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Direction

From the Director – Well, here I am, standing still on the highway. The phone app doesn't say anything, but I saw a "Road Work Ahead" sign. Been waiting 20 minutes (seems longer), and now several cars ahead of me and behind me are turning around. Do they know something I don't? The map shows a dirt road alongside the highway, and some of the cars that turned around are using it. I am considering turning around as well, still the map before me shows the road I"m on as the best route, and moments later, traffic begins moving again, so I'm on my way. A mile or so later, I see those "other cars" on the dirt road, backed up and stopped behind a truck and trailer that is stuck in the dirt. I hope they get on their way as well, but I am grateful that I am following the direction I received. 
My phone navigation app proved reliable, even though no delay was shown. I was tempted to turn away as others did, but I had faith that staying on the paved road was "the way to go", as Isaiah 30:21 tells us:
 Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
My decision to follow direction was a result of faith in both technology and scripture. When we seek  guidance in our groups we study scripture and find guidance from the Holy Spirit for our daily lives.We hope that others will benefit when reading and discussing God's Word. As we seek, through prayer, to be shown the right thing to do, we find gratitude in the outcome, and often experience a sense of the Presence of God.  
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7
May you know this Peace! Praise God!

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Tradition Two

2. “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He expresses Himself through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”
 
  Direction - we listen to God for guidance in how best to serve Him and His children.
 
God leads the group. He provides the leadership to serve the group, and we know Him through His divine authority, Jesus Christ.  Our leaders have the authority to serve but not to rule. They lead by example rather than mandate. 
 
The group’s purpose is to serve but it has to know where and how to best serve, hence tradition 2. The group seeks direction from God and guidance to follow the example of His Son as revealed through the Holy Spirit. Leadership serves the group and the group serves the individuals as well as Overcomers Outreach as a whole. Trusted servants tend to the needs of the group by serving as secretaries, treasurers, and coordinators, being mindful of the changing needs of the group as new members join. God works in and through every member of the group, so all are considered equal. Members chosen to serve are trusted to fulfill their commitments to the best of their abilities and those who chose them are responsible to support their servants. Unity is strengthened under the direction and guidance of God.
Recognizing God’s ultimate authority leads the individual to the practice of surrender, faith and humility. We seek His direction in both group and personal affairs. We surrender to His guidance as expressed in the group and walk with faith that our leaders will serve us according to His good purpose. In this way, we enter into a state of humility.
 
Consider these questions:

  • Do I insist on being the leader at home or at work?
  • Do I feel that it is my place to govern?
  • Do I try to speak for my co-workers/mate without consulting them?
  • Do I criticize my co-workers/mate?
  • Do I trust them?
  • Am I completely trustworthy?
  • Is my ego so strong that I must have credit for more than I do?
  • Am I so insecure that I must always have praise for my actions and ideas?
  • Do I support a majority decision opposed to my own?
  • Am I able to perform service work without seeking personal reward?

Those chosen to serve become accountable and responsible to the group, and the rest of the group learns to trust those servants. The common welfare is served equally by all members under God’s direction. The principles of anonymity and humility are brought into practice and faith in God’s authority is strengthened. The willingness to surrender personal ambitions for the good of the group further strengthens unity within the group and provides the individual with direction in all affairs, while increasing the practice of being open-minded and unselfish.          

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” 

Matthew 28:17

 
A Prayer of Guidance
I often ask myself "Am I doing the right thing?" The answer is the same- maybe not, but God is! He is sovereign, and will use me and others for His purpose. His “good and perfect will” is done by Him through us, as He created us to do. Our efforts, apart from God, are never “the right thing” to do – they are sin, because they are apart from God. Yet He will cause even our sinful acts to work for the good of those who love Him. Our calling, election, redemption, and salvation were by His Grace.
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 
– Romans 9:18.
We discover His truth and guidance through study of His Word and our prayers to Him. Let‟s pray now:

Father God, we come before your throne of grace to worship you and praise you to your Glory. We pray now that You would bless our hearts with the warmth of your love, our minds with the healing of your wisdom, and our lives with the guidance of your truth, as we share with others in Christ, and that You would be glorified in all the love that we may both give and receive. As you bless us may we share these blessings with those around us so that they will know that You are Lord of all. We ask this in Jesus name.
Amen

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