HOW TO GUARANTEE YOU’LL MAKE IT TO YOUR PROMISED LAND

Have you seen the next technological marvel in the news: the self-driving car? Isn’t the thought of not having to drive your vehicle mind-blowing!? That’s the wave of the future, and if you own one of these babies and you want to be able to enjoy the benefits that a self-driving vehicle would afford you, there are certain things you must do. Likewise, if we want our lives to be “driven” by God, there are certain things we must do, as well. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” This morning I heard God say when we apply this verse to our lives, it’s analogous to owning a self-driving car. If we want to end up at the destination He has for us, whether in the natural or the spiritual, there are certain things we must do:

  1. Get in the car and turn on the power.  Proverbs 3:5 starts out with “Trust in the Lord.” When we get in the car, that’s analogous to trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The first requirement for receiving God’s direction is to receive salvation through His Son Jesus Christ and receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Next, we must start the car, or turn on the power, and that’s analogous to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Finally, we must know that we can only rely on God’s help and trust in Him only. We can’t trust in man, and we can’t even trust in ourselves.
  2. Set the GPS. Proverbs 3:5 also says, “Lean not to your own understanding.” In a self-driving car, if you desire to get to a specific destination and you set the GPS, you are no longer relying on your own understanding of how to get to the place you need to go. In the same way, we must rely on God’s unlimited understanding about where we are going in life and abandon our tendency to reason. Sometimes you have to be OK with not understanding everything that is going on in your life.
  3. Turn on the auto-drive. Proverbs 3:6 says, “Acknowledge Him in all your ways.” In a self-driving vehicle, you must acknowledge that you possess the auto-drive feature in the car and turn it on. If you don’t turn it on, it won’t work. Likewise, we must acknowledge God in everything we do. We need to ask for His input before we make decisions and take action. Only then will we receive wisdom, guidance, and direction for our journey.

Do you want God to direct your path? Do you want your life to be in “auto-drive mode” where you KNOW you are moving toward your God-given destiny, guaranteed? If you trust God, rely on His unlimited understanding, not your own, and acknowledge Him and ask for His input before you make decisions and move out, you can relax in knowing that your path is being divinely directed. God will supernaturally drive your “car” for you, and you will make it to your Promised Land.  

What do you need to do differently, if anything, to apply Proverbs 3:5-6 to your life? Please leave a comment below.

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THE DANGER OF HURRYING

Today I want to talk about a topic that may or may not be a problem for you, but I sure have to pray about it often: my tendency to hurry. Have you ever noticed that God is NOT in a hurry? For instance, He took 400 years to deliver the Israelites from bondage. Isaac, Abraham and Sarah’s promised child, took 23 years to manifest. Joseph was in prison for 12 long years. Obviously, our heavenly Father is not in a rush. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

Unfortunately, I feel like I’m always rushing around. Even in my house, I walk fast! When I am walking fast, scurrying to get here and there, I now recognize I am not resting on the inside. I am in a state of stress. I believe in 2021, God wants me to focus on entering into his rest. That means no matter what’s going on externally, I want to stay peaceful on the inside. God has told me I need to slow down and avoid the hurry because when I slow down, I automatically feel more peaceful inside. Do you need to slow down and smell the roses, too?
 
Why do we hurry? There are several reasons why we may fall into the trap of hurrying:

  1. Procrastination. When I think about it, I need to stop putting myself in positions where I need to hurry. Many times I procrastinate and then end up having to hurry to make up the time. That’s my fault. Maybe the Holy Ghost told me to move, but I lingered a few more minutes and wound up in hurry mode to meet a deadline.
  2. Satanic influence. Sometimes the devil may put the thought in your mind to hurry and make you think that if you don’t, you will have dire consequences. An example might be a decision or a purchase you need to make. But if you hurry, you can miss God and be out of His timing. Satan knows that when we’re distracted and hurried, we won’t focus on the Master anyway.
  3. Letting people dictate our schedule. When we let people control our schedule instead of the Holy Spirit, we may end up hurrying. Notice that Jesus was never in a hurry. When Jairus asked the Lord to heal his daughter, He stopped on the way to heal the woman with the issue of blood. When He heard Lazarus was sick he waited two extra days. He always took His time and listened to the Holy Spirit so that He could be where He was supposed to be at any given moment. He never let people dictate His schedule.

Saints, another word for hurry is “haste.” Isaiah 52:12 says, “For you shall not go out with haste nor go on go out by flight, for the Lord will go before you.” When we refuse to hurry, we can be led by the Lord. When we are hasty in our actions, we are running ahead of the Lord. He can’t lead us when we are out in front. 

As you can see, haste can be your enemy. If God hasn’t told you to make haste, that can be a sign of impatience. Or it could be classified as presumption. Haste can cause you to lose your peace. Haste can cause you to get out of God’s timing and make mistakes. As the old saying goes, “Haste makes waste.” Therefore, let’s be determined to avoid the hurry and move with the Lord at HIS pace.

How does hurrying affect your life? What do you feel you need to do, if anything, to address this issue in your life? Please leave a comment below.

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday.