Week 7 – How Does God Guide Us?
Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Alpha: Week 7- How Does God Guide Us? – Nicky Gumbel
I’m sorry no week six update, I was ill and didn’t attend church but I’ve watched the video (you can too here.) and like all the rest, it was really good and useful on this journey. Like I said in the week 5 post that the conversation showed me the importance of reading the bible. The bible is the most important book on this earth and it will help you to ensure that your name is in the most important book in Heaven. There are many reasons why it’s important to read the bible but one of the most important ones in my opinion especially in this day and age is to know what the bible says. There is a lot of deceitful information out there from within the church and outside of it and knowing what God has to say about himself and us is really valuable because we can’t then be swayed by the devils lies and we can walk into God’s purpose for our lives. I said important quite alot, anyway let’s dive into week 6…
The 5 CS’s that Nicky used to illustrate how God guides us;
General instruction for life; 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:105, 130-133.
God speaks as we pray; Acts 13:1-3. Strong desire to do something; Phillipians 2:13. Sometimes He guides us in unusual ways; Audible voice, 1 Samuel 3:4-14.
Counsel of the Saints.
The wise listen to advice; Proverbs 12:15
“God’s promises of guidance were not given to save us from thinking- John Stott” & 2 Timothy 2:7
Sometimes God closes doors; Acts 16:7. Sometimes God open doors; 1 Corinthians 16:9.
Colossians 3:15 (NIVUK)
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Nicky mentioned this verse in the video and it was the stand out moment for me throughout the whole session. God gives us peace when he guides us, what ever God is telling us to do He gives us peace about when we consult him.
During the week I was binge watching the Creflo Dollar show and a guy was on there speaking about his story to salvation. The guy was from the band Korn, he explained how he left the band and then how ever long later Go told him to return to the band. His reaction would make sense to most of us because God just brought him out of the band and then now He wants him to go back to it. But after prayer he felt peace about returning to the band and the reason why God wanted him in the band has now come to fruition.
This video tied in perfectly with what God was trying to tell me about myself ans my journey with Him. He will not cause strife in my life, that is the enemy, anything that comes from God will give me peace ultimately. It may go against my nature, what I think God would do but if it is from God I will have peace.
I will leave you with yet another way that God has spoken to me to show you that God is for us and not against us. He will not make us do anything that will cause us strife, he wants us to live peace-filled and joyous lives. My little story shows God’s guidance and His peace.
I had a job interview and I did things the right way, at the end of the phone call I said “I will let you know my decision, when I have more details.” BUT I allowed myself to be pressured into saying yes to going for the interview. As soon as I had agreed to it I felt pulled one way and the other but then I attended the interview anyway.
I was praying asking for God’s guidance; “Lord, is this your will?” and God was faithful he answered my question, I knew it wasn’t his will and plan for me. His exact words were “what if you go there and it’s a waste of time and money?” But still I wasn’t at peace or happy with the response because I was looking around me and not at God so I prayed “Lord give me peace about this interview,” and I felt peace about not attending the interview, but still I was unsure about the answer God had originally given me.
Why did I attend the interview? I allowed my past to dictate my future.
I had almost a week to
(decide whether or not I was going to attend or)cancel the interview and throughout this time I started swaying here there and everywhere and even when I finally decided that I was not attending the interview yet another thought came into my mind, I was making plans for how I wanted to live and “being a woman of integrity,” was on my list. “If you cancel you are bringing flakiness into your new life, you’ve gone and done it again, you’ve agreed to do something and not followed through with it.” The devil does not rest!
I worried because I was thinking is this actually God or is it satan? I thought that it was the devil trying to steal a really good opportunity from me, this job was great as far as I was concerned; “it would look good on linkedin and it would prove to people in my past that I wasn’t a failure.” (did you catch the devil in there?) So when God spoke to me I was confused because it was a great opportunity, I would be able to brag (if you still haven’t caught the devil’s tactics read my last sentence again.) I have learned that when God closes a door we confuse this with the devil trying to steal from us because we are concentrating on the other side of the door, what it has to offer and how it falls into our future plans and not on God or his plans for our future.