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Exodus 4:1,10 "1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. 10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue."

We are so independent today, itís scary to just let go and depend on God to guide us. But that isnít really a new feeling. Moses didnít think he was capable of leading the nation of Israel out of Egypt. He argued with God that the people wouldnít believe him because he was not eloquent and was of slow speech and of a slow tongue. But God will not ask us to do something that He has not provided us the means to accomplish. Moses was capable of leading Godís people out of Egypt. He led them for forty years. He guided them through the wilderness, delivered Godís commandments to them and was the mediator between them and God. Even though he was slow of speech, he delivered Godís words of judgment.

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Matthew 2:7 ďThen Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.Ē

Genesis 40: 2 ďAnd Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. 7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day? 13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. 14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: 15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.Ē

We have to be willing to let God guide us. What if the wise men had been too afraid of Herod to heed the guidance of God? What if Joseph had not listened to God and heeded the warning to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. Herod would have had Jesus slain. What if Joseph (Jacobís son) had given up in prison and just sat down and felt sorry for himself? He had every right to do so. He had done nothing worthy of being imprisoned. He had been sold into slavery by his brothers and then falsely accused by Potipharís wife. The nation of Israel probably would have perished in the famine. They would never have been moved to Goshen and survived. They would not have been preserved as Godís holy and separated people. Although life kept pushing Joseph to the bottom of the pit, he continued to rise to each challenge. He depended on the God of his fathers to guide him and he came out on top and saved a whole nation in the process.

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Acts 16: 24 ďWho, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.Ē Acts 8: 26 ďAnd the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.Ē

Once, when I was younger and my children were just 2 and 6, I slipped on wet grass and twisted a knee out of place. At the time, I had a lot going on. My husband and I were foster parents to a newborn, we were running a bus route for our church, he was a deacon and I taught a class. I also played the piano at church - we had a large choir. I seriously questioned God; I didnít understand why I had this trial in my life, why I needed to undergo major surgery at this time. Our foster baby had to go to someone else, our friends had to help with our children. Things were a mess. But, one night in my hospital room, I was allowed to see where God was leading me and why. The lady sharing my room was crying in her bed. When I went over to her (on my crutches) she confided she needed God. She finally prayed through in the wee hours of the morning after much prayer. Sometimes the Spirit will lead us to places we donít understand. We must just follow blindly because there is always a reason for us to go. We may not always be allowed to see the reason but sometimes, like Phillip, someone is waiting at the end of the road who needs our help. God will never guide us to a hard place for no reason! During these times we should be willing to seek His will for our lives. I know these situations are difficult and often painful to go through but He never puts us there without a reason. Paul and Silas did not choose to go to jail, but by Godís design they went and the jailer was saved. I did not choose to have knee surgery, but by Godís design I fell and was where God needed me most that night. We should consider ourselves blessed when we are included in Godís divine purpose! It would be wonderful to be brought to this place by an angel and then caught away by the Spirit of the Lord when our task was finished, as Phillip was. But sometimes we must just endure our hardships for the good of others - or even for our own good!

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Ps 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Ps 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Ps 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

So, what do we have to do to have Godís guidance? Does it just automatically come when you confess your sins and become a Christian? Does God just automatically begin to guide your every footstep from that day forward? There are some conditions to receiving guidance to God and there are some ways to receive guidance from God. Just how do we go about receiving Godís guidance?

First of all, we receive guidance through reading His word. He has given us the Ten commandments, The Sermon on the Mount, The epistles and many other examples in the Bible to help guide us. Any questions we have can be settled by going to the word. Secondly, He told us to pray without ceasing. He wants us to keep in constant touch with Him. If we have questions, we should ask Him. He is always there to guide us. And thirdly, when He ascended back to heaven, He left us the Holy Spirit to help guide us. Galatians 5:25 says, ďIf we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.Ē NIV But in order to have His guidance in everything we do, we must be willing to put Him first in everything we do! If you are not willing to acknowledge Him as Lord of your life, the chances are you are not willing to allow Him to guide your steps!

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Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

There are two conditions to receiving Godís guidance: Trust and Acknowledgment. If you are trusting in Him with all your heart, you have turned your life completely over to Him. You are no longer your own person. You are no longer living for yourself but now you are living only for Him. You are not leaning toward your own understanding. (My understanding never did make much sense to me anyway.) Now you are seeking understanding by reading the scripture and prayer and you are acknowledging Him in everything you do.

Once you have settled that this is the way you are going to live the rest of your life no matter what Satan and the rest of the world may throw your way, He will direct your paths.

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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