Following after God can be extremely difficult, if you don’t understand why you should. Why follow, listen, abide by and care, if you’re doing ‘ok’ on your own ?
Living in Safety and Knowing the Future
Giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it.”Joshua 3:3-4
Have you ever had the opportunity to travel via motorcade, Police escort, or even followed behind someone with your hazard signals on?
Last year, most of the electrical system went out on one of our cars. The blinkers, some lights, and horn had shorted out, and we had to take it to the dealership. In order to do this, we had to take two cars. There was a lead car, and I was in the following car -our car. Immediately I recognized a great sense of peace, following after the lead car. I was able to go at a slower, more relaxed pace, and I was not at all concerned with the cars issues (because I wasn’t alone). I also was able to enjoy a smooth ride, the lead car having “charted” the way.
A pace car setting the start of a race
Following, Can Lead us to Multiply our Efficiency
Anytime that we follow someone, the resistance has become minimized and our efficiency becomes multiplied. Consider this passage in Joshua. The ark of the covenant of the Lord had to travel 1,000 yards ahead of the people, why? The instructions were simple, they had never gone that way before, in order to have success the people had to follow the ark. The ark lead the way into territory the people had never gone before, and unless you are a time traveller- you haven’t been to tomorrow yet!
Are you in a place in your life that you have never been before? Or maybe it is the same place, day after day, and you are dying to get out! Is your life ‘broken down’? Do you feel like your car has a short circuit, and you have been left on the side of the road, not knowing which way to go? What you need is a lead car. That “lead car” can easily be God, simply by putting His Word first place in your life, and by asking Him to be filled with His Holy Spirit, He will begin to show you the way.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. John 16:13 NLT
Make God your pilot and never get lost again!
EVEN BETTER NEWS!
God is not your Co-Piolot, He is our lead Aviator! He is our Beginning and End (Rev 22:13), and our protector (2 Thes. 3:3)! With God at the helm, not only do you have a lead car, you have a car behind, a car on each side, a car above, and a car below! Imagine that! Driving down the freeway of life completely surrounded! You will know the future, and things to come! Praise God for HIS power!
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”Mark 10:27
My Prayer Today,
“Father God, I surrender. I want the kind of protection that the Israelites had following your ark, your covenant. I wanted to be completely surrounded and led. I am tired of doing things on my own and YOUR best, is good enough for ME! Thank you for Your Holy Spirit which dwells within me, and thank you for showing me the future. I love you, in Your Son Jesus’ name- AMEN.”
God Bless you today and everyday,
Prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit*,
“Heavenly Father, I am a believer. I am Your child and You are my Father. Jesus is my Lord. I believe with all my heart that Your Word is true. Your Word says if I will ask, I will receive the Holy Spirit. So in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I am asking You to fill me to overflowing with Your precious Holy Spirit. Jesus, baptize me in the Holy Spirit. Because of Your Word, I believe that I now receive and I thank You for it. I believe the Holy Spirit is within me and, by faith, I accept it. Now, Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues, as You give me the utterance.”
Now begin giving sound to the expressions in your heart. Speak and hear the Holy Spirit speaking through you. Rejoice! You’ve just been baptized in the Holy Spirit! You’ve been endued with power—hallelujah!
*This prayer is from an article ‘How to Receive the Holy Spirit’, http://www.kcm.org/real-help/article/how-receive-baptism-holy-spirit
Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.
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