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Throwback Thursday: Getting Direction From God

GETTING DIRECTION FROM GOD

 

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.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Have you ever struggled with making a big decision? Perhaps you were choosing the right job or the best school. What about the right person to marry? Big decisions must be made in God’s will.

Eliezer had to choose a wife, but not for himself. His master, Abraham had appointed Eliezer as matchmaker for his son, Isaac. What a task! Abraham did not want Isaac marrying a Canaanite woman. Isaac’s bride must come from Abraham’s former country and family, but Isaac could not go there himself.

Eliezer arrived in Nahor, stopping at a well where he prayed for success with this huge responsibility. Women were coming to the well for water, so he made a specific prayer request. He would ask for a drink of water. Isaac’s bride would be the one who would give him a drink and then offer to water his camels.

Before he could finish speaking, Rebekah approached the well. She gladly gave Eliezer a drink of water, and just as he had prayed, she offered to give water to his camels until they were finished drinking.

Eliezer watched her in amazement. Not only had God directed him to Rebekah, but she was generous and beautiful. He confirmed that she was from Abraham’s family, and then he worshiped God, giving Him thanks.

Friend, when faced with decisions, we must pray and trust God. According to our verse, we cannot lean on our own understanding. We cannot doubt that the answer is from God when we have asked Him to guide us. As James says, “For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6b). When we ask God to direct our steps, we must believe that He is leading us. Times of indecision will be conquered with time in prayer.

MEMORY VERSE

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Ps. 37:23 NKJV

OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Read Gen. 24:1-28.

THE NAMES OF GOD

Jehovah Rohi – The Lord My Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Ps. 23:1 NKJV

As a shepherd guides his sheep, so Jehovah Rohi guides His children. Shepherds lead sheep to good grazing areas away from high cliffs and danger. Jehovah Rohi leads believers in the paths we should take. Abraham’s servant had learned enough from his master to ask God for direction in choosing Isaac’s bride. Jehovah Rohi has not changed. He will guide us in the same way He guided Eliezer.

WALKING THE WALK

As you pray for God’s guidance, consider the following:

 

Does the decision contradict Scripture? God will never lead you to do anything contrary to His Word.

  • Is there sin in your life? If yes, you need to take care of that area of your life before making any major decisions.
  • Does the decision glorify God?

Heavenly Father,

It lifts a weight off our shoulders knowing that we can ask You to lead and direct our steps. Help us live holy lives giving You glory in all we do. Amen.

 

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Have you ever wanted to share your testimony? In 2019, Thursdays will become “Testimonial Thursday” and I want to feature the testimonies of others. Submission guidelines will be announced later, but if this is something that interests you, could you please leave me a comment? Thanks, and happy Thursday!!

Throwback Thursday: Ask & Receive

ASK AND RECEIVE

For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,

And to him who knocks it will be opened.

Luke 11:10 NKJV

What are the results of persistent prayer? Jesus had finished giving the command to ask, seek, and knock. It was a lesson on boldly storming heaven with our prayer requests. This is a humbling process because asking is synonymous with begging. Seeking is action, and knocking is the repetitive persistent prayer.

When we ask, we will receive. When we seek, we will find, and when we knock, over and over, doors will be opened.

Jesus gave 3 examples of fathers giving good gifts to their sons. God is our heavenly Father, so He will give good gifts to us.

The first son asked for bread. The second son asked for a fish, and the third requested an egg. In each instance, Jesus explained that the fathers would give these sons what they requested they certainly would not give their sons things such as stones, serpents, or scorpions.

Jesus concluded, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). The evil fathers He was speaking to included His disciples. We must remember that even though we are saved, we are evil when compared to God’s holiness.

If sinful men can give such good gifts, imagine what wonderful gifts God will give us! When we ask for comfort, God gives us the Comforter – the Holy Spirit. When we need help, He gives us the Helper. He does not only give us the gift, but the giver of the gift who is living in all Christians! We could not ask for anything more.

When you ask, you will receive. As we seek, we will find. Heavenly doors open with much knocking, and good gifts await those who ask.

MEMORY VERSE

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom. 8:28 NKJV

OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Read Luke 11:9-13.

THE NAMES OF GOD

Ruach Elohim – Spirit Of God

“When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.” 1 Sam. 10:10 NKJV

God knew we would need a Helper and a Comforter. Ruach Elohim is our guide. He sanctifies us. He helps us pray when we don’t know how we should pray. He is the giver of good gifts. Ask, seek, knock, and God will lavish us with His goodness.

WALKING THE WALK

Is there something you have not been asking for? Perhaps it is time to knock continually until the answer comes. How can you pray differently this week?

Heavenly Father,

You have so many good gifts waiting for us. We just need to ask. We need to seek, knocking and You will answer. Thank You for the many good gifts we have already received. Thank You for the ones You have planned for us. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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