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How Our Good Intentions May Not be Spirit-Led

There is no satisfaction apart from salvation that can compare to the joy we get from doing good deeds. The issue we commonly face is that we often lack direction in how and when to do what we feel is good. The Bible tells us to lean not to our own understanding and to acknowledge God in all of our ways and He shall direct our paths.

It is in this divine direction that we can find solace in knowing that what we do will be efficacious and most importantly, will please God. There is absolutely nothing wrong with our intent to do good, yet the error lies in our impulsivity. A perfect example of having good intentions but bad direction is found in 2 Samuel chapter 6. Here we see King David desiring to move the ark of covenant from Gibeah to Jerusalem.

Now, the ark was considered holy, and only certain people were allowed to carry it, and it was to be done in a particular way. There were golden staves that were driven into the rings on the side of the ark and it was to be hand carried. King David possibly wanted to make the process of transporting it less cumbersome by placing it in a new cart to be driven by oxen. While this idea may have been led by good intent, he did not consult God on this matter.

The oxen shook the ark and caused it to move, so Uzzah attempted to touch it to stabilize it, and the anger of the Lord was kindled causing Uzzah to die. King David’s hasty decision to alter or improve God’s way of doing things cost someone his life. Much like David, many of today’s leaders within the body of Christ are attempting to improve the methodology of God by adding philosophy and new age ideology onto the scriptures.

Where Jesus says there is only one way into Heaven, they say that there are many ways in. Within the ark of covenant were the manna that fed the Israelites, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of stone. This arc was to be carried a certain way and to be revered. The new cart that David put the ark in typifies a compromise or alteration to the way God does things. This is happening frequently in today’s church.

We must always question our motives and seek the counsel of God before moving off impulse. It is vital that we ensure that our actions line up with the Word of God. Leaders must not jeopardize the souls of those who we pastor when we make a decision to change God’s way in a feeble attempt to be more effective. There is only one effective way and that’s God’s way. Make sure your intentions are led by good direction.

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About Charles Russell

Charles Russell is a minister from Daytona Beach, FL. & has been working directly with troubled youth as a counselor for 9 years. He has obtained a plethora of experience communicating the word of God to children and adults. With a strong zeal for study and mentoring, he is now walking into his true calling as a pastor and teacher. Charles has now learned how to efficaciously utilize his gifts of music, exegetical teaching, graphic design, public speaking, writing, and youth mentoring as platforms to herald the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, he is a husband and father.

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