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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Getting and staying on track

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
Recently, I was out fishing with my son-in-law, Jeff, and his three boys.  We were pumped about bringing home supper - fire grilled speckled trout and flounder was sounding good.

Jeff navigated the boat to the right spot and put down the anchor.  We ended up with a pretty good day -  meaning we caught fish and had some nice fillets that night! 

A number of things go into a successful fishing trip...patience, the right bait, the right conditions, and all the right gear.  Something else that could be overlooked is the anchor that holds the boat in that right spot!  Without the anchor that day, we would have drifted.  


How might this apply to our current topic of decision making and knowing the will of God?

God's instructions in His Word can not only get us on track - they will also keep us from drifting.  Here's what it says in Hebrews 6:19, "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."

So, here's a thought for you to consider when you are trying to make good decisions for your future.  Some of God's will is already known!  How often do we try figuring out the unknown things when we haven't taken seriously the known will of God?

Here's a principle that you might use:

As we are obedient to God's ‘written’ will in the Word, the things that are not specifically spelled out will be revealed to us.  Does that make any sense?

How might you apply this principle to a current situation in you life?

God and His Word are trustworthy, and can be that anchor in our life!  Proverbs 3:5-6,  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

Last week, we considered as an essential principle to knowing God's will is having a willingness to do it. How can you add today's principle to the principle from last week?

What are your anchors, God’s written will for you that requires your obedience?


Feel free to ask questions and to comment below. 

We'll continue with this conversation on how to know the will of God next week.


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2 comments:

  1. God and His Word are trustworthy, and can be that anchor in our life! Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
    I am always trying to figure things out, make sense of things. This reminds me I do not have to. God's word IS trustworthy! I can do what He calls me to even when I do not understand.

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    1. Thanks Heather, you raise an important response - trust. I'm wondering how we can come to the place of knowing that God is trustworthy? -Nelson

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