Our Complex Twists and Turns…

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Jeremiah 10:23-24 (KJV)

23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

24 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Life is like an untraveled trail with complex twists and turns.

Appealing activities can be detours that lead to the quicksand of sin. And engaging philosophies may form side paths that end up in a mire of muddled thinking.

Even the best route isn’t all sun-dappled meadows and quiet riverside lanes.

We may at times have to journey over hard terrain or shadowed valleys. The only way to be sure we’re walking right is to follow one who knows the way perfectly.

God is the perfect, full-service Guide.

No one can go wrong by keeping to the pathways He selects. Consider that He lovingly and intentionally created you for this time and this place. The Lord watches over your steps because He desires to see your purpose fulfilled and His plan come to fruition through you (Prov. 3:5-6).

Therefore, He promises to counsel those who follow Him (Ps. 25:12). When God warns His children away from a tempting sidetrack, it is because He foresees the dangers that lurk on that road.

There’s a correlation between ignoring God’s guidance and ending up in trouble: the one who stumbles off course has trusted his own “sense of direction”—his emotions, desires, or personal version of morality.

He’s been pursuing what feels good or looks right instead of seeking the Lord’s will.

God has mapped out the path before you. He is aware of every obstacle and miry pit, and He knows exactly which sidetracks will tempt you.

What’s more, He has committed to walk beside you as a Guide and Comforter so that you never face the twists and turns of this life alone.

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The Dangers That Lurk On The Road…

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Jeremiah 10:23-24

Life is like an untraveled trail with complex twists and turns.

Appealing activities can be detours that lead to the quicksand of sin. And engaging philosophies may form side paths that end up in a mire of muddled thinking. Even the best route isn’t all sun-dappled meadows and quiet riverside lanes. We may at times have to journey over hard terrain or shadowed valleys.

The only way to be sure we’re walking right is to follow one who knows the way perfectly.

God is the perfect, full-service Guide.

No one can go wrong by keeping to the pathways He selects.

Consider that He lovingly and intentionally created you for this time and this place. The Lord watches over your steps because He desires to see your purpose fulfilled and His plan come to fruition through you (Prov. 3:5-6).

Therefore, He promises to counsel those who follow Him (Ps. 25:12).

When God warns His children away from a tempting sidetrack, it is because He foresees the dangers that lurk on that road.

There’s a correlation between ignoring God’s guidance and ending up in trouble: the one who stumbles off course has trusted his own “sense of direction”—his emotions, desires, or personal version of morality. He’s been pursuing what feels good or looks right instead of seeking the Lord’s will.

God has mapped out the path before you.

He is aware of every obstacle and miry pit, and He knows exactly which sidetracks will tempt you.

What’s more, He has committed to walk beside you as a Guide and Comforter so that you never face the twists and turns of this life alone.

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Never Run Before God’s Guidance…

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John 13:37
“Peter said unto Him, Lord why cannot I follow Thee now?”

There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but wait.

The blank space may come in order to teach you what sanctification means or it may come after sanctification to teach you what service means. Never run before God’s guidance.  If there is the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt— “don’t”.

In the beginning you may see clearly what God’s will is– the severance of a friendship, the breaking off of a business relationship, something you feel distinctly before God, you may feel it is His will for you to do… however never do it on impulse of that feeling. If you do, you will end in making difficulties that will take years of time to put right. Wait for God’s time to bring it round and He will do it without any heartbreak or disappointment. When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move.

Peter did not wait on God; he forecast in his mind where the test would come, and the test came where he did not expect it. “I will lay down my life for Thy sake,” Peter’s declaration was honest but ignorant, “Jesus answered him… The cock shall not crow, till thou has denied Me thrice.”

This was said with a deeper knowledge of Peter than Peter had of himself. He could not follow Jesus because he did not know himself, of what he was capable.

Natural devotion may be all very well to attract us to Jesus, to make us feel His fascination, but it will never make us disciples. Natural devotion will always deny Jesus somewhere or another.

(Excerpt – My Utmost For His Highest – Oswald Chambers)
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