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making the connection | November 12, 2017

November 7, 2017

Taking a trip to a place you have never been before has never been easier. When I was a kid growing up my dad would plan out a long trip by getting each state’s map that we would be traveling through. He would then chart out a course and pick what he thought would be the fastest route. I enjoyed watching him trying to read the map while driving and my mom trying to help. Fortunately today we have all kinds of navigation aids – GPS devices, Google Maps and some cars that have a navigation system built right in. Not only do they know the best routes, they often can alert us of roads that are closed, traffic jams, and even accidents shortly after they take place.

Wouldn’t it be great if we each could have a personal guide to help us navigate through life?! If you believe in God and chose Jesus to be the Savior of your life, the great news is that you do have this. God desires to guide our lives and lead us into the most meaningful ways to live out our human existence. However, just like our GPS system, we have to choose to use it and then respond to what it tells us.

God can use many ways to show us what He desires. His two primary ways to give us the guidance we need are through what He has written down for us in the Bible and through the leading of His Holy Spirit. However, similar to us not using a GPS when we travel, or ignoring its directions, we need to be intentional in pursuing this help from God in our lives on a daily basis. Spending some daily time reading God’s Word will be a tremendous help – especially spending time focused on how Jesus lived and seeing what instructions Paul gives to believers and churches in the books He wrote (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon).

God’s Holy Spirit, living inside every believer, is also one of His main ways to guide and help us. Some of the ways the Spirit of God can lead is by helping us understand and apply what we read in the Bible, convicting us of sin, burdening us to help someone we notice in need, reminding us of a truth that we have read to help guide us or encourage someone else with, and the list goes on and on.

The main point is this. God wants us to experience the life He planned for us. And the only way we can is with His help and guidance. We need to take our eyes off of what we want and focus them on what God desires. Then we can find the joy and contentment a life lived for Him brings. ­–Scott Nieveen

  •  In what ways do you try to live your life in alignment with God’s plans and purposes versus living for what you personally want?
  •  Read Psalm 25:4-5 and James 1:5-6. What are some takeaways from these verses that you can utilize your own life?
  •  How much of an opportunity are you giving God to guide you in life? Are you in His Word on a regular basis? Do you consider the Spirit of God in your life as a Helper and Guide?
  •  Quiet your heart and mind before the Lord and ask Him to help you pursue the kind of things He wants, and be responsive when He does nudge you towards what’s best for you.
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