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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bridging the Gap

How does the Lord communicate with you: Are his plans for you always clear? Sometimes clear or never clear? What role does Scripture play? What about advice, hunches, prayer, circumstances? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1045).

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. (Daniel 2:27-28).

The primary avenue of communication is through hunches or intuition. This type of communication need not be subtle, but can be very clear and concise and call for immediate action. It can occur over “small matters” or very consequential and complicated matters that require great effort, risk, and resources. Discernment honed by experience is needed to distinguish a significant divine hunch from slothful enticements. The key question: is greed involved? Greed always wants excessive return with little or no effort.  Divine hunches always require sweat – for the light of inspiration is intense and the labor arduous.  Those with a godlike self-concept will say “You don’t need God for any of this–human inspiration is quite self-sufficient.” Believers, on the other hand, are honest when they say with conviction“We alone would never have thought of this.”

Prayer is instrumental in that it lays bare purpose. Scripture is directive and informs the proper tone for doing God’s work (the litmus test of helpfulness). Advice from humble believers is best humbly accepted. Circumstances always raise the question: Is this action affirmative, truly helpful, and redemptive?

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