How Can You Be Sure You’re Making The Right Decision?

How can you be sure you’re making the right decision? Sometimes it may feel as if God plays hide and seek when you’re trying to know His will, but that’s not the way He operates. The heavenly Father wants to give His children clear direction. The real question is, What do you need to do to hear His voice?

Clear the pathway. We have two main obstacles that hinder our discernment: sin in our life and our strong desires about the situation. To receive the Lord’s guidance, we must repent of all known sin and make our desires secondary to His.

Exercise patience. Sometimes it takes a great deal of strength to stand still when everything within you is shouting, “Hurry! Time is running out!” But if you rush ahead of God, you may miss His will.

Persist in prayer. The Bible clearly instructs us to keep coming to the Lord with our concerns. As we continue to pray, He will gradually weed out anything confusing until we come to His conclusion about the matter.

Search the Scriptures. The Word of God has an answer for every need, and the Holy Spirit knows just how to point us in the right direction. I remember times while I was reading the Bible that a verse jumped off the page and supplied the exact answer I needed to make an important decision.

So often when we’re faced with a critical choice, all we want from the Lord is a quick answer. But He delights to meet with us in order to deepen our relationship with Him. Don’t let the urgency of your need keep you from enjoying the intimacy of God’s presence as you seek His will.

Want More Answers To Your Prayers? Reverence Is The Key.

jesus-prayingReverence is a holy fear of God. Now, this is astonishing: God the Son regards God the Father with an appropriate holy fear. The Son is not afraid of the Father’s judgment. He simply has the appropriate regard of the Father’s omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and eternal greatness.

Terror is what persons experience when they truly encounter God and yet have no access to him as a Father. Reverence is what persons experience when they have free access to the Father as his children — when they know the Father, and believe what the Father says.

Reverence isn’t a feigned respectful or formal demeanor we put on when we pray to God that looks quite different from the rest of the way we live and talk. Persons who truly revere God do so all the time. When you hear them pray, it doesn’t sound much different than the way they usually talk. You can just tell they believe they are speaking to God himself.

Their reverence allows them to approach him like the loving Father that he is. God’s throne is a throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). So a reverent child of God feels the freedom to come to him in desperate need, even with loud cries and tears, because God is honored when that child comes to him in desperate faith.

If we lack reverence for God, it shows up in the way we live, and in the way we pray. These are indicators that we do not know him like he wants us to, and therefore our faith in him is very small, which is likely why we aren’t realizing more answered prayer.

Can God Change His Mind?

manprayingThe prayer of Moses moved God to change his mind. Exodus 32:14 says, “So the Lord changed his mind and did not destroy the people as he said he might.”

This is the promise of prayer! We can change God’s mind! God’s ultimate will is inflexible. He does not change in his character and purpose, but he does alter his strategy because of the appeals of his children. After all, we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)! Ambassadors represent the king. They carry with them an official license of the one who sent them. If an ambassador sends a request to the king, will the king listen? If you, God’s ambassador in this world, come to your King with a request, will he listen? By all means.

So, be bold. Be audacious. Be confident. The Lord of all heaven promises that if you ask anything according to His will, He hears you (1 John 5:14).

What Is Sin? How Would You Define It?

bereavemen-a-z-compWhat is sin? To answer that question most of us would describe the acts involved with sin such as adultery, fornication, lying, stealing, etc. But, what is the motivation or driving force behind committing sin? I think most of us would answer because it feels good, or is exciting, or whatever it is that gives us pleasure.

You might be thinking or asking yourself the question, “how does lying or stealing feel good?” Let’s look at lying for example. How does that feel good? I believe it is the deep underlying knowledge that you saved yourself from some sort of calamity or embarrassing situation. So, inside you are satisfied or feel good about yourself.

If you look at the examples I’ve cited I think you’ll agree that sin revolves around an overt act and what we want. But, what is it really?

In God’s eyes sin is willful and open rebellion to Him and His word. When we commit sin I don’t think we are considering the eternal price we’ll pay, which according to God’s word is death. Well, yes, we’re all going to die but more importantly what we don’t think about when committing sin is that if we’re not saved by Jesus blood then we’ll spend eternity in hell separated from God’s love.

Eternal torment by fire and separation from God’s love is the final and forever result for all who have not confessed and repented of their sin and received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The act of sin and it’s feel good reward is fleeting but eternity separated from God is a long, long time.

Meditating On God’s Word

At any given point in the day do you think about God? What do you think about? Are you reciting old sins and asking forgiveness once more or are you offering up praise and worship?

Why would anyone meditate on God’s word and as God told Joshua, “Meditate in it day and night” (Joshua 1:8)? What will be accomplished by thinking about and even reciting verses to yourself, especially day and night?

God’s word to us is not a heavy burden but instead is a lamp unto our feet. It shows us the way. God gave us His word to help us through the tough times and also as an example of how to praise and worship Him in the good times.

But you might be saying, “I don’t have time to think about the bible during the day, I am too busy with work and other things.” Really? Too busy? How would you feel if God took that same attitude toward you when you cry out to Him for help?

Meditating on God’s word is a form of worship. I believe it says to Him how much you love Him and want Him in your life. If you are only thinking about or worshiping God on Sunday you might reconsider realigning the priorities in your life. Putting God first in your life shows Him how much you care and trust Him.

Here is a verse to meditate on today as you go about your business. It is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path (life) straight.”

Working Out Your Salvation

maxresdefaultWhat does it mean to “work out your salvation”? Many people mistakenly think Paul was telling us to work for our salvation. But the apostle was saying something completely different—that your salvation experience isn’t the end of your spiritual journey. Rather, it’s the catalyst that turned on your “operation mode.”

Once you have trusted Jesus as Savior, you can begin living out what He’s given you, which is His abundant life. If you’ve given your heart to Him, the Holy Spirit now indwells you—He is with you forever. It is God’s Spirit working in and through you that empowers you to live out your salvation. The degree to which you yield to Him impacts the work He’ll achieve through you and the changes He will effect in your life.

Let’s say you start reading the Bible and learning. As your faith and relationship with the Lord develop, you will begin to notice Him moving in your life. When you share your faith and your blessings with others, you’ll notice God working through even more avenues. Keep following Him, and you will see the seeds He’s planted within you flourish (Isaiah 55:10-11). So when Scripture says we’re to “work out [our] salvation,” it means we need to reverently live out what’s already been given to us—and allow the life of Christ to come fully to fruition.

Your salvation should become an expression of Jesus’ life wherever you are. As you work it out among your friends and family, on the job, in school, and even with strangers, God’s Spirit will energize you to make a difference and impact others—in other words, to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16).

(reblogged from In Touch Daily Devotional)

Persecuted For The Sake Of Christ

christians-persecuted-eurweb-1Persecution has been a common experience in Christianity ever since the apostles first proclaimed the message of salvation.

A wise response to persecution flows from an accurate understanding of God’s ways. Unfair suffering is sometimes a part of His will for us, just as it was for Christ. But we can trust our Father, knowing that He can work every situation for our good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)

Without this perspective, we could quickly descend into self-pity or angry resentment when we’re mistreated. But Peter reminds us that we are blessed when we suffer for the sake of righteousness. Not only will we receive a reward in heaven (Matthew 5:11-12), but we may also have an opportunity to gently and reverently be a witness for Christ.