Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here…I mentioned at our Fellowship 48 national convention in November that I wanted to challenge all of us to exercise great faith in 2013. Our theme verse for 2013 is 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV): “We live by faith, not by sight.”
“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” (Hebrews 11:1).
It is the confidence that God is going to fulfill what He promised to begin in my life. Faith is getting on with the process of seeing God’s plan established in my life. But, before a dream can happen, I’ve got to make a decision. I exercise faith I choose to step forward with a decision. And our decisions eventually shape us and define us. Decision-making is critical.
So how do I make wise “faith-filled” decisions? I can start by asking someone who had to make a similar decision. Talk to a friend who knows your weaknesses. Ask for advice. Proverbs 24:6 (NLT) tells us, “…victory depends on having many counselors”.
Henry Ford was asked, “What’s the secret to success?” and his answer was, “Wise decisions.” How do we learn to make wise decisions? Often through our own experience. And too often it’s through our stupid decisions.
The wise learn from the experiences of others. We don’t have to learn everything from our own personal experience. Life is far too short to have to learn everything from our own failures.
Let’s learn to ask advice to gain others’ wisdom.
However, the problem is that too often we would rather appear wise, than be wise. We think if we ask for advice we may look foolish or incompetent. Pride stops us from asking others for advice.
How does God feel about pride? Listen to Him:
· “I hate pride.” (Proverbs 8:13)
· “Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
· “Pride ends in humiliation while humility brings honour.” (Proverbs 29:23)
Humility enables us to ask for advice and learn from others’ experiences. Who wants to repeat all the stupid, silly things they experienced? Something to ponder as you think about what the Lord might be calling you to do in 2013.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2013 Fellowship theme verse is:
“We live by faith, not by sight.”
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