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Sermon Illustrations: Guidance

God either guides with His eye (the look), or with a bit. Some Christians wait for the bit.


Those who obeyed the naked truth of God's Word got awesome revelation. Those who did nothing, got nothing. Peter Youngren


Guidance is like being on a train: the Father is the owner, the Son is the driver, and the Holy Spirit is the conductor who tells you when you need to change trains.


A good compass always points to true north, no matter what. God's Word is our life compass. We should use it to make sure that we're pointing in the right direction.


God didn't tell the Israelites the whole plan in one hit for capturing the Promised Land. He just told them to cross the Jordan River. Then, once they'd done that, He told them how to capture Jericho, then how to capture Ai, then the Amorite kings, and so on. It was one step at a time, and it forced them to trust Him.


Duncan Campbell was at a conference when he had a strong feeling to go to the Hebrides. When he arrived, he made his way up to the church where the cleaner was going about his work. "What's happening here?" he asked. "We have a speaker tonight," replied the cleaner. "What is his name?" "Duncan Campbell." "But I'm Duncan Campbell! How did you know I was coming?" "How did you know to come?" The fishing fleet went out in the morning, and they all returned to shore. They just had to get to church.


In Italy, there is a harbour that can only be accessed via a narrow channel lined with dangerous, narrow rocks. In the middle of the night, it is extremely difficult to steer a ship safely through. Maritime authorities recognised the danger and placed three special lights throughout the harbour to guide vessels at night. Captains are not to steer their ships from one light to the next. Instead, each light must be perfectly lined up with each other. If a captain can see separate lights in the distance, he is off course, as all three must line up perfectly. Getting God's guidance is similar. It's important to have confirmation of what you believe God is telling you to do. "Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses…"


When Columbus set out on his journey to America, he didn't know where he was going, when he arrived he didn't know where he was, and when he returned he didn't know where he'd been.