FOLLOW THE MAP

Jesus, Master Teacher, our Lord and Savior, God’s Son, Messiah, come from heaven to earth to seek and to save the lost who had forgotten God or who had never heard of Him, prayed to the Father for all His instructions, all the words He would say and all the actions He would take on earth. 

Many times, Jesus had to explain to the religious elite who had lost all sight of God, who had lots of rules but no relationship to God, how He lived in complete relationship with God, His Father. 

“Jesus gave them this answer: ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’”  John 5:19 

“They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.’”  John 8:28-29

“For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So, whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”  John 12:49

“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”  John 14:10

This journey through John’s gospel shows that Jesus Christ, who had the power to do anything, went off by Himself to pray, asking God, the Father what HE wanted Him to say and do on earth.  My question for all of us is this, do we really believe in what know of God to be really real?  If the answer is yes, then who do we think we are not to ask our Father, God what He wants from us and for us each day?  Who are we to say we don’t have time to read His Word for direction and wisdom?  Who are we to lazily claim ignorance and blame God after life has gone wrong?  Who are we to think we don’t have time to check in with God before getting our marching orders for each new day?

If we really want to obtain the mind of Christ which give us the peace we seek, a lighter load to carry, and the blessed assurance that He is with us each day giving us direction for life’s journey, then do what Jesus did, pray, asking the Father what HE wants us to say and do each day.

This is clearly the theme of Psalm 119.  Carefully read the map of God’s Word so we won’t get lost.  Pursue God and what HE wants.  Rely on God’s promises to help us, be with us and bless us with His growing character traits so we will live a clean life.  Ask for God’s wisdom. Delight in all God tells us to be and do because what He wants is ultimately the best for us.  He knows us.  Be still and know God. 

Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs

Part Two

Psalm 119:9-16, The Message

How can a young person live a clean life?
    By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
    don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
    so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
    train me in your ways of wise living.
I’ll transfer to my lips
    all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
    than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
    I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
    I won’t forget a word of it.

TRUTH: “I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it.”  BE then DO.  Be with the Father before Doing anything.

Proverbs 3:5-7, The Message

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!

WISDOM: Run to God.  Listen for God’s voice.  Trust God.

Abba Father,

I am shoving my agenda items to the side and asking You for what You want for me and from me today.  You are God and You know what is best and needed for me to live a life worthy of your calling.  I know you will provide whatever I need to be and do what you want for today.  What blessed assurance of your love and promises to us!  I love you, Lord.  I need you every hour of every day.  Thank you for the road map of Your Word that gives us clear directions for growing in your character traits.  Help us to love like you love us.  Make us blessings then to others who need to know you, too. 

In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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