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Who Lives Your Life?

Who Lives Your Life?by A K ... often hear people make remarks like "I live my life to the full" or"No one tells me what to do" and so forth. Those who make such remarks are either worldly peop

Who Lives Your Life?
by A K Whitehead

We often hear people make remarks like "I live my life to the full" or
"No one tells me what to do" and so forth. Those who make such remarks
are either worldly people or people whose attitudes are dominated by
the world.

Following The World
Things are, or should be, very different for the Christian. Why? Simply
because someone who is imitating Jesus cannot at the same time be
imitating the world. Revelation 12.9 tells us two interesting facts. The first is
that, when the ancient serpent, or Satan was defeated he was not consigned
to hell but was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Secondly, we are told that Satan leads the whole world astray. Consequently,
those who follow the world follow Satan. Perhaps not knowingly, nor
willingly. But then, Satan cares little about how much people know or
whether they would do what they do willingly if they knew differently!

What is the alternative? How do we guard ourselves against being misled?
How do we avoid being duped by Satan?

Following Jesus = Following The Spirit
Every Christian has been given Jesus as his/her model. His is the
example we follow - in everything!

This is not easy but it is something we have to keep pursuing. Now,
in John's gospel Jesus makes a particular principle of his very clear. On
several separate occasions he tells us that he never does anything except
that it is in the Father's will for him (e.g. John 5. 19; 5. 30, 77. 16;8. 29).
It is therefore our task to live as nearly as possible in the Father's will.
It is no more than Jesus has instructed us. How do we do it?

Living Through The Spirit
We are given the Holy Spirit to be our mentor. A mentor is someone
who guides us. He is wise and trusted advisor. Someone we can rely
on totally to give us the very best direction in whatever circumstance we
might find ourselves in, whatever problems and decisions we are faced
with.

The Bible uses the term "Paraclete". (Some bibles use the term "Counsellor"
as in John 14. 26) This is a Greek word and can sound a bit off-putting to
us. But the Greeks had a type of boat which was sent out to ships which
were in difficulties. It was called a paracletos, which gives us
another insight into the intended role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Yet we do not have to be in difficulties before we can turn to the Holy
Spirit for assistance. The example of Jesus is that we should seek the
Spirit's guidance at every turn of our lives.

Starting Small
On the whole, what we see of Jesus in the gospels is his handling of the
big things in his life. Yet the letter to the Hebrews tell us in chapter 5.7 - 8
that, through his prayer, Jesus learned to submit to the Father's will. In
fact, his obedience came only through suffering.

We suffer whenever we have to bend our own will to that of someone
else. We seem to have an inbuilt desire to do our own thing.
And that is something the world encourages in us. Just take notice to a
few TV adverts to see that.

Now, where other people are concerned, we can often argue that we
know as well as they do. But where God is concerned we can never say
that. Got always knows best - and even more, God's love for us is so
pure that he never acts except in our best interest. Hence we
can never do better for ourselves than to do what God wants us to do!!!

It's not always easy to hear God. In fact, there are two general situations.
The first is when God speaks, as it were, without prompting. He just says
something - and there is always something about that which marks it out
from the usual kind of thoughts. Secondly, there are those times when
we are asking God about something. Then it can be more
difficult to hear him. If you meditate regularly on Scripture, you
will soon get used to discerning his communications. (This is discussed
at some length in my book "The Keys To Christian Mediation", but is rather too
involved to detail in a short article)

If we have not tried to discern God's will for us on a daily basis, we
should start small. Ask him about the small things first: if the forthcoming
weekend is free, ask how to spend it; if thinking about buying a book,
ask the Spirit whether or not you should - or which oneFind Article, if there are
alternatives. Small things like this.

Leave the bigger things until some experience has been gained. But
the objective is to gradually bring the whole of one's life under the
domain of the Spirit. Then he lead our life. We do not lead it ourselves.
And it is all the better for that!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


A K Whitehead
Web Site: www.christianword.co.uk. Email: akw@christianword.co.uk
Experience: Over twenty years in Christian healing, teaching and writing.
Qualifications: B.A., M.Phil., Camb Univ Cert in Religious Studies
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