1 John 1:8-10
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
💡There is no doubt that by forsaking the worldly way, believers have chosen the narrow path described in Matt. 7:13. But, believers do not wander blindly on this narrow path. They need divine guidance.
💡 The Holy Spirit is our guide. He directs our steps toward God’s will and offers discernment so we can make wise decisions that keep us on course. It is the nature of this journey that we have to stop often and seek divine guidance.
💡God is pleased to respond to earnest requests for spiritual direction, as He wants to keep us in the center of His will. Think about your life spiritual and physical; are you in the center of God’s will?
💡However, it is clear that many Christians do not know how to pursue divine guidance.
💡Seeking God´s direction involves a pattern that begins with cleansing. In other words, the first place to look is at ourselves. Many things interfere with God’s Guidance in our lives. Ask God to show them to you.
🔖Sin shuts down the guidance process.
🔖It impedes the power flowing from the Holy Spirit and thereby clouds our judgment.
💡The Bible teaches that God cleanses unrighteousness when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9). Here lies the issue – confession.
👉 Confession means agreeing with God, not agreeing with your adulterated conscience, that what you did was wrong.
💡The Bible also has a clear warning for those who refuse to relinquish a rebellious habit or attitude. The Lord does not hear their cries (Psalm 66:18). Think about it
💡As the Holy Spirit reveals problem areas in our lives, we should lay them before the cross by confession and relinquishing them.
💡 Cleansing is actually woven into the entire process of gaining divine guidance. The Lord brings sin to our attention as we are equipped to deal with it.
👉 Note: on our way to receiving God’s clear direction, we must revisit this first step often and in that way can continually experience a time of rich spiritual growth and renewal.
👉Do not forget, we need divine guidance as we walk through the narrow path that leads to heaven. Therefore, abhor sin and receive God’s clear directions.
Shalom and Maranatha!