas in your life you feel God is leading you to change so you can avoid making the same bad decisions in the future?


End: Pray for anyone ready to surrender their bad decisions to God, then pray for requests.