WHY DO I NEED God’s guidance?
Some people say that Christians are inadequate because they need God’s help in living their lives. However people of faith would respond by saying that admitting their need of God’s help in living their life is not a sign of weakness but of wisdom.
If there is no God then clearly we are on our own, just another member of the animal kingdom scrabbling to survive in a world where the weak go to the wall and where sentiments such as love or moral choice are merely chemical activity in the brain or a logical way to survive.
If however there is a God, if that God is interested in what we human beings do, and if - quite amazingly - this God is even concerned for us as individuals, then it would seem to be sensible for us to seek His help through our life’s journey.
God is interested in us because God is love and has created us for a relationship with Him. God’s love for human beings is made plain in the life of his son Jesus, who valued each and every individual he met and taught us to pray to God as Father.
If God loves us and is concerned for us, if in fact God wants the very best for us, if we can line our lives up with His will, then we will know a purpose and peace in life nothing else can offer.
God has a plan and a purpose for YOUR life!
HOW DO I KNOW God’s guidance?
So if there is a God, and if this God is so concerned for each of us that He has a plan and a purpose for our lives, how do we discover what that plan and purpose might be?
There is no one single way, but a combination of many different factors, some of them are:-
Prayer - making time to listen to God and seek His way forward for you.
Advice - talking with Christians who you trust and respect and listening to what they say.
Reading - biographies of other people model how others have found God’s way, Christian books are available covering nearly every topic under the sun, but most important of all the Bible is a fount of wisdom, read it carefully and prayerfully and see how it applies to your situation.
Signs from God - are sometimes given to us, a word of knowledge from another person, a dream, a remarkable co-incidence - never rule out God’s supernatural work, but on the other hand test any such signs very carefully and certainly do not make every decision by them.
Sanctified common sense - when there seems to be no clear or specific guidance we simply have to engage our brains, sort out what seems sensible, say our prayers and then press on.
God has many ways to help and guide YOU!
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I SENSE God’s guidance?
Most of us know that a 30mph speed limit means that we should not drive at 40mph, but knowing what we ought to do does not always mean that we do it! Perhaps the key word when we come to think about God’s guidance is obedience.
You may know you need the guidance of God, you may exercise all the means of finding that guidance, but if you do not follow that guidance the whole exercise is a waste of time!
Following guidance means:-
Action - allowing what you feel is the guidance of God to direct your life. This may be in small but significant ways, such as deciding that you need to treat a particular person differently, or it may be in more major ways, such as looking at a career change or move to another area. As a rule such action needs to be undertaken carefully, although very occasionally you may feel it right to take drastic and dramatic action straight away. Whether a small or a major step act prayerfully.
Reflection - regularly check yourself to be sure you are on the right lines and have not drifted away from the original vision.
Confidence - be assured that God is with you, and even if you mess it all up and get everything wrong He still loves you and will still work out His good purpose in your life.
God will never let YOU go!
A personal word from the Central Hall Minister
There have been times in my life when I have known very clearly that God was guiding me, but other times when I have felt a great lack of guidance and been unsure as to whether or not I was in the right place.
On some occasions this has been because I was trying to live my life without God - no wonder at times like that I knew that although God loved me I was not right with Him. At other times I have prayed, read my Bible, taken advice, in fact done all the right things, but my hopes and dreams were frustrated and I was not at all sure what was going on in my life - perhaps that is how you are feeling at the moment.
All I can say is that God does not always lower a sheet down from heaven with directions written on it! Nor does God’s good will always work out, because we live in a broken world our mistakes and the mistakes of those around us sometimes mean God cannot do what He may want to do in our lives.
However I can bear personal witness to the truth that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him”(Romans 8:28 ).
God wants the very best for you, keep seeking His way and I promise you that in time you will find it.
May God bless you and those you love.
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 11.00
Revd Martin Turner
'Advent - A time for giving'
Matthew 6:2-4; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 15.30
Saying Goodbye Service
'Saying Goodbye' services are organised by The Mariposa Trust for anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, and whether recently or 80 years ago. These services are held throughout the UK and one is coming to London very soon.
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, is privileged to host the regional 'Saying Goodbye’ service for London on Sunday 30th November 2014 at 3.30pm and The Revd's Martin Turner and Tony Miles will be leading the service.
All are welcome regardless of faith, or no faith, for an opportunity to remember and acknowledge lives unlived or cut short.
More information can be found at www.sayinggoodbye.org
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 18.30
Reflective Holy Communion
Revd Tony Miles
'Watching, Waiting and Wondering'
Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37