The Certainty of Uncertain Times

Pastor David Shipman author of Sufficient Grace
Pastor David Shipman author of Sufficient Grace

Here in the United States there is much talk about the future. With the Presidential election on the horizon and a whole lot of new proposals everyone is discussing along with the talk of the long term damage of the stimulus that has put us into debt. We can also look at the changes taking place with our dealings with other countries, the unknown always causes people to wonder if it will make things better or worse. What will happen?

While I was driving to the airport one morning I was listening to the news and they were talking about how many people have lost their jobs, the possibilities of inflation, and the national debt. In addition to this news there has been another unfortunate abduction of a 5 year old little girl. We can only pray that God gives wisdom to the officials looking for her and that the Lord keeps her safe.

Periodically we hear about Congressional hearings that American companies knowingly distributing food products that had tested positive with Salmonella or other bacteria. We have a man made drought here in California that has horrendously hurt California agriculture causing us to import food from countries that don't farm to the same standards as we do.

It is not my intent to write a negative article today, but the world that we live in is getting more difficult to live in on a daily basis. From the air we breathe, to the food we eat, and then all the "crazy" people who want to harm others. How can one navigate through such an obstacle course.

The answer is very simple!

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The Word of God declares that we have the ability to be "led by the Spirit." God has made some very powerful promises to His people and if we will only allow Him to lead us we can be assured that He will led us in a way that will protect us in every area of life.

As we study the Old Testament we find that Israel's deliverance from Egypt into the Promised Land is symbolic of our leaving the system of the world and entering the Promises of God. Just as Israel was under the cruel leadership and authority of Pharaoh, prior to our salvation we were subject to the cruel desires of Satan to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). Notice what Paul said to the Ephesians (Eph 2:1-4):

"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest." (NASB)

Just as when the Israelites came out from under the control of Pharaoh and we then led by God we should come out from under the world's control. Our lives should not be controlled by the economic conditions of the world, by the health conditions of the world, or our safety be dictated by the evil in the world. How do we maintain this type of "led by the Spirit" lifestyle.

Firs of all we must be a people of prayer. The Apostle Paul exhorted the Ephesians (6:18) that they should be:

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit" (KJV)

If we don't have a life of prayer we will never be attentive to the voice of God. The second thing that we need to do to have a life that is led by the Spirit is to have a Word life. Jesus said (John 6:63) the following:

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." (NASB)

Because the Word of God is Spirit then we can understand that the Spirit will never lead us in a direction that differs from the Word. God declared that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever therefore we know that His Word does not change.

There is something that every Christian should learn about God and that is the cross did not change the heart of God. No, the cross was to change the heart of me and you. What displeased God in the Old Testament still displeases God today. What God called sin in the Old Testament is still sin today. While we all know that there are provision available to us in the New Covenant that were not available in the Old we must also understand it is the same God that we serve.

It is so important to be led by the Spirit in the times in which we are presently living. Let me encourage you to increase your prayer life and increase your Word life. It will literally save your life!

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