Spiritual Compass In Your Life
by Dr. Drew Henry
Why people need compass? People use it as an important equipment
to steer them the way to their destination, whatever the
conditions encountered.Similarly, when we embark on our
spiritual journey, we need a spiritual compass to help us steer
our way through the “minefield” of life’s hurts, failures, and
defeats that the Great Deceiver uses to lead us astray.
Man has always used his conscience as a guide in his spiritual
journey, but in today’s world of compromise, our conscience is
not always a sure guide. It is like the magnetic compass needle
that points to the magnetic North, but never the true North;
there is always a magnetic variation, which needs to be
corrected by constant reference to the mariner’s chart.
Similarly, our conscience needs to be constantly corrected by
reference to the Word of God. The Bible is therefore, the
spiritual compass of our life. How we use spiritual compass? We
use it to:
1. Enter into a personal relationship with God so that his mind
and heart is revealed to you. This can be accomplished if you
read the Bible, not only intellectually, but with deep longing
in your heart for God to reveal himself to you.
2. Nourish your spirit and to avoid being infected by the
values, principles and ideas of the world that are contrary to
the will of God. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” ( Mt 4:4 ).
3. Learn God’s will in your life. Although God speaks to us in
various ways, the Scriptures are the one sure place where God
reveals his will to us. And he does so in two ways:
(1) When we study God’s Word, it will reveal to us our basic
vocation and what we are going to do with our life, just as God
revealed to aged Abram, in Haran, a new direction in his life (
Gen 12:1 ). As we read and reflect on the Scriptures, we will
realize that God is never ever finished with us, for he
constantly extends and expands the horizons of our life.
(2) When we study God’s Word, it will help us to recognize his
presence and to hear the promptings of his Holy Spirit, amidst
all the hustle and bustle of every day life.
3. Grow in your Christian faith. Somebody said that the word
BIBLE is an acronym for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving
Earth”. How true! Our lives have been created by God and he is
the best person to teach us what we are to do, not only when we
have a break-down in our lives, but also what to do to attain
the Kingdom of Heaven.
4. Grow in your prayer life and have a regular dialogue with
God. Prayer and the Word of God go together. They are like the
two wires of a telephone connection which makes it possible for
us to listen to God, and to speak to him. The more we listen to
the voice of God and understand what he wants to reveal to us,
the more our prayer becomes inspired and soaked with the Word of
God, which is pleasing to him.
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