Rev. Richard Fisher
††††††††† A little boy came home from his first day at school.† His mother asked him, "Well, what did you learn today?"† He said, "Not enough.† They want me to come back tomorrow."
I always had to go back too.† The truth is even after we get out of school we are still engaged in the learning process.† I was taught in college that you are not educated until you realize how much you do not know.
I would like to share a few lessons with you today that can result in the blessings of God and give you a better idea of His will for your life.
I.††††††† The first lesson is:† SOME THINGS ARE OBVIOUS Ė PROCEED WITH SPEED. †††††††††
Matthew 24:32-33 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree:† As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.† Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.Ē† Jesus was saying that some things are pretty obvious and tells us that the end of the age is coming.† Some things are obvious in life.†† And when we see the obvious, we should know how to act and how to respond.
It is very clear in the Bible that we are to be a witness in word and deed.† Norman Cates tells the story of a Christian who prayed this prayer every morning:† "Lord, if you want me to witness to someone today, please give me a sign to show me who it is."† One day he found himself on a nearly empty bus when a big, burly man sat next to him.† The timid believer anxiously waited for his stop so he could exit the bus.† But before he could get off, the big burly guy next to him burst into tears and began to weep.† This big but contrite man then cried out with a loud voice, "Iím a lost sinner and I need the Lord.† Wonít somebody tell me how to be saved?"† He turned to this Christian gentleman and pleaded, "Can you show me how to find the Lord?"† The believer immediately bowed his head and prayed, "Lord, is this a sign?"
†††††† †† There are Scriptures that make Godís will clear. We are to proceed with speed to put these in practice by Godís power in our lives.
††††††††† II.††††††† Lesson two is:† SOME THINGS ARE NOT SO OBVIOUS Ė PROCEED WITH CAUTION.††
Have you seen those GPS guidance systems that you
can get for your car?† Some are built in and some are
portable.† You can plug them into your
lighter or cell phone connection in your car.†
Then you can touch the screen and tell it where you would like to go and
it will give you the directions.† And if
you miss turning at the street or intersection where you are supposed to go, it
will tell where to go or what to do next.
†††† †††† Many times in life we donít know which direction to turn or what to do.† We all need some kind of spiritual GPS guidance system.† Psalm 119:9-11 ďHow can a young man keep his way pure?† By living according to your word.† I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.† I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.Ē This is our spiritual GPS system!
are so many things that are leading us in the wrong direction.† We must follow our spiritual GPS.† The Word of God and the Holy Spirit give us
the insight.† Some things in life are not so obvious Ė proceed with caution.† But if the Word of God spells it out
clearly, avoid it.† Donít go that way!
But when itís good and itís clear and the light is green, then go for it!