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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Closing Thoughts on God’s Will

May 10th, 2018 Viewed 632 times

So, in closing, think on these questions…

  • Do I spend time in the Word so I know where God is going?
  • Do I have some sin in my life that is hindering my ability to know God’s will?
  • Am I currently bearing the weight of sins in the past?
  • Have I confessed them, and begged for mercy in the situation I now see myself faced?
  • How can I best glorify God in a given situation?
  • Do I realize what that sin that have is doing to those that God has placed in my trust?

As a Person and As a Prince

May 9th, 2018 Viewed 478 times

In order to know how to evade his plight, David looked at it the plight in two different ways– as a person and as a prince.

As a person, David clung to the fact that God was merciful, compassionate and just. His unchanging nature condemned David when he was in sin . David could cling to that nature when he was in trouble.David knew that if he put his faith in the Lord, if He trusted in God alone, God would have to get the glory and God would take care of him.

We were created to glorify God. Man, through choosing to take of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, chose to be as gods and exalt themselves. This has been what is out of whack since the beginning– as God the Creator / Owner / Sustainer of all life has sought the glory rightfully His and we have sought our own glory. Too often this is the reason that we miss God’s will– because we’re more concerned about ourselves than we are about God getting glory. So God has to take us to a place where we can do nothing but glorify Him.

When Do You Have the Best Handle on God’s Will?

May 8th, 2018 Viewed 490 times, 1 so far today

Two Different Times for me

After the situation has come and gone. When I’m looking back we can see with better clarity that truly God was working in the event and that He arranged thing correctly.

The other type of time is when there’s no other thing to do but to turn to Him. Many people down through the ages have had to rely totally on God, and many people that were used mightily of Him were brought low first.

Paul Demonstrates these two

Before Paul could be a servant of the Most High God, he had to become blind and be lead around. He was also given a thorn in the flesh which he asked God to remove three times– which God denied. Paul told us the secret– that God’s power is able to work in our infirmities.

Many years before Paul, David had situations where God’s will and the pursuit of it moved from the academic to the practical. In Psalm 25, David was in a plight, and we learn that from verses 15-19.

Submission to God’s Will

May 4th, 2018 Viewed 517 times

The next concept that we must master when seeking God’s will according to the passage is that of being submissive to that will once it is made known.

In Psalm 25:9, David underscores this point.

Why would God want to respond to a call for His leading when He knows you won’t follow it? J. B. Phillips, who is the author of a commentary on Psalms has this illustration:

A young believer comes to a counselor for guidance as to whether she should marry Sammy. The counselor asks: “Is he a Christian?” She says: “Oh yes. He’s a wonderful Christian. He never goes to church or reads his Bible but he’s a wonderful Christian.” The counselor says “If he’s not a born-again believer God says that you should not marry him. The Bible says you are not to be unequally yoked together with an unbeliever.” But that is not what Maggie wants to hear, so she goes off and marries Sammy anyway. Maggie might be saved herself but she certainly was not submissive to the Word of God. Any guidance in her case is not only useless, it is incriminating.

David Teaches Us God’s Leading

May 3rd, 2018 Viewed 690 times

Who was better equipped than David to teach us about God’s leading? (I guess you could answer “Christ”– being very God Himself, but I mean of the human with the capability to sin variety.)

David’s History

David started out on the fields of his father Jesse. From there he was chosen to be king of Israel, but only after all of his brothers were passed over. From there, he conquered Goliath at God’s leading, and then spent years being chased by Saul. He went into battle and expanded the empire, and even after he sinned and was paying the penalty, the Lord was still leading.

It is obvious that no man can be lead of God without a saving relationship with Him. That’s why Jesus came– so that we could have fellowship with the Father.

Apart from this relationship, we wander in darkness. Ephesians 4:17ff talks about how Gentiles (or those without a relationship with God) walk in blindness, in darkness.

Why are they such? Because they only have their internal feelings to guide them. What is right in their own eyes is what is right to them.

Psalm 25 – Seeking God’s Will Like King David

May 1st, 2018 Viewed 655 times

In Psalm 25 we see David asking for guidance. In the modern day more and more people are seeking God’s will. In a way, this is a puzzling phenomenon– not because we should not want God’s will, but because we seem to have more and more people that don’t seem to know what it is.

How many times is this story true of us or someone we know:

Walter Knight told of an old Scottish woman who went from home to home across the countryside selling thread, buttons, and shoestrings. When she came to an unmarked crossroad, she would toss a stick into the air and go in the direction the stick pointed when it landed.

One day, however, she was seen tossing the stick up several times. “Why do you toss the stick more than once?” someone asked. “Because,” replied the woman, “it keeps pointing to the left, and I want to take the road on the right.” She then dutifully kept throwing the stick into the air until it pointed the way she wanted to go!” (Today in the Word, May, 1989.)

We want a clear sign, and usually we want it in our way. David too was looking for God’s will, and I think we can learn a lot from Psalm 25 about how to go about looking for God’s Will.

Journey with me this week as we look at how we should seek the will of the Lord, like King David.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.