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God Is Speaking
God is Speaking
4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
Intro: Every day is a learning experience because we must make decisions constantly and by so doing we learn what works and what hurts. It is this fact that is at the base of everyday events, people everywhere need to make better choices and follow better paths. The question is simple, how can a person make better choices and choose better paths? How can we maximize our opportunities and minimize our failures? Of course experience is a hard teacher and by the time we are ready to leave this world the many lessons often have come at a terrible price. If only there was a way to impart knowledge and wisdom apart from the trial and error approach. Actually there is available to anyone who will accept it, guidance and direction that can and will avoid many of life’s pitfalls. We all need some authority figure to guide us down life’s path. The world makes many claims to answer this need, but so does God. Listen to what God has promised to those who seek to follow Him:
God's presence "I will never leave thee" (Heb. 13:5)
God's protection "I am thy shield" (Gen. 15:1)
God's power "I will strengthen thee" (Isa. 41:10)
God's provision "I will help thee" (Isa. 41:10)
God's leading "And when He sends out His own sheep, He goes before them" (John 10:4)
God's purposes "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil" (Jer. 20:11)
God's rest "Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28)
God's cleansing "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9)
God's goodness "No good thing will He withhold from them that work uprightly" (Psalm 84:11)
God's faithfulness "The Lord will not forsake His people for His great name's sake" (1 Sam. 12:22)
God's guidance "The meek will He guide" (Psalm 25:9)
God's wise plan "All things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28)
The reason I am sharing these with you is to point out a fundamental truth about God, He is our only real source of help in this world. Each of us face each day trying to figure out what to do, and how to do it. We make choices all day long and the have to live by the choices we make, some good some not so good. If only we could get some help in these daily decisions that would help us avoid the bad choices and the consequences of them.
The early church leader Augustine was once accosted by a heathen who showed him his idol and said, "Here is my god; where is yours?" Augustine replied, "I cannot show you my God; not because there is no God to show but because you have no eyes to see Him." -Unknown
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As a child of God we have eyes to see Him as the ultimate source of truth, power and love to guide us. It always boils down to will we utilize the resources God has made available to His children.
I. David was Wanting to Be Lead (vs 4)
“Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths”
1. Many of us say we want to be led but we don’t really want God to show us His will; we simply want Him to confirm our will.
2. David’s prayer here echoes a prayer of Moses in a similar situation of stress.
3. Six times Moses had been up on the mountain with God, six times he had come back down.
3. When he went up the fifth time he took seventy elders of Israel who had been given a vision of the Glory of God. Ex 24:9
4. God had given Moses specific instructions concerning the building of the tabernacle while on the mount.
5. God, in all His glory, was going to come down, move in with His people, and pitch His tent among them.
6. Then Moses had come down from the mount only to find that the people had lapsed into idolatry and were dancing around a golden calf.
7. God told Moses to stand aside so that He could pour out His wrath upon this faithless people but Moses stepped in between as a mediator and God’s wrath was turned aside.
8. Moses then went up into the mount the sixth time, alone, to plead with God to blot him out of His book rather than blot out Israel.
9. God told Moses that his prayer was heard but from then on God, instead of coming to camp with Israel, would let the people get along as best they could without Him.
10. God said he would send an angel because if He came it would be as a flaming fire of vengeance. Moses came down from the mountain the sixth time with this message.
11. This really had Moses upset. He took the tent of testimony, the place where God would meet with him, and carried outside the sinful camp. There god, in grace, talked to him: “The Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”
12. Moses poured out his confusion to the Lord: “Show me now your way” (Ex 33:13).
13. He did not dare make a move without God.
14. No angel, no matter who that angel might be, not Gabriel the messenger angel, or Michael the enforcer, would do. It had to be God guiding and leading or there was no point in going on.
15. Ultimately it always gets to this point, is God leading or are we simply doing our own thing.
16. David had come to the same position; He wanted to be led.
T.S. When God sees that we really want to be led, then He will lead.
II. David was Willing to Be Lead (5a)
Lead me in Your truth and teach me
1. There are many voices trying to get our attention, voices that want to lead us away from God’s path.
2. The voices are external and internal and they can be very powerful at times.
3. The issue is one of the will, do I actually want to go where God wants me to go and do what God wants me to do?
4. The world is full of opportunities for fame, fortune and fun. However, no matter which path we choose there is a commitment necessary to reach the goal before us.
5. Commitment is always the challenge, are we willing to commitment our lives to reach the goal we are striving for? The goal often requires sacrifice, hard work, denial and focus.
6. The world demands commitment and so does God, but which one are we going to choose? The world offers money, prestige, power and fame for our commitment, basically a bribe to turn from God.
7. God does not say, “follow Me and I’ll give you an exotic and exciting ride; follow me and I’ll guarantee you good health and riches. “
8. God says: “Follow me no matter what!”
9. Until we are willing to be guided and committed to God’s leading and direction He will not reveal His will to us.
10. David asked God to “lead me in Thy truth, and teach me.”
11. Guidance begins with the Word of God. When God speaks we need to listen and obey.
Rowland V. Bingham, founder of the Sudan Interior Mission, was once seriously injured in an automobile accident. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The following day, when he regained consciousness, he asked the nurse what he was doing there. "Don't try to talk now, just rest," she replied. "You have been in an accident." "Accident? Accident!" exclaimed Dr. Bingham. "There are no accidents in the life of a Christian. This is just an incident in God's perfect leading." Source Unknown
12. When we get to this point in our belief level it is easy to be led by God
T.S. David was wanting to be led and he was willing to be led.
III. David was Waiting to Be Led (5b)
On You I wait all the day.
1. One thing I have discovered God is never in a hurry.
2. Often He will make us wait and wait before finally making the path clear.
3. That is where most of us break down; we are impatient so we act without God’s guidance and then complain when things go wrong.
4. Often when facing an important decision we will find that everything is cloudy at first.
5. Guidance will come only as we wait.
6. It is Satan who says: “Hurry do it now.” It is now or never!
7. If you miss this you will miss God’s will for you.
8. Satan always wants you to act on impulse; spare of the moment decision.
9. God is always the opposite of Satan and He says just sit tight and wait for Me to move things in your direction.
10. If you have a glass of cloudy water in front of you set it down and sit down and wait. In a while the sediment will settle to the bottom and the water is clear.
11. God’s leading will be missed if we are rushing around, hurried and simply responding to the pressures we face.
T.s. David was wanting, willing, and waiting to be led.
Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given. G. Campbell Morgan
I love the story of the raw army recruit standing at attention on the drill field. The drill instructor yells, "Forward, march!" And the entire ranks begin to move, all except this one raw recruit. He's still standing there at attention. So the drill instructor strolls over to him and yells in his right ear, "Is this thing working?"
"Sir, yes, sir!" The recruit yells.
Then the drill instructor walks around to the other ear and yells, "Is this thing working?"
"Sir, yes, sir!" The soldier says.
"Then why didn't you march when I gave the order?"
"Sir, I didn't hear you call my name."
Some of us are like that soldier standing around waiting for God to call our names. But the great commission is a blanket order. It has everyone's name on it. And you can be sure that the man in charge says, "Go! Disciple! Teach!"
In English the Olympic motto reads; “Swifter, higher, stronger.” Interestingly, the bible also has an Olympic text. It is Isaiah 40:31- “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Helen Keller
A little girl was walking home with her father one night. As they trudged along in the darkness she said, “Take my hand, Papa! I can take only a little piece of yurs, but you can take the whole of mine.”
Let God take your hand and lead you home….
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