TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, December 12, 2019:
An act or instance of directing; instruction or guidance for making or using.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me.
I will guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Have you been seeking the Lord’s guidance on a particular issue but still can not understand what God would have you do? We do not always understand why God doesn’t make everything clear when we ask for His help. Here are several things that can prepare you to hear His direction.
You need to ask God if there is anything in your life that is hindering your prayers. If He brings something to your mind you can receive cleansing through confession (I John 1:9).
If you have not fully yielded yourself to the Lord, your heart will remain set on your own desires. When that is the case, you will have difficulty perceiving His will (James 4:3).
God is committed to answering our prayers if we ask according to His will. We must carefully consider if our requests align with His desires as revealed in the scriptures (I John 5:14-15).
Since God’s Word is a light to our path, the more we think about the truths of the scriptures, the clearer the way will become (Psalm 119:105).
God promises to act on the behalf of those who wait. We must resist the urge to run ahead of Him by trying to fix the situation ourselves or manipulate circumstances to get our desired outcome (Isaiah 64:4).
Do not let uncertainty cause you to become anxious or fearful. Look at your situation as an opportunity to trust God who always works everything for your good (Romans 8:28).
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 34:1.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth.
Help me to take time each day to read Your Word and to seek Your direction in all my decisions and in all that I do. Thank You that You hear me when I call upon You and will answer me and guide me on right paths.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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