Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 23rd October 2016
Quarter Theme: Standing On God’s Promises
Topic: I will guide you
Texts: Psalm 32:1-11
Memory Verse: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)
Perhaps, the most common questions in Christianity today have to do with divine guidance. What is the will of God for my life? Is God leading me to run for politics? Is it God’s will for me to travel to Port-Harcourt on Tuesday? Does God want me to marry Sis Angela or Bro Philippi? Could God be the one asking me to quit my job to start a new business? What is God’s divine will about school for my kids?
Concerned and truly devout Christians wrestle with these questions on a daily basis. We are eager to do what God wants us to do . . . if only we knew exactly what he wants us to do! As hard as obedience can be at times, discerning God’s will can even be harder. In life, we make decisions every day and these choices could be simple, complex and come with life changing consequences. God is saying he would guide us; that he would “teach you [and I] in the way you should go”. The question then is how?
Divine decision-making begins by discerning the will of God. God delights in revealing His will to those who are eager to follow His precepts (Psalm 33:18; Psalm 35:27; Psalm 147:11). We must take the attitude of Jesus who affirmed, “Not My will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42; Matthew 6:10).
God reveals His will to us mainly in two ways. First, through His Word in the scriptures: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105; see also Psalm 19:7-9; 2 Peter 1:19). And, second, through the Holy Spirit: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth …” (John 16:13; see also 1 John 2:20, 27).
God’s Word in the scriptures provides general overarching guidance. Like the rules on the highway (e.g. stop at a red light or maintaining a speed limit). So you cannot claim to be led by the Holy Spirit to have an adulterous affair with the wife of your best friend. The scripture is clear: “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. You cannot claim another man’s belonging, as is the practice of some today, because the bible is clear on covetousness and not reaping where you have not sown.
Being led by the spirit is founded on the word. Remember, even if you know and obey all the rules of the Highway Code (which we have likened to the scripture earlier), you still need a destination. Is it Sambisa, Kafanchan, Akure, Owerri or London? There are several decisions that we need to make that are not clear cut from reading the scriptures (e.g. who to marry): this is where the Holy Spirit guides. He guides us in visions, circumstances (Paul & Silas, Acts 16:16-34), and dreams and through his Word (John 15:7).
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- Read: Luke 22:42; Matthew 6:10. What should be our own attitude towards God’s will?
- Read John 15:7. Can our will be same as the will of God? On what conditions?
- Give examples of how God guided others in the bible via Dreams, Visions and Circumstances.
- How can we avoid the danger of being wise in our own eyes? Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 21:2.
- Is there a place for receiving counsel? Can God guide us through others? Share your experience.