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God’s GPS

Searching for Network

Recently, I was driving to the office and because I had a meeting, I needed to be there at a certain time and didn’t want to get caught in the rush hour traffic hang-ups so I was using the GPS app on my phone. WAZE is a great interactive app that allows drivers to put in where there are traffic problems and the app will route you around them. Not to mention that I oversee 21 different counties in the northeast region of Florida, so I use this app frequently. However, on this day the app kept saying, “searching for network” across the top of the screen. Thankfully, I have a personal cell phone and a work cell phone by two different cell service providers and my personal phone had no problems finding the network. I also have a GPS for navigating life – God’s GPS.

Have you ever been trying to figure out the path you need to take in your life and you feel like your life app is out there “searching for network?” Do I need to take that new job? Do I need to purchase a piece of property? Should I move to that state? Do I need to go back to college? Do I need to participate in that investment? Should I hire that employee? Do I need to join this church? Do I need to be involved in that community service project? Is God calling me to get involved in foster care or adoption? When questions like these arise, we have God’s GPS to help us navigate to God’s purpose and plan in our lives.

God is our GPS (God’s Path Search)

Thankfully, we don’t have to depend on an app to know the path we need to take in life. God is our GPS (God’s Path Search). Psalm 16:11 says, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” But how do we access God’s GPS?

We don’t have to depend on an app to know the path we need to take in life. God is our GPS (God’s Path Search). Psalm 16:11 says, “You will show me the path of life.”

Accessing our spiritual GPS

We access God’s GPS by taking such questions to God. As we pray, search His word, listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as He whispers across our heart, ask some mature trusted friend/family to pray about it with us and then look for how God prompts us in our everyday life, God will put us on the path that we are to take. Sometimes as we ponder these life directions, God speaks to us through a song on a radio or in something the pastor says in his sermon, in a podcast, or even a statement from a coworker, family member or friend that speaks exactly to what we’re praying about.  When we take these questions to God, He will show us the path of life. It’s a promise in His Word, so we can have confidence that He will show us.

Accessing Fullness of Joy

With as much driving as I do, when I get off the path, there isn’t much joy in my car. In fact, it frustrating, sometimes stressful, I might end up late, and sometimes I unexpectedly have to pay a toll. The same is true in life. When we are not on the path God wants us on, there isn’t much joy and life is more frustrating and stressful. Fullness of Joy comes when we are in the will of God and on the path that He has for us. Accessing God’s GPS for our life requires prayer, reading His Word, listening to the Holy Spirit, and the wisdom of Godly people He has placed in our lives.

Fullness of Joy vs. Happy Ever After

But even when we follow God’s GPS, it doesn’t mean that everything is Disney style and “Happy ever after.” Sometimes God puts us on paths that are difficult, uphill climbing with lots of loose tumbling rocks trying to make us slide down a slippery slope. God uses such paths to help us grow in our faith, learn to trust Him more, and bring us ever closer to Him.

However, no matter how much turbulence there is, if we are in His presence, we can find fullness of joy. Joy in knowing we’re doing what He wants us to do. Joy in knowing that as we’re taking that path, we’re bringing His presence with us. It doesn’t matter if friends or family believe in the path He’s leading you on or if they think you’re crazy and wonder how on earth He would choose you of all people for this path. The cost of the path doesn’t matter. The scariness doesn’t matter. Once you step out in faith and plant both feet firmly on the path, you’ll find His presence there waiting to walk the path with you and there is no better joy than knowing your walking life’s path with God…but not just joy…there is fullness of joy.

Faithfully and Obediently following God’s GPS

When I’m in areas I know well, I don’t always follow what my GPS tells me to do. One day, someone will create a voice that sounds annoyed and frustrated when you don’t do what the GPS tells you. When I choose to take a different route (or when I just miss a turn by accident) my GPS politely reroutes me. It will still get me where I’m trying to go, but it might take me a little longer to get there.

When I don’t follow God’s GPS and think I know a better way to go, I might eventually end up where God wants me to be, but it will take me longer to get there and there isn’t much joy in being on a path that isn’t ours to be on. The more I fight, struggle and insist on my way, the further off course I can become, the more frustrated I feel, and I may even feel like I failed and just give up.

However, when we obediently walk with God, we proclaim to the world that we love Him more than the opinions of other, more than choosing the difficult way, more than taking the easy way. We show the world that we love Him most through our act of obedience. As we do, we bring glory to Him. Enoch knew this. The Bible says, “He walked with God and was not: for God took him.”(Genesis 5:24). Enoch never died. He walked faithfully in obedience to God and was so close to Him, that God just one day took him to heaven. In Hebrews 11:5, Paul wrote that Enoch was “commended as having pleased God.”

Safety in the Right Path

Years ago (I’m not confessing how many!) before I even owned a cell phone, when I was in college in West Palm Beach, we were driving around looking at the beautiful mansion homes. But then we took a turn and we were not in the “mansion” area any more. All of a sudden we were in a rather rough, unfriendly part of town. I was sitting at a red light and the group of men started walking toward my car. It was the only red light I have ever purposefully ran but I wasn’t hanging around to see what they wanted.

No matter how difficult our life path becomes, when we know we are walking in obedience, we know we are on the safest path possible. In Psalm 23, the Bible says, “Yea though I will through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” In Proverbs 3:23, we read, “Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.” There is joy in knowing, He will keep our path safe and secure.

Joy in the presence of God

When I use my GPS as I drive around, there is comfort in knowing I can rely on it and I don’t have to worry about getting lost. No matter where I go, I have my GPS and KLove radio. Both are like taking old friends along for the ride. KLove and I sing from one destination to the next while “Tom” (that’s what I call the voice in my GPS app) leads and guides me along the expressways and roads on which I travel. Tom shares with me the secrets of the road such as where to turn, the traffic hazzard another driver reported, and even where the police are sitting waiting for the speeders. I have to admit I’m guilty of talking back to Tom at times – sometimes its a grateful thank you and other times its a frustrated or even unhappy comment.

Friends who walk together find joy in sharing secrets and talking about their day to day lives and their plans for the future. Noah walked with God and God told him he was going to destroy the world. The people mocked him and made fun of him, but Noah’s family was the only ones saved. Abraham walked with God and learned God would make a great nation from Abraham’s decedents. Knowing and believing God’s promise allowed him to offer his only son whom God had said would be the son to make this great nation as a sacrifice when God tested him. As we spend time with God, walking in obedience with Him, He reveals himself to us and His plans. There is joy when we feel the presence of God.

Following God’s GPS takes faith

God shows us the path of life and often it takes faith to follow He has for us. As we obediently step out in faith and walk with Him on that path, we find joy in his presence. The last part of Psalm 16:11 says, “At your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” I can think of no greater joy or pleasure than standing before God at the end of this life to hear Him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” To know that regardless of the difficulties God found that I followed Him in faithful obedience for the path of life He chose for me then to spend all of eternity worshiping Him.

What about you? What difficult path is God asking of you? Go ahead and plant both feet firmly on that path. He’s holding out His hand to you, asking you to join him. Will you obey and find the path of unshakeable fullness of joy?

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Prayers for Revival: Search Me, O God

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Why ask God to “Search Me?”

King Saul accused David of treason and he accused David of not being faithful to God. David, like the rest of us, knew that from time to time his motives were not always right, so in Psalm 139:23, he asks God, ” Search me, and know my heart.” He wanted God to examine his intent – to be sure that there was nothing offensive within him.

God is omniscient – He knows everything, including our thoughts, motivations, and all the things about us that we think we keep a secret. So why pray for God to search our heart? It isn’t for God to discover the offensive things within us. He already knows them. The answer is found in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” The reason I ask God to “search me” is to reveal to me the offensive things that my deceitful heart is keeping me from having a right relationship with God.

A deceitful heart

We can easily fool ourselves into thinking, “I’m not that bad.” We make up excuses for why it is okay for us to do something we shouldn’t. Or we compare ourselves to others who sin more than we do. And we rationalize why it is okay “this time.” At the end of the day, we fall for the lies that our deceitful heart tell us because we think those lies will bring us happiness.

Eve thought eating the forbidden fruit would make her happy. Cain thought killing Abel would make him happy. Joseph’s brother’s thought selling him into slavery would make them happy. Samson thought marrying a Philistine woman would make him happy. David thought sleeping with another man’s wife would make him happy. Solomon had 999 wives and thought each one would make him happy and when they didn’t, he thought #1,000 would be “the one.” The rich young ruler thought his wealth would make him happy. And Judas thought 30 pieces of silver would make him happy. But what all these people had in common was the same lie from their deceitful hearts.

The heart still deceives

Today is no different. The heart has been deceiving us from the Garden of Eden and it still deceives us today. We see it when a woman becomes frustrated after 25 years of marriage because he husband ignores her – so she reconnects with a high school boyfriend, begins an affair, and then divorces her husband.

It is in the college student that grew up in church and was taught how to live for Christ but then leaves those teachings behind to live like the rest of the world.

We see it in dating couples who choose to ignore God’s commands regarding sex before marriage and move in together before the wedding.

It is in the employee who takes company property or is dishonest in the time they claim they worked.

It is in the senior adult who says it is ok to just sit back in the pew because they are “too old” to serve God anymore.

There are countless other ways we can see how the heart deceives us everyday.

Search Me, O God

If we want to see a revival, we need to fall on our knees and with a sincere desire to know the areas where we have been deceived by our wicked hearts, ask God to search our hearts to see if there is any wicked ways within us. But be forewarned! Praying this prayer will bring conviction. God will expect you to make the needed course corrections. It will require you to see yourself in the way God sees you.

You are not likely to like what God reveals to you. But when He does, you will then need the humility to admit your sins and to seek God’s forgiveness and mercy. Then you will need the courage to apply the necessary changes in your life. As the Holy Spirit works within you to transform you into the image of Christ, revival will begin in your heart.

Are you willing to spend time alone with God and ask Him to search your heart and show you the offensive ways that your deceitful heart has been hiding from you?

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Make Allowance for Each Other’s Faults (Ephesians 4:2)

How to handle the faults of others

How do you react towards the faults of others? What about when they hurt you physically or emotionally? What if their fault came at a cost to you? In Ephesians 4:2, we find three fruits of the Spirit to tell us how we should handle the faults of others. This verse tells us that we should be humble, gentle, and patient with the faults of others.

Humility, Gentleness, and patience is the response to faults

Living with humility, gentleness, and patience is hard… but why? Here are three reasons this is difficult:

  1. Because we always tend to look out for ourselves. Our human nature tends to lean toward self-protection and our natural reaction to being wronged or hurt is to put our defenses and demand retribution.
  2. We point our finger at other people’s faults so that our faults don’t look that bad. If we can show the other person in a worse light than ourselves, then everyone’s attention will be on the bigger fault of the other person and we can keep ours tucked away, unseen or at least forgotten.
  3. We place the blame on their faults so that we don’t have to feel guilty for our own. None of us like the feeling of knowing we are guilty. So when tensions arise in relationships, we look for where we can blame others to either justify our own actions or so that we can say, “I might have been wrong, but not as wrong as she was!”

We are all guilty of faults

The only problem with all three of these excuses is that God sees and knows everything. He doesn’t look at our sin and compare it with the person next to us. To Him, sin is sin. It doesn’t come in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. We are all guilty because the Bible says that “All have sinned.” 

So if God expects us to utilize these three Fruits of the Spirit as we encounter the faults of others, we need to understand what these three fruits mean and what they look like when we utilize them.

Responding to faults with humility

To  have humility is to be free from pride and arrogance. A humble person doesn’t need to pretend to be something they are not. It’s not about your ego. Rather than being self-centered, you are other-centered.  It is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking about yourself less. The less we think about ourselves, the more we can think about the needs of others or what they might be going through. The less we think about ourselves, the more time we have to pray for others.

When we live with humility we do not need to have all the focus on us. We are “other-driven”.  Consider how much time you think about yourself, pray for yourself, groom yourself, and complain to others about how your needs are not met or how someone has done you wrong. Now how much time do you spend worried about your spouse’s needs or your friend’s needs or your co-workers or boss’ needs. How much time to you spend concerned about your parents’ or children’s needs? How much time to spend praying for other people in your life? And how much time do you spend complaining about your pastor rather than praying for him? It’s time we

Responding to faults with Gentleness

Gentleness is the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered. It does not mean being weak. Rather it is a polite and restrained behavior toward others. It is setting aside pride, arguing, resentment and anger and being willing to forgive the faults and offenses of others.  We need to remember our own offenses against God and that through his love, grace, and gentleness towards us, He forgives us – therefore, how can our response be anything less in regards to the faults and offenses of others?

Responding to faults with Patience

Patience is having the ability to endure – whether that is a tedious task, a trial, or an annoyance – without getting riled up. If a person is patient, he is able to remain calm, even when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic or you’ve been waiting in the drive=thru line or the check out line at the store much longer than you wanted.

The patient person can face afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation, temptations, or other evils and remain calm. Their temper does not flare, you won’t hear them murmuring or complaining, and you’ll not see them acting fretful or anxious. Instead, the patient person will persevere through every situation, learn and grow from it, and bear the faults of others without malice, anger, resentment, or revenge. Consider for a moment the areas of life where you struggle with patience – is it in driving, at the office, with your spouse or children, attempting a difficult task?

People are not perfect – neither are you

Think for a moment the last time your ran up against the fault of another person. What was your reaction to their fault? In Matthew 26:34, Jesus tells Peter that on that very night before the rooster crows, Peter will deny that he knows Jesus. Because of His sovereignty, Jesus knew that Peter would do this even when He called him to be His disciple.  So from this we can learn that we should enter into relationships with the expectation that people are not perfect. They will mess up, make mistakes, let us down, disappoint, and even hurt us.

If we are honest with ourselves, then each one of us can also think about a time where we messed up, made a mistake, let someone down, disappointed someone, or hurt another person. For this reason, we should be willing to make allowance for the faults of others, especially when Jesus has forgiven us. Colossians 3:12-13 says, “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.”

Focus on your own faults

If we concentrate on our own faults, we probably won’t have time and energy to be worrying about everyone else’s faults. As we admit and own up to our faults, we can then live patiently with others. Whether it’s with your spouse, co-workers, friends, family, or other drivers in rush hour traffic, how can you live humbly, with gentleness and patience today? Spend some time asking God to show you the areas that you are not humble, gentle and patient with others.

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Hopeless Sinner or Saved by Grace? (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Grace and Mercy over Justice

Richard J. Needham said, “Many of those who cry so loudly for justice would soon beg for mercy if justice were done to them.” When it comes to standing before God, I don’t know about you, but it’s mercy that I want – not justice. The Bible is clear that every one of us are sinners (Romans 3:23) and that the justice we deserve for our sins is death (Romans 6:23). If God were only a God of justice – none of us would have any hope. It is only by His grace and mercy that the invitation of salvation was given to us and Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us that we sinners are made acceptable by God’s grace and because of His love for us.

Our hopeless situation

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As sinners, we each find ourselves in a hopeless situation. One where we are spiritually dead and enslaved in our sin as we walk among the disobedient and under Satan’s dominion. As such, we are objects of God’ wrath and justice demands payment and the payment is a debt we are not able pay. It is impossible for us to do enough good works to change our hopeless situation. There is no amount of money large enough to donate to the church to buy you way into eternal life. There is absolutely nothing we sinful humans can do on our own to change the justice we deserve. On our own, our situation is hopeless.

But God is a God who turns hopelessness into abundant life. Here’s how…

God is Rich in Mercy and Grace

Mercy is simply God’s compassion for our hopeless and helpless situation and spares us from the justice we deserve. Instead, He shows pity, compassion, and kindness in that He made it possible for us to trade in our hopelessness for His abundant life. However, we must understand that God does not owe us mercy. In fact, mercy cannot be owed because it is given to someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Another aspect of God’s mercy, is that He is rich in mercy – or in other words, He is very patient with us. If God handed out justice immediately upon our first sin, none of us would every get passed our toddler years. Instead the holy and righteous God chooses to hold off pronouncing judgement to a later time to give us the chance to experience His mercy, repent of our sins, and accept Christ as our Savior. William Farley wrote in Outrageous Mercy: Rediscovering the Radical Nature of the Cross, “The cross displays God’s mercy and grace, and justice, and does so with startling clarity.” Because God’s wrath and mercy met at the cross of Christ who paid our sin debt for us, we can become a new creation and a child of God.

Mercy triumphs over justice, but if we choose to refuse God’s mercy, our hopelessness remains and instead of abundant life, we face eternal damnation. Rejecting God’s mercy is choosing justice and judgement instead. But if we reject what He freely offers, then we can expect to receive the justice and wages of our sin – eternal separation from God and an eternity in hell.

God’s Love is Great

To see the greatness of God’s love, we only need to look at the cross. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave is only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus, the sinless son of God, took our place. It should have been us on the cross – but Jesus bore all of our sins on himself and willingly went to the cross so that we could receive God’s forgiveness and accept His mercy. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made the One [Jesus] who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” As Jesus shed His blood for us, His blood covers all of our sins and God sees us as righteous.

God’s Love is Great, Even while we are still hopelessly lost sinners

Romans 5:8 says, “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinner, Christ died for us.” We often hear stories but soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the platoon or a parent or spouse who steps in front of a bullet. But how often do you hear a story where someone sacrifices their life for their enemy? This is exactly what Jesus did for us. As a lost sinner, we are God’s enemy, but even then Christ loved us enough to die in our place.

Because of God’s rich mercy and great love, He extends grace rather than justice

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If mercy is God not giving us the punishment and justice we deserve, then grace is God giving us blessings we do not deserve. Instead of justice, God extends his favor towards us when we choose to accept his free gift of salvation by faith in Christ. It is only by His grace that we receive the blessing of salvation and eternal life. It is impossible to earn it.

If I should give you a gift, but you want to pay me for it, it ceases to be a gift. If you work for the gift’s value, it ceases to be a gift. And if you refuse and reject it, then it is no longer a gift. It is only a gift when you reach out and accept it. Christ already paid the price for the gift of salvation – with His life – so that once we accept the gift of salvation our sin debt is marked “paid in full” with the very blood that Jesus shed on the cross in our place. The grace God offers, is the unmerited gift of eternal life.

Justice = Dead in Sin or Grace = Alive in Christ

When we accept God’s generous and loving offer of mercy and grace, He makes us alive together with Christ and gives us abundant and eternal life. Instead of being spiritually dead in our sin, God’s grace and mercy makes us a new creation that is now spiritually alive and when we pass on into eternity, there is a place waiting for us in heaven where we will dwell with Christ.

The work of salvation cannot be accomplished by our works. We can’t earn it and we can’t buy it. The entire process of salvation is an act of God’s goodness and only by His unmerited favor and only for His glory. When we truly see ourselves as the sinners we are and the grace and love that God has for us despite our sinfulness, we must then choose to accept or reject His gift of salvation. Accepting it by faith leads to eternal life in heaven with Christ. Rejecting it leads to the justice we deserve – eternal separation from God in hell. What will you choose?

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God’s Design for Glorious Living. (Ephesians 1:11-12)

Inheritance of the Children of God

Have you ever thought about the idea that you were created for glorious living? Ephesians 1:3-14 gives praise to God for the blessing He has provided. Throughout these verses, Paul ties together the ideas of predestination, God’s glory, salvation, and the inheritance we have as children of God. Our inheritance is two-fold. First is becoming a child of God, which gives us a right to expect an inheritance. Second is spending eternity in heaven and dwelling in the presence of God.

Because we are His children, we are blessed because God chose to save us but that salvation came at a great cost to Jesus. Because Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross and because we are Children of God, we can have confidence that God will bring us to heaven to spend eternity with Him just as he promised. However, we were not meant to have just a glorious, eternal life. God’s design was for us to have a glorious life here on earth too.

God Planned a Glorious Life

Have you ever thought about the idea that God planned a glorious life for us? He planned every detail about us: the family we’d belong to, our DNA, our personality. You are not here by chance. You do not live in this moment of time by chance. God places everyone of us exactly where and when He wants us to be. He gifted each of to fulfill His plans that would bring Him honor and glory.

In fact, the human race was God’s most glorious moment of creation. It was the only thing created in which God says, “it was very good.” God created Adam and Even and placed them in the Garden of Eden – the perfect couple in a perfect garden. God even came by every evening to visit with them. But then they sinned and were banished from the garden. God intended for us to have a glorious life – but we messed that up. Yet, still we can experience an abundant, joyful, glorious life in Christ.

So much of happiness in life seems to be dependent other people, more money, the next promotion, the perfect kids, etc. But all of these will eventually let you down. Only salvation, by faith, through grace will give the fruits of the Holy Spirit that include love, joy, and peace. When we make Christ our Savior, we can live a glorious life knowing that the author and finisher of our faith will be faithful to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can think or ask when we keep our hearts and minds aligned within His will.

Predestined

Just as God planned out every detail about who you are, he planned out every detail about your salvation. You did not become a Christian by chance or coercion or unaided choice, but by the enabling of God’s Spirit. The word “predestined” (found in verse 11) means “determining beforehand,” “deciding ahead of time.” So, God determines certain things to occur ahead of time.

Romans 8:29-30 tells us that God predetermined that certain individuals would be conformed to the likeness of His Son, be called, justified, and glorified. At the same time, the Bible says in John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-10 that we all have a choice. So then, somehow, in the mystery of God, predestination works hand-in-hand with a person being drawn by God to salvation. As such, He has a very specific plan just for you. Long before you ever heard about Christ, in fact before the earth was formed, God planned this moment in your life. It is no accident that you are reading this verse on this website right this very moment. And long before you knew about Him, he had his eye on you with a purpose that He is right this very moment working out in you.

Purpose and Meaning of Life

It is only in a relationship with Christ that we can truly find out who we are and why we exist. Life only has purpose and meaning when we develop passionate relationships with Christ and live our lives aligned to His will in every way. Then we bring Him honor and glory. Then we are able to discover the glorious and abundant life that is God’s absolute best for each one of us.

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