Dave Smith

This lecture on “Making A Move” was taught to me at the feet of Dr. Ron Schaffer. I know this will be a blessing to you.

The things which I should consider in making a move in my life as a Christian.

I. Why am I considering a move?

A. Personal gain?

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17)

B. Family?

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:37)

C. Finances?

1. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

2. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:9-10)


II. Do I have a choice in the move?

A. Is it personal discontentment?

1. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. (1 Timothy 6:8)

2. Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. (Proverbs 15:16)

3. But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6)

B. Is it mistreatment on the job?

1. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)

2. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (1 Peter 2:20)

3. But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; (1 Peter 3:14)

4. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (1 Peter 4:15,16)

III. Have I sought proper and spiritual counsel?

A. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. (Proverbs 12:15)

B. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (Proverbs 15:22)

C. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. (Proverbs 20:5)

D. Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. (Proverbs 20:18)

IV. Have I Evaluated What Spiritual Effects The Move Will Have On My Family And Myself?

A. Will I have more or less opportunity to serve the Lord?

B. Will my wife serve the Lord more or less if I make the move?

C. What will be my opportunities to grow spiritually compared to my opportunities now?

D. How effective will my life be for God compared to now?

E. How effective will my wife’s life be for God compared to now?

F. What spiritual good or what spiritual dangers do I see for my children if I make the move? Now and future?

V. Do both my wife and I have peace about the move?

VI. Have I asked the Lord to reveal His will to me by opening and closing doors of opportunity and doors Of service, as well as what material benefits it might be for me and my family?

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