Let God Lead
Letting God Lead is really just keeping him first, but how do we do it? It’s a 2 step process. First we move over (get out of the way), then we can follow his lead by;
· Seeking – both Asking & Listening,
· Submitting – Following & Obeying
I think this is one of the hardest things for many Christians to do. Some people call it dying to self. Although that is accurate, and gives us some idea of how difficult it can be, I think it is better to look at this as teamwork and submission to the creator of the universe. It shouldn’t be too hard to appreciate guidance and leadership coming from authority like that!.
I say It shouldn’t be hard, but it still took me 19 years. During those many years I knew that the Bible was God’s wisdom, and that Jesus died for my sins, but I still had a major problem. I was still running the show[well trying to run the show]. I’d still do things they way I wanted. I’d even twist what the Bible says to match what I wanted. I would never look at both sides of what the Bible teaches, just for support for my views.
Matt 16:24-26, Mar 8:34-38, Luke 9:23-26, All say basically the same thing. Let’s look at the passage in Luke.
MSG Luke 9:23-26 23Then he told them what they could expect for themselves. Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver seat-I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self help is no help at all. 24Self sacrifice is the way, my way to finding yourself, your true self. 25What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? In Matt 16 it goes on to ask “What could you ever trade your soul for?”
Consequence for not being born again. For not submitting to the Holy Spirit:
MSG John 3;4 “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re- enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?” 5 Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation-the ‘wind hovering over the water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life-it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom.
CEV John 3: 3Jesus replied, “I tell you for certain that you must be born from above before you can see God’s kingdom!” 4Nicodemus asked, “How can a grown man ever be born a second time?” 5Jesus answered: I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. 6Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God. 7Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. 8Only God’s Spirit gives new life. The Spirit is like the wind that blows wherever it wants to. You can hear the wind, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. 9″How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10Jesus replied: How can you be a teacher of Israel and not know these things? 11I tell you for certain that we know what we are talking about because we have seen it ourselves. But none of you will accept what we say. 12If you don’t believe when I talk to you about things on earth, how can you possibly believe if I talk to you about things in heaven? 13No one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from there. 14And the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as that metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert. 15Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life. 16God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.
I think that the Pilot/ Copilot division of duty helps us to understand how to let God lead. Let’s first look at the Pilot’s responsibilities:
1. is in command and supervises all other crew members.
2. plan their flights carefully.
3. thoroughly check their aircraft – engines, controls, instruments, and other systems
4. Ensure that baggage or cargo has been loaded correctly.
5 find out about weather conditions en route and at their destination.
6 choose a route, altitude, and speed that will provide the safest, most economical, and smoothest flight.
7. Take control When flying under instruments- poor visibility.
8. for takeoff, the pilot concentrates on the runway
9. Calc’s takeoff speed
10 When takeoff speed relayed by copilot, pulls back on the controls to raise the nose of the plane
11 request a change in altitude or route if needed
1. During Takeoff scans the instrument panel.
2. alternate flying each leg from takeoff to landing.
3. regularly scan the instrument panel – fuel supply; engines; and the air-conditioning, hydraulic, and other systems.
4. The moment the plane reaches takeoff speed, the first officer informs the pilot,
2. communicating with air traffic controllers
3. monitoring the instruments.
God set’s our overall destination and goals – transformation, and heaven, but he doesn’t give us a detailed flight plan. He asks us to work those out for ourselves. He gives us his Word – his son – our helper: the holy spirit – our guide – our friend: his fatherly love – our strength. He tells us to work this out for ourselves, to team up with him to work out the details of the plan, to trust that he put us where he wants us.
I wonder if it is OK if we think he is calling us in a certain direction to just jump out in that direction. This quick responsiveness may be good but the Bible describes a more restrained response. God wants to guide us:
MSG Proverbs 3:5
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out
everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do,
everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t
assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will
glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God
with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns
will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend,
resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s
the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all
Lets look back at a more descriptive Pilot/Co-Pilot comparison.
Pilots are highly trained professionals who either fly airplanes or helicopters to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Most are airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers who transport passengers and cargo, but 1 out of 5 pilots is a commercial pilot involved in tasks such as dusting crops, spreading seed for reforestation, testing aircraft, flying passengers and cargo to areas not served by regular airlines, directing firefighting efforts, tracking criminals, monitoring traffic, and rescuing and evacuating injured persons.
Except on small aircraft, two pilots usually make up the cockpit crew. Generally, the most experienced pilot, the captain, is in command and supervises all other crew members. The pilot and the copilot, often called the first officer, share flying and other duties, such as communicating with air traffic controllers and monitoring the instruments. Some large aircraft have a third pilot, theflight engineer, who assists the other pilots by monitoring and operating many of the instruments and systems, making minor in-flight repairs, and watching for other aircraft. The flight engineer also assists the pilots with the company, air traffic control, and cabin crew communications. New technology can perform many flight tasks, however, and virtually all new aircraft now fly with only two pilots, who rely more heavily on computerized controls.
Before departure, pilots plan their flights carefully. They thoroughly check their aircraft to make sure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly. They also make sure that baggage or cargo has been loaded correctly. They confer with flight dispatchers and aviation weather forecasters to find out about weather conditions en route and at their destination. Based on this information, they choose a route, altitude, and speed that will provide the safest, most economical, and smoothest flight. When flying under instrument flight rules-procedures governing the operation of the aircraft when there is poor visibility-the pilot in command, or the company dispatcher, normally files an instrument flight plan with air traffic control so that the flight can be coordinated with other air traffic.
Takeoff and landing are the most difficult parts of the flight, and require close coordination between the pilot and first officer. For example, as the plane accelerates for takeoff, the pilot concentrates on the runway while the first officer scans the instrument panel. To calculate the speed they must attain to become airborne, pilots consider the altitude of the airport, outside temperature, weight of the plane, and speed and direction of the wind. The moment the plane reaches takeoff speed, the first officer informs the pilot, who then pulls back on the controls to raise the nose of the plane. Pilots and first officers usually alternate flying each leg from takeoff to landing.
Unless the weather is bad, the flight itself is relatively routine. Airplane pilots, with the assistance of autopilot and the flight management computer, steer the plane along their planned route and are monitored by the air traffic control stations they pass along the way. They regularly scan the instrument panel to check their fuel supply; the condition of their engines; and the air-conditioning, hydraulic, and other systems. Pilots may request a change in altitude or route if circumstances dictate. For example, if the ride is rougher than expected, pilots may ask air traffic control if pilots flying at other altitudes have reported better conditions; if so, they may request an altitude change. This procedure also may be used to find a stronger tailwind or a weaker headwind to save fuel and increase speed. In contrast, because helicopters are used for short trips at relatively low altitude, helicopter pilots must be constantly on the lookout for trees, bridges, power lines, transmission towers, and other dangerous obstacles. Regardless of the type of aircraft, all pilots must monitor warning devices designed to help detect sudden shifts in wind conditions that can cause crashes.
Pilots must rely completely on their instruments when visibility is poor. On the basis of altimeter readings, they know how high above ground they are and whether they can fly safely over mountains and other obstacles. Special navigation radios give pilots precise information that, with the help of special maps, tells them their exact position. Other very sophisticated equipment provides directions to a point just above the end of a runway and enables pilots to land completely without an outside visual reference. Once on the ground, pilots must complete records on their flight and the aircraft maintenance status for their company and the FAA.
The number of nonflying duties that pilots have depends on the employment setting. Airline pilots have the services of large support staffs and, consequently, perform few nonflying duties. However, because of the large numbers of passengers, airline pilots may be called upon to coordinate handling of disgruntled or disruptive passengers. Pilots employed by other organizations, such as charter operators or businesses, have many other duties. They may load the aircraft, handle all passenger luggage to ensure a balanced load, and supervise refueling; other nonflying responsibilities include keeping records, scheduling flights, arranging for major maintenance, and performing minor aircraft maintenance and repairs.
Some pilots are flight instructors. They teach their students in ground-school classes, in simulators, and in dual-controlled planes and helicopters. A few specially trained pilots are examiners or check pilots. They periodically fly with other pilots or pilot’s license applicants to make sure that they are proficient.
Help us to get out of the pilot seat, to get out of the way and let you lead us. Keep us from presuming your will and allowing our service to become a performance. Help us to seek only your approval, In Jesus name we pray, Amen.