by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday June 2, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
He Will Show You His Will
How often have you prayed and prayed for direction, only to hear nothing in reply? When we find ourselves unable to hear God's voice, we must take a close look at our lives to find the source of problem.
First, your own self-will may be getting in the way of God's will for your life. If you decide up-front what you think should happen, you may be telling God with your actions that you do not need His input.
Second, the negative influences of other people may be drawing you away from God's plan. Just like Job, we must be wary of seemingly well intentioned, yet horribly misguided, friends who offer half-hearted advice.
Third, unconfessed sin in your life may be hardening your heart to the point of spiritual deafness. Is there anything standing between you and God today that needs to be removed?
Fourth, simple doubt can seep into a believer's life and starve his faith to the point of ineffectiveness. We must believe that God can and will show us His plans for our lives.
Fifth, busyness is one of the most deadly enemies of spiritual growth. Are you too busy to spend a quiet moment with the Lord? You cannot expect to hear Him if you don't take time to listen.
God does not keep His will a secret. It is not His intention for His children to jump through hoops to find Him. Nor does He want His followers to go through life aimlessly. If unnecessary or dangerous obstacles hinder your walk with the Lord, remove them today and get back in step with Him.
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