I. Pray and ask God to reveal His perfect will to you, unconditionally surrender your desires, plans and life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The promise: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
II. Ask God to guide you to scriptures in His Holy Word that will provide you with the answers that He has already prepared for you. He will give you direct guidance for a decision that will honor Him. We must be careful that we do not read only those verses that will support our desires or point of view; but, keep our mind open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
III. Seek counsel from godly advisors, who are living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
IV. Ask God to provide the circumstances that will confirm His will for your decision. It is important that we do not manipulate the circumstances ourselves.
V. Be willing to let Him make the decision, accept His answer and thank Him for His guidance and care.
VI. Trust God completely and surrender your will to His Lordship.
VII. Apply the first six principles diligently, ask God to confirm His choice for you, by giving you peace and confidence. Worship Him in the beauty of His Holiness and thank Him for His loving care and guidance.
With so many decisions to make in life these days, it is important to know how to make decisions that honor God. Through prayer we can have God’s help in making the right choices.
How can we make the right choices? Pray before we make a choice. Pray, so that you’ll know what to do
or whom to choose. Always seek God’s guidance.
“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.” Luke 6:12-13 NKJV – Jesus knew exactly whom God was calling to be His apostles.
Prayer preceded all that Jesus said and did. He prayed to the Father before He made choices or took action.
Jesus got it right 100% of the time.
He said of Himself, “I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19 When we give prayer the same priority Jesus gave, we will also see what the Father does and we will hear what He wants to communicate to us.
Jesus’ ministry was founded on prayer, faith and obedience. Our lives and ministry to God and to others will have to be founded on prayer too. If we are going to follow Jesus, we’re going to have to follow Him in prayer, faith and obedience.
In Proverbs we are given very specific counsel about seeking Gods’ will and guidance before making decisions. When we seek God’ counsel we have His promise, that He will direct us if we acknowledge His Lordship over our lives. “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.” Proverbs 3:5 – 6 NKJV
SURRENDER: OUR WILL AND DESIRES
TRUST: GOD COMPLETELY
OBEY: WITHOUT HESITATION
PRAY: WITH FAITH AND THANKFULNESS
“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:4-7)
What brings fear into our life? Many people are afraid of darkness, others of their failing health or getting old. Then others are afraid of being poor or harmed physically. And there are many that are fearful of death.
So how do we deal with fear? Should we fear? If so, then what kind of fear should we have? Our verses answer these questions.
Amazingly, Jesus tells us that worldly fear is something we need not be concerned about, instead, what we should fear is God because He is our Sovereign Lord.
Jesus is addressing those he considers as His friends and He is telling them not to be afraid of those who want to harm or destroy the body.
People during Jesus’ time were afraid of what the Scribes and Pharisees were capable of doing to them because some feared being put out of the synagogue (John 9:22 & John 12:42) and not have a means for living and supporting themselves. And others were put to death like Steven for being true to the Lord. (Acts 7:54-8:2)
Jesus said not to be in fear of these people – for once they destroyed the body, they could do nothing else to harm the person, since the body of those who believed in Christ would sleep in Jesus, and be raised on resurrection morning, and be united to their soul, and be forever with the Lord. Therefore, Christ’s disciples have nothing to be anxious about, because “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” (Romans 8:28)
As Jesus continues He warns them in verse 5: “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” Worldly fear is nothing but Godly fear is everything! Man destroying the body can do nothing else to it, but God will judge all of us and will send the unbeliever to the lake of fire for eternity because “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
We need to be aware of what Hebrew 9:27 says: “… It is appointed unto men to die once and after this comes judgment.” And the consequences for the unbeliever are found in Revelation 20:11-15: “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
In verses 6-7 Jesus asks, “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
Sparrows in Jesus’ times were a cheap commodity, almost valueless, yet, God does not forget “one of them.” So how much more valuable are we than sparrows?
Jesus says here, that every hair on a person’s head is numbered. If God is so minutely aware of those details, then don’t you think that He is aware of all that transpires within your life?
So the question is: What do you fear?
Non-believers should be very fearful because: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”
Hebrews 10:31. On the other hand the Bible tells us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 111:10) and the fear of God begins by recognizing our own sin and fearing the consequences which is death and eternal separation from God. The person that has not accepted Jesus as His Savior needs to turn to the Savior because He took the punishment upon Himself that our sin deserved and died an excruciating death on the cross. We need to trust in Him and repent before it is too late, because none of us know when our life ends.
Jesus speaks these words to give peace to His followers. They are those who fear God, and are given the assurance of His love, guidance and comfort no matter what is happening in their lives.
Remember that God cares about us in the deepest way. Sparrows have enjoyed their existence since their creation, under the protection of God’s providence, but we “are of more value than many sparrows.”
To all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13)
John gives us the marvelous promise of God that anyone who receives Christ will be born again and enters the family of God. This is a spiritual birth from God, not a physical birth that depends on human nature.
To receive Jesus means to believe in His name. His name is who He is; that is, His person. Jesus is God as well as man; He is the Lamb of God our Savior who takes away the sin of the world. All those who believe in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior are given the right to be children of God. All who believe in the Person of Christ are spiritually born of God.
Verse 12 contains important words for those who receive Christ. He gave, to those who opened their life to Him; the free gift of redemption. Salvation is by grace alone. It is a free gift and never a human achievement. Yet the imparting of the gift is dependent on man’s acceptance of Christ.
God transforms us from children of darkness and sin to His holy children when, we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, (the absolute ruler of our lives) and when we understand that Jesus paid our sin debt in full when He bore them upon Himself and died for us on the Cross.
The moment that we confess our sins and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we pass from death into life (John 5:24), from children of darkness into children of light. God gives the Holy Spirit to impart this new and holy life to His true children; the Holy Spirit actually comes to live in our physical bodies when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord. The Bible states that the indwelling Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome sin and to stop sinning as a way of life. Romans 8:1-2 states; “Therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are alive in Christ Jesus…”
Sin no longer has the forceful control over our lives that it did before we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our lives. Sins power and control was broken and shattered by Jesus on the cross, when He stated those magnificent, powerful, life changing words, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Children of God means we became partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). When we received Jesus Christ as our Savior and make Him the Lord of our lives we were born again and are part of God’s family. The gift, the privilege and the birth are for those who receive Jesus Christ into their life.
The definition of those who believe in His name is provided by equating it with receive Him. John uses the verb believe 98 times and he never used it as a noun. It is clear that he thought of faith as an activity, as something men do that moves or changes them rather than a motionless state. When we truly believe we yield ourselves up to be possessed and changed by Jesus Christ.
Many people are confused about how they can be sure God has forgiven them and will welcome them into heaven. They don’t know what it means to receive, to believe in, or to accept Christ.
There is a simple story of a teacher that offered a ten dollar bill to any student that wanted it. As he held it up, the students all yelled out “I want it, I want it.” After a few moments, the teacher asked again who wants this ten dollar bill and finally one of the students got up and walked up to the teacher and took the bill. The ten dollar bill was not his until he took it. The same is true of salvation, being forgiven and going to heaven. Although Jesus has provided salvation for us through His death on the cross, what He accomplished there will do us no good unless we accepted Him into our life.
Verse 13 speaks of the only One who can perform or bring about the new birth. “Who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
This is a supernatural spiritual birth. No person can earn it and no person deserves it. It is not of blood, as with physical birth, it is a spiritual birth. It is not by the will of the flesh, it cannot be obtained through self discipline or a diligent effort to adhere to a set of religious rules. Nor is it by the will of man. Nobody becomes a child of God by participating in a religious ceremony, or by following church traditions. It is entirely God’s doing: “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)
Although spiritual birth is brought about by God, rather than by man, each of us must decide either to accept or reject Jesus Christ. Just as the student chose to get up and take the ten dollar bill, we need to move and make the decision to accept Jesus as our Savior and to make Him Lord of our lives. Be assured, and comforted, that God wants you to know Him, He wants you to receive Christ, be spiritually born again and be a part of His family.
Jesus said: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
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