STEP 1: Determine if you are willing to submit your will to God’s no matter what decision He may lead you to. It is helpful to get your heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Pray for his strength and help in unselfishly accepting his will no matter what the cost to you or your desires.
STEP 2: Pray for guidance and wisdom. Ask God to help you see His perspective on the problem. Remember, our intuition is often wrong.
STEP 3: Get the facts. (The Franklin Chart is recommended for this phase). Don’t make decisions out of ignorance. Find out all you can first. Seek the will of God in His word. In steps 1 and 2 you are seeking God’s will through His Spirit. In this step you are seeking the Will of His Spirit through or in connection with the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined.
STEP 4: Seek wise counsel. Seek out and ask for the advice of other Christian men and women. Talk to someone who has already taken the risk if possible. It is wise to learn from experience, but it is wiser to learn from the experience of others. If the decision will in any way affect your wife or husband, ask also for their counsel.
STEP 5: Consider the circumstances. Take into account the providential circumstances and all of the pertinent facts surrounding an issue. These very often indicate God’s will in accordance with His Word and Spirit.
STEP 6: Set your goal. Be sure you understand the reason and purpose for the decision you’re about to make. You can’t chase two rabbits at the same time.
STEP 7: Count the cost. This is called a calculated risk. Ask yourself: Is it necessary? What will it cost? Is it worth it?
STEP 8: Anticipate and plan for problems. Don’t ignore problems, they won’t ignore you.
STEP 9: Face your fears. Fear is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of your humanity. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the strength to move ahead in spite of your fears.
STEP 10: Wait on the Lord and then go for it! It is extremely important that you have completed the process above and conclude that the Lord has conveyed to you His direction. If you are not confident at this point continue to rest in and wait on the Lord. If on the other hand you believe you have received adequate direction and are at peace with the decision, this is the point at which you must stop talking and start acting. Do not procrastinate. You must begin to put your plans into action.
STEP 11: Consider it all joy and in all things give thanks. As you implement based on your prayerful and informed decision, facing possible problems, trials and tribulations as well as successes, give thanks.