And the Bible helps you to understand some of the key tenants of Christian living. You don’t have to pray about whether or not you should pay tax for example, because the Bible tells you to do that.
By being a student of the Bible, and reading it and understanding it you find that God will guide and lead you into all the Good (and quite often, hard) things that He has for you to do.
A man who’d just become a Christian wrote to the Inland Revenue like this. He said: ‘Dear Sir, I’ve just become a Christian, and I’ve found that I cannot sleep at night. So here is £100 that I owe you. PS: If I still can’t sleep, I’ll send you the rest.’
God has given you strengths and abilities, gifts, and talents. You have character and qualities, a unique approach to life. All your experiences are unique to you. And God will often use this to guide you.
“Work, job, career: that’s your primary ministry, is your job in the workplace. And what Paul says is: stay in the job that you were in when you were called. Don’t just leave your job when you become a Christian. God doesn’t call us out of things; he calls us into things. And that’s the moment to leave. Unless, of course, you’re doing something like – unless you’re an armed robber: then you do have to leave straight away! You can’t do that gradually! But generally speaking, stay where you are.”
When I thought about starting a church in Liverpool City Centre - the building where I thought we should start wasn’t available. That door became closed to us.
We can trust Him, we can trust His purpose for our lives, we can trust Him to guide us and leaders through the 5Cs. Every now and again, as you journey along with the Lord, you will stop - turn around and look at where He has brought you from and what He has taken you through. You’ll be amazed and it will strengthen your faith.
Holy Spirit, be our Guide I pray. Continually lead us and guide us in to your plans and purposes. Amen.
This is a great book by Loren Cunningham - it's a very inspiring story.
This is a recording from Derek Prince. He is a well-known theologian and goes into a lot of depth in this multi-part video series.
This another great, practical book from Mark Battersea. If you prefer video, he has some great stuff on YouTube