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Jan 25 Devotion: Seeking God’s Will

 “SEEKING GOD’S WILL” And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:  15).  And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.                                   1 JOHN 5:14-15 KJV

Parents train their children to do many tasks—from knowing which clothes match to handling money. Perhaps the most important skill we can teach is how to follow God’s direction.

We are blessed that our omniscient and mighty Father is willing to make His way known to us. He wants to reveal exactly what to do in every situation. In fact, He promises this: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psalms 32:8).

The first step is to make sure that we have repented of all sin. Listening to God while holding onto iniquity in our heart is like using a foggy and unreadable compass. After confessing and repenting, we can ask for direction.

Next, we should read Scripture regularly with a seeking, open heart. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105). The last step involves God’s indwelling Holy Spirit—the wonderful gift that the heavenly Father has given each of His children. The Spirit provides truth and guidance as we read the Word and pray. We should listen patiently for His leading, which is often communicated quietly to our hearts as we spend time with Him.

When asking the Lord to reveal His will, we shouldn’t expect instant answers. The discipline of waiting builds character, and besides, rushing the process may lead to a path that misses God’s best. Take the time to seek Jesus’ plan for your life, remembering He’ll provide all you need to follow Him.

-IBC

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