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Seeking God’s Guidance Message Introduction

Today, we continue our message series “Basic Training.” One of the most important things for a soldier to learn is that they must follow closely the orders of their commanding officer. So, in order to follow those orders, they need to learn to listen carefully to what their commander tells them. In the battlefield, both their life and the lives of the unit depend on keeping the communication lines open. The same is true for you and I as soldiers in God’s army.

Today, our message is entitled “Seeking God’s Guidance.” One of the most important lessons that you can learn in life is to recognize that you don’t know enough to plan your own course in life. We all need God’s guidance to direct our decisions in life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

In these verses, God’s Word warns us not to rely on our own understanding. Rather we are to trust in the Lord. We are to acknowledge Him in every area of our lives. Then the promise is that He will make your paths straight or better translated, He will guide you on the right paths.

Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

When you come to a fork in the path and don’t know which way to turn, God wants to show you, either go right or go left. In every decision in life, we need to hear God’s voice directing us in the right way to walk.

John 10:27 (NIV) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

A lot of people claim to follow Jesus, yet don’t know His voice. Jesus says clearly that if you’re a true believer, a true follower of Him, then you will be able to listen to His voice. You must be able to hear His voice in order to follow Jesus.

James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

If we lack wisdom in any area of our lives, God’s Word promises us here that when we ask God for that wisdom, God will give it to us. So, today, we’re going to learn more about seeking God’s guidance. God wants to speak to you so that He can guide you in the best path for your life. Yet there is another voice, the voice of our enemy Satan, that seeks to guide you on paths that lead you away from God and His purposes. As we study His Word this morning, God wants to train us to better be able to discern and follow His voice. As we learn to recognize the authentic voice of God, it will be easier to discern the counterfeit.

Today, we are going to look at 2 Chronicles 20 concerning the good king of Judah Jehoshaphat as he is confronted with probably the greatest challenge of his life. I believe that Jehoshaphat’s actions are a good example of how to seek God’s guidance in our own lives and situations.

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