God the Holy Spirit will lead you and teach you, in the way you should go…
“God speaks to us Moment by Moment through the things that are going on in our life.”
— Richard Foster
There are at least three different ways that God speaks to us:
1. Through His Word,
2. Through the Holy Spirit, and
3. Through our life circumstances.
This is sometimes called the synchronicity of God in our lives.
Here are some examples, in the Bible, where people were able to discern the voice of God through the circumstances, moment by moment in their lives.
For example, in Acts 16:6-7, Paul was trying to travel to different places, but when his way was blocked they concluded that God was the one who had directed them not to go:
“And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.”
Another biblical example of God using the circumstances of life to direct us towards where He wants us to go is found when Jesus was sending out his disciples:
“And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.” (Matthew 10:11-14)
So how were the disciples to know which house they should stay at on their missionary journeys?
Jesus said try to find out who is ready to host you, enter their house with a greeting, and then see what happens.
If the household shows you they are ready to help, then stay there. If the household turns out to not be willing to help, then leave it.
Jesus didn’t say, fast and pray until you receive a dream about which house you should stay in.
He said let the circumstances that unfold in your life lead you.
I ran across this quote some years ago and I have found it to be quite helpful in trying to discern the will of God in my life.
Note that number 4 deals with the providential circumstances that are going on in our life, being an indication of God’s direction.
It’s important not to stretch this method of hearing God and knowing His will too far. God does speak through the circumstances of our lives, but we still have to be careful how we interpret “what” God is saying through the circumstances.
Everything centers around the Word of God, which is God’s plumbline for us to discern true for error.
God will never lead you to do anything that will contradict His Word.
DISCERNING THE WILL OF GOD
by George Mueller
1. I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has not will of its own in regard to a given matter.
Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be.
When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impressions.
If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
3. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through or in connection with the Word of God.
The Spirit and the Word must be combined.
If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also.
“4. Next I take into account providential circumstances.
These plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
“5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.
“6. Thus through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly.
In trivial matters and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ ”
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Sunday, Dec 03
by Henri Nouwen
GOD IS A GOD OF THE PRESENT
The real enemies of our life are the “oughts” and the “ifs.”
They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future.
But real life takes place in the here and the now.
God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful or painful.
When Jesus spoke about God, he always spoke about God as being where and when you are.
“When you see me, you see God.
When you hear me, you hear God.”
God is not someone who was or will be, but the One who is, and who is for me in the present moment.
That’s why Jesus came to wipe away the burden of the past and the worries of the future.
He wants us to discover God right where we are, here and now.
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