At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Accusations have destroyed the character of good people more than sin has caused good people to fall. Yes, people fall in sin, but many have been falsely condemned as something because of false accusation. God knew the power of accusations, which is why He set the principle of dealing with them. God said it takes, at the least, two witnesses to entertain the thought of condemning someone. You will notice that God did not say two people who heard hearsay, but two people who witnessed the crime is what is needed to condemn a person as guilty. This principle was set to protect the innocent from being falsely condemned.
However, this principle should also be followed when making decisions. We make hundreds of decisions every week, and each decision is capable of destroying our character and life. Decisions should not be taken lightly, but they should always be carefully made after investigation to find two witnesses that agree on you making a decision. Let me give a few criteria to secure your decisions with two witnesses.
First, your feelings are not a witness. Just because you feel like you want something does not mean you should do it. Feelings have caused many to make bad decisions that are hard to overcome. Take your feelings out of every decision before making a decision.
Second, just because you think you need something does not mean you need it. Remember that God promised to supply all your need, so for you to think you need something means that God has already promised to supply it. Now, your decision to purchase something or do something may be the way God supplies it, but be careful that you don't act on the “need” just because you feel you need it.
Third, what does God’s Word say about your decision? Remember, you need two witnesses! If the decision goes against God’s Word, you already know you should not do it. Always do a careful study of God’s Word to see if the decision you want to make is the right or wrong decision.
Fourth, have you prayed about your decision? Prayer is a wonderful way to get a witness that you should make a decision. However, many have prayed about something and said that they know it is the right thing to do, but it was more about their feelings than God telling them. Pray about your decision and wait for confirmation from the Holy Spirit before making prayer a witness to your decision.
Fifth, have you received counsel about your decision? A counselor may say to do something, but that is still one witness when they tell you to do something. You need two of the criteria to help you secure your decision.
Sixth, what will your decision do to you in the future? If the decision takes you away from what you should do, you must not make the decision. This is an important part of gaining two witnesses in your decisions as anything else.
My friend, these six criteria in making decisions are a good way to make good decisions. Never make a decision without the decision being confirmed from two of the criteria. Two of the criteria in making decisions becomes your witness that you are making a good decision.