Thursday, July 24, 2014

God's Guidance

The last blog post was about some of the Kings of Israel and Judah drifting away from the Lord.  Many started out right, and sought God’s guidance at first, but as time went on, they followed their own ways. Some even listened to their advisors instead of God.  

At times, we all are tempted to lean more on other people’s advice instead of seeking God for the answer.  I’m not saying talking to others when making decisions is wrong.  If you are confused and really don’t feel you can hear from God, seeking the advice of those closest to you can help you sort out what God is trying to say.   

The Bible says in Proverbs 11:14, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisors.”  God did make us a part of the body of Christ, and sometimes we need to look at things from different angles.    Seeking advice from friends or counselors helps us see things from other perspectives.

Here are some questions to ask when seeking advice from others to make sure you stay on track:

·               Why am I seeking this person’s advice? 

·               Am I seeking this person instead of God?

·               Will this person help me discern the voice of God for this situation?

·               Am I going to this person because I know they will tell me what I want to hear?

·               Does this person seek God him/herself?

·               Does the answer line up with the Word of God?

·               Is the advice a confirmation of what I have felt God was leading me to?

According to Proverbs 25:11, "Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket."

At times, the person you go to for advice doesn't even have to say a thing.  Just by processing everything out loud, the answer becomes apparent.

In the end, the goal is to just make decisions based on God's plan for us.  We will be much more at peace as we follow His ways.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Book of Acts Kind of Life

Jerry and I took a much needed vacation to California, so I took a two week break from blogging.

While I was away, my Bible reading took me to the books of Kings and Chronicles.  It amazed me how many kings started out doing what was “right in the eyes of the Lord,” yet ended up drifting away from the Lord, some doing evil deeds and leading Israel and Judah astray.

It has always been my desire to finish strong.  Yet I know there have been times when I have fallen short of God's desires for me. It is easy in this day and time to become complacent, not seeking God fully.  There are just so many distractions and things trying to take our attention away from God, who should be our #1 priority. 

I believe God wants us to live a book of Acts kind of life where miracles are normal and divine appointments are common place.  Yet, it feels like we are stuck in a time like Samuel’s day where the “word of the Lord is rare” (1 Samuel 3:1).  That might be an exaggeration, but it’s definitely not like the book of Acts. 

Daily I cry out to God Habakkuk 3:2, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” 

When I was a teenager, I had no desire to drift away from God because it was a season when miracles were normal and divine appointments were common place.  Life was far too exciting to dabble in things of the world.  I believe what God wants for us today is so much more than what we experienced in that season of life.  

This week I have been seeking God more, asking Him to reveal Himself to me.  Please join me.  As we all cry out together, I'm sure God will move in our midst.