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Finding Clear Guidance


John 15:9-17

Sleep can elude us when we are trying to make critical decisions. Our minds race over details; we make our lists, evaluate options, and pray, "God, what should I do?" Often we become frustrated because we're not sure how to get the answer from the Lord.

The key is found in our relationship with Him. The closer we are to God, the easier communication between us will be. Closeness to God means:

Learning what God likes and dislikes. Certain opportunities can be quickly eliminated because they are contrary to God's character.

Knowing God's Word. When we are familiar with the Word of God, the Holy Spirit can remind us of passages relevant to our situation.

Confessing our sins. Confession helps our minds be cleansed from the effects of ungodly thinking, which interferes with receiving the Lord’s direction.

Laying down our desires and taking up His. As we draw closer to Him, we'll experience the blessings of submission and be willing to do it again.

Waiting on God. We will allow sufficient time to hear from the Father.

Standing firm against pressure—external and internal. Receiving clear direction from God will be our priority.

Praying persistently. We'll continue to ask the Father for guidance, and we will not give up. The Lord desires our very best. Draw closer to Him, and experience the joy of receiving clear direction.

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  • February 27, 2013 03:53 AM

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    Thankyou for pastoring to us CHRISTIANS OF CHRIST JESUS. Just following OUR LORD JESUS is all and everything. HE is changing my life as a single mom and blessing us as a family. GOD will come through if you just hold on and wait on him. That's it. He will direct us and lead us somewhere that we in a million years could never picture. ALWAYS remember that THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is good and HE is good all the time.
  • February 19, 2013 09:57 AM

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    I thank God for you Dr. Stanley, God has allowed you to deliver His Word to me and my wife for many months now, a preaching that is so relative to what my family is going through at times in our lives. Thank you so much.
  • February 18, 2013 02:23 PM

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    I needed this NOW, for decisions my family have to make right now.
  • February 17, 2013 03:08 PM

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    Dr Stanley I truly look forward to your sermons on TV, your daily messages, your monthly magazine. Jesus is my Saviour and I pray and read my bible every day. Please pray for me,my friends,my family,our country, my enemies and help me to grow in my faith in Jesus Christ. May God bless you for all you do in His name. D Saunders
  • February 17, 2013 01:02 PM

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    I feel God was speaking directly to me through Dr. Stanley in today's message! This has happened many Sunday's since Dec.2012. I know for sure i am very close to God now,thanks to Dr. Stanley. 30 years ago a person close to a special friend said i was very close to God,it has becme true! Thanks Dr. Stanley for showing me the way through Jesus Christ,Amen Sincerely,Steve Ganley!!
  • February 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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    Dr. Stanley, I am continually blessed by God through your ministry. My husband and I listened to Direction without Doubt today and it is exactly what we needed to hear at this point in our lives. We are struggling greatly financially, preparing to move out of state and tension gets the better of us almost daily. I thank God for your service to Him.
  • February 17, 2013 10:41 AM

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    I just want to agree with all my friends in Christ Jesus!
    Margareta Sweden
  • February 17, 2013 10:12 AM

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    I just want to thank you Dr Stanley for your teachings and lessons you provide us ! I have followed you for years and my life has been so very blessed by your sermons and the In Touch magazine. Thank you for the lovely gifts you send us , your letters , book markers, and enjoying the most recent book "how to handle adversity". You have truly helped me have a loving understanding of God's love for us! May God continue to bless you so you might continue to bless us all that love and need you!
  • February 17, 2013 10:11 AM

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    Great message. What a blessing!
  • February 17, 2013 06:52 AM

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    Am so blessed in my walk with the Lord because your ministry. I have always seen the simplicity of the word of God and yet profoundly life changing when obeyed.
  • July 16, 2012 05:34 PM

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    Exactly what i needed to hear today! Thank you. Glory be to God!
    Laetitia
  • July 15, 2012 05:53 PM

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    Dr. Stanley, thank you so much for your guidance and inspiration during difficult times!
  • July 15, 2012 05:53 PM

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    dr charles stanely is my first inspiration back in 1993 to pick up the bible and start realizing who God is in my life and how He effects every part of it. i've been following dr charles stanely to date and am blessed to have his direction and dedication to God and His people. thank you.
    cheryl caruso
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  • July 15, 2012 10:57 AM

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    "I Love GOD the Father the Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Of all that is seen and unseen."
  • July 15, 2012 08:57 AM

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    God's Will is definitely apparent in His Word. Thank you :)
  • July 15, 2012 08:47 AM

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    I have enjoyed reading today's message because it has brought peace tony heart with decisions in my family life
  • July 15, 2012 08:16 AM

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    Dr. Stanley I am so grateful to God for the wisdom He has blessed you with!!!! Your messages and teachings are valuable to me!!!
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    I dearly love the daily devotionals and it gives me the opening to hear His word in a Christian setting. Thank you for the opportunity to be closer to God.
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    The teaching of the word of God, and the life principles have been very helpful and enlightening to me as well as others that share these valuable resources. We want to thank the entire In Touch staff.
  • July 13, 2012 06:03 PM

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    MY COMMENT IS TO IS TO HAVE AN OPEN HEART AND A CLEAR MIND, AND TO OBEY , TRUST, AND SURRENDER AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE- US OF ALL OUR SINS.AND TO ALWAYS KEEP OUR FAITH, NO MATTER WHAT. SO THAT WE CAN FOR-GIVE OTHERS ,AND TO BE WILLING TO BE PATIENCE TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT GOD HAS IN-STORE FOR US.FOR I KNOW THAT THE LORD HAS A PLAN FOR US.IN JESUS NAME AMEN. LUCIA JIMENEZ.

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