Divine Guidance (20 of 33) by Jerry Vines

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DIVINE GUIDANCE (20 of 33)
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Jerry Vines
Acts 15:36-Acts 16:10
10/29/00

We are looking at the book of Acts together and we
begin this morning in the 15th chapter and we will move
into the 16th chapter also.

I want to talk to you this morning about Divine
Guidance and how the God leads us in our lives. We do
believe that God guides us and we do believe it is
important for those of us who live in a world like
ours to be able to turn to someone who loves us and
someone who has all knowledge who can lead us and
guide us in our pilgrim journey. It's as if you were
going on an imaginary journey. You are going to an
unknown land where they speak an unintelligible
language, there will be roads which will be
unexplored. It would be extremely helpful for you on
that journey if there was someone who understood the
way who could serve as your guide and who could
provide for you guidance.

The Bible teaches that God does guide His children.
There are some wonderful promises in the Bible about
guidance. One of them is over in Proverbs 3:5,6.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths."

I like the one in Psalms 73:24 where it says, "Thou
shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive
me to glory."

In the Old Testament time, primarily God's guidance
was outward. Over this Tabernacle there was a glory
cloud that came down and when the cloud stayed there,
the people stayed there. But when the cloud rose and
began to move, the people would follow the cloud. God
led them by an outward cloud.

In the New Testament there is a change. Now, God's
guidance is not so much outward as it is inward.
Listen to John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the spirit of
truth is come, he will guide you into all truth."

Then there is the statement in Romans 8:14, "As many
as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of
God."

Now, primarily God's guidance is provided for us in
the person of the Holy Spirit on the inside. Of
course, we have the Scriptures which the Holy Spirit
has inspired to help guide us as He leads and directs
us. But we have the promise as God's children that He
will guide us in our lives.

I want to take this beginning of the second missionary
journey of the Apostle Paul, and I want to use it as
an example to you of how God guides His children along
the way. Paul was a kind of pioneer. He blazed new
trails for the Lord Jesus. He went places preaching
Jesus where no one else had previously gone. The
second missionary journey is a remarkable example of
the things that God did in the life of this great
apostle and this great missionary. But it is also a
practical example to you and me about how God can lead
us and direct us in our lives. I want to talk about it
from that perspective this morning.

I want you to notice in the closin ...


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