Off Course

Along the journey of walking with God, there are countless resources for assistance in gaining knowledge of Him & His word. One of the most convenient and popular resources are apps on our smartphones. They contain different subject matters depending on what you desire to focus on. They offer different lengths, some being yearlong and some a couple of weeks. Other resources are books, emails, and radio programs.

There comes a time when we need to wean ourselves off of these and start trusting the Holy Spirit to be our devotional. 

We start to become more dependent on an author to teach us rather than consulting The Author. We are leaning on the middle man to spoonfeed us rather than eating the manna straight from Heaven. This daily act of repetition can easily become a religious act…an act of repetition rather than Spirit led. Possibly even an idol.

I’m not saying the Holy Spirit will not lead you to read a specific devotional or book. But we need to allow Him to suggest the material that He wants to use to teach us. It may just be the Bible…and we should be ok with that. Before rushing out to buy the latest book, or download today’s devotional…ask Him. Open up The Book and let Him lead you.

Think about this. There were no devotionals in Biblical times. People spoke with God and sought out His Word. There was a beautiful simplicity. In our advanced times, have we over-complicated it with our good intentions? Have we made it more difficult to hear from God directly? The Holy Spirit is not predictable. He is spontaneous, creative, and loves to blow our minds. He can’t be contained by a paragraph. He may want to take us somewhere totally different than what we expected or had in mind…somewhere deeper. Are we along for the ride?

Jesus said The Holy Spirit will teach us all things. He has proven that to be true in my life. In the quiet of my day, He whispers words or phrases to me. That begins my treasure hunt. I search the Scriptures for verses related to what He is talking to me about. Before too long, I have an entire lesson laid out before me, straight from The Teacher Himself. I have learned more from Him than I have from any other source. He illuminates the Scriptures and gives you revelation of what it means if you ask. Do we trust that He will guide us?

On the other hand, do we trust ourselves? Do we trust that we are hearing Him correctly or are we doubting ourselves? You may be further along than you think and not giving yourself enough credit. It is good to test the spirits (even yourself) ensure that it matches up with the Word…but don’t negate the power of God within you. He has made you His dwelling place. Once that takes place, He starts to speak to you and you become familiar with His voice. This takes time, reading His word, and talking with Him. Invest in developing an intimate relationship with Him and it will lead to a comfort and confidence that you are being led by Jesus Himself.

We are called to walk by the Spirit. Let Him take you off course.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”  – John 14:26

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! ” – Hebrews 5:12

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25

“Do not quench the Spirit.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:19

 Wean (definition) – Accustom someone to managing without something on which they have become dependent or of which they have become excessively fond.

Choose Wisely

“But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”- Joshua 24:15 

I heard a snippet of this verse this morning…”Choose today whom you will serve.” Though the Lord never forces Himself upon us, He lays before us two roads, but with 2 very different results. 

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:15

God offers salvation to all…no one is left out or forgotten. But if we politely decline His offer, we are surely forsaking Heaven. The promises of God are not unattractive. You could compare it to turning down an all paid excursion to an exotic place or a winning lottery ticket. 
He longs to bless us, to cause us to prosper. But if we turn Him away, we are only hurting ourselves. He will continue to be God, and will continue to bless those who receive Him & serve Him. 
The road that leads to Him is narrow. Have your eyes wide open to recognize which path is paved by Him, and travel with steady speed.

“They that are bound for heaven must be williy’s Notes)ng to swim against the stream, and must do, not as most do, but as the best do.” (Wesle