“How does God guide His children?” March 10

 

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How does God work through the combination of His Word

and His Spirit to guide His people?

 

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 17 & 18
Psalm 32.6-11
Proverbs 11.19-21
Mark 11.20-33

 

How does God guide His children?

 

Psalm 32.6-11:

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.”

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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:

 

Numbers 17 & 18:

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?

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“Only 2 Choices” March 5

 

Only 2 Choices - Life seems to be full of choices. Little choices. Big choices. In reality, there are only two choices ..." and our decisions often determine whether life goes well or whether life gets hard. Check out today's reading in Proverbs to find out more about those two choices.Life seems to be full of choices. Little choices. Big choices. In reality, there are only two choices …” and our decisions often determine whether life goes well or whether life gets hard. Check out today’s reading in Proverbs to find out more about those two choices.

 

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 7 & 8
Psalm 31.1-5
Proverbs 11.4-6
Mark 9.1-29

 

Only 2 Choices

 

Proverbs 11.4-6:

What guides your choices?

 

Verse 5 says, “The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright …”

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What guides you and your choices? Is it righteousness? And what exactly does that mean? A few years ago it was popular to wear jewelry that posed the question, “What would Jesus do?” The jewelry was a reminder to consider that question as we went through the events of life. But sadly, like so many things that become popular, we heard it so often it lost its impact. We shouldn’t let that happen.

 

What did Jesus do?

 

First, Jesus faced all the same temptations we face, but He never sinned in the process.

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Heb. 5.15 NIV).

Second, Jesus came to not only be our sinless Savior, but, also, our perfect example.

1 Peter 2.21b (NIV), “… because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

In fact, God is using the “all things” talked about in Romans 8.28 to help us grow and become more like Him (Rom. 8.29).

So, what would Jesus do in that decision you’re trying to make? How would He handle that rude sales person or someone who sinned against you? How would He respond to that test or trial? To what (or Whom) would He run when stressed or angry or tired or hungry?

Jesus is the Word of God lived out in the flesh, so if we want to know what Jesus would do, we only need to go to His written Word.

Do we let doing right—righteousness—guide us in all things? Doing right is not what is good or right for us, but what’s right by God’s standard.

Proverbs 14.12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Let’s seek God’s help daily to let His righteousness—His Word—guide us.

In counseling we have a simple little saying, “Only two choices on the shelf … pleasing God or pleasing self.” Often doing what pleases Him is the harder decision. It may require going against the current of popular opinion. It almost always requires going against our own selfish desires. But Jesus said:

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me … and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11.29-30).

What starts out to be the harder decision gets easier with God’s help.

On the other hand, doing what seems right to us, is easy. It comes naturally. But  Continue reading