06.08.19, SPECIFIC SITUATIONS

APPLYING GOD’S PRINCIPLES TO SPECIFIC SITUATIONS, 06.08.19

When we discover principles in God’s Word, we need discernment about when, where/in what situations, and how to apply them. For the most part, if we are believers/followers of Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, we can apply God’s Word to our own lives, in any/all situations. 

There are always exceptions, however. There are those passages (usually promises &/or warnings) which are clearly exclusive to/for Israel and Israel only. And there are those promises which have conditions attached.

For the purpose of practical individual application, STUDY CORNER will attempt to outline (in the following days’ STUDY TOPICS) some of the most commonly recurring scenarios that everyone deals with, & are conducive to the application of God’s principles.

Today we will look at the situation where we may be entering into an opportunity either to share, or to be shared with – tenuous situations where the boundaries are not clearly defined, yet we feel a call to move into/with it for some purpose of which we are unsure. 

So how do we approach this? What is the best way to proceed?

One thing we can always be sure of is that if we: (a) Surrender the situation, & the individual to God’s will/way, & (b) look to the Holy Spirit’s leading, we will never go wrong.

The following passages will form the foundation for an example of how one can pray in preparation for such instances: 

Psalm 141:3
Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips. (NLT)

Ps. 141:3  (NKJV)

3 Set a guard over my mouth, Oh, Lord; Keep watch over the door of my lips.

Eccl. 5:1-7  (NLT)

1 As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. 

2 Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.

3 Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool.

4 When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. 

5 It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. 

6 Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved.

7 Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.

**TEACHING NOTES:

(a)  re above:

 

Eccl. 5:1-7 

**DO NOT CONCERN YOURSELF WITH THE FACT THAT IT REFERS TO “KEEPING YOUR MOUTH SHUT IN THE HOUSE OF GOD.” THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE PRINCIPLE IS LIMITED EXCLUSIVELY TO THAT LOCATION & CANNOT BE APPLIED TO OTHER SITUATIONS & CIRCUMSTANCES. IT HAS VALID APPLICATION TO GENERIC SITUATIONS.

STOP/THINK/PRAY before speaking has become my motto/mantra from the above passages.

Prior to any situation of delicacy/sensitive circumstances, perceived potential for conflict, threat, or any form of negative interaction, I try to make a point of stopping (& surrendering situation to the Lord), thereby thinking through on the basis of those thoughts that have resulted from having surrendered  – Prov. 16:3), & thereafter praying into asking for the Lord’s direction on how to walk through the scenario. 

(b) re below:

WHEN WE GET OUT OF HIS WAY, ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, COMMIT ALL THAT WE DO TO HIM/HIS WAYS/WILL, & ALLOW HIM to, God will, by His HOLY SPIRIT:

  1. Establish our very thoughts
  2. MAKE the RIGHT WORDS come out of our mouths
  3. Give us guidance & specific directives for how to approach, & walk through any situation successfully.

Prov. 16:3  (NKJV)

Commit your works to the Lord,

And your thoughts will be established.

PROVERBS 3:5-7  (NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

PSALM 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will guide you with My eye.

LUKE 12:11,12

11 “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 

12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

*REMEMBER: 

APPLYING GOD’S WORD IN PRAYER IS A DEMONSTRATION OF YOUR FAITH IN HIS WORD.

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