" Have you ever been so broken, so hurt, or so distraught that you can’t even see clearly to put one foot in front of the other to keep walking. It is like going around and around a room in total darkness and feeling your way around the room, touching the furniture, the walls, or the decorations to find any clue to where you are supposed to go or what you are supposed to do. Well, been there…done that… Then you reach a point that you see a flicker of LIGHT, a glimmer of hope… and you hold onto it for dear life. Then you start getting a little hint of where to step or where to go…and you take one step at a time and wait for the next hint for the next step… Well, I call that following my “bread crumbs”. Little pieces of something; little hints of the next move; NEVER SEEING THE WHOLE PICTURE! BUT WALKING IN FAITH that every little step is moving you closer to the plan that God has for your life. You see, God very seldom gives you the entire scenario of what He is planning. He gives you little bits, little hints while guiding you and tests you to see if you will walk in faith to allow Him to guide you to the plans that He has in store for you. That’s FOLLOWING THE BREAD CRUMBS!
Prayer: Lord, guide our paths and orchestrate our lives that we will walk into the futures that you have planned for us. Open the doors that You want us to walk through and close the doors that You want us to avoid. We thank you for your protection and provision as we walk with You in Jesus’ name… Amen."
The above words are a glimse into the often puzzling, yet humble God reliant world many believers live in; yearning to know clearly what is God's "Calling" in their lives. In contrast, there are those who say that everything can and (if you were to heed their advice) perhaps all should be 'known' and 'planned' and fully under their godly control; in partnership with God off course as they would hasten to imply, well supported by selected scriptures. The following example of this line of thought can be found at http://www.letgodbetrue.com/proverbs/commentaries/04_26.php (You can even listen to a radio braodcast of the text that follows at this site).
Quoting Proverbs 4:26 "Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established", they write such as follows:
"Wise men do not let life happen to them. They act with careful thought and sober reflection. They plan and manage their lives. They choose wise goals and the means to achieve them, and they compare their progress to them. Other than rare acts of God they cannot avoid, they control and direct their circumstances to serve them, not vice versa.
Rather than bouncing from one goal or direction to another, prudent men fix their lives in one steady course. They discipline all aspects of their lives toward their chosen goals. They carefully consider every part of life. They question, evaluate, and muse upon each choice they make to keep their overall objective before them and steady progress to it. Reader, where are you going? Ponder the path of your feet. Is getting older all you are doing? Is life happening to you, rather than you directing it? Your daily and weekly routines should have a solid purpose and noble objective. Or are you on a treadmill - in a rut - not making any progress? Step back. Ponder the path of your feet. Examine yourself (II Cor 13:5). Consider your ways (Hag 1:5). Commune with your own heart (Ps 4:4). What does it mean to ponder? It means to weigh a matter mentally, to consider it carefully, to think about it, to muse over it, and to meditate upon it. Most are too busy with too much noise and activity to stop and think soberly about their lives. Instead of musing, they seek amusements - activities designed to stop all thinking. "
EDITORIAL PAUSE - ARE YOU WORN OUT YET? BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE; DO READ ON IF YOU DARE .......
" Instead of quiet time to reflect on their lives, they have radios in their cars, televisions in their homes, and cell phones in their pockets. "God is not in all his thoughts" (Ps 10:4). They do not know where they are going, why they are going in a certain direction, or the consequences of it. They are victims of circumstances rather than managers of them.
But wisdom cries, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Ps 46:10). "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah" (Ps 4:4). "I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search" (Ps 77:6). "But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him" (Hab 2:20). These are the activities of wise and holy men.
It is the fool who lives without thinking, walks without meditating, and chooses his path without pondering. Christians are called to walk circumspectly - examining their path from all angles! Only by this discipline can they understand and apply God's will to their lives (Eph 5:15-17). It is your duty to make straight paths for your feet (Heb 12:13).
What should you ponder? Are you walking with God and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ? Are you bearing much spiritual fruit? Is your marriage what it should be? Do you have activities in your life that create temptation and lead to sin? Are you single minded for the kingdom of God? Do you live with eternity in view? If you were to die today, would Jesus Christ find you in the way of righteousness?
Is your life leading toward the holy objective of pleasing Christ? Does your path on Sundays include a faithful church where all doctrine and practice matches the Scriptures? Are your priorities consistent with those Solomon lists in this book? Do you read, meditate, pray, and sing in private on a regular basis? Ponder the path of your feet.
EDITORIAL PAUSE (AGAIN); SO MUCH OF THIS IS SOUNDING SO ALMOST DESPERATELY TRUE, YOU JUST ABOUT HAVE TO GO WITH IT ......... BUT READ ON ...........
" Father, have you pondered the path your wife and children are taking? It is your duty before God to lead, guide, and correct them into the right way of the fear of the Lord. The true measure of your duty and love is to prepare and perfect them to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you helping them keep their feet in the pathway of righteousness?
What keeps you from pondering the path of your feet? Whatever it is, it is not worth the danger of wandering out of the way of understanding and ending up in the congregation of the dead (Pr 21:16). See the comments on 21:16. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Pr 14:12; 16:25). And reader, if you do not ponder your ways, the LORD is pondering them, especially the sexual ones (Pr 5:21)! See the comments on 5:21. Do not neglect or forget this sacred duty to ponder your feet!
The LORD, Jehovah and Jesus are His names, calls to you no less than to Abraham. "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect" (Gen 17:1).
If you will answer this call, the LORD will send you visible and invisible teachers. "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (Is 30:21).
The psalmist said, "I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies" (Ps 119:59). Reader, will you join the psalmist in this frequent duty of pondering your life? "Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD" (Lam 3:40). Make it a part of your daily exercise in prayer (Ps 139:23-24).
Your flesh, the world, and Satan will daily lay snares in the way. You will face many even today. They will seek to tempt and trap you in your thoughts, your speech, your relationships, your job, and everywhere else. It is your duty to consider your ways carefully and avoid those snares. It is your duty to turn away, quickly, from every tempting and threatening situation (Pr 4:14-15; Rom 13:14; II Tim 2:22).
After pondering the path of your feet, it is your duty to fix and secure all your ways in the fear of the Lord. How do you identify the fear of the Lord for your life? By the Holy Scriptures! They are the lamp for your feet and the light for your path (Ps 119:105). The sure rock of Christ's sayings must be the foundation of your house (Matt 7:24-27; II Pet 1:19-21). Establish - fix and settle permanently - all your ways in the Lord! And the grace of God is able to bless you toward this glorious life (I Pet 5:10; I Thess 3:12-13)!
True disciples continue in the word of Christ (John 8:31). They are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, but rather continue in the faith grounded and settled (Col 1:23). And it is by this confident and established perseverance in the truth that we show we are the true brethren of the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb 3:6,14). Lord, keep us by your grace!"
EDITOR'S NOTE: NOW YOU NEED TO GO GET A CUP OF TEA AND A BISCUIT TO LET ALL THAT SINK IN! (SELAH!)
WHEN YOUR'E DONE WITH THAT AND READY FOR THE NEXT BIT OF THIS LITTLE JOURNEY COME BACK AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO GO TO Calling (Part 1) and Calling (Part 2)
BY THE WAY, IF YOU ARE WONDERING ABOUT THE THEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND OF THE AUTHOR RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PRECEDING SERMON QUOTATION, HE (OR SHE) IS VERY DECIDEDLY CESSATIONIST. THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT ......
Spiritual Gifts and the Charismatic Movement
" We believe that it is proper to divide the spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament into ordinary gifts, which are given by God to His churches throughout all ages for their profit and edification, and special gifts, which are further divided into the sign gifts and the revelatory gifts.
We believe that the sign gifts recorded in the New Testament were given for the purpose of convincing unbelieving Jews that the preaching of the gospel by the apostles was of God (1 Corinthians 14:21-22), and that they ceased by 70 AD, when God had ended His witness to the Jews by destroying them as a nation.
We believe that the revelatory gifts recorded in the New Testament were given to reveal the fullness of God's truth in the New Covenant to his churches until such time as His apostles had completed writing the New Testament, at which time they ended.
We believe that the modern Charismatic movement with its emphasis of love over truth, its disdain for sound doctrine, its love of compromising associations, and ungodly rejection of Scriptural guidelines for the use of tongues shows itself to be part of the prophesied lying sins and wonders of these, the last days."
FOR MORE DETAILED DISCUSSION ON CESSATIONIST VS CONTINUALIST THEOLOGY PLEASE GO TO THE LINK AT THE "PERFECT LIFE" PAGE AT THE MAIN MENU.