Learning To Drive

It doesn’t matter if you are learning to ride a bike or drive a car or truck, someone instructed you how to drive. Then, through practice, you get understanding and become proficient. Eventually, you get it, you can drive.

Some people have a God given gift for teaching and others are not so good. Just think about the person who taught you to drive. I remember my first attempt at driving was with a 1967 GTO 4 speed on the floor. I was overwhelmed with having to watch the road, steer, work the gas and brake plus shift gears, work the clutch and not stall the vehicle.  As I looked down to find the clutch, my hand turned the steering wheel and we were over the rock pile and sitting in a corn field.

I could have quit on driving,  but I didn’t. I had implemented the instructions I was given, I thought, but I failed. Nothing worked as I was instructed. Faith is not asking why something fails but faith is believing if I keep trying and follow the instructions, eventually I must succeed. Why? Because the method or process is proven to work time and time again.

You see, when you do something and you know you are following the proven instructions, you are taking your hands off the steering wheel of your life and letting God steer you. And God has provided instructions on how to go to heaven when your body dies. God has provided instructions on how to grow, prosper and flourish, but you have to take your hands off the steering wheel and let God steer you.

Like my GTO experience, it may not work right the first few times but don’t quit. I chose poor and poverty as examples. I laid the ground work in the last post Poor vs Poverty. I did not choose that topic to promote a prosperity gospel. I chose that because it is foundational to the example of letting God steer your life.

You get out what you put in to. Another words, you reap what you sow. And if you are dependent on others, dependent on a government, dependent on anyone or anything but God, you are in poverty. Poverty, not just in money but anything, brings or reaps dependence. You can have poverty spiritually where you depend on others, teachers and not God and his word.

You can have poverty in relationships where you depend on others for your happiness. You can have poverty in your finances where you depend on a job or a paycheck. You can have poverty with your health where you depend on doctors. And what causes all these to be in poverty? The people themselves choose to be dependent and therefore choose to be in poverty.

You see, poverty is a mindset. Poverty is a lie from Satan to deceive people. People think if some health issue was with a parent, an aunt or uncle, then they too will have the issue. You know, “it’s in the genes”. But you can change it for you by making changes in your life style. Follow God’s instructions regarding health issues, diet and life style.

People on welfare think because their mother and/or father went on welfare they will end up on welfare. Wrong. You can change it by using God’s word for direction regarding money issues.

People struggle with understanding things of God so they depend on others to guide them. If you want to know about God, what God thinks, how God works, then get in to his word and learn for yourself. Let God himself teach you about him.

If you are watching horror movies and wonder why your life is out of control or miserable, change your behaviour. Stop watching horror movies and start watching things to strengthen your spirit man. Watch things that can help impact your life for the better.

Poverty is a mindset. People become poor for many reasons but when they become completely dependent on someone else (other than God) or something else, they plunge themselves into poverty. Proverbs 6:10-11 KJV
“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
[11] So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

Proverbs 21:12-18 KJV  “The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
[13] Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
[14] A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
[15] It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
[16] The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
[17] He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
[18] The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.”

We need to help the poor and not by giving handouts. Oh we may need to pay a bill or two for someone sometimes or deliver a couple of bags of groceries but the way we truly help is by helping them find their God given gifts and talents and help them get into that field.

I would challenge you to find someone who is dependent on someone and help set them free. Yes, you might need to give a handout but then give a hand up.

Until next time.

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