I think somebody needs to hear this message tonight. I pray it speaks to your heart…
"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." - 1 Cor 14:33
If you feel confusion in any area of your life, consider the source. The Bible clearly states that confusion is not from God, and if it's not from God, I know I don't want any part of it. Confusion is defined as “lack of understanding; uncertainty; the state of being bewildered or unclear in one's mind about something.” Go ahead and substitute that definition in the verse and it will read “For God is not the author of a lack of understanding; uncertainty; or the state of being bewildered or unclear in one's mind about something. WHEW!! Isn’t it refreshing to read that truth?
Confusion can come from the enemy in many forms, or even from our own flesh. That is why it is so important to stay grounded in God’s Word & in prayer and to GUARD our hearts & minds! When we are seeking the Lord, we will begin to quickly recognize any lies from the enemy, any false teachings that do not line up with the Word of God, and any other worldly messages trying to deter us. Having those truths impressed on our hearts is so important, and that’s why I love memorizing Scripture. Think you don’t have a good memory? I bet you know the words to LOTS of songs! I for one can rap almost every word to Whoop There It Is, some Salt N Peppa songs I’m embarrassed to name, Ice Ice Baby, & The Fresh Prince theme song. (Okay, maybe nobody else was a 90’s kid white girl thug wanna-be like me? Ha!) Really though, my point is, we can absolutely memorize Scripture if we commit ourselves to it and study it enough.
Deuteronomy 11:18 tells us "So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders” and Psalm 119:11 encourages us to follow David’s lead as he said “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
If you’re at a cross point in your life or are confused about a decision or direction, my best advice is to STOP. Wait for a clear answer from the Lord before making a move. It may not seem easier on the front end to patiently seek the Lord, but I can assure you it’s a whole lot easier than cleaning up the mess than can result from stepping out of God’s will and making hasty decisions with negative consequences. God will always respond when we wholeheartedly seek him. The problem is, many times when he does not respond in our timing or with the answer we want, we choose to either stop seeking or go our own direction.
James 1:5 tells us "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." This is the BEST place to go if you need clarity. Seek the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Study the Word and PRAY. Or even better, pray God’s Word!!
I also wanted to share a resource I have found for Christians regarding apologetics. I If you have questions about what you believe, other religions, false teachings, etc., I have found these teachings to be Biblically sound: www.carm.org Check it out if you get a chance.