Monday, 1 March 2010

Seek Guidance

Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path,
for my enemies are waiting for me
Psalm 27:11

  • To teach means: to impart knowledge or skill
  • Guidance means: to give advice or counseling

From the moment we arise from sleep we are presented with opportunities to make choices; from "should I get out out of bed, or sleep a bit more" to "should I approach the day with a positive attitude or a negative one".

Life is full of choices. If we want to make the right choice that will please God, we have to ask for His help. The only way we will know if our choices is in line with God's will and therefore pleasing to Him is to seek His guidance and the counsel of the Holy Spirit.

We can find and embrace God's help and guidance in all our choices through the following ways:

  • Cleansing our hearts: firstly we must make sure that we are right with God. We should ask ourselves "is there anything in my life that is or will hinder me from hearing you Lord"? We must remember that sin cuts us away from God as confirmed in Isaiah 59:2, which reads "It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore"

  • Surrender to God: We must yield ourselves to God's will in confidence that He knows what is best for us. We can do this by not following the customs and behaviour of this world as encouraged in Romans 12:2, which reads "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect".

  • Ask from God: It is amazing that sometimes, we can talk about all our problems and the burden of choices we have to make, but forget to ask God for guidance on what to do. However, we must remember that God promises that when we ask Him anything, according to His will, He hears us and because He has heard, He has answered as declared in 1John 5: 14 - 15, which reads "14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for."

  • Meditate on the Word: The Psalmist knew the importance on meditating on God's word. We see this in Psalm 119: 15-16. He reasoned that if he continously thinks about God's words, their meanings and their importance, it deter him from sinning against God (verse 11), hand the result of pondering on God's word will bring clarity and be a light to his journey through life - choices and all.

  • Waiting on God: This word and position seems to be the most difficult for us all. We have prayed and spoken to God about all our problems, but there seems to be no answer forthcoming - well none that we can see yet. A show of hands from those who know what I am talking about!!!. To wait on God is a choice we have to make, even when in the most difficult of situations or cross roads. However, before we run off and try to do all things in our own strength and wisdom, we must remember that God has promised to act on our behalf when we wait on Him as confirmed in Isaiah 64:4, It reads "For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!" I encourage you to wait on God for the answer you are seeking.

  • Receive from God: It is one thing to ask for advice and it is another thing to be open and ready to accept the advice given; no matter how difficult the answer. If you are like me, sometimes I have to remind myself that 'NO' is also an answer!. To receive God's wisdom we must tune our ears to it as advised in Proverbs 2:2, which reads " Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding". When we do, God will give us guidance in all things, knowing right from wrong as confirmed in Proverbs 2:9 which reads "Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go"

Theses are just some things we can do to seek and obtain God's guidance every step of our way. When we embrace these and more we will have peace from knowing that we are making daily choices in life based on God's guidance. This in turn will help to keep us firmly in His will.

When God guides you, the choices that you make might not make sense to those around you, however, what matters is that you have heard from the one who really matters the most - God.

So, as you make a start to a new day, a new week and indeed a new month, I encourage you to seek God's counsel, guidance and help in everything you do. From the rising of the sun till the going down of the same, meditate on God's word and ask for His counsel.

Apart from saving you from a whole lot of unnecessary stress and trouble, walking in tune with God will give peace and rest.

I encourage you to seek God's guidance to inform your choices and actions; making Him famous along your way.

Much Love, Remi
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Kafo said...

a beautiful way to start the week


buy yeah, as i was saying this is a beautiful reminder as a new month rolls in, this month i am claiming Jer 33:3 where God says he will tell us things we can't even begin to fathom

remain beautiful and blessed

Jaycee said...

I agree with Kafo, I think this is just perfect for entering a new month. It's easy to get caught up in the world's guidance. But really, whose report should we believe? Whose knowledge should we seek? What lamp should we use, except God's?

Debbie said...

I agree with Kafo and Jaycee;
We need Guidance for as we forge ahead this 2010.
Everyone says the year is going fast, it's the same story each year, walking closely with the Lord will bring us the right path.

How are you Love?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for ministering to me. Keep it up and remain blessed. Olapeju

Dee! said...

Remi, this is a very inspiring post! I agree that we have to ensure we make the right choice or choices in EVERY aspect of our lives!

This is only possible if we partner with God!

Stay blessed!

Mwajim Al said...

first timeon your blog. Very insightful post to say the least :)

Rita said...

Well said and very timely.

Are you a teacher in church? I feel like I have lost something when I dont come with my pen and book as I am visiting your blog.

And long time....

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@ all, so true everyone.. I thank God that you have been blessed by this post. I tell you the things God is teaching me... pure delight!

@ Kafo, well done for first.. you doing night vigil like me eh? lol

Have a wonderful week in love, peace and tremendous faith in God. In Jesus Name.. Amen

Much love x *hugs all**