W11 4/15 pg. 3 - 5
Do You Discern Evidence of God's Guidance?
When the Israelites saw that pillar for the first time, they must have been awestruck. Sadly, though, that constantly present miracle did not impress the Israelites enough to fill them with lasting confidence in Jehovah. They challenged God's guidance several times.
Israel's rebellious acts demonstrated striking disregard for Jehovah's guidance. The problem was not with their physical sight but with their spiritual outlook. Similarly in modern times, Jehovah has never left his people without clear guidance. Just as he did not expect the Israelites to scout out their own route, we today are not asked to find the way into the promised new world on our own.
(Jesus Christ) has delegated some authority to a faithful slave class, made up of faithful spirit-anointed Christians. That slave class, in turn, appoints overseers in the Christian congregation.-Matt. 24:45-47; Titus 1:5-9. [Who really is the faithful and discreet slave? Who is appointing these overseers?]
When faced with far-reaching decisions, we do not trust in our own wisdom but look to Jehovah and his organization for guidance.
... it was not for each Israelite to determine when to start moving. Instead, the people acted "at the order of Jehovah by means of Moses." (Num. 9:23) Thus Moses, God's channel of direction, likely gave the signal to move. Today, Jehovah's steward class gives a clear signal whenever it is time to make a move. How does the steward do that? By means of articles in The Watchtower and Our Kingdom Ministry, new publications, and talks at assemblies and conventions. Instructions are also conveyed to the congregations through traveling overseers or through letters or training sessions attended by brothers having congregation responsibilities.
God's people today will without fail reach the promised new world. However, whether we personally will be there depends to no small degree on our humble willingness to follow God's direction. [They have made the sacrifice of Christ nothing. Being in the new world means looking to Jehovah and his organization for guidance .... free gift?]
THE WATCHTOWER APRIL 15, 2011 page 7
Andre makes an appearance again.
Study articles ...
Serving Jehovah With All Seriousness PAGE 9
An article encouraging lazy brothers to start taking the lead spiritually with their family and in the congregation.
Make Decisions That Honor God PAGE 13
Followed by two articles that teach JW's just how God's Spirit should make them act since it must not be evident.
Can you tell an apple tree what their fruit should look like?
"The Fruitage of the Spirit" Glorifies God PAGE 18
Are You Allowing God's Spirit to Lead You? PAGE 23