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“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.”        Thomas Merton

Can you relate to this thought? Do you sometimes wonder what God’s direction is for your season or even your life?

This thought is not coming from a spiritual lightweight, but Thomas Merton! A giant in the faith!

Greg Garrett shares this thought in his book, No Idea: Entrusting Your Journey to a God Who Knows.

He shares how discerning the will of God for our lives is always a challenge.

“…any attempt to know what God is trying to tell us is complicated by the fact that God rarely writes down his desires for us on a slip of paper and hands it to us.”

We casually toss around the word grace in so many ways. Saying thanks before a meal, a name on a church, or a greeting in the Bible.

There are both common and specific forms of grace.

Saving grace is very “generic” (not cheap but similar for all). Grace for life is where it becomes unique.

Grace enables

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.” 1 Corinthians 3:10

Paul is speaking of a specific grace given to him for the completion of the job God had for him.

We use words like calling, leading, prompting, or the will of God. We know these things are unique.

Here Paul says this is the specific grace given to aid us in doing what we are made for.

God’s Perfect Plan

November 19, 2014

Is there a perfect plan of God for our lives?

I’ve heard many things along these lines through the years.

  • “The good is the enemy of best.”
  • “Don’t settle for second best in your life.”
  • “Compromise will limit your effectiveness and take you out of His Will”

This doesn’t even begin to consider the search for our spouse, the match made in heaven.

With this thinking comes a great deal of pressure and fear.

The implication is that unless we perfectly discern the will of God for our lives we end up in some alternate universe.

We endeavor to crack the mystery through prayer, godly counsel, and the ever-present laying of fleeces.

I literally know people who have been paralyzed with fear of their next decision derailing his Divine Plan. They could not even get out of bed.

Stay in Your Lane

October 4, 2014

The past few days I’ve been blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. The conference has finished, but with so much truth to chew on we need time to process it all.

Every year Catalyst introduces me to a speaker which I have not previously heard, but gives a message which resonates with my heart. This year that speaker was Robert Madu. His message has been churning in my heart ever since.

Robert is the Evangelist and Teaching Pastor from Trinity Church in Dallas, Texas. He spoke out of the following two passages:

Hebrews 12:1-2 – God has set a race before each and everyone one of us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus who initiates and perfects our faith.
1 Samuel 18:5-9 – Saul became jealous of David based on a comparison made between them. He took his eyes off of his own race.

As we seek to follow God, ultimately queries about being in His will come up. What does God want me to do with my life?

We engage in a lot of activities to discern the direction of the Almighty.

  • We ask.
  • We look at all life’s circumstances and try to discern the best path.
  • We set out “fleeces” saying things like, “God if you do this (or that) then I will know this is right.”

Sometimes our methods turn into downright manipulation or magic.

A little seeking, a bit of fasting, some prayer and wise counsel, and “Poof” we know His Will.
We attempt to make deals with God saying, “God if you show me this I will live for you forever!”

No amount of deal brokering is foolproof. There are no magic spells consisting of good works which always produce the desired result.