Thursday, 7/18/19 – Discipleship: God’s Will

20190717_185934The science fiction TV series Andromeda aired on the Global Television Network from 2000 to 2005. Set thousands of years in the future the basic storyline follows the adventures of Captain Dylan Hunt and his somewhat reluctant ragtag crew of the Andromeda Ascendant as they set out to rebuild the Systems Commonwealth some 300 years after its fall.

A feature of the Andromeda Ascendant is its ability to utilize faster than light ‘Slipstream’ travel.

20190717_190527Slipstream travel has almost nothing to do with the distance between stars. Travel time between points A and B could take minutes… weeks… or months. It all seems to depend on an odd mix of luck, navigation skill, and intuition. Frequently traveled routes have fewer ‘decision points’ and can be traveled at higher speeds than from remoter areas of, or if adrift in, inter-galactic space.

Slipstream Mechanics
A Gravity Field Generator drastically reduces the mass of the ship and then a slipstream drive opens a slippoint which the ship enters. The ship then catches onto the strings by means of slipstream runners. Once hooked onto the strings the pilot then navigates the series of slipstream “strings” until they reach the desired slippoint where they exit the slipstream. https://andromeda.fandom.com/wiki/Slipstream

It seems to me that navigating the Slipstream is something like neurons navigating their way through the brain. There is this supercharged travel, a search for regularly traveled routes, and ‘decision points’ along the way. It’s an ‘intuitive’ sort of travel, navigating one’s way into that certain ‘zone’ that feels just right. Once found — whether the journey be easy or rough — the Slipstream pilot knows he’s on the right course; it’s like finding that perfect spot to scratch an itch.

So what’s all this got to do with knowing God’s will?

back view photo of shepherd walking his flock of sheep in grass field

Every believer at the point of inviting Christ into their heart has the Holy Spirit resident within them as their deposit and seal and guide. “He will guide you into all the truth,” promised Jesus (John 16:13). And He does. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27).

“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice” (John 10:3-4).

photo of pathway surrounded by fir trees

This is the believer’s navigation system — far better than any slippoint or gravity field generator devised by man’s imagination or science. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isa. 30:21). “For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.” (Psalm 48:14).

Learning to wait for, listen, hear and obey this inner voice of the Spirit is enhanced through prayer, study of God’s Word, discussion with other mature believers in Christ, and looking honestly at the opportunities and challenges opening before you. When God speaks He will speak with clarity and these factors will align with each other.

You are never alone.

Press on…

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