Summary: A look at how our relationship shapes our direction.
A study by F. Martin
To all my brethren, who share in this study and look to stand in the presence of Christ, through the word of God. We hope to share a moment in His presence which equals 100 years in the world. We hope to stand in agreement while opening our hearts to the Holy Spirit, who will lead and guide us to the place God has for each of us. The diversity and the seamless divinity of the Holy word of God, provides all spiritual needs to all who yearn in spirit and truth. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to edify one another. A chance to come closer to filling our spirit with more of you and less of us.
I have come to a point in my life where I have chosen, to place Christ first and foremost in my life. It has been an arduous journey filled with diversion and pitfalls. From the starting point I have known the desire of God for His family/children. He has made this known to me through His word which stands the test of time.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 says,
Let us hear the conclusion of the matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
This takes us to Matthew 22:37,
Jesus said unto him,” Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
I thank my Lord for providing me an outlet to find and explore within, while coming closer to Him. He has taught me that a closer relationship with Him is the number one desire. It most certainly is not the normal number one desire, but it is God’s will. So it stands to reason, if you are close enough to the Lord, His teachings and directions will be revealed to you. It will be revealed to you so much sooner than being in the world and listening to the direction the world has for children of the living God.
The prophet Isaiah spoke well on this very subject, in Isa 58:11 he says,
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
When Jesus prepared His disciples for his ascension and eased their hearts by speaking of the spirit that would guide them. In John 16:13 He says,
Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.
The truth of the matter is that there is no actual place you can go to find your own personal direction. Having a close relationship with your Father in heaven, and allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to you while in this world. In all this giving thanks and honor to Christ who will strengthen you in each and every endeavor.
Proverbs 3:6 says,
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
He will find and comfort you in any situation or place, but your faith is the catalyst. In each instance that you read about a miracle being performed, there was a measure of faith that began the process. Not that God needed that measure, but since free will was given it must be exercised. Moses had to stretch out his staff; Noah had to actually build the ark. The disciples had to pass out the loaves and fishes even though they saw none in the baskets. It is when we ask for things without a measure of faith that results are not as expedient as desired.
1Sam 2:9 says,
for by strength shall no man prevail.
Which makes Matthew 17:20 so valuable, Jesus says,
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.
Faith is the seed planted in the earth that is the word of God. The rays of God’s son Jesus create the growth of that faith, and Paul stated Jesus was the author and finisher of our faith. God awaits our growth and Jesus calls Him the Husbandman, for he prunes and perfects our faith. All so that we may bear more and greater fruit to His glory. His guidance lies directly in our faith and is perfected in our weakness. Isa 32:17 says,
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
It is best seen in my own children. When instructions and directions are clear and steady, they can relax and be comforted by the steadiness of our home. There are no surprises except joyous ones. The surprises are usually good ones and they are given because of their reluctance to depart from the guidance provided. It is the same behavior taught by our heavenly Father. He provides us endless examples as to the way to guide our children, and it is reflective on our own guidance.