John 16:13 (NLT) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.
Having our lives under submission to the Lord; is the Lord’s plan for each of us, whether we are now or not. However, we’re not wandering blindly on it. The Holy Spirit is our guide. The Lord in the person of the Holy Spirit directs our steps toward new opportunities and offers discernment so we can make wise decisions that keep us on course for God’s will.
It is the nature of this journey that we have to stop often and seek guidance. God is pleased to respond to earnest requests for direction, as the Lord wants to keep His followers in the center of His will. But I’ve discovered that many people of God are not sure how to pursue “Divine guidance”. How often do seek the Lord’s guidance for your life?
Seeking God’s direction involves a pattern that begins with cleansing, in other words, the first place to look is at ourselves. Ask, “Father, do You see anything in my life that might interfere with my understanding what You are saying?” A life not under submission to the Lord shuts down the guidance process: it stifles the power flowing from the Holy Spirit and thereby clouds our judgment (1 Thess. 5:19). It’s time to get guidance and direction from God for real!
Cleansing is actually woven into the entire process of gaining “Divine guidance”. God at the opportune time uncovers sin in our lives as we are equipped to deal with it. So on the way to receiving the Lord’s clear direction, we may revisit this “first” step often and in that way can experience a time of rich spiritual growth and renewal. And I can assure you we need the Lord’s guidance in our lives desperately!