Following God

May 26, 2019

Matthew 16:24

 

Does God reveal Himself to you on a regular basis? It seems sometimes He does with amazing clarity and at other times it seems we struggle to understand his leadership in our lives. Our Scripture today says, “If anyone would (desires) to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) How can we follow the Lord Jesus?

 1                    By Choosing

 Do you find yourself in a situation that is not God’s best for you? Are you facing the consequences of your decisions and wondering if he will ever help you again? While the Father is always glad to provide you with wisdom and insight you need, He will wait to answer you until you are in a position to accept His guidance. In other words, he wants you to be willing to do as He says. Jesus made Himself available to His disciples, but they had to choose to follow Him and obey his commands. Some who heard the Savior speak went away unchanged, but those who submitted to His leadership experienced a powerful transformation.

 How has God blessed you through choosing to be obedient to Him?

What are the consequences in our lives of failing to choose to follow Him?

 2                    By Changing 

You have the opportunity today and every day to present yourself to the Lord, knowing he loves you and accepts you completely. Why not do what he says to do and experience the changes that occur in your life? By assured that as He works on your heart and attitude, changes will come; some of them painful some of them delightful, and all of them according to His will and purposes. Do you trust the Lord with all your heart and are you committed to allow Him to lead your life? Ask God to help you graciously accept whatever changes or opportunities He puts before you, allow Him to guide your every moment of your journey.

 How has God changed your life?

What were some of the most challenging changes in your life?

What were some of the blessing as a result of changes in your life?

 3                    By Seeking    

Do your trust God to lead you in a way that is beneficial and best for you? Often we may say we believe the Lord is all-wise and knows what is best for us, but then we look for advice from people around us. Our pride or refusal or to be open to His plan can bring difficulties, misery, and regret. There is only one person who has absolute knowledge, and that is the Lord Jesus. And He has promised to provide all the guidance you need. The Word says, “This also comes from the Lord of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.” (Isaiah 28:29) You can worry, fret, and fume about an issue that God has already dealt with, and continue to be miserable. But if you will set your heart to trust Him and seek Him, He will lead you to obedience which leads to blessings. He will guide you step by step, even when you do not see or understand His Almighty hand and plans for your life. Stop turning to friends for direction and seek the presence of God. Pray as you seek Him to be able to hear His voice, understand His Word, and follow His heart! God wants to reveal to you His best plan for your life!