If you do not steer, your course will be determined by the cause-and-effect principles that define the path of least resistance rather than by your interests and principals.
A young pilot had just passed the point of no return when the weather changed for the worse. Visibility dropped to a matter of feet as fog descended to the earth. Putting total trust in the cockpit instruments was a new experience to him, for the ink was still wet on the certificate verifying that he was qualified for instrument flying.
The landing worried him the most. His destination was a crowded metropolitan airport he wasn’t familiar with. In a few minutes he would be in radio contact with the tower. Until then, he was alone with his thoughts. His instructor had practically forced him to memorize the rulebook. He didn’t care for it at the time, but now he was thankful.
Finally he heard the voice of the air traffic controller. “I’m going to put you on a holding pattern,” the controller radioed. Great! thought the pilot.
However, he knew that his safe landing was in the hands of this person. He had to draw upon his previous instructions and training, and trust the voice of an air traffic controller he couldn’t see. Aware that this was no time for pride, he informed the controller, “This is not a seasoned pro up here. I would appreciate any help you could give me.
You’ve got it!” he heard back. For the next 45 minutes, the controller gently guided the pilot through the blinding fog. As course and altitude corrections came periodically, the young pilot realized the controller was guiding him around obstacles and away from potential collisions. With the words of the rulebook firmly placed in his mind, and with the gentle voice of the controller, he landed safely at last.
The Holy Spirit guides us through the maze of life much like that air traffic controller. The controller assumed that the young pilot understood the instructions of the flight manual. His guidance was based on that. Such is the case with the Holy Spirit:
He can guide us if we have a knowledge of God’s Word and His will established in our minds. But the most important thing is, are we ready to apply his word in us to to steer. Always Keep God’s Word in your heart and mind, and don’t hesitate apply it in collaboration with the force of will. So many times we keep waiting for the will of God and procrastination will deal with us without minding that the will of is placed in our desire
Some people trade what is dear to them [health, wealth, relationships] for the trivial but immediate payoff of using an addictive incentive, not because they are defective, but because the PIG is more influential than “the important things in life.” Appreciating the corruptive power of the PIG is the first step in escaping its trap.
Intention & Action
Mousetraps are effective, because the mouse’s behavior is determined by its desire for immediate gratification rather than by its understanding of the long-term consequences of its action. Humans who appreciate how mousetraps work are less likely to be taken in by them.
Once you appreciate how a trap works, you are less vulnerable to it. Mousetraps are easy to understand; the cause-and-effect sequences produced by the mechanical mechanisms are pretty obvious to most of us. Even the most intelligent of us is vulnerable to the invisible [abstract] addictive traps that destroy our lives.