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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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Feasting on God’s Word

 

 

FEASTING ON GOD’S WORD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory

both now and forever. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 NKJV

How is your spiritual appetite? Are you feasting upon the Word of God, or are you hungry from a famine? In the same way our physical bodies require food, our spiritual side needs to be fed to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

First, we develop spiritually through preaching. As we listen, the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, convicting us. Sadly, many churches are replacing preaching with other activities on a regular basis. Are you being fed at your church, or are you leaving starved?

Our bodies would lack the energy we need if we only ate two or three times a week. We would not be able to work daily or participate in our favorite activities. Eventually, we would become sick. The same is true for us spiritually. That is why we need to read our Bibles daily. If we depend solely on what we receive at church on Sunday, we will suffer from spiritual anorexia.

While reading, select one verse to meditate on throughout your day. Memorize it. Snack on it. Write it down. Reflecting upon Scripture in this manner will enhance our spiritual growth more than trying to read through the Bible in one year. If you are diligent in reading through God’s Word annually, choose a verse from each day’s section.

Another way we increase spiritually is through our trials. Let’s call them growing pains. I learned to let go of worry when my wayward daughter left home. Not knowing where she was, I had to trust God with taking care of her. Otherwise, worry would have driven me insane. Perhaps you remember a similar time in your life where a trial resulted in a growth spurt.

The riches of God’s grace are revealed during the roughest times of our life. Trials put our knowledge to the test. If we have been starving spiritually, we won’t have much to sustain us through the times of trouble.

Begin today by examining your spiritual diet. Make plans to grow in a manner that glorifies God.

Heavenly Father,

Set us on a path that will keep us growing. Guard the precious time that we spend with You. Thank You for Your holy Word. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 2 Peter 3:15-18.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Select a quiet time and place to read the Bible and pray. Then stick to it. Ask God to lead you in which method of Bible study works best for you.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.