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Do Not Worry – Prayer VIII

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Luke 12:22-23 (NIV)

Father, there are times when I worry about a lot of things, forgetting the promise that You will always provide for Your children and take care of us. Lord, if You feed every sparrow and clothe the lilies beautifully, how much more will You care for us, the very people whom You sacrificed for so that we may have life?

Help me to keep this truth in my heart and call it to mind whenever the temptation to worry comes. For You are a big God against whom all my problems become small.

~BN~

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Follow God’s Direction and Receive His Promises

“Follow all the directions the Lord has given you. Then life will go well for you…” Deuteronomy 5:33 

Q: How to know the directions that the Lord has given to us?
And how to receive His promises?

Follow God’s Direction

imagesMost of the time, we are making decision out of our emotions, impressions, or other pressure-packed forces that influence us. There are several attributes that contribute to poor decisions that blinding our emotions. Sometimes, overconfidence, procrastination, immediate gratification. Many individuals place great emphasis on another’s advice that validates their preferred choice. This only reinforces what could be a bad decision.

So, how do you make a solid, reliable decision without these kinds of negative influences? What is the missing component that would provide a sound basis for your decisions? The answer is found in the pages of Scripture. It is called WISDOM.

God’s Divine Direction

Wisdom might be defined today as “knowledge, the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships, insight, and judgment.” Biblical wisdom, however, was described by the Hebrew word chakmah. It was more than common sense and was characterized by skill and craftsmanship, cleverness and cunning, and prudence in everyday matters. Wisdom graced the lives of many biblical figures—Daniel, Ezra, Joshua—and brought them great success.

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How do you find wisdom today? Where do you go to have your problems solved and questions answered? The answer is to go to the source of all wisdom, God Himself. He is the one who created you—He has placed His gifts and callings within you and understands their worth. Certainly, He is a good steward of His gifts and will develop them to their maturity.

God is also the one who understands your past and future—He has intrinsic knowledge of your weaknesses and strengths. The Lord will protect you, yet challenge you to grow in your Christian walk.

Finally, God will lead you along a path that will fulfill His plans for your life. He is the one who knows the direction you are to follow and will lead accordingly.

So, how do you begin? Here are five basic steps for receiving wisdom from God.

  1. Acknowledge that God has the answer. God is the source of wisdom for all things. Realize that He not only has the answer, He is the answer. Proverbs 2:6 and 9 states, “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding… Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.”
  2. Pray and ask for God’s wisdom.How can you be sure God will answer when you ask Him? James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” So simply ask for
    God’s help and then…
  3. Believe He will guide you.Faith is an important component to accepting God’s wisdom. You must recognize the fact that God wants to communicate with you. Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” God’s direction in your decision will become clearer and more distinct as you continue to pray and ask for His help.
  4.  Get in motion. You have probably heard the saying “It is hard to steer a parked car.” Begin to do your part and research your vocational options. Travel with your family and investigate the prospective area first hand. Explore the housing market, recreational opportunities, and cost of living. Your move could be a blessing in disguise, allowing your family greater financial freedom.
  5. Check your decision against God’s Word. James 3:15-17 provides the characteristics of true godly wisdom: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” Have the courage to ask yourself whether your choice meets these qualifications for God’s wisdom, or whether there are still any outside influences directing your path.If you sense any anxiety or confusion, keep praying. God’s wisdom will direct your paths in a peaceful manner.

God is the source of all wisdom. Only He views your life from an eternal and comprehensive perspective. Allow Him to become part of your decision–making process and guarantee yourself a lifetime of success.

To Receive God’s Promises 

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Read Matt. 8:5-13

In Matt 8:5-13 tells about the faith of the centurion. When Jesus heard what the centurion said to Him, He was amazed! He said that He haven’t found anyone in Israel with such great faith.Why, because faith and obedience are interlock. When you trust someone, you do what they say. If you don’t do what someone tells you to do, it means you don’t trust him. God has link FAITH and OBEDIENCE together. So that all of the promises of God are condition upon  you following all the directions that He Gives you.

What God Promises if we Obey HIM

“God blesses those who obey Him.”  Prov. 16:20 (LB)

“God saves those who obey Him.”  Ps. 7:10 (GN)

“The Lord watches over those who obey Him.”  Ps. 33:18 (GN)

“The Lord takes care of those who obey him.”  Ps. 37:18 (GN)

“You help all those who obey You.”  Ps. 7:9 (NLT)

“God gives us what we ask for because we obey His commands.”  1 John 3:22 (NCV)

“Always obey the Lord and you will be happy.”  Prov. 28:14 (GN)

“Keep God’s laws and you will live longer.”  Prov. 19:16 (GN)

“Those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.”  Ps. 34:10 (GN)

“Those who obey Him have all they need.”  Ps. 34:9 (GN)

You will…

“… live in perfect freedom.”  Ps. 119:45 (GN)

“… have greater wisdom.”  Ps. 119:100 (GN)

“… dwell in security and peace.”  Prov. 1:33 (NAB)

“… be prosperous and successful.”  Josh. 1:8 (GN)

“…be great in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt. 5:19 (NCV)

“…be rewarded.”  Prov. 13:13 (NCV)

OTHER PROMISES

Prov. 19:23 (GN), Prov. 10:27 (GN), Ps. 25:14 (GN),  Ps. 128:1 (GN), Ps. 106:3 (GN),

Luke 11:28 (NIV), Ps. 111:10 (NLT), John 15:7 (LB)

How to receive God’s Promises

1. OBEY GOD IMMEDIATELY

 

“I will quickly obey Your commands.”  Ps. 119:32 (NCV)

“Without delay I hurry to obey Your commands.”  Ps. 119:60 (GN)

 

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Whether you feel it or not, whether you understand it or not. You have to do it immediately.

You don’t have to understand something to benefit from it. You don’t understand how the big plane fly but you fly all the time. You don’t understand how the computer works, but your using it now, for Facebook, for e-mails.You don’t need to understand how those things work to experience the benefit of from it.

You don’t have to understand God’s commands in order to obey Him and benefit from them.

Every parents knows that when we tell to our children to do something, our child will ask us why they need to do that. And we will simply say, “because I said so”. Behind that 4 words, you are actually say, “because your little pea brain are not big enough to understand it. And one day you will understand real reality. But right now trust me .I know better than you do.”

And God sometimes telling us to do something and we will ask Him why and He will also simply answer us, “because I said so”.

…only immature people go by their feelings, mature people do the right thing inspite of their feelings. Your very emotionally immature if you live by your feelings.
Obey God immediately inspite of what you feel.
When you are delaying obedience, surely you are questioning God.
Delayed obedience is disobedience

2. OBEY GOD COMPLETELY

“Lord, You gave Your orders to be obeyed completely.”  Ps. 119:4 (NCV)

  1. God standard of right and wrong has never change
  2. God has a bigger perspective than us

“…  Your job is not to decide whether God’s law is right or wrong, but to obey it.”

James 4:11c (LB)
God care’s about details.

Trust God

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”  Prov. 3:5 (Mes)

3. OBEY GOD JOYFULLY

“Obey Him gladly.”  Ps. 100:2b(LB)

“I enjoy obeying Your commands.”  Ps. 119:16 (NCV)

“I find pleasure in obeying Your commands…”  Ps. 119:47 (GN)

3 reasons:

1. Because  I have fewer problems in life if I obey God

2. I know I will be rewarded from heaven

3. Because I love God


“Loving God means doing what He tells us to do…”  1 John 5:3 (LB)
God measures our love by our obedience. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments”

4. OBEY GOD CONTINUALLY

“I am determined to obey You until I die.”  Ps. 119:112 (LB)

“Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord.  As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.”  Ps. 119:33 (LB)

“We must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already.”  Phil. 3:16 (NLT)

“Not all people who sound religious are really godly.  They may refer to Me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter heaven.  The decisive issue is whether they obey My Father.”

Matt. 7:21 (NLT)

QUESTION TO CONSIDER:

What practical choices will I make today in order to grow closer to God?

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Reference: CBN Asia, Pastor Rick Warren