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How to Know the Will of God Part 10

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Consequences of Not Waiting for Divine Guidance

Loss of His Personal Presence. Though we can never escape from the omnipresence of God, or even the manifest presence of God, we CAN lose the awareness of the Personal Presence of God. This often separates us from an awareness of His manifest and omnipresence. God is present just as much when we aren’t aware, when we don’t sense Him, as when we do, but we don’t receive the benefits of our relationship through the Personal Presence.

Consequences Commensurate with Our Decisions. Remember that as earth-dwellers, bad things happen to everyone as part of this world system. These are not necessarily negative consequences of not depending on God, and the only way to judge is to ASK HIM!

God’s Assertion of His Sovereignty as Teacher, Guide, Counselor, etc. We can’t put God in a box, and say, “This is the way God deals with me.” He is under no obligation to deal with you in only one, two, or even knowable ways.

Repetition of Personal Crises. Sometimes it seems like we get locked into habit patterns where we repeat the same mistakes over and over again. We need to stop and take a look at our lives to see that this is exactly what is happening! It’s important to review your personal history, not just so you can learn from it, but so you can reflect, study, develop new skills and set goals on the basis of what your history reveals. We don’t learn from history unless we reflect, evaluate and apply the lessons revealed by our history.

Out of the Will of God? To say that we’re out of the will of God is to say that our will is stronger and bigger than His will. This is not true! If He’s not guiding and directing us actively, He is guiding and directing us providentially.

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