Bible Study

Discovering Your Vision.

   Do you know what God's will is for you? Do you have a vision? Do you know what you are going to do with your life? You should! Having a vision for your life is very important as God's Word declares in Habakkuk 2:2-3

   When young people start out in life, they may not know what their futures are going to hold. There is nothing wrong with that because many times God unfolds His plans as we start to move in a direction and trust Him to lead. What young people need to do is seek God's plans for their lives and then write down what they believe God is saying to them. As they begin to move in a certain direction, what they are supposed to do with their lives will become increasingly clear.

   People who are older should have figured out their purposes in life. However many of them still do not know what they want to be when they "grow up" because issues in their lives have blocked the formation of their vision.

   Too many people concentrate on what they cannot do. They focus on everything they do wrong and never on what they do right. They get so caught up in their mistakes and inabilities that they lose sight of the fact that we serve a great God. If this is you, I encourage you to study Hebrews 12:2. This verse tells you to look away from the things that distract you and focus on Jesus. Even if you are being sidetracked by your own inabilities and weaknesses, stop looking at those things and start looking up to Jesus. If you believe you can do only one thing, make up your mind that you are going to do that one thing well. Decide that you were going to be the best you can be at that one thing.

   Take an inventory of your life and decide what you have that you can use to fulfill God's purpose for you. What are you doing with your time, your energy, and your abilities? Stop looking at what you do not have and begin using what you do have.

   Become a person of purpose. Know why you are doing what you are doing. Make sure you do not lose sight of your goals. In order to do that, you may need to heed the advice of Habakkuk: write your vision and make it plain!

 

(Excerpt from The Everyday Life Bible: Joyce Meyer Commentary.)

You Are Loved!

Obeying Even The Ridiculous Convictions.

 "Your personal convictions [on such matters] - exercise [them] as in God's presence, keeping them to yourself [striving only to know the truth and obey his will]. - Romans 14:22 (amp)

 

  Romans 14:22 teaches us that we should not only be led by biblical convictions (10 commandments), but also by our personal convictions.

  The other day my brother and I were discussing how, we don't understand why, we are convicted when we try to drink coffee. Doesn't this seem a little rediculous? I mean, everyone I know drinks coffee. However, the Holy Spirit always convicts me prior to pouring a nice, hot, and delicious cup of joe. He says, "Brittni, coffee is for emergency purposes only." So unless I am extremely tired with no time for a nap, I opt for tea.

  This is a frustrating personal conviction that both my brother and I carry. It is frustrating because we both LOVE coffee.

  When my brother asked me why we get convicted of such minor things, like coffee, I went on to explain that God is our protector. I said, "Bro, I don't know if you've seen the signs at our local coffee shops lately, but they say that coffee can cause cancer. The Holy Spirit not only knows the past and the present, but He also knows the future. So maybe, what seems minor right now (in the present) May not be so minor in the future if we do not obey our personal convictions."

  I wonder what chaos could have been avoided in our lives had we simply followed our convictions. I wonder how many blessings God has been unable to release because we chose not to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

 One thing I know about God is that he loves us deeply. "He knows the plans he has for us. His plans are to prosper us, not to harm us." - Jeremiah 29:11

  In order for us to prosper, we must be willing to be led by our convictions. When we follow our convictions we show God, by faith, that we trust Him enough to listen to Him.

  God is always speaking. The question is, are you listening? God wants to guide you into greater places than most of you have ever imagined. Will you allow God to lead you through your convictions? My prayer for all of us is that we would be sensitive to his voice and willing to listen. I believe that as we grow closer to God, and follow our convictions, our lives will become extremely impactful to those whom are around us.

   Today, I challenge you to obey all of your convictions no matter how ridiculous or silly they may seem. As you practice this level of obedience, I know that God will entrust you with greater things.

 

You Are Loved!