How God Instructs and Teaches Us the Way We Should Live

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

God promises to instruct, teach, and guide us in the way we should live. God constantly gives us counsel about how we are to live and conduct our lives. God is a constant compass and guide for his disciples.

If God is constantly giving us guidance, why are so many Christians lost when it comes to what God would have us to do and how we ought to live our lives in particular situations?

That is a fantastic question and observation. To answer that question we need to ask, “How does God instruct and guide us?”

The primary way God instructs and guides is through God’s word. The scriptures lay the foundation for the way we should live our lives.

If you are waiting for God to whisper, nudge, or give you a feeling or sensation to guide and instruct you in the way you should you go, you are setting yourself up for failure and heartache. It’s not that God cannot whisper, nudge, or give us a feeling or sensation to guide and instruct. It’s just that the devil has access to all these as well. So how can you tell if a whisper, nudge, a feeling, or sensation is from God or the devil or a bad pepperoni pizza? You have to gauge it against God’s word. God’s word is the standard to gauge whether a whisper, a nudge, a feeling, or sensation is from God or not.

The key to understanding God’s will is God’s word. It is impossible to live a Godly life apart from God’s word. When you don’t know God’s word, you cannot understand God’s will.

So, what happens if you are not a student of God’s word? Simply, you are lost.

Get into the habit of spending time in God’s word every day. Have a plan for a systematic reading of God’s word. You have heard me many times encouraging you to do this. The reason I do so is because I am your pastor and I love you. I want you to grow and mature in the faith. And one of the most important factors of growing as a disciple is a daily reading of God’s truth.

Go ahead. Do it. There are fantastic daily devotional plans at YouVersion at http://www.youversion.com.

God Always Answers Prayers – Part 5 of 5

God always answers prayers.

  • When our request is wrong God says “no”.
  • When the timing of our request is wrong God says “wait”.
  • When we are not right with God, God says “grow”.
  • When the request is right, the timing is right, and we are right with God, God says “yes”!

Finally! Finally we get a “yes”.

God not only answers prayers but God loves to answer our prayers.

James 1:17 tells us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

John 14:13-14 tells us, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Not only does God answer prayers but he is glorified when he answers prayers. The key is the phrase “ask in my name.” When we ask of God in his name it means to ask of him things that are confusing with God’s will. It assumes that the request is right, the timing is right, and that we are right with God.

Because God is sovereign and God is good, God has not only the right but the obligation to say no to prayers that are wrong, “wait” when the timing is wrong, and “grow” when we are wrong. But when these things are right, God absolutely sights to answer our prayers in the affirmative.

Thank you God for being such an amazing and awesome God! Thank you for always answering prayers. Thank you for loving us and wanting only what is best for us. Amen!

God Always Answers Prayer – Part 4 of 5

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

God always answers prayer.

  • If our request is wrong, God says, “No.”
  • If the timing is wrong, God says, “Wait.”
  • If you are wrong, God says, “Grow.”

There are times when the request and the timing of our prayers may be right, but when we are in the wrong, God tells us to “grow.” Grow up in the faith. Grow so that God can answer our prayers in the affirmative.

When we are living in sin, when we are refusing to acknowledge sin, when we are living in rebellion, God cannot answer our prayers even if the request is right and the timing is right.

For instance, a man who is having an affair can pray that God blesses his business and his children. The request is absolutely right. The timing is absolutely right on. But the man is sooooo wrong! God could not answer that prayer in the affirmative. The man has to repent and change his ways.

Jesus tells us, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” We have to live our lives in a way that God can bless. We do that by obeying God’s word. We do that by changing our lifestyle to God’s righteousness.

God tells us in Psalm 145:19, “God fulfills the desire of all who who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.”

God always fulfills the prayers and requests of those who fear God and seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness.

Even when the request is right, and the timing is right, if we are not right with God, God answers our prayers with, “Grow.” Grow up.

Mature in the faith. Live life according to God’s righteousness.