Ask the right question.

“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing.” John 5:19.

Most of Christ-followers spend their entire life asking God, “What is your will for my life?” God what is it I’m suppose to do for You? What ministry do I want to serve You in? Those are natural and good questions to have come up as you consider the concept.

But they’re the wrong questions to be asking if you want to learn to see God at work. Why? Because it puts the focus on you rather than God. Sometimes we assume that every question is the right question. Seminary professor Dr. Gaines Dobbins often told his students, “If you ask the wrong question, you are going to get the wrong answer.” Remember if we keep coming up with the wrong answer you need to check the question.

So what is the right question? The one Jesus continually asked God. “God what is your will?” Don’t ask, “God what can I do?” But ask, “What is God purposefully doing where I am?” Now the focus has moved from my life to God. That is where you find your answers.

In the Scripture above, Jesus was saying once I know what God is doing, then I know what I need to be doing.  He was saying He was powerless to accomplish anything of lasting value without the Father.

Want your life to count?  Do you want to accomplish things of lasting value?  Don’t rely on your abilities, but look to see what God is doing around you and join Him.  That will make all the difference in what you do with your life.

Your Lord Precedes You

“But after I have been resurrected, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Mark 14:28

God never sends you into a situation alone.  He always goes before His children, as He did with the children of Israel when He led them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  You do not serve as His advance troops in a foreign and hostile situation.  He always precedes you in any situation you encounter.  God is never caught by surprise by your experience; He has already been there.  He is prepared to meet every need because He has gone before you and knows exactly what you will need for your pilgrimage (Deut. 31:8).

Not only does God go before you, but He also stands beside you and behind you, to provide protection and comfort (Ps. 139:7-12).  Jesus knew His disciples would be totally bewildered by His crucifixion, so He assured them in advance that no matter what happened, no matter where they went, they could go in confidence that  He had already gone before them.  Paul, too, experienced this assurance (Acts 18:9; 23:11).  IN the most bewildering circumstances, his Lord was there!

If you are going through a difficult or confusing time, know that your Lord has gone before you and He is present with you.  He is fully aware of what your are facing, and He is actively responding to your need.  There is nowhere you can go that you will not find Christ waiting for you to join Him.  Even when you face death, you can be assured that He has gone before you in triumph.  As a child of God, rest in the knowledge that your Savior preceeded you, and He will walk wiht you through each experience of your life.

Reality: 7 Truths from Experiencing God. Henry & Richard Blackaby, p.12

Hello world!

Many years ago when God called me into the pastoral ministry, he made it very clear that he wanted to use me to build lasting fruit of the Kingdom of God in people’s lives.  John 15:16a (NLT) You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit. That is what I’ve sought to do since then.  I’ve resisted starting a blog because I’m not the greatest writer, but if God can use these few words to help people on their spiritual journey then I must do so.  So, here goes.  I don’t know where this will lead, but I look forward to what God will do through this endeavor.