This week Vincent Carpenter concluded our series, The Gifts We Give, with a message on the gift of a sign. Just as God gave the Wise Men the star as a sign that led them to Jesus, God gives us signs to lead us. At times, the signs may seem hard to discern, but we can be confident that God is kind and desires to lead us into greater life.
Throughout our morning, we talked about things that keep us from seeing the signs God is giving us and how we can discern where God is leading us.
HOW CAN WE MISS A SIGN?
If we aren’t looking for something, it is likely that we’ll miss it. The distractions of life can keep us from all God has for us. Life at times can seem discouraging, but in His kindness, God encourages us to seek Him. If we are faithful to seek God, He will reveal Himself to us.
GOD DOESN’T JUST WANT US, HE WANTS US TO WANT HIM.
If a sign feels difficult to read, it is an invitation to pursue God. In our pursuit of God, we find so much more than direction. We also find joy, peace and love, even when our journey feels difficult.
Our own flesh and desires can also keep us from seeing what God is trying to reveal to us. We can be confident that God has the best for us, and we lay aside our own desires, we can pick up all He has for us. If we miss a sign, God is gracious and faithful to bring us back.
WHEN WE ABIDE, WE GIVE GOD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVEAL HIMSELF.
God isn’t trying to make things difficult for us, He just wants us. When we abide in Him and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we’ll understand what God is trying to show us.
HOW DO WE DISCERN SIGNS?
Sometimes what we should do next or what God is speaking can seem so unclear. That is why God calls us to walk in community. God uses His people to help us discern the signs He is giving us. He also uses us to be a sign to others. God can also use the things that cause our heart concern as a sign. If we feel unsettled about something, it is likely that God is trying to show us something in that situation.
IN RESPONSE //
- Abide: Rather than focusing on what God is trying to tell you, focus on abiding in Him. As we abide in Jesus, we create space for the Holy Spirit to lead us. Take a look at this message Vincent shared earlier this year on abiding.
- Ask God if there is any distractions that are holding you back. Be intentional about setting those things aside, and making space for God to reveal Himself even more to you.