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Circumstances – God’s 7 Principles of Guidance

Circumstances – God’s 7 Principles of Guidance

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (mature) of God.

Circumstances, Scripture confirmation, The peace of God, Inner conviction of the Holy Spirit, Prophetic confirmation, Godly or wise counsel and Provision.

In order for these 7 principles to function correctly, we must remember that there is an under girding rules to these 7 principles.. they are….no direction from God can contradict scripture!!  And

2 Corin 13:1 In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word (Rhema word) be confirmed or established.

Deut 19:15, 1 Tim 5:19, Heb 10:28

These two rules will enable us to be directed correctly by these 7 principles and if we follow them, we won’t end up chasing something weird…and end up off track!!

If someone ends up a wreck in life, it’s because they didn’t follow these simple principles, they are not complicated.

CIRCUMSTANCES
Today I am going to start off with the Principle of how God can guide us through CIRCUMSTANCES.

PREFACE:  Circumstances can be very difficult at times to know if they are there for Gods will or our something we are going through from bad choices or other peoples bad choices. This is why the “two or three rule” needs to be in play, get some wise counsel and some inner conviction or peace of God to confirm it.

CIRCUM = Circle                 Stances = things standing
So things that are standing around you in your life at this moment, God can be using these to guide you for His will!!

Some people say “the door opened and I knew it was God”
Others say “the door closed, so it wasn’t God”
But sometimes God will say “kick open the door….to fight and persevere…so which one is it?

Story of Elijah
So when Elijah got to where God sent him, where God said He would provide for him, God fed him by ravens and a brook of water.  God confirmed Elijah had done the will of God through circumstance. Yet…

On the other hand, the Prodigal son – in Luke 15
Was in the circumstances of a pig pen, not living an obedient life, and he was also in the will of God for the moment. A disobedient prodigal needs a pig pen experience and you don’t want to rescue them too early. God’s not trying to kill them, they just need to come to themselves and learn this is not the life they want!!

Apostle Paul was in a shipwrecked

Act 27:13  When a gentle breeze began to blow from the south, they thought they could make it to Phoenix, so they hoisted anchor and began sailing along the shore of Crete. 14  But it was not long before a violent wind (called a northeaster) swept down from the island.18  The next day, because we were being tossed so violently by the storm, they began to throw the cargo overboard. 39  When day came, they didn’t recognize the land, but they could see a bay with a beach on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if possible. 40  So they cut the anchors free and left them in the sea. At the same time they untied the ropes that held the steering oars, raised the foresail to the wind, and headed for the beach. 28:1  When we were safely on shore, we learned that the island was called Malta.

So here we have God using the circumstances of the STORM to sink that ship to get Paul on that Island where he never would have gone, to bring revival of Christianity to that little country Malta!!
Circumstances played a role in directing Paul

When gaining guidance from Circumstances, as you can see it requires some maturity. It takes some prayer and wise counsel to interpret your circumstances.

 

The Story of Balaam and his donkey

Num 22:20  God came to visit Balaam that same night and told him, “If the men come to call on you, get up and go with them, but be sure to do only what I tell you to do.” 21  The next morning, Balaam got up, saddled his donkey, and started to leave, accompanied by the Moabite officials. 22  At this, the anger of the LORD flared up against Balaam, because he was leaving. So the angel of the LORD stood in the way to oppose him. As Balaam was riding his donkey, accompanied by two of his servants, 23  all of a sudden the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with an unsheathed sword in his hand! The donkey turned off the road and went into an open field. Balaam started beating the donkey in order to turn her back to the road, 24  but the angel of the LORD stood on a narrow path that crossed the vineyards. It had walls on both sides of the path. 25  When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she squeezed herself so close to the wall that Balaam’s foot was crushed on the wall. So he beat her again! 26  Then the angel of the LORD went along a little further and stood in a much narrower space, where it was impossible to turn either right or left. 27  When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she layed down on Balaam. As a result, Balaam got so angry that he started to whip the donkey with his staff. It was a case of Animal cruelty 28  That’s when the LORD enabled the donkey to speak. She asked Balaam, “What did I do to you that you would beat me in the space of only three footsteps?”29  “Because you’re playing a dirty trick on me,” Balaam answered the donkey. “If only I had a sword in my hand! I’d kill you right now!” 30  But in response, the donkey asked Balaam, “I’m your donkey that you’ve ridden on and in the past without incident, and am I not the same donkey you’re riding on right now, am I not? Am I in the habit of treating you like this?” “No,” he admitted. You know that it’s a bad day when you are talking to your donkey ?

31  Then the LORD enabled Balaam to see, so he observed the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with an unsheathed sword in his hand. So he bowed down and prostrated himself on his face. 32  Then the angel of the LORD asked him, “Why did you beat your donkey in the space of only three footsteps? I’ve come to oppose you, because I say that what you’re doing is perverted. 33  The donkey saw me and turned in front of me in the space of those three footsteps. 34  If she hadn’t turned away from me, I would have killed you by now and left her alive!” At this, Balaam replied to the angel of the LORD, “I’ve sinned! I didn’t know that you were standing to meet me on the road. So now, since it displeases you, let me go back.” 35  But the angel of the LORD told Balaam, “Go with the men, but deliver only the message that I’m going to give you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials.

This is what we learn from this story of Circumstance

  1. Sometimes God will allow us to exercise our free will even though its not His will
  2. The donkey speaks of Balaams circumstance and he was ridding on his circumstances
  3. All of a sudden things start to go wrong
  4. Balaam starts to get angry and begins to beat his circumstance
  5. Notice things get progressively worse the more he reacts to his circumstance.
  6. First circumstances just take him off the pathway
  7. Next time it crushes his foot
  8. Then the donkey lays down on him

What can we learn from this?

  1. This tells us that the “seen world is actually being effected by the unseen world through circumstance”
  2. Maybe Balaam should have spent more time seeking Gods will not his own!
  3. The circumstance was protecting Balaam from the unseen Angel
  4. Balaam was blinded he couldn’t see it but a dumb donkey could!! Emotion clouds wisdom!
  5. Many times our circumstances can go wrong because we are out of the will of God!!
  6. God won’t violate your free will!!
  7. You can get enraged at your circumstances but they could be the very thing saving you from destruction!
  8. Some of your seemingly negative circumstances could be the best things for you
  9. Maybe a new fly in fly out job not working out.. is the best for you.
  10. Remember, God will never contradict SCRIPTURE: God ended my first marriage to give a new one!!

Maybe Balaam could have prayed to ask God to reveal what was behind these circumstances

Circumstances – God’s 7 Principles of Guidance