DAILY DISCIPLINE #6
By Colleen Donahue
"You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what His master is doing: but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. " John 15:14-15
Most Christians, soon after committing their lives to God, begin building a personal library of books that cover many different topics, all helping them to grow as a believer in Jesus. I was no different. Books on prayer, Bible study, biographies of famous Christians and others began to find their way to my bookcase. But one category, more than all others, seemed to be an overriding theme during my university years. I must have bought every book and pamphlet and tract ever written on "How To Know The Will of God for Your Life"!
I took God seriously and wanted my life to be in line with what He wanted. But how? How could I know what He wanted me to be so I could choose a "major" and ultimately know what classes to take during a specific quarter? How would I know what the right living situation would be for me or who I should live with? Was I to take any job that came my way or did God have something specific in mind for me? How should I spend my summers? These questions and many more were matters of constant consideration back then. They drove me to eagerly delve into my collection of books and tracts on God's Guidance. If the book was any good it always referred me back to God's Word and thus God Himself.
My almost feverish desire to do the right thing was sincere but wholly unnecessary. A little logic would have told me that if our hearts are bent on living wholly for God -- how much more is it on God's heart that we enter into His will and His ways. He has no desire to hide His plans from us. In fact, God says that we are His friends if we do what He commands-- and the privilege of being the Lord's friend is that He makes known to us all that the Father wants.
This month I'd like to share with you some of the passages from Scripture that have helped me. I know they will be like gold nuggets to you as you seek to answer your own questions on ..............
GOD'S GUIDANCE FOR YOUR LIFE
Day 1- We are wholeheartedly required to do God's will.
Ephesians 6:6 / Hebrews 13:21
Day 2- Doing God's will should be the rule for everyday life.
Day 3- Choosing to do God's will tends to increase our spiritual knowledge.
John 7:17 / Acts 21:14 / Romans 12:2
Day 4- Christ is the perfect example of being submitted to God's will.
Matthew 26:42 / John 5:30
Day 5- By doing God's will we establish a divine relationship.
Day 6- God's guidance should be sought after.
Psalm 5:8 / 25:5 / 27:11 / 143:10 / James 1:5-6
Day 7- God guides as a shepherd.
John 10:1-10 / 10: 27-28 / Hebrews 13:20 / 1 Peter 2:25 / 1 Peter 5:4 / Matthew 9:36
Day 8- Conditions for guidance.
Day 9 - Divine guidance is promised to lead the obedient into pleasant paths.
Day 10- Guidance is promised for making decisions.
Psalm 25:9 / 32:8
Day 11- God will guide us all throughout our life.
Psalm 48:14 / Isaiah 58:11
Day 12- We will often be guided by the "still small voice" of the Holy Spirit speaking within us.
Day 13- God will guide us even in the midst of our uncertainties.
Isaiah 42:16 / 48:17
Day 14- God will guide us into all truth by His Holy Spirit.
Day 15- God will lead us at times into difficult places.
Day 16- There is no place out of the reach of God's hand.
Psalm 139:9-10 / Proverbs 20: 24 / Isaiah 63:14
Day 17- Stay in the place where you are until you are convinced God wants you to move.
1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Day 18- Recognize that Satan and his powers seek to deceive and lure people down the wrong paths.
2 Corinthians 11:3-4 / 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15
Day 19- At times God may choose to guide in a supernatural manner.
Acts 8:26 / Acts 10:1-23 / Acts 13:1-3 / Acts 22:17-21
Day 20- Signs and "fleeces" are sometimes a method that God uses so that we cannot fail to recognize His leading.
Isaiah 7:10-11 / 2 Kings 20:8-11 / Judges 6:36-40
Day 21- It is often our ignorance of the Bible that is responsible for wrong choice.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Day 22- Guidance through the advice of experience.
Proverbs 12:15 / Proverbs 19:20 / Psalms 73:24
Day 23- Delighting and trusting in God enables Him to act on our behalf.
Psalm 37:4-5 / Proverbs 3:5-6 / 2 Chronicles 16:9
Here are three examples of men simply doing their duty, carrying out their mundane responsibilities,when suddenly God broke through and revealed His will to them.
Day 24- Example #1 Moses
Day 25- Example #2 Saul
1 Samuel 9:1-10:27
Day 26- Example #3 David
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Day 27- Specific guidance on how to relate to those in need.
Luke 10:29-37 / Matthew 25:31-46
Day 28- Specific guidance for husbands and wives.
Day 29- Specific guidance for an employee/employer relationship.
Day 30- Running from God's will only causes trouble.
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