“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.

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“Assurance of Guidance” February 29

 

Assurance of Guidance

Are you ever tempted to worry when you’re faced with a decision? How do you know which is the right choice? Wouldn’t it be nice if life came with a GPS system! Could it be you need a better understanding of our assurance of guidance as believers in Jesus Christ?

 

Happy Leap Year & Good Morning! 

There is no reading on my plan for today so I thought I would just say “Good Morning” and share something I heard yesterday.

As some of you know, my husband and I head up the Biblical Counseling Ministry at our church. We are blessed to have another full time counselor on staff and 16 or 17 volunteers who each take 1-4 cases a week.

Yesterday afternoon, we met as a group for some “iron sharpening iron” (Prov. 27.17). One of our volunteers shared several key promises or assurances she teaches counselees to help them learn to trust God more.

One was the assurance of eternal security (Jn. 10.28). Another was the assurance of answered prayer (Jn. 14.13-14). Yet another was the assurance of forgiveness (1 Jn. 1.9).

But the one I woke up thinking about this morning was the assurance of guidance.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. (Prov. 3.5-6)

She explained that this verse has 3 commands and a promise.

The three commands:

  • Trust in the Lord
  • Lean not on your own understanding
  • Acknowledge Him

To trust is to put your full weight on something. We can and should trust in Him.

When she explained what it means to “lean not on our own understanding,” she talked about her recent knee surgery and how exhausting it was to walk on crutches. Relying on ourselves is exhausting, too, and ultimately futile.

And finally, to acknowledge Him in all we do. Is God at the center of all we do? Do we consider how each action or decision will be seen by Him? Is our desire to please Him (2 Cor. 5.9), rather than ourselves or others? Do we acknowledge His omni-presence (Ps. 139.1-18)?

And the promise:

  • He shall direct your path

Life can be confusing. We face decisions everyday: in our homes, on our jobs, with our families. Isn’t it good to know that if we will trust in Him, lean not on our own understanding, and in all our ways acknowledge Him, the One who knows the future (Is. 46.10), will direct our paths! We have His assurance of guidance!

Leap year blessings,
Donna



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