STAR: A picture of God’s guidance

STAR: A picture of God’s guidance

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’” Matthew chapter 2:1-2

 “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” Numbers 24:17

 A few surprising truths we learn from the Wise Men

  1. FOLLOWING GOD ISN’T ALWAYS SAFE, BUT RATHER DANGEROUS.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

 3 Mistakes We Make When God’s Will Isn’t Clear

  • We look for a FEELING

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

  • We look for a FORMULA

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

  • We FREEZE up

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

  1. FOLLOWING GOD ISN’T ALWAYS EASY, BUT RATHER DEMANDING.

 “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:34-35

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

THE PATH OF THE WISE MEN LEADS TO JESUS

 “God whispers to us in our pleasure, he speaks to us in our conscience, but he shouts to us in our pain. Suffering is God’s megaphone to a deaf world. –C.S. Lewis

“The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1

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