(Romans 8:27)…If someone looked at what was really in our hearts, they would find the truth of the matter. Our hearts don’t lie and this is why the Holy Spirit looks there before bringing our prayers to God the Father. One problem that we have is that our sin nature has a place in our hearts. There is going to be some part of our heart that has sinful motives. The Holy Spirit will see that and work in us to change our hearts, so that way our prayers will be inline with God’s will.
We know that God answers prayer, He promises so, but what we sometimes forget is that His answer might not be what we expected. He may simply answer with no. Using God’s Word as a guideline for our prayers is one sure way to get our hearts on the right track. The Scripture is packed full of answers for our lives, even answers to prayer. God gave us His Word to answer our prayers and give us guidance. It can be hard, at times, to find the answers we are looking for, especially if we are looking for an answer to a cultural issue. While an exact situation may not be laid out in His Word there are still answers to be found there.
I think you are fooling yourself if you think that you only need to pray for guidance in your life, you also need to look for it in the Scriptures. If our hearts line up with God’s Truth then we know we are following Him.
(Galatians 1:6-16)…When Paul wrote the letter to the church in Galatia he was confronting them about their current situation. They were lending an ear, and even beginning to follow, other gospels that were being preached. He scolded them and told them straight out that these other gospels were not even gospels at all. He was making it clear that there is only one true Gospel. He goes on to say that whether even an angel or anyone preaches a gospel that is different than the one that was already given that it is false and that the ones that preached it should be eternally condemned. He repeats this so you know he was being pretty strong about this.
Paul explains that the Gospel did not come from man, or even him, but it was given divinely by God. He said that when God revealed the Gospel to him he didn’t first consult anyone, but went straight to sharing the Gospel given to him by God.
So what does this mean in light of our current times? I think we can all see a lot of man-made, or distorted, gospels flying around. The same problem that the church in Galatia had is prevalent even in many of today’s churches. There are preachers and religious groups that bend God’s Word to server their own desires. The Scriptures clearly state that they should not be added to or taken away from. We need to always be going straight to God’s Word whenever something religious is being preached. Preachers that don’t use God’s Word for the basis of their preaching need to be scrutinized against what the Word says.
I want to make certain that I never let my interpretation, or someone else’s interpretation, take the place of the truth given in God’s Word. Even in light of leading tomorrow’s Bible study, there can’t be human thought that takes the place of what the Bible clearly gives us. The Bible’s truth is solid and does not bend to our whims.
(2 Chronicles 34:1-13) Josiah didn’t have the Scriptures to follow as a guide for his life, however it would seem that God was working in his heart anyways. We have this and more today. God can still work in our lives through the Holy Spirit, but we are blessed even more with the availability of the Scripture.
As Christians today we are blessed to have the Holy Spirit and God’s Word available to change us each day. The Holy Spirit can work on us without much work on our part, but picking up God’s Word and reading is something we have to make a decision to do. There really is no excuse to why we can’t read the Bible it is more available to English speaking people than any other language, it would seem. We even have different types of Bible’s to choose from.
God calls us to seek His wisdom from the Word that He has given us. We need to be looking there for the guidance we need each day in our lives. There is no excuse…only laziness and sinfulness.
(1 Chronicles 28:1-21) God gave King David direction for him to pass on to his son Solomon. The most important thing that David expressed to his son was the need to keep his mind focused on following God’s calling in his life.
This same direction that David passed on to his son, we are also called to in our own lives. We may not have been called to serve as king over a nation, but God does call us all according to the plan He has for us. While we are living out His plan we are called to keep our minds focused on His will for our lives. There is amazing truth to live by, found in the scriptures. God calls us to live according to His word.
The real question for us each day is, how are we going to live our lives pleasing to God and following Him. In our work, or any other activities, we can be seen as under the direction of others, but ultimately we are still under the calling of God. We need to decide if we are going to put others direction above God’s. How can I keep God’s truth and calling as my focus today? I desire to give me work over to Him, so that it is not me that does the work but God who does the work through me.