Posts Tagged ‘Guidance

23
Nov
15

Seeking God’s Guidance

2 Kings 1 (NIV)

After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’” So Elijah went.

When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you come back?”

“A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’”

The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?”

They replied, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11 At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”

15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

16 He told the king, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” 17 So he died, according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.

 

 

Are you looking for answers in all of the wrong places?  In 2 Kings 1, we read of Ahaziah who had become king after his father, Ahab’s, death.  1 Kings 22:53 (NIV) says of Ahaziah, “He served and worshiped Baal and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.”  Ahaziah had somehow injured himself and wanted to know if he was going to recover from his injury.  Instead of seeking the Lord and praying to God, Ahaziah decided to consult a false god (Baal-Zebub, god of Ekron).  This greatly displeased the Lord and He sent Elijah to prophesy against Ahaziah, who later died because of his sin.

Ahaziah should have been asking the one true God for answers.  Instead, he chose to try and find answers in a false god.  Some people are looking for answers in all of the wrong places.  We want answers about the meaning and purpose of life, so some turn to philosophy to try and figure life out.  We want answers about our relationships, so some turn Dr. Phil or self-help books.  We want answers about our futures, so many turn to their horoscopes or they consult mediums and fortune tellers.  It is as if people don’t want to seek God and His wisdom.  No, we’d rather seek another way.

God gave you your life and He has a plan for it.  Turn to the Lord for wisdom and answers for the life He has given to you.  He knows what is best, so seek Him first knowing that He will never take you in the wrong direction.

PRAYER: Lord, I need answers to the great questions of life.  I need Your wisdom and guidance today.  I am sorry for the times I haven’t sought You first and ask that Your Holy Spirit will lead me and guide me today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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08
Mar
13

Where God Leads, We Go

Today is our last day in our reading of the book of Exodus.  At the very end of this chapter are two verses that are very important for learning how to follow God.

In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. – Exodus40:36-37 (NIV)

The principle is a simple one – where God leads, we go.  If God is not moving, we must stay still and wait for His leading and guidance.  The Israelites were wise to either follow Him where He went or wait upon Him until He was ready to lead them further.
We would be wise to follow God’s leading in this way as well.  Where is God leading you?  Are you following Him as He guides you by His Holy Spirit?  How do you hear His voice and sense His leading?  Are you reading His Word to discern His will for and leadership in your life?  Is God trying to get your attention right now?  Have you set out on your own, not waiting for the Lord to lead you where He wants you to go?  If God is moving, follow.  If God is not moving, wait.  God should not be your co-pilot.  God is the pilot!  Let Him lead you where He wants you to go.  His plans are best and the Bible tells us that they will prevail.  So seek His face and follow His leading and guidance today.

Exodus 40

New International Version (NIV)

Setting Up the Tabernacle

40 Then the Lord said to Moses: “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month. Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain. Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.

“Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it.Set up the courtyard around it and put the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard.

“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy. 10 Then anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils; consecrate the altar, and it will be most holy. 11 Anoint the basin and its stand and consecrate them.

12 “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 13 Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. 14 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics. 15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.” 16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.

17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.18 When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames,inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. 19 Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the Lord commanded him.

20 He took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it. 21 Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the Lord commanded him.

22 Moses placed the table in the tent of meeting on the north side of the tabernacle outside the curtain 23 and set out the bread on it before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.

24 He placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle 25 and set up the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him.

26 Moses placed the gold altar in the tent of meeting in front of the curtain 27 and burned fragrant incense on it, as the Lord commanded him.

28 Then he put up the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle. 29 He set the altar of burnt offering near the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered on it burnt offerings and grain offerings, as the Lord commanded him.

30 He placed the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing, 31 and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash their hands and feet. 32 They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses.

33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.

The Glory of the Lord

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

29
Jul
11

The Indwelling Spirit

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:

“For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ. — 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV)

Ever wonder why some people just don’t get it?  Ever wonder why they cannot seem to grasp the things of God?  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that without the Spirit of God, they will never understand the things of God.  Without the mind of Christ, they can never know the thoughts of God.  The things of God – knowledge, wisdom, discernment, His will, His ways – are impossible to comprehend without the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit helps us to understand God’s Word, the Bible.  How we need the Holy Spirit to judge correctly!  How we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to overcome sin and temptation!  We cannot change on our own.  We cannot understand and comprehend on our own.  God has given us a Helper, a Counselor – the Holy Spirit – to guide us on our journey of faith.  The Spirit does so much for us of which we are unaware.  The Spirit teaches, guides, intercedes, sanctifies and so much more!  The very Spirit of God dwells in the heart of every Christian for their benefit.  Yet we do not plug into the power of the Spirit as much as we should.  Jesus promised the Spirit to His disciples and they changed the world.  Could it be that we see so little transformation in our world because we do not rely on the Holy Spirit?  Could it be that we do not see revival in our churches because we try methods and programs, but do not pray to God to send His Holy Spirit in power?  May God fill you with His Spirit today!




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