How does God work through the combination of His Word
and His Spirit to guide His people?
Numbers 17 & 18
How does God guide His children?
He Guides Us with His Eye
Verse 8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
Matthew Henry had this to say about verse 8, “He teaches us by his word and guides us with his eye, by the secret intimations of his will in the hints and turns of Providence, which he enables his people to understand and take direction from, as a master makes a servant know his mind by a wink of his eye.”
Read that quote once again slowly.
It’s that combination of His Word, the circumstances of our lives (the secret intimations of his will in the hints and turns of Providence), and His Holy Spirit’s guidance (which he enables his people to understand and take direction from). They work together, but we won’t recognize the leading of His Spirit apart from a faithful intake and an understanding of His Word.
TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:
Exceedingly Abundantly Above All
God had told the Nation of Israel that they would not be allowed to go into the Promised Land because they had believed the evil report of the ten spies, instead of trusting God to give them the strength and the ability to defeat His enemies.
But even so, he continued to speak to them in miraculous ways:
“Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds” (17.8).
When they questioned Moses rightful leadership, He said He would cause the rod of His chosen leader to bud. He not only caused it to bud, but to produce blossoms and ripe almonds! He doesn’t just do the minimum; He is able and willing to do so much more.
Ephesians 3.20-21 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.”
Few of us have trouble believing that God is powerful and able to do miraculous things, but I wonder how many of us really believe He will do great things in our lives?
Do you believe—really believe—that He wants to do great things in your life? your marriage? your children and grandchildren? your finances?
But what is even more incredible is what He wants to do through you! Look at the Ephesians passage again. See that phrase, “according to the power that works in us.” When we are submitted to His Word and His Spirit, He can and will do great things through us if we only believe.
What does it mean to be submitted to His Word and Spirit? It’s that “grace obedience” we’ve talked about before. It’s obeying the Word to the best of our understanding, repenting when we fail, and getting back up. It’s living to please God with our lives instead of living to please ourselves. We can’t do that in our own strength, but we can with God’s help (Matt. 19.26).
“Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD, but the blameless in their ways are His delight” (v. 20).
What does it mean to be “blameless”?
None of us is sinless or perfect, but it’s simply to walk in that “grace obedience” I just mentioned, living in the light of His Word, and being quick to confess and repent when we fail.
He’ll do great things … through you!
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
John MacArthur in his Daily Bible says about the mountain moving faith Jesus talked about, “… if believers sincerely trust in God and truly realize the unlimited power that is available through such faith in Him, they will see His mighty powers at work … This places no limits on a believer’s prayers, as long as they are according to God’s will and purpose.”
And again, how will we know His will and purpose?—through a better understanding of His Word! Then when we pray and believe … He will surely do great things through us!
Does God have a path for me? How do I make the right choices in life? Why is it so difficult to uncover God’s will?
Trusted pastor and teacher John MacArthur answers these vital questions and more. Found: God’s Will shares six powerful principles that will give you direction, fill you with purpose, and give you the confidence to live out His plan for you.
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