Matthew 6:34 “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
The future is filled with uncertainties. Many people fear the future and live with anxiety over the unanswered questions of what tomorrow may hold. Truth is, your future will be a reflection of what you are sowing into your life today. Today is the day God has made for you and I encourage you to live it to the full and be mindful of the moment that God has you in rather than anxiously waiting for tomorrow. The key to making the most of your tomorrow’s is maximising the opportunities that are infront of you today. Many of us suffer from destination disease. We’re so desperate to get to a place called there, that we miss the place called here. I understand for some of us, life may be so painful today that we’re just holding on for tomorrow, hoping it will take away the pain we feel. But God is not only in your tomorrow, He’s in the pain of your today. He wants to bring you closer to himself and he wants to speak words of life into your spirit that will give you strength for whatever it is you are facing today. Don’t believe the lie of anxiety about your future. The same God who’s with you in your today will sustain you in your tomorrow. Time is the most precious resource we have. Focus your attention upon Jesus and make the most of today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Explosive Insights!
“You will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.” (Isa 30:21)
Contrary to popular opinion, God’s Spirit is communicating far more to us than we care to acknowledge. He’s at work far more than we care to notice. God doesn’t leave himself without a witness. He uses any and many means to inform the paths we should take but we have to pay attention to the signposts he positions for us along the path of our life’s journey. God’s always speaking, it’s whether we are listening. God’s always revealing, it’s whether we are seeing. Just as a freeway has signposts directing you from where you are to where you want to be, God gives us signposts to help guide you from where you are to where you want to be. His signposts range from people we bump into, to the circumstances we face, to the opportunities before us, to the words we receive, to the impressions in our hearts and everything in between. What are the signposts God maybe using to lead you right now in your life? Pay attention and you’ll get to your destination!
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord orders his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
God is a lifesaver! We live in a day and age where we are encouraged to follow our heart, as if, each of us intuitively know what we should do by consulting our own hearts. This is not helpful advice because Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, who can understand it?” The answer is no one but God can actually help us understand our own hearts. We are complex and simple at the same time. For this reason, I take courage from the fact that even though, my misunderstood heart, may plan my way, the creator of the universe orders my steps. There have been several times when my heart wanted to head in a certain direction but God has patiently aligned my steps with his purpose and plan for my life. Truth is, I’ve bucked against his alignment at times but in hindsight, I’ve always been grateful for where God has positioned my feet.
Each of us make a hundred decisions everyday. The bigger the decision, the more attention we need to give to it. Unfortunately, some Christians approach decision-making as flippant as opening their bible and letting their finger land on a verse and taking that as the word of the Lord for their lives. Not helpful. We need to take our decisions seriously because they define our lives. Where you are today is a result of your decisions.
In the natural we have navigational systems called a ‘GPS’. These help us to navigate our way to our desired destination. If we miss a turn off or veer off the selected route, the GPS helps us by re-routing and getting us back on track. In the spiritual realm we also have a GPS, it’s called relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Intimacy with the Holy Spirit isn’t an event, it’s a lifestyle. We must pay the price to hear God’s voice and have the courage to do what God asks us to do. It’s not what you do in life but what you do out of what God asks you to do. We must learn to be led by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14 says, “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
Making Godly decisions begins with following the principle of multiple witnesses. Deuteronomy 19:15 talks about only on the evidence of two or three witnesses should a charge be established by someone. In the context of relationship with God, He has given us witnesses to help us make godly decisions. These are:
- Witness of Clarity = Define the decision to be made
- Witness of Exposure = Have you got the right information to make the decision?
- Witness of Spirit = What is God revealing to you?
- Witness of God’s Word = What has God illuminated to you in his word?
- Witness of Prophecy = What are the prophetic sign posts God is sending your way?
- Witness of Godly Counsel = What your mentors saying to you?
- Witness of Calling = Does making the decision align with your calling?
- Witness of Circumstances = What’s currently happening in your life?
- Witness of Peace = Are you being honest with how you really feel?
- Witness of Provision = Is God supplying your need in this decision?
Not all 10 witnesses need to agree at the same time but at least one of these needs to be in the mix. When it all comes down to it, pull the trigger. Procrastination will paralyse you. You don’t have to live life blindfolded. You can walk confidently into your decision, knowing that God has gone before you.
When one starts walking with God, we quickly learn two things about him.
First, he is utterly consistent in his love and nature toward us. Second, He is completely unpredictable. This paradox, two seemingly conflicting ideas contained in the same truth, is at the core of who God is. God loves to do things unpredictably. Gods unpredictability means we have no security in what God is doing. We can only be secure in who he is. Our mission as Christians is learn how to live in Christ and let that be the bedrock for our life. God will ask each of us, at some point or another, to do things that are outrageous, impossible and unpredictable. Unless we live in the consistent nature of God, we will never step out in faith.
One of the parts of Gods nature we must come to understand is that God is usually silent. This silence doesn’t mean disapproval. In fact, when God is quiet, it is generally an indication that he is happy with us. He doesn’t need to constantly reassure His mature sons and daughters when they are doing well. He just lets us be until we look like we are heading off track. It is incorrect to think that God is continuously revealing his will to us. However, he does carry the responsibility of putting us back on the rails when we slip off. We can trust him to steer us back if we are headed in the wrong direction.
The key element in determining the will of God is always confidence. The Father does what is always right, and he is amazing in his consistency and faithfulness. He always finishes what he starts and we can absolutely trust that he will complete his purpose in us. Holding onto our confidence is a major part of being mentored by the God of paradox. Mentors provide assurance and our personal security is built upon our own understanding of who God is for us. Assurance in God allows us to become like him. As we abide in him, our confidence grows in us to fulfill what God has called us to do.
Colossians 3:15 says “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”
One of the boundaries God has given to us in our lives is PEACE! Peace is our umpire in the game of life. Peace lets us know when we are in danger of falling off the edge and when we have hit a home run.
Using peace as an umpire in our life makes perfect sense when we consider that the foundation of our relationship with God is peace and rest. Christians should be the most peaceful people on planet earth because we are ultimately connected to the Prince of peace. Peace, therefore, should be a byproduct of our lives. Peace empowers our sensitivity, it enables us to wait patiently and listen.
We can mature to a place in God where it is impossible to worry. When we rest in Him completely, we frustrate the enemy. The kingdom of darkness cannot find us when we are in our secret place of rest in God. We need to learn how to allow peace to be our umpire. A referee only stops a game when things get out of hand or when a rule is broken. Great referees let the rest of the game proceed naturally. When we discover that living in peace is God’s absolute design for our life, we can trust him to shake us up when we move out of his will. As long as we are fulfilling the conditions of a right relationship with God, we are at peace. If we begin to move away from God’s purposes, He will blow the whistle on us by lifting our peace.
God wants us to choose what we do with our lives. If he doesn’t like our choice, he will make that clear. God is in the business of producing mature sons and daughters who can think with the mind of Christ, not a bunch of spiritual babies who need a word just to brush their teeth in the morning. In your choosing, pursue peace because the path of peace is to become spiritually minded (Rom 8:6) and mature in God.
God takes great pleasure in planning our lives (Jer 29:11). The revealing of those plans can be relational through guidance or ministered through prophetic direction. Guidance comes from the Lord through our ongoing relationship with him. The goal of the Spirit is to teach everyone how to hear the voice of God for themselves. In the joyful practice of the simple disciplines of prayer, worship, being still and meditation, we learn sensitivity to the Spirit.
If we do not stay in fellowship with God, life can get ahead of our intimacy, and we come under pressure through events, circumstances, and people. We all need Jesus much more than we need external prophetic direction. Failure to upgrade our relationship with God is ultimately what makes us tired, weary, and open to oppression. When life increases, our fellowship must increase also.
It’s important to have a firm conviction that our steps are ordered by the Lord (Psa 37:23) however direction for the next step in our lives will often come through a 3rd party. The Holy Spirit will take sovereign action, in response to our prayers, to give us the external direction we need in our lives to compliment the internal process of guidance that God is working into our hearts.
There will be occasions when we miss something of God’s plan and purpose for our lives. In these moments we must trust that God is more than able to reveal to us our error and get us back on the right path again. To ensure this, we need to keep an open heart and a short account with God. As we enjoy fellowship with God, our hearts become sensitive to his leading and if repentance is needed, we must confess our error and align our thoughts and actions with the new pathway God is revealing to us. Remember, along your spiritual journey, there are only learning opportunities. We only fail, if we ignore the signs God is giving to us and selfishly choose our own pathways in life.