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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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does your GPS ever give up on you?

Jennifer Cole

Haven’t we all been there?...We are following our GPS to get to a desired location. It tells us to take a right turn in half a mile, but then we miss the turn! What does your GPS do at that point? Does it say, “Wow, you totally missed that. Guess you’re just going to stay lost now.” No way! Without skipping a beat, it graciously suggests a new next turn (and maybe a few more after that!) to eventually get you back to the right path. In fact, even if you miss the next 3, 5 or even 10 turns, your GPS still never gives up on you!

So why is it that when we “miss a turn” in life, we know our GPS would be patient with us but somehow we get to thinking that God is mad at us? He has given us the Holy Spirit as our Guide, and yes -- our Guide is continually sharing directions, indicating which turns to take and more. He for sure wants us to arrive at all of the promises God has given us! But, if we miss a turn, make a mistake or take the wrong path, He doesn’t give up on us! Just like our GPS, the Holy Spirit never says, ”Okay fine, do it your way. I’m done helping you. Peace, out!” Nope! He’s just saying “re-calculating, re-routing” along the way, giving us guidance into the next steps to take so we can keep heading the right direction.

If you’ve felt like you’ve made wrong choices in life...if you’re feeling like you “missed the boat” or did things your way for so long that there’s just no way God could clean all that up...hear the Holy Spirit patiently and lovingly saying to you today: “Re-calculating!” He has never and will never give up on you. The Holy Spirit acts as your Guide in everyday life, in the big decisions and the small ones. He will lead you step-by-step, always towards the promises and blessings that God has in store for you!

How do we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead? There are two essential and primary ways that He leads us -- first, through God’s Word (the Bible) and secondly, through peace. One reason we each need to make reading and hearing the Word a daily priority is that the Holy Spirit customizes the Word to each of us -- personally -- so that as you read or hear Scriptures, He can literally quicken a word or phrase directly to you, and you’ll know you have the answer you’ve been seeking. 

>>Isn’t that amazing? Talk about a supernatural advantage in life! 

Then, once you’ve received direction from the Word, then check your spirit, the real you inside. Ask the Holy Spirit to make it clear to you if your spirit is at peace with the decision/direction or if it seems “scratchy.” We know from Colossians 3:15 that peace acts as an umpire, so we know that God will confirm the answer to you both through His Word and through peace.

When we make it a lifestyle to be in the Scriptures daily and to listen closely to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and discernment of peace inside, we can move forward with decisions in life with confidence. This is God’s will for us -- He doesn’t want us going through life always having to hear “re-calculating!” He is patient with us and extends so much mercy, but His best for each of us is to continually hear from Him which directions to take, and then to take them! That path has fewer detours and gets us more quickly to the land of His blessings and promises. Make the choice today to be led by the Holy Spirit daily, in the big and little stuff, and enjoy that supernatural advantage!

Say This: “Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit! I am so glad He is my internal guide, my supernatural ‘GPS.’ Raise up in me a greater desire to read and listen to Your Word daily, and I believe that as I make the Word a priority, I’ll hear customized direction and answers. Help me to discern when I have peace in my spirit and when I don’t, and give me the courage to always follow Your Word and peace -- thank You for that supernatural advantage! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”