Do you have a spiritual map?

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Hearing from God”
Our Bible verse for today: “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all you have done; I reflect on the work of your hands.” Psalm 143:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Have you made a spiritual map?”
One of the most helpful homework assignments I have ever been given came while doing the Bible study “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God” by Henry Blackaby. In the lesson, Henry was explaining how it is that God is amazingly consistent in how He works in our lives over time. He guides, directs, and brings things to pass that lead us as His plan for our life progressively unfolds, with one event or situation serving as a stepping stone that leads us to the next.
The events of our lives – especially the major events – can then serve as spiritual markers that point out and highlight the work of God in your life. Henry urges us to sit down with a pad of paper and think back over our lives, identifying all the moments that seem to be of some significance, especially turning point moments that determined the course of your life. Those could include things like influential teachers; intense interest in a subject, skill, or hobby; educational achievements; marriage; the birth of children; areas of employment; significant successes; etc.
If you lay all of that out chronologically, a picture will emerge and you will see how one event led to another, and that one to yet another, and so on over the years until ultimately, you ended up where you are today. All of that creates a picture of God at work in your life over the course of years and decades. Now you have a spiritual map that helps you to see not only where you have been and how you got to where you are today, but also it can help to point the way forward as well.  
The way you use the map is, as you are considering your options and preparing to make choices, consider how those options align with the rest of the map up to that point. The choice that is most consistent with what God has already been doing in your life will probably be the one God is leading you too next. (This is true most of the time but not always. So, make sure you also look for confirmation of this leading through the other ways that God speaks to us such as prayer, the Bible, and the counsel of trusted Christian leaders and friends. Remember, God will usually speak to us – especially about something important – in more than just one way.)  
Tomorrow we will consider some specific examples of how to use this concept to gain a better understanding of how God is speaking to us about what He wants us to do.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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