Your Word Is A Lamp

Good morning blog readers. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on here, which unfortunately happens pretty often. But this morning I wanted to put a little something out so that you guys know what’s up. My wife and I have been crazy busy the past couple of weeks. We’ve been getting ready to move and with so much other stuff going on I just haven’t had the time to blog as I’d like. Sorry about that, although I know that there are a ton of great bloggers out there that can write much better than me 🙂

I will say this: I hope that you are all growing in the Lord and seeing Christ as the true center in all of life. Yesterday I was meditating on Psalm 119:105 where David writes “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” After a while of thinking about how important the Word is for us to go on, I was brought to considering how important Christ Himself is in order for us to go on. This of course brought me to the beginning of John where it’s stated that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” The Word that John is referring to, of course, is Jesus Christ.

After tweeting this verse, I received this reply from a brother in Christ whom I always find encouraging online:

This confirms, yet again, Christ’s centrality and supremacy. He not only leads us, but He also dwells inside of us and allows us to live from His very life. He lights our path and directs our ways. The Holy Spirit nudges us when we seem to have lost our way or have become blind in some area. Christ not only reveals truth, He is the Truth. He shows us the way by showing us Himself. Jesus Christ Himself is the way.

This was really encouraging to me yesterday in the midst of some of the positive chaos going on with our move and I hope that it can do the same for you. Jesus Christ and His riches are truly vast and extensive.

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Discerning God’s Will

I was thinking over lunch and somehow starting thinking about figuring out God’s will, whether it be big or everyday decisions in life. Looking back, I can remember times where I prayed something along the lines of “God, open the doors you want open and close the doors you want closed..”, and after praying this prayer I decided that any door or opportunity that opened up must be from God and therefore His will for me, after all I prayed for Him to close the doors that He wanted closed. But looking back, it seems that this prayer doesn’t quite line up with scripture…

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2

According to Paul in his letter to the Romans, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and because of that we will be able to discern what God’s will is. We’re not going to have to discern between an open and a closed door…because the only thing available is the open door. Just because an opportunity arises doesn’t mean it’s God’s will. We have to allow Christ in us to direct us to the right decision that is pleasing to Him, we’re not just puppets that are blindly walking a path, we’re part of Christ’s family, we’re the temple of the living and active God, the Spirit reveals the things of God to us and reveals His will to us and then guides through it. He shows us where we need to go and what we need to do. God still allows us to have free will, but we then have to decide to and remember to abide in Christ.

God gives us choices and shows us the right one.

I would love to hear your experiences you had in discerning God’s will in your life.