Monday, April 15, 2019
Two Ways the Holy Spirit Guides Me
In review of Psalm 27:11 it says, “Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do, and lead me along a safe path” (GNT).
Tell me what to do, Lord, and make it plain because I am surrounded by waiting enemies.
God offers help for today and hope for my future. An unwavering confidence in God is my antidote for fear and loneliness.
It may seem obvious, but one thing that can keep me from knowing God’s will is not asking him about it. James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask” (ESV). God knows the details of my life more than I do. So engage him, my “guidance counselor” by asking specific questions. He will guide me through my circumstances and feelings.
Think about it: I don’t just have the guidebook, the Bible. I also have the author speaking in my ear. When I became a believer, God placed the Holy Spirit within me, and he’s been teaching me ever since to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit’s counsel. He knows every step of the journey and understands the blessings and dangers ahead. He knows where I’ve been and where I’m going, and he knows the best path to take.
The primary way the Holy Spirit guides me is by reminding me what I’ve read in the Bible. That’s why I should memorize Scripture. It stores his Word in my mind, and the Holy Spirit helps me to remember.
The other way God guides me is by impressions. God gave me a brain, and he wants me to use it. God will not control me; he’s given me free will. But he will give me an idea, and when I respond to it, he then begins to fill in the details.
When God gives me an idea, that’s called inspiration. When the Devil gives me an idea, that’s called temptation. When I need to know the difference, ask, “Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and lead me along a safe path” (Psalm 27:11 GNT).
Teach me your way Lord; lead me in a straight and easy to follow path.
What this means to me:
Instruct me on what I should do, O Lord, make it plain to me so I can understand in the midst of those and that of which oppresses me.
In summary, I need to ask God what to do and to make it plain to me. God offers me help for today and hope for my future. My unwavering confidence in God is my antidote for any fear or loneliness I may experience. The one thing that can keep me from knowing God's will is by not asking him. Ask specific questions and he will guide me through. I'm fortunate to not only have the guidebook but the author who can respond to me. He gives me the Holy Spirit who teaches me and reminds me of God Word through my reading and scripture memory. God will not try to control me, he's given me free will, but he will give me an idea. When I respond to it, he will fill in the details.
This morning Father I thank you for the reminder that you are there to guide me, I just need to ask. I pray this morning Father that I always reach to you and not flounder on my own, You want to guide me, I just need to ask. I ask this morning Father for your wisdom and guidance to handle the activities I’m responsible for. Help me lead my team and guide me in my response to others. Allow me to be loving like you are, providing grace like you do and helping them just as you willingly help me. This I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!
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