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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Steering a Stationary Object
I have to thank my friend John Snook for this post.  He opened my eyes to a passage I had read a number of times in Proverbs.  But first...

How do you steer a stationary object?

When I was a kid, I used to sit in the car and turn the steering wheel.  I pretended I was going somewhere.  I'd turn to the wheel to the left and make a screeching noise.  I'd turn it to the right and pretend I was sliding.  All of course in my mind because the car was sitting in the garage and going no where.

Take a moment to read Proverbs 3:6.  "In all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path."

In order for God to "steer" or direct you, you must be on your way somewhere.  It is as we are on our way that we can choose to acknowledge God's control, God's plans, God's priorities, God's agenda in the where and the why of our going.  When we do that, God promises to direct us.

In James 2 (verses 14-26), faith and action are linked together.  It is in the doing that we prove (to ourselves and those watching) what we have faith in.

Do you love Jesus?  John tells us obedience is the evidence.
Do you believe you can't out give God?  Your giving to the church and others will be the evidence.
Do you believe God's Word is the road map for your life?  Your frequent reference to it will be the evidence.
Do you believe prayer changes things?  Your turning to it as a first resort with be the evidence.
Is Jesus Lord of your life?  Our acting out his command to love one another will be proof.

Do you want to know God's will for your life?  Start doing something He would approve of.  Try something you think God would ask you to do.  Act out what you find in His Word.  It is in our "way", our going, our doing, our course of living life that God is able to move and use us as well as our being visible to those around us.   Praying for God's direction and will without getting out and going is like steering a car in the garage.  You can pretend, but you are going no where.
1:48 pm edt 

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