TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, December 30, 2019:
Full of hazards; uncertain.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We have come to believe that unbelievers in Jesus scoff at the idea of needing to live by the will of God and far too many believers recognize what that means. However, it is a reality that affects our lives every day. Either we are living in the will of God or outside of it. Usually when we think about God’s will, our focus is on trying to discover it, but a more important issue is whether we decide to obey what God is saying to us. The road may become ROCKY at times, but we should not let the obstacles of life stop us from living according to God’s plan for us.
We read an outline written by Dr. Charles Stanley, one of our favorite Bible teachers. He discussed seven obstacles that could trip us up as we try to live in God’s will.
First, SELF-WILL. This is the biggest stumbling block because we really want to have our own way rather than following God’s path. Our pride and selfishness keep us from even asking God what He would have us do.
Secondly, THE INFLUENCE OF OTHERS. Many people seek the advice of others rather than prayerfully consulting God. People are quick to tell us exactly what we should do and how we should live. Only our almighty God knows what is best for us.
Thirdly, IGNORANCE OF GOD’S PRINCIPLES. We cannot walk in God’s will if we do not know what He desires. Biblical principles help us understand how He wants us to live. We need to learn how to wait on the Lord. We need to learn to always trust God and leave the consequences up to Him. We must allow God to supply all of our needs. He has promised to do this and has never broken one of His promises. And we must take one step at a time. The Lord will not show us the complete picture all at once. We must trust Him for whatever lies ahead that we cannot see.
Fourthly, WILLFUL KNOWN SIN. Sin, even what we may think is a little sin will deafen our ears to the voice of God. Sin blinds our eyes to the vision of God and it hardens our hearts to the awareness of God. Sin dulls our conscience to the Word of God.
Fifthly, DOUBT. We doubt that God has a personal will for our lives. We doubt that the Lord will make His will known. We doubt that we can do what the Lord requires and we doubt because we have lack of faith.
Sixthly, A FEELING OF UNWORTHINESS. All of us have sinned and fall short of God’s standard of righteousness. We are all unworthy. But Jesus thought that you and all of us sinners were worthy of dying for.
Finally, BUSYNESS. We say we just do not have time to read the Bible, go to church or to read the Bible. If we are not willing to take time to get to know God, how can we expect to know His will for our life.
Do not let the fear of failure, criticism or what you feel God requires, delay you from wanting to know the will of God for your life. God is with you and is just waiting for you to call on Him to lead you on the right road and direct you away from the rocky road that you are on now.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 11:25.
The generous soul will be made rich. And he who waters will also be watered himself.
Show me today how I can live in the will of God so that I may not continue to stumble along on my rocky road. Help me to set the time every day to read Your Word, pray and meditate on what I have read in Your Word.
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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