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GUIDING STAR
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Sunday, Dec 01, 2019

STAR

Mathew 2:9 “the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.”


Following the will of God is like the three wise men going where the ‘star’ took them and eventually arrived at the right place

TOTAL DEPENDENCE:  Following a ‘star’ is not easy though, there would be no sound and audible directions like you get in GPS while driving the car, ‘go left and go right ‘, you got to FOCUS on the star.  The star would just move and you got to move,  like the way the Israelites journeyed: “ By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.” (Exodus 13:21)This is TOTAL dependence friends!  Your eyes got to look above from where your help comes, are you listening? Palm 121:1” I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?”

Well, after visiting Jesus, the magi got a warning from God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.  They obeyed and they were saved from the evil too, did you see that? No arguments, no debates, no excuses – Just obedience.  We got to know when to proceed and when to recede, are you listening?  The birth of Jesus and the Christmas story is an awesome story of obedience, I shared this with my school students in the assembly.  There are too many Christians who follow their emotions, feelings, past history, luck signs, surroundings and what not…..too crazy to mention.  We got to know when the door opens and when the door closes, knowing the difference is critical.  How do we know?  All of us are not going to get encounters like Mary, or God may not directly speak to us in our dreams; however, we have the Word with us to guide us.  Say Amen.  Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

SENSITIVE TO HIS VOICE:

In the year 2009 when God wanted us to relocate our ministry to another city with new language and culture, while I was struggling for a few months waiting on God with fasting and prayer for his confirmation,  I got a supernatural email from an unknown person with the title as HYDERABAD and the text invited me to move to Hyderabad because there was work for me in that city.  Infallible instruction We moved.  Nevertheless, in the following years, we had to make a lot of other decisions and moves too for which we did not receive any such revelations, we had to trust God and walk in faith.  God expects us to grow in the knowledge of Him and be sensitive to His ways and voice.   

REWARDS FOLLOW OBEDIENCE:  Paul was walking and journeying in the spirit, observe the way he selects Silas for his ‘second missionary journey’, it was no holidaying, who you travel with is very important.  Caveat!  The Holy Spirit knew that what Paul was going to encounter was tough so the right prayer partner would be Silas who would sing and pray with him inside the prison too.  Cowards cannot go with you.  When you obey immediately and instantly, you do have rewards, read Act 16:1, Paul meets ‘gold;, yeah I am talking about Timothy.  Acts 16:1 “Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy”, he became his spiritual son too.  When you obey God you would have special encounters during the journey!

OPEN & CLOSE DOORS

This is something very important that every Christian got to comprehend, as much as the Holy Spirit is operating in the lives of believers, the devil is also active in deviating them from the right path.  The devil doesn’t rest, like king Herod, he is waiting to change your route and thus sabotage your life, vision, ministry, marriage, career and future.  We got to be sensitive to the voice of God like Apostle Paul when the Lord says, ‘ no permit’.  Read Acts 16:7”  ….and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them…”
Just because things are moving fast doesn’t mean you’re  in the right track nor zero results and slow movement doesn’t mean its failure too, SUCCESS in God’s ways is not instant blockbuster hit, we need patience to reach the goal God has prepared for us.

GUIDANCE THROUGH DREAM:

Joseph was given clear instructions in his dream to go to Egypt with the baby and wife, he obeyed, even though it would be treacherous, tedious and inconvenient. Read : Mathew 2:13”an angel of the Lord *appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him."

After the death of Joseph, God again spoke to Joseph in a dream and tells him to come back, read, Mathew 2:20”Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead."  Awesome protection!  Let me warn you here, do not take all that you dream as from the Lord, the devil can trick and deceive you.  Let me quote a few scriptures for reference:
1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 Corinthians 11:14  
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Ecclesiastes 5:3  
For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.
1 Thessalonians 5:21  
But test everything;


Satan watches your vulnerability and observes all your words, emotions and anxiety and accordingly he attacks you at the right time.  Just in case you are anxiously waiting for a job, alliance or promotion, he may MISGUIDE you through dreams, therefore, be careful.  


Finally, let me close by saying surrender all your plans to God, wait upon Him and trust Him,
Psalm 37:5”Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”





 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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