Bill’s Book Chapter 4 – God’s Way
- I wrote this book below to have it published but decided to put it on my website instead to share it with anyone interested. May it be a blessing to you as you read it. ~ Bill Greguska
Chapter 1 –My Letter To The Lord
Chapter 2 –It Starts With Me
Chapter 3 –God’s Plan
Chapter 4 –God’s Way
Chapter 5 –God Answers Prayers
Chapter 6 –Faith During Hard Times
Chapter 7 –Relationship With Others
Chapter 8 –Love Is The Answer
Chapter 9 –Victory Over Evil
Chapter 10 –Heaven Is Our Home
Chapter 11 –Emotions Are Interesting
Chapter 12 –Recovery
- Ask For Direction
- Becoming Stronger
- God’s Plan Or Mine?
- Knowing The Lord
- Life Can Be Difficult
- Sheep Or Goat
- Teachable Spirit
- The Lord Is Near
- What Path To Choose?
1. Ask For Direction
Lord, I usually always try to take my concerns to you, yet sometimes I struggle on my own first or go to a friend instead of you, which I know is not the right thing to do. It doesn’t matter if my problems are insignificant or overwhelming; all I know is that you will show me the way. If I lack wisdom in any area of life, I know that I ought to go to you, Lord, and seek your knowledge instead of doing what I feel is right.
Lord, I have learned that often,
what feels good may not be right for me. I know that I first must bring my situations into the light of your truth. I know that I am in error to think it is okay to do my own thing or continue to sin without confessing and repenting, how can I expect you to answer our prayers if I willfully live in disobedience.
Lord, when I have doubts and fears, I need your wisdom instead of relying on my thoughts and feelings. You tell me to come to you in prayer. I pray that you give me the specific direction that I need today, and please give me the patience to wait for you to do what is good, right, and honorable. You know what I ought to do or say. I pray that we can be obedient and follow you without getting messed up with my flesh, the devil, or temptations of this world. These things will keep us lost, discontent, and unproductive, not to mention far from you, Lord.
Reflection: Have I been going to God with my concerns? Or just muscling through life in my strength?
Action: Pick a time to talk to God in prayer each day, and stick to it the best you can.
John 14:14: You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
God doesn’t seek for golden vessels and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones. ~ Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist, publisher, and founder of the Moody Church.
2. Becoming Stronger
Lord, I trust that, in your timing, all things will come to me to help make me the person you intend me to be. Sometimes, because you give me free will, things I do on my delay or alter what you have planned for me. Don’t let me run away from things that draw me closer to you, but help me embrace them as I continue to read your word, worship, and have fellowship with other believers. Help me set aside time each day for these things. We are not Lone Rangers, Lord; we need you, and we need our Christian brothers and sisters.
Lord, help us not only pray after all else has failed.
Instead, help me to come to you first thing for everything every day. Help me lean on your word as if my life depends upon it because it does. Remind my spirit that my strength does not necessarily come from myself, but rather from you, Lord.
Lord, thankfully, I have been able to notice some spiritual growth since I accepted your invitation to be my Lord and Savior, which encourages me to continue to keep growing stronger in your word. I pray that you help me finish the race I call life in a powerful way to give you honor and praise by what we say and do every day.
Reflection: Make it clear to me that any good thing comes from you. With that truth made known, help me keep my eyes on you, Lord.
Action: Consider the ways that the Lord has made me stronger, write these things down, and be thankful for them all.
2 Peter 1:5-7: For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control, and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness, and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. ~ John F. Kennedy
3. God’s Plan Or Mine?
Lord, I try to make sure my plans are in your will; otherwise, I am wise enough to know that they will fail. If my hopes and dreams honor you, I know I shouldn’t give up on them. I trust that your intentions are always righteous. Lord, even though the world will not necessarily see it that way, because the world is blinded by the lies of Satan and the desires of the flesh. You give me free will to do my own thing; unfortunately, when I behave outside of your will, I create trouble and more trouble for myself.
Lord, you have created me with desires and passions.
Help me discover them and keep them in line with your will so that I can live my life the way you have planned for me – a holy life honoring you.
Lord, like any loving parent, you direct us in the way we should go. Sometimes while growing up, I thought my parents were old fashion and “square” with what they were telling me to do and not do. It was not until I had kids of my own that I realized that my parents’ old-fashion ways were not so wrong at all. Lord, my parents were very right on, and I was the foolish one! Lord, when I was younger, my life was starting to crash and burn, but I am thankful I cooperated with you and saw the light. I am so glad that I welcomed you into my life, and you recycled my life for me.
Reflection: Do I feel that I am living a life that pleases God?
Action: Write down two columns. One column you can write the things you think I am doing well in my life. In the second column, write down the things I think need improvement in my life.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God has his plan, and I’m just going along with it. ~ Kimberly Quinn, actress, writer, producer, director, and co-founder of Goldenlight Films.
4. Knowing The Lord
Lord, I believe that to understand you best, I need a Bible of my own so that we can read your word for myself. I can also listen to your word in church or on the radio or TV, and I should pray as often as I can. Whether or not I realize it, I am in a spiritual war, and I need to get my marching orders from you, Lord. It is not that hard to understand what you want me to know and do. I know that you came to the world to live and then die for my sins. My job is to by faith accept your sacrificial gift and to follow you for the rest of my life, one day at a time, until you take me home to heaven with you.
Lord, I have learned a lot about you, but I still have much more to learn.
When my time on earth is over, I will meet you as my judge, and I pray that I know you as Lord and Savior. I also know that sometimes there is a separation between my heart and my mind that needs to be worked out once in a while.
Lord, my sins will convict me, and there will be no real peace in my heart until I confess my sins to you and turn from those sins. Lord, your word says that iron sharpens iron; that reminds me to keep in fellowship with other believers and have an accountability partner to bounce ideas, feelings, and thoughts off of so that I can continue to grow. Help me keep it simple by remembering that you love me, and you died for me, and (for those of us who call you Lord and Savior), that you have a place for me in heaven. Help my understanding of you grow more and more each day, week, and year.
Reflection: Do I spend more or less time on the Internet and watching the news on TV than being with people and learning more about God and His Word?
Action: Start by opening my Bible each day, start by reading 5-10 minutes each day, and in time build up to more time. Reading Proverbs and John are two excellent books, to begin with. Also, consider taking notes at church, including things the pastor says that I need clarification on.
Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
Faith is the first step to understanding. Either it’s the Word of an infallible God, the fallible words of men, or faith in what you believe. You’ve got to have faith in something. Believe me. ~ Ray Comfort, Christian minister and evangelist, founder of Living Waters Publications.
5. Life Can Be Difficult
Lord, I know that the Bible uses the term “Christian” to describe people who follow you, Lord — in other words, Christ-like people. When I read the Bible and talk to my pastor and other believers, let it open my eyes to the potential you have in store for us. Lord, please allow your Holy Spirit to work in me.
Lord, I know that being in a church doesn’t make me a Christian any more than being in a garage makes us a car.
Many temptations might draw me away from you. Lord, I pray that you keep me determined and steadfast to live and die for you as you did for me.
Lord, you wanted to save me from my sins so I can be with you for eternity in heaven. Please help me continue to follow you every day, to keep listening to your word, and to point others to you — especially when I do not feel like it, or when stress from the world overcomes me. Lord, I am not without fault or sin, but your sacrifice on the cross has paid for all my sins and mistakes. It is nice to think about the people who introduced me to you, Lord. Living as a Christian can be difficult; It makes me sometimes wonder how hard life is for those who do not know you as Lord and Savior!
Reflection: My life can be difficult, but with God, all things are possible. I need to remember that God will never me or abandon me.
Action: Consider the hardest parts of my life and write down ways that, with God’s help, they can become much easier to bear.
Luke 9:23: Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. ~ Martin Luther, author of many writings that sparked the Protestant Reformation.
6. Sheep Or Goat
Lord, being a follower of you is an honor to me, not a title or status symbol to be flaunted to look important like the Pharisees. I have been both a follower and a leader in my life. With you, Lord, I want to follow and do your will. I do not want just to look and sound like a follower, but to be a good one. I pray that my flesh and desires fade into the background even more and more as years go by, and I pray that you make your will clear to me.
Lord, my natural instinct is to follow like a sheep
Which could be why I got involved with alcohol and drugs years ago. I know now I should consider myself a sheep with you as my Sheppard, and I discovered that when dealing with people, rather than to follow, it is often best to either lead or to practice wise discernment and walk side by side with others. I need to keep in mind that all leaders are human and will fail us at times, but you, Lord, never have, and will never fail us.
Lord, help us examine our lives to determine if we are following you in the way we live, or are just going through the motions of Christianity on Sundays. I ask myself if I am genuinely bending my knee to you, Lord, or just tipping my hat out of respect. Your word tells me that if we are lukewarm, you will spit us out. Instead, put a fire for you in my heart, Lord, so that one day I will be able to hear you say well done.
Reflection: Have I been following the Lord, or am I trying to have the Lord see things my way?
Action: Consider the things I need to do better concerning following the Lord, write them down, and make them your goal to attain.
Matthew 25:21: His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose again, and that’s my belief. I’m a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness. ~ Sherri Shepherd, American actress, comedian, author, and television personality.
7. Teachable Spirit
Lord, I am thankful that having a teachable spirit is my priority. With this attitude, I know I don’t have all the answers, but I can learn something from everyone. I try to keep in mind that I have an enemy named Satan, who wants to kill, steal, and destroy me. Once I realized this, I was on my way to having a teachable spirit. I know that I am in a spiritual battle with Satan, and without you, Lord, I am no match.
Lord, thank you for teaching us good from evil.
Please help us apply your wisdom so we can do your will every day. Help me continue to be teachable and have me make sure I do your will through prayer and reading your word, and not be tempted to do my own will.
Lord, I am so glad that you have given me a free will to choose my attitude concerning everything I say and do, and the gift of having a teachable spirit has made things so much better for me, and I thank you for that because, without your guidance Lord, I would still be floundering.
Reflection: An important question to consider it to ask myself, is when people speak, do I really listen, or am I planning what I am going to say next?
Action: Consider the ways that I need to become more teachable, list them below to remind myself of my goal.
Matthew 28:20: and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Faith is the biggest principle that the Bible teaches us. ~ LaDainian Tomlinson, National Football League running back for eleven seasons.
8. The Lord Is Near
Lord, I know your word tells me that you will never leave me or forsake me — but I pray that those who need to come back to you and want to make things right will do just that. I need to ask you for forgiveness and repent of my sins. Lord, you love me more than I can imagine, and that is part of the reason I stick with you.
Lord, open my heart to you more and grant me the peace that I desire.
Once I was lost, but now I am found because of you. When I bent my knee to you, Lord, in humility, you received me with open arms. The main question is not where I was stood with you in the past but rather where I am headed with you now, Lord.
Lord, help me to see my mistakes and sins and help me turn back to you even when my flesh tells me otherwise. You say that you will never leave me, yet we have, at times, turned my back on you. Please forgive my waywardness and accept me back into your loving arms when I falter and fail. Sometimes I need to ask myself if I am as close to you, Lord, as you would want me to be. If not, help me to change that today.
Reflection: What ways has the Lord has helped me in your life. Keep in mind that God loves me and wants a relationship with me. Is there anything blocking that relationship with God that I am not letting go of?
Action: Pray and ask God to revile to me what is keeping me from having a closeness with God? Write down three possible reasons and start to do something about it.
2 Corinthians 5:20: We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
People are looking for something a little more stable; people are feeling like they need to get closer to God. ~ Dolly Parton, American singer, and songwriter.
9. What Path To Choose?
Lord, you have turned my mess into a message! I am thankful now that I can dig into your word to discover your will for my life, and hopefully encourage others in the meantime. I believe that it is better to reevaluate my direction rather than keep going further and becoming more and more lost, and I like to be aware of where I am heading — whether I am living my life to please myself or doing your will.
Lord, I ask you for marching orders that come from you, not from my self-centered desires.
Lord, your two greatest commands are to love you and love others as I love myself. With that in mind, I can’t go wrong.
Lord, you let us know the path we should follow, yet you give us free will. I pray that we choose your route, which leads to honor, rather than the sinful ways that will lead us to condemnation. Keep me from evil, Lord, and watch over me. I never again want to travel the road I was on years ago when my life was a big mess. The only way I would be willing to go near to those roads again is to help those who are still there.
Reflection: What is causing me confusion, stress, and sin in my life, and what can I do to change these kayotic things with God’s help.
Action: What are some of the areas of sin in your life which has damaged my relationship with God. Write these areas down and pray for God’s guidance and strength to follow Jesus more closely.
Psalm 1:1: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.
‘You are no saint,’ says the devil. Well, if I am not, I am a sinner, and Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. Sink or swim, I go to Him; other hope, I have none. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a famous English Baptist preacher.