Waiting in His Word 4-18-13

Waiting in His Word-4-8-13

Do you sit there looking at life around you and wonder where you went wrong? Do you wonder if you totally messed up a chance at victory over a problem because of a choice you made to wait? Or maybe a decision to stay put instead of moving on a promise of God by yourself trying to do it alone?
Today I want to tell you that if you were given a promise to stand on that means to stand, not to walk on or drag to the spot you think it will be. God is the director of our path. End of story. If He has given you a calling He will bring it to path all you have to do is walk in it, keep your eyes on Him and listen for His
And now, Lord what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish. I was mute, I did not open my mouth because it was You who did it. Psalm 39:7-9

Once again the best way to know that it is God directing you is to line it up with the Word of God. Study to show yourself approved... not approved by man, but by God. If God told you to preach, then preach the Word as He has given it to you, do not look to what man will tell you to do or not but look straight to the source!

Psalm 18 tells us it is He who gives us strength, who goes before us, who is our shield of salvation, who listens to our hearts cries; we can try do it on our own, but who would want to?

As for God, His way is perfect, the Word of the Lord is proven, He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God except the Lord? Psalm 18:28-30

If you feel as if you are floundering around in life and not really fulfilling your purpose check in with God and see what He says about it. Do a recheck in the word. remember your timing is not always the same as God's timing.
Rediscover what that purpose is; pray and ask God for guidance.
Find scripture back up for that purpose; God is not going to call you to do something that is contrary to the Word of God. If your calling does not line up with the Word then it is not a call of God but of man. I don't know about you but I do not want to pursue the call of man but the call of God in my life. Sometimes that means we have to struggle through things like pain, sorrow, trials, testing times in our lives but the good news is that with God we have an adversary or an ally to help us through those times of character building.
Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who love your name. Guide my steps by Your Word so that I will not be overcome by evil. Ransom me from the oppression of evil people; then I can obey your commandments. Psalm 119:132-134
He will show mercy upon us when we walk according to His will. We just have to be sure that we are doing that; not walking according to mans will but God's will in our lives will help us to see that path before us that much more clearly.
Even in the middle of a sink hole in the middle of a road God can show you direction and encouragement.
We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5

His Word is full of direction, encouragement, guidance and even support for what He sends us to do.

For you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain (confident) that God who began the good work within you will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:5-6

He who started the work will complete the work if you stay focused on the task. The task at hand is following through with reading the Word, praying according to it and listening with your heart and mind to know the heart of God toward you. All the reading and praying keeps your in line with the life God had planned for you; reading, studying, listening, praying all brings you more focus as to what God wants.
When you know someone really well you can guess what they will want and be correct most of the time.
Simple things, as easy as choosing the perfect beverage for your daughter to quench her thirst, or difficult things such as choosing an apartment to live in while your husband is off at war can be on an even ground of decision making when your heart and mind are in the right place with God.
But how do you know that your heart and mind are there? How can we know we are right with God in the first place in order to walk in the path He has laid out?
It all comes back to getting in His Word, on your knees praying, basking in His presence and listening to His voice. Do you see the circle? We need to be in the Word to get the direction, we need to be humbled in prayer to accept the guidance and we need to bask in His presence to listen to the still small voice to find the trust, the faith, to make commitment we need to acknowledge the call is of God. Yes it is a commitment, when you acknowledge that God has given you a plan to follow you have committed yourself to follow His path. If you do not remain in His presence the perspective He has for you to achieve the plan can be jaded by this world. It is easy to think of achieving the plan by the world's standards.
For example; God said He would bless me; the world says that means I will get rich and have lots of stuff.
In God's mind that may mean that He would give you health, love, and direction, peace with where you are at any given moment regardless of how rich or poor you are.
Our ways are not always His ways; but when we really seek God He will show us what His plan is for us. He will show us by His Word, and our faith to trust Him to show us. Of course He gives us the measure of faith we need so it all comes back to Him.
This week lets focus our hearts and minds on Him, His Word and His guidance in our daily walk and I am certain we will begin to see the path He has placed before us; if not for such a time as this then perhaps for a lifetime; when we put our hope and trust in Him He will not fail to direct our paths.

Proverbs 3:5-7 is our proof!
He will direct our paths; when we put our trust in Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, direct our paths, open our hearts and minds to Your truth, Your hope, and the faith to trust You to do what you promised, in Jesus name. Amen.

Suggested reading: Philippians 1:1-30, Romans 5:1-21, 2 Corinthians 5:1-21, and Psalm 18:1-50.