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How to Follow when you want to Lead

Posted by undergroundchurch on October 9, 2009


Biblegateway Scripture of the day

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. – Deuteronomy 13:4

You won’t find here or in Scripture where God tells us to “follow our dreams” or “follow your heart” or “at least your intentions were good.” God is pretty straight forward, “Follow Him!” There just isn’t any other way.

“Follow me” was Jesus’ first call to his disciples, and it is that very thing that is so difficult.  There are things that stand in the way:

  • Pride and personal ambition
  • Fear that we won’t get to choose our path or that the path God has is too hard
  • Control is gone.  – God want’s to be the pilot, not the co-pilot. If he’s in charge, we can’t be.

However, as difficult as it may seem, there are ways to overcome these hindrances.

First, realize that God is not out to get you but to complete you.  There is a work he wants to do in each and every one of us to complete us and make us more into the image of his Son.  Realize that if all “falls apart” according to what you define as “falling apart” while following God, but you become more like Christ, you are really being put together.

Second, let go! The hardest thing to do is simply going to God before making decisions in life.  Pray for wisdom and patience and that he will direct your decision making by giving you the will to do what he wants and by closing the door to the places he wants you to avoid while opening the doors to the areas in which he wants to lead you.

Note: a lot more of your prayers will be answered if you pray God’s will.  The secret to prayer is how you ask and what you ask for.  God will give the wisdom by which to make the decision, but you have to submit to asking him first while at the same time, putting your will aside.

Finally, (it’s only final as far as this article is concerned) Love God.  You aren’t going to want to follow someone you don’t love.

“Yeah, I know he’s God, but he’s always making my life so difficult...”; people think like this all the time, and it comes from a lack of truly loving God for who he is first.  A lot of the pieces of your life will fall into place if you just love him.

Jesus asked Peter before he ascended back to the Father, “Do you love me?”  Jesus knew the answer, Peter just needed to figure it out. That is the question you need to be honest about asking yourself.  If you can’t be sure, you aren’t spending the time with him that you need to build a proper relationship.  Take the time today and learn to follow.

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