Episode 129 – The Journey Pt 2: The Next Right Step

If God is a God of the journey and not the destination, then how do we journey well when there aren’t any roadmaps? By examining Paul’s first two missionary journeys in greater detail, we get an idea of how to navigate life’s path when we don’t have the luxury of an itinerary. By the end of this episode, you’ll see how a willingness to take the next right step is crucial to relinquishing our false sense of control and journeying well with God.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • Sometimes it feels like God gives us direction not by telling us where to go but by telling us where not to go. When have you experienced God leading you like this in your life? 
  • It’s tempting to believe that if we experience setbacks or resistance then we must not be following God’s path. But Paul followed God’s path and experienced all kinds of resistance. What do you think about the idea that resistance is a sign you’re moving in the right direction? 
  • Think back to a moment in your life when you weren’t clear about what was ahead. What did taking the next right step look like? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week? 
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  1. Cathy Strube June 15, 2021 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Thank you for this teaching. Right now the next right step is to get out of bed. I am feeling isolated and not sure where or what God wants me to do.

    • Tiffany June 15, 2021 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      I am so sorry, Cathy, that you are feeling this way. I am praying for you right now … for joy, for peace, and for God’s presence to be near. It is very hard to feel both confused and alone. I pray that the next step of getting out of bed, leads to another step to hope. And that in a small this note helps you feel a little less alone.

    • Brad Gray June 22, 2021 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Thank you for your honesty, Cathy. Please know that we are praying for you, and asking God to give you the strength and the clarity to do what you need to. Also, please reach out to someone who knows you and loves you and can walk with you in this.

  2. Georgann Giudice June 15, 2021 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for this series. As a senior, we’ll into my journey I am grateful that God built into my personality/disposition the idea of “today” and doing “today.” Your teaching also reminded me that as children of the most high God our journey does not end until we go home to be with Him. So it’s exciting to keep on keeping on…..taking the next right step. Richest blessing!

    • Brad Gray June 22, 2021 at 8:29 am - Reply

      That’s so meaningful to hear, Georgann. Thank you for sharing that perspective and encouragement.

  3. Diane June 25, 2021 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    What a “non” coincidence that I finally listened to part 2! I was asking God this morning what direction I’m supposed to go next….to look for another ministry to add or just wait for His direction? As I listened to this I realized that right now I need to get myself more grounded in my day to day faith with prayer and obedience. Especially obedience! Your teachings are always what I needed to grow….thank you.

    • Brad Gray July 19, 2021 at 11:53 am - Reply

      So glad this episode was helpful to you, Diane.

  4. Helen Tyson June 26, 2021 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Brad for this teaching today. I am in that place where I am not sure what the Lord wants me to do next but I am open to His guidance. I recently resigned my job, packed up and moved to Arizona from Colorado to help my son and daughter-in-law with my granddaughter who had open-heart surgery 4 months ago. I was feeling led to move here to be with the kids and help out when the Pandemic hit and was praying for guidance.
    didn’t want to leave my younger son in Colorado initially but finally accepted the calling on my life to move even if he decided to stay, which he did. I’m a single-parent so it had been my 2 sons and I for 20 years until my older son got married 3 years ago and moved to Arizona, then my younger and I for the last 3 years.

    At the end of last year, I got confirmation from the Lord that I needed to be here then everything hit the fan the Monday after Christmas when my granddaughter had to be taken to the ER complaining of someone sitting on her chest and difficulty breathing (I got 3 ready made granddaughters when my son got married). The youngest granddaughter was born with a heart condition (Ebstein Anomaly), so we knew at some point she will need surgery, but was hoping not before she was done growing around 16 or so, she’s 13, but when she was taken to the ER tests revealed that the surgery was imminent and as a result, was done in February.

    I thanked the Lord for confirmation and said, “I surrender all, have your way, I am going to be obedient.” I am a Registered Nurse, so I resigned from the hospital last month and moved on the 7th of this month (June). Have no idea what I am going to be doing here apart from taking care of my granddaughter until she is out of the woods at this time, but I am very open and willing to do whatever the Lord wants me to do, even if it’s not in the healthcare arena. Again, thank you so much for this teaching, “I’m continuing to believe the Lord to guide me to the next right step” in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

    • Brad Gray July 19, 2021 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing all of this, Helen. It’s so good to be reminded that when we go through the fire, God is there with us. So glad you’ve sense His presence in all of these trials, and that you faith has remained strong. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. BILL January 7, 2023 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Acts 15:41-41:
    Interesting, the Jew hating translators GO FROM PAUL GOING TO THE SYNAGOGUIES IN THAT AREA AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY GO TO STRENGTHEN THE …CHURCHES???? Such deception needs to be addressed.
    So we go from a very Jewish revelation to flipping over to a very Protestant/RC picture being forced on believers as inspired information.
    Disciples never went to churches.

  6. BILL January 7, 2023 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    What word is used for …churches in Acts 40 that they strengthened?

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