One evening travelling I noticed numerous Christmas lights lighting up a driveway from the gate to a dwelling out in the countryside.Without the lights the driveway would have been hidden in the dark.It reminded me of the lights on a runnway making the landing strip visible to the pilot of an incoming plane.God gave me the thought that in life when we are in the dark He is the Light that gives us direction and safe passage.When we don`t know how things are going to pan out,or which way to turn look to the Light.Don`t even try to figure out where the road is or to try and work everything out.Just follow Jesus the Light of the world.Fix your eyes on Him the Finisher or your faith.Love,worship and hear Him.Seek first God and He will take care of the rest.Trust Him.His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to your path.
During life at times we face situations in relationships,family,work,finances,church and ministry when we just do not know what to do.We either don`t know what choice to make or there is a lack of them.Sometimes we know what to do but questioning ourselves we end up being convinced we really don`t know what to do.So what should we do?
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Don`t panic,quit,run or hide.When in the dark reach out to God in trust.A child in uncertain surroundings slips their hand into their parents hand in trust.PSA.37:3,5 Trust in God….feed on His faithfulness….commit you way to the Lord.Trust also in Him.PRV.3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart.Lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
We often focus on the problem of not knowing,over thinking it or we ask others including family and friends accumulating `opinions` BEFORE we ask God.Ask God FIRST.God does not want to keep you in the dark. JAS.1:5If any of you lack wisdom let him ask God who gives liberally.
3.DO WHAT GOD LAST TOLD YOU.
Do not let what you don`t know paralyse you from doing what you do know already to do.Whatever He has already revealed to you keep doing it.It is easier to steer a ship when it is moving. JAS.1:25 Don`t be a forgetful hearer.Be a doer.
4.MAJOR ON YOUR STRENGTHS.
What are you good at and what do you enjoy?God has given you talents and gifts that are unique to you.Spend your time on your strengths.Follow the 80/20% rule.Spend 80% of your time on your top 20% activities-John Maxwell.1COR.12:7,11 The Holy Spirit has given each of us gifts. Everything made has a purpose.The way you are is for the why you are. Eph.2:10 You are His workmanship and He has works prepared for you.
5.LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE.
Did I face this situation before?What worked?What mistakes did I make?Broaden your experience by learning from the experience of others.Receive insight from those who are a stage ahead of you.Learn from others successes and from their mistakes.John Maxwell-Make it a goal to find people who will add value to you in areas that are important to you. PROV.27:17 Iron sharpens iron. There are two types of people.Those who take and learn from instructions and those who have to learn by making their own mistakes.I would rather learn from others and their mistakes.
6.INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF GODS WORD.
Knowledge is power-it increases options,possibilities and the ability to make choices.Know nothing=nothing.How strong is Gods Word in our lives?Read,speak,sing,study and meditate on Gods Word.JOSH.1:8 msg.Don`t for a minute let this book of revelation be out of your mind.Ponder meditate on it day and night making sure you practice everything in it.Then you will get where you are going then you`ll succeed.Without answers you will stay in the dark. PSA.119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.2TIM.3:16 All Scripture is God breathed profitable for showing truth,correcting
mistakes,providing training and instruction in living Gods way.My dad always said that the Bible was the best Citizen Advice Bureau.Kingdom answers for everyday life.Col.3:16 Let the Word of God dwell in you richly.
7.GET TO KNOW GOD.
Spend time in His presence getting to know God,His nature and heart.Intimacy with God.Worship Him.As you spend time in His company the Holy Spirit will form His character in you guiding you in making decisions.Similarly as a couple get to know each other they become `one flesh` and even when one alone faces a situation they often will know what the other would do in it.The Holy Spirit who is in you will search the deep things of God and teach you. 1COR.2:9-16.Often a married couple will know by the `look` in the eye of their partner what they are saying without them speaking a word.Psa.32:8-9 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.I will guide you with My eye.
Love God passionately.Be faithful to His Word and trust God for He will look after you.
The Babylonians took Israel and continued south into Judah taking captives.When the King of Judah dies the Babylonians appoint Zediakiah king over Judah.Jeremiah warns if the people don`t return to God the Babylonians would come and destroy Jerusalem.Jeremiah is imprisoned and the prophecy burnt.The Egyptians hear of the Babylonians advancement so they gather armies and head northwards.Zediakiah fearing the captive Jews in Babylon turns to the Egyptians to save Jerusalem ignoring Jeremiahs warnings.While the armies of Babylon temporarily withdrew they return and take Jerusalem killing the princes and blinded Zediakiah.Jeremiah was released.A remnant of Jews at first wanted to hear what God said but then fled to Egypt for help.Jeremiah warned that the Babylonians would strike Egypt.Gods people could not run from judgement their only hope was to return to the Lord.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO REMAINED FAITHFUL TO GOD AND BELIEVED THE PROPHET? DURING THE JUDGEMENTS ON THE PEOPLE,CAPTIVITY,CALAMITY AND DESOLATION WHAT OF THEIR FATE? Continue reading God preserves those who trust Him.Jeremiah 39:15-18; 45:1-5.
Israel and Judah when facing famine and an invading army turned from trusting God to relying on the help of Egypt and the Assyrians.They turned from the fountain of life to the rivers of Egypt and Assyria.Jer.2.When we face trials,trouble or lack do we depend on God or rely on man? In a spiritual wilderness do we seek out a prophet,a great teacher or our pastor before we seek God the Fountain of life?In a financial famine do we put our hope in a good employer or generous bank?What about God as our Provider and the wisdom of His Word in handling our money?When you trust God you will not fear when the heat comes on nor be anxious in the year of drought. Continue reading Who do you trust when facing trials,trouble or lack? Jeremiah 17:9,10