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Friday, March 31, 2017

Do You Know God’s Direction in Your Life?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Hi Fresh Manna Readers,  I will be gone this weekend and next week to speak at a Pastor's Conference. I will be back to writing and sending out Fresh Manna on Monday April 10th. There is plenty for you to catch up on in the Fresh Manna archives! Thanks for your prayers! I'll be praying for you! ~ Pastor Tim 

There are times when we all feel like they need direction from God. When you need direction badly and you feel like you have none, it can produce almost a numb feeling in you. What do you do in times like this? 
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First, you remember that you are a child of and serve Almighty God who knows the beginning from the end. He knows your tomorrow and all the days ahead. That is the very reason you should look to Him. He knew you before the foundation of the world. It was His plan to lead you to Jesus before He formed this world. Ephesians 1:4 NIV says, "For God chose us in Him (Jesus) before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight." Well, here you are! You know and love Jesus. He knows your tomorrows. He would like you to align your life with the plan that He has for you. But how do you do that? you ask. You first have faith that He has a plan for you. You can’t hear these words from the prophet Jeremiah too often...  “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 
I know these words bring hope and even comfort but still, what do you do now? Again, have faith in His word, but then know that although you think you have the ability to lead your life, you don’t! You’ll mess it up. Jeremiah 10:23 NIV says, “I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” Get down on your knees and tell the Lord you are starving for direction. Spend time in His Word and prayer knowing that God often directs your steps through verses of scripture.  Then, while still on your knees, ask the Lord to reveal His greatest priorities needing redirecting in your life right now. You know what they are and He'll confirm it. Some of what God asks you to do, might feel impossible, but if He is asking you to do them, they aren't. Write them,  ask Him to help you, and think about them every day. You want to write them down because you are going to see God to the miraculous in getting you to His plan and purpose for you! 

Learn to keep a pen and some paper or better yet, a journal with you while you are praying. It's important to write down things you think God might be speaking to your heart. You'll find that some of them keep on speaking to you as you reread them later. Other things that you write will have lost their importance beyond the moment. This is powerful training on how to learn to listen to the Lord and know His voice. It's life-changing if you embrace this process. And don't get weird. He speaks to you but don't broadcast it to the world because you won't always be right. Learn to follow His leading and years later, you'll be so thankful you know how to follow after Him. 
As you learn to seek the Lord, journal thoughts, and pay attention to what you think is His leading you to do (through the scriptures you read), ask the Lord to direct every step you take. Do so and you will continue to move forward in His plan and purpose for your life. Ask Him to bless you, give you favor with others, and direct your steps as you work toward priorities He gives you! Remain focused and diligently work on your God-given priorities incorporating them with your necessary day-to-day activities. Then have faith that He will help you.
People want direction from God to be quick, clear, and instant. Sorry, but God doesn't work that way. He leads you step-by-step. He is teaching you obedience and building faith and character in you. All this happens over time or it doesn't happen at all! The Lord cares about your life being significant. He brings purpose to your life as you live for Him. Make this verse the promise of your heart that you cling to and say to Jesus throughout the day and every day. Thank you Lord that you are leading me according to the promise of your word in Psalm 37:23 that says, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.” 

Remember that life is full of  seemingly mundane tasks and obligations that are just a part of life. Everyone experiences those. But when you walk by faith trusting that God is involved in the details of your life and you are seeking Him in prayer and reading His word, AND, you are not only listening, but writing down His priorities and things He leads you to do, then you will experience direction from Him. You will often see small signs affirming that you are following God’s direction for you! When that happens, the icky, numb feeling will begin to leave and excitement in seeing God’s hand will lift you up! And you'll know that God is leading you in the master-plan He has for your life! 

Psalm 37:23 (NLT) The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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