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Getting Ahead of God

Guidance Patience Submission

Contributed By: James Augustine | Date Posted: 2020-05-10

Scripture: Psalms 139:24 ; Psalms 5:8

Author: James Augustine
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ILLUSTRATION

My friend Mike retold this story in a training session many years ago. It seems he was out in the woods of his old homestead with his 8-year-old son. They were trekking through the woods that Mike had known like the back of his hand since he was the age of 8. He wanted to share these woods with his son, but his son kept on running on ahead of him. He would call out to him and say, "Son, I want you to go that way," pointing to the left. His son stopped and looked at the fork in the path and said, "What way dad?" 

Mike finally stood still and wanted to see how the situation would play out. He again pointed to the left and said, "That way!" 

"Which way, dad?"

"Son. I want you to stop and wait for me."

Mike's son then turned around and waited for his father to come up next to him, take his hand, and then proceed to lead him in the right direction.

APPLICATION

Far too often, we as Christians tend to rush ahead of God. We want to get to the blessings, and we have no idea how to get there. And we rush ahead, with God all the while pointing in a direction and saying gently to us, "Go that way!" 

We respond with frustration because we are not following, but trying to force God's hand and have Him go the way we want to. But God's desire is for us to wait, to be patient, and allow Him to lead us where He wants us to go.

the psalmist in 139 asks God to "search me, know me, and lead me." God knows us and has searched us. But if we want to go where He wants us, we have to allow Him to lead us.

Good Fear

Fear Wisdom Guidance

Source: “Fear of spiders? The London zoo wants to help” By: Michael d'Estries, November 17, 2015

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-01

Scripture: Proverbs 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

MOHTER NATURE NETWORK reports:

When it comes to spiders, people generally fall into one of two categories: indifferent, or "OMG GET IT AWAY FROM ME" afraid … But what if you could be convinced to respect and co-exist with spiders instead of feeling threatened by their presence?

That's the idea behind the Zoological Society of London's Friendly Spider Programme, designed to help people cope with their fears. The four-hour session is hosted by the London Zoo’s head of invertebrate conservation, Dave Clarke, and features a discussion on phobias, a detailed history and education on spiders, and even a group hypnotherapy session.

Led by hypnotherapist John Clifford, the hypnosis is designed to "remove any remaining negative subconscious feelings about the animals and support the newly-acquired positive feelings."

After all of the above is concluded, the participants are invited to take the optional step of visiting the Zoo's BUGS! building. In a calm and supportive environment, they can practice catching common household spiders and/or cuddle with a big furry Mexican red-kneed spider.

APPLICATION

Confronted by a big furry Mexican red-kneed spider, most of us are heading straight for the door! Any time we need to be hypnotized in order to overcome a fear, there just might be a good reason to be afraid! Fear is not necessarily a bad thing. Take the Bible for example. It speaks of a holy God who will judge each of us according to His righteous standards. Such a thought really should fill each of us with fear and trepidation.

While conventional wisdom rejects the idea of fearing God, seeing it as unnecessary and unproductive, the Bible actually commends it--not as an end in itself, but as a starting point. The Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). 

Don't be the fool who runs from their fears, or erases them with hypnotherapy. Listen to your fears and be guided by them into the ways of wisdom.

Americans Can't Live Without Their Phones

Word of God Dependence on God Guidance

Source: “Mobile Technology Fact Sheet: Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to mobile technology” by Pew Research Center, posted pewinterenet.org, retrieved 4/20/15

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-30

Scripture: Various

Author: Pew Research Organization / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

According to the Pew Research Center, 90% of Americans own a phone:

  • 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
  • 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night.
  • 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”

Recent statistics also show that 70% of cell phone owners and 86% of smart phone owners have used their phones in one or more of the following ways in the past 30 days:

  • Coordinate a meeting or get-together — 41%
  • Solve an unexpected problem that they or someone else had encountered — 35%
  • Decide whether to visit a business, such as a restaurant — 30%
  • Find information to help settle an argument they were having — 27%
  • Look up a score of a sporting event — 23%
  • Get up-to-the-minute traffic or public transit information to find the fastest way to get somewhere — 20%
  • Get help in an emergency situation — 19%

All this cell phone use equates to the average person checking their phone 150 times per day, this according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers's annual Internet Trends report.

APPLICATION

A recent social media buzz point (author unknown) asked this probing question: What if we began to treat our Bibles the way we treat our cell phones?

What if we …

carried it with us everywhere?

turned back to get it if we forgot it?

checked it for messages throughout the day?

used it in case of an emergency?

spent an hour or more using it each day?

Indeed, what if we consulted the Bible instead of our phone …

The next time we wanted to coordinate a meeting?

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee” (Psalm 63:1, KJV). “…when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19).

The next time we needed to solve a problem?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

The next time you need direction?

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

The next time you need to decide where you should or shouldn’t go?

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” (Psalm 1:1).


The next time you need help to settle an argument?

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church” (Matthew 18:15-16, ESV). “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21, ESV).

The next time you need to find the most direct path to your destination?

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

The next time you have an emergency?

“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15). “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).

Let’s make the Word of God “something we cannot imagine living without!”

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Guidance Counseling Wisdom

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-17

Scripture: Various

Author: Various
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Guidance Faith God's Care

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-03-20

Scripture: Psalms 23:1 ; John 10:14

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Guidance Trust (In God) Bible

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-14

Scripture: Psalms 119:105 ; 2 Peter 1:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Word of God Guidance God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-12

Scripture: Proverbs 6:23

Author: Unknown
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Guidance Holy Spirit (Walking In) Truth

Contributed By: Gordon | Date Posted: 2014-03-26

Scripture: John 16:13

Author: Gordon/Illustration Exchange
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Contributed By: Brett Sartain | Date Posted: 2013-07-06

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Jon Courson
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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-12

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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