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Throwback Thursday: Holy Spirit Guidance

HOLY SPIRIT GUIDANCE

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star

Which they had seen in the East went before them,

Till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

Matt. 2:9 (NKJV)

We are all familiar with the story of the wise men following the star. It led them to the Christ Child. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The star led them exactly where they needed to go.

During the exodus from Egypt, the Israelites were also guided by God through the wilderness. “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.” (Ex. 13:21).

Today, Christians are not guided by a star or a cloud, but the Holy Spirit who lives in each believer. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;” (John 16:13a). When we dwell in the Scriptures and we spend time with God daily in prayer, we are guided by the Holy Spirit. When we neglect these things, the flesh can sneak in. Imagine a glass half filled with water – the flesh. The air in the glass is the Holy Spirit. When we empty ourselves – the water, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a continual filling and we should pray for it every day. “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is…Be filled with the Spirit,” (Eph. 5:17-18). Give thanks today to the Holy Spirit for comfort, help and guidance.

Dear Holy Spirit,

I want to be totally filled and controlled by You. I need Your guidance like the wise men needed directing over 2,000 years ago. Thank You for living in me. Amen!

DIG DEEPER

Read Matt. 2:1-12.

HIKING THE TRAIL

How can you spend more meaningful time in Bible study? Spend time talking with God as you drive to work, school or home.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Discover One Essential for Handling Trials

Discover One Essential for Handling Trials

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach,

And it will be given to him.

James 1:5 NKJV

 

Are you in the midst of a trial? We do not like them, but the Christian life is filled with struggles. James tells us there is one essential we all need while navigating life’s storms – wisdom.

Sarah and Abraham receive much attention for their plot to have a child using Hagar, Sarah’s maid. Sarah could not conceive, and she thought Hagar was the only solution to their problem. Sarah was using worldly intellect, not divine wisdom. Worldly wisdom is not always wise wisdom.

Before we judge Sarah’s actions, let’s look at our own decisions. We try to figure out the best way to get ourselves out of difficult situations. We pray about it. We ask God to remove it. We even ask God to guide us, but often we come up with our own plans. We tell God how to fix it. We choose the easiest and quickest route out of trouble. Many times those plans are based on our knowledge and desires, not God’s wise purposes.

We struggle with decisions. We want God to give us His answer on a billboard, making it crystal clear. What does James tell us? If we wish to obtain divine wisdom, we must ask God for it. That’s it! Just ask, and He gives it to us.

Notice that God distributes wisdom liberally. He doesn’t drop this divine gift through an eye dropper. No, He pours it out on us by the bucketful.

The hard part for us is being sure we are hearing from God. There is no harm in confirming that it is His message we are receiving. Often, His plans make no sense to us. His ways are not our ways (Is. 55:8-9). Whatever you are going through now, ask God for the necessary wisdom you will need to understand His plans and purposes.

Lord, I seek Your wisdom today. You are my Father, my Creator and my sustainer. You know what is better for me than I do. When I hear from You, help me know without a doubt it is Your plan. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read James 1:2-8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Here are some suggestions I have found helpful while praying during trying times:

 

  • Seek wisdom
  • Don’t forget to praise.
  • Thank God for what He will do.
    • Pray for healing.
  • Pray for the breakthrough.
    • Trust God

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.