ASK FOR DIRECTIONS

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ASK FOR DIRECTIONS

I am a man, so I can say this without fear of reprisal. It is a well-known fact that men have a notorious problem with asking for directions. It may be an ego thing. It may well be that they do not want to look silly for not knowing how to use that GPS contraption which they spent all that money on. Whatever it is, men just do not like to ask for directions. We would rather wander around being lost and then find someone to blame for it, usually God. If God loves me, we would say, why didn’t He stop me from being lost? If God loves me, why didn’t He make the GPS user manual come in Man-glish?

Now it is fine if this trait was confined to the occasional driving holidays or shopping trips. But it is altogether a different thing if this trait carries over into our daily living. I mean, let’s face it, we all want to live a good and Godly life. No one ever came out of their mother’s womb and thought to themselves, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I could be a career criminal, make a living out of killing and robbing people’, right? So how do we live a good and Godly life? How do we stay on the straight and narrow? It’s simple really, look up the Ten Commandments and follow them to the letter. Sounds like a plan right? That’s exactly what Israel thought too, so they said,

“Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 19:8

“All the people spoke at the same time and said, “We will obey everything the Lord says.” Exodus 19:8[GW]

Great. Now that we have God’s decrees, all we need to do is follow them and we will be set for life. Right. Tried it lately?

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.” Romans 7:15 [MSG]

“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” Romans 7:19

I wager your efforts in living the Godly life has ended up being something like this, hasn’t it? And it has left you feeling a little like this.

“But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?” Romans 7:17-24 [MSG]

My, my. God must be pretty displeased with you, now that you have let Him down, right? Well beloved, no. Not at the least. Now, if you have been reading our messages regularly enough, you will know that the next verse that is going to appear is this.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
And you know that the next thing I am going to tell you is,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

So since you have already believed, you are right with God, and your little stumbles off the straight and narrow are not going to spoil the perfect relationship that you already have with our Father. Remember beloved, nothing is greater than God, so nothing is greater than Jesus, so nothing can undo what Jesus has done for you.

So how do we live the straight and narrow? I’m glad you asked. David has the revelation for us today.

“How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living.
I’ll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
I won’t forget a word of it.” Psalm 119:9-16 [MSG]

So how does a young person, inexperienced, immature, unschooled and unwise person live a clean life? By carefully following the map laid out in God’s Word. Now, notice how the Psalmist never mentions how an old person can live a clean life? Why is that? Now, if you are young, inexperienced, immature, unschooled and unwise, what is your response to instruction? You relish it. You treasure it. You follow it. But what happens if you think you know it all, you have been there and done that? How would you respond to instruction? You dismiss it. See what I am saying? When we approach our Father, we should first and foremost always stay young at heart, that means have a teachable heart, teachable mind; know that no matter how much life experience we have, The Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, our Maker, has more, and He has full knowledge of what is to come. So always approach God as a young person, ready and willing to learn.

Next, don’t miss the signs. Our Father leads in many ways. Sometimes through opened and closed doors. Sometimes through the advice of others. Sometimes through world events. Whatever it is, don’t miss His signs for your life. Remember what Jesus said to the Pharisees?

“He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” Matthew 16:2-3

Can you tell when the rains are going to come? Sure you can. So can you tell which signs are from our Father; and which are put there by the other fellow to distract you? No? You need to test the signs? Well, alright. Test them against these.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Does that which you are looking at and thinking about benefit you, prosper you, give you a hope and a future? Does it spell abundance in your life? Well if it does, then that is from God. But what if you have several choices that all lead to abundance? Well, then you have a happy problem; for why can’t our Father give you a buffet of blessings?

So after reading the signs, what is next?

“I’ll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
I won’t forget a word of it.” Psalm 119:13-16 [MSG]

Next comes a series of actions. Say it. Revel in its joy. Think about it. Watch how God does it. Revel in its joy. Remember it.

If our Father gives you a revelation through a vision or a thought, say it, tell your spouse, tell your friends; because the moment you say it, you agree with God and you are on your way, for

“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3

So if God tells you something, agree and you will be headed along that path together with Him.

But what if it doesn’t happen? What if the exact opposite happens? Well, think about this. You tell your children that you are going to bring them to the zoo this coming weekend. They tell their friends and their friends are envious. Now Saturday comes and you forgot about it. You went off for a round of golf and when you returned, your children are sitting in the living room sulking. Now, whose fault it is? Whose embarrassment is it to bear? Your children’s? So if our Father promised you something, and if He doesn’t deliver, is it your burden to bear? And, think about how much worse it would have been if you have declared it to the world that your Father in Heaven has promised, and then He doesn’t deliver? No beloved, if you have read Him right, if the word which you received from Him is to bring you benefit, our Father will deliver. It may be a matter of time, but He will deliver.

For “He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

So speak in agreement with the sign you have received and let Him take you there.

But after you speak it, think about it, watch for it and remember it; for believe you me, you know who is going to come hard and fast to try and convince you that you heard wrong. So watch for it. There is usually some preceding signs to show that things are falling into place. Think about how those signs are working to your benefit and then remember that if God has already put in place all those things for you, there can be no other ending than that which He has promised you.

But most of all, be joyful. No one promised a blessing can ever remain sorrowful. That frown usually means doubt. So turn that frown upside down, for the only way you can do that is if you truly believe that the promise is coming.

Now, do you just realize that all we have been talking about are blessings? Were we not supposed to be talking about how to live the Godly life? Well beloved, that is the Godly life, a life full of His blessings, direction and care. There is no ‘do good get good’ in any of this. Jesus will supply the grace to be good. The Christian life is a life of waiting, watching and then following. We wait for His instruction, we watch how He does it, and then we just follow His example. And if you are still looking for something more to do, then do this. When you get up in the morning, look up to our Father and ask Him, “Father, what do you want me to do today?”

Be Blessed.

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