Knowing Gods Will
Knowing Gods Will "Now"
Ever begged and pleaded to God that he answer a prayer or change a circumstance in your life that was troubling you only to be met with seeming silence?
- Maybe it was a prayer that He would cure a loved one's illness.
- Perhaps you asked Him to turn about a wayward child.
- Have you ever cried out to Him for instant help with an urgent financial need?
- Did you ever ask Him what business you should join?
- Maybe you've sought his divine guidance on a particular career path or job offer.
- Should you be a Pastor? A missionary? A teacher?
- Knowing Gods will about whom you should marry seems a reasonable request.
I don't think there is anything wrong with going to God about any of these things. After all, he wants us to communicate with him. He wants us to share everything that is on our hearts and minds. Knowing Gods will through prayer is necessary.
But I think we sometimes get quite selfish and demanding in wanting to know his will. We don't wait long enough or quiet enough to hear him speaking to us. We want an immediate answer to our prayers. We think his temporary silence means he doesn't care. We've all heard the expression, "Lord give me patience but I want it right now!" We allow ourselves to get all worked up waiting for answers and direction. Angry emotions get stirred, frustration levels rise, and anxiety and fear sets in. We wonder where He is in our time of need. Doesn't he care? Has he abandoned us?
There is a Better Way
Ever thought to ride out the silence for awhile? Maybe He's waiting for you to shut up long enough so he has time to speak to you.
Try going to God with a blank piece of paper
Have you ever just emptied yourself of all demands, needs, and desired outcomes, and sincerely asked him, "What do you want Lord?" Then...wait quietly for His answer?
I developed breast cancer a few years ago which shockingly reminded me of my own mortality. Ever since then, I have diligently made list after list of the things I want to accomplish before I die.
Making wish lists, setting goals, having dreams and desires...Is it the same thing as knowing Gods will ?
- I want to buy a piece of country property where my children, grandchildren, friends, and church family, can experience a "haven from the world" riding horses, fishing, and having bonfires.
- I'd like to financially support hundreds of missionaries in their efforts to spread the gospel all over the world.
- I'd like to make enough money from my Christian Based Business whereby my husband can quit his job and serve the Lord full time in his Bible printing ministry.
The list goes on.... I have several pages of wants and needs. I add to it daily, dropping this and that and coming up with other plans as I try to imagine what I can achieve before I go to be with the Lord for ever.
Many of my wishes and dreams seem quite unselfish and noble. I'm sure you've made such lists yourself.
However, I have made countless lists before and although many of the things have materialized, many have not. Sometimes I just can't get motivated to act on the steps necessary to achieve them.
To my dismay, I think many times it's because I'm not 100% convinced that some of my goals are really God's will. Maybe there are times I'm forge ahead of the Lord. Perhaps I'm working in my own power and therefore I lose inspiration and drive. It could be that my desires really are God's will but I'm working toward them in the wrong way or at the wrong time. Maybe you can relate.
Are You Sincere?
Recently while reading my Bible and sincerely praying for God's help in this matter, I felt the Lord urging me to really get down to the nitty gritty of what I really wanted. I thought it was kind of an odd request. After all... aren't we supposed to be "unselfish" and not seek our own? But after much soul searching and communication with the Lord, I came to the conclusion that what I sincerely wanted was what He wanted.
If I could know for sure what he wanted no matter what it was, I believed I could wholeheartedly put my heart and mind into it. I believed I could act upon it without worrying that I was wasting my time working for things that truly did not satisfy nor for things that would not truly bless others. Maybe you've felt the same way.
The Bible says in Isaiah 55:2, "Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness."
I don't know about you but I sure don't want to spend hours and hours of my time, day after day, labouring for things that just won't mean a "hoot" in eternity.
John 6:27 says, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life..."
Now don't get me wrong. I believe in having goals and dreams to work toward. Doing something is better than doing nothing. But I've always wanted to absolutely "know" what Gods will for my life is. I always hated guessing and wondering.
Knowing Gods Will
I know men who "knew"they were to be pastors. Some "knew" they would be missionaries. Others "knew" God's will was to teach. Some women friends of mine "knew" they'd play piano in church someday. Some "knew" they would become Christian school teachers.
It always bothered me that I didn't have the big "ticket" so to speak. I didn't have the "important assignment" from God that other people seemed to have. The big "aha" moment when I would "know" for a certainty what my future held.
I love to write. I do believe God wants me to share with others through my writing; but, I never felt like it was the "big" thing I was supposed to do when I "grew up" lol. I always felt like I was missing the boat somewhere. That there was more for me to do but for some reason the Lord just couldn't get through to me. Maybe because of unconfessed sin, or disobedience, or maybe I had a half hearted, luke warm, desire to know his will. I wasn't quite sure.
Until just recently that is...
When God really spoke to my heart.
I think for the first time in my life, I truly let go of my willful ways and preconceived ideas for my future and honestly and completely surrendered to hearing and knowing Gods will for me.
I stilled my mind and emotions and sat quietly before Him for several minutes. I got out a blank piece of paper and humbly asked him, "What do you want Lord? I want your will."
What Happened Next?
Well...I'm telling you that I couldn't write fast enough. My fingers were tripping over each other as I tried to keep up with the list of things he told me he wanted.
To my surprise, he didn't reveal to me the one "big assignment" I braced myself for! Instead, he gave me a list "to do's" that spoke to my heart and brought tears to my eyes.
I scrambled to write down 35 things that came to me so fast that I could hardly keep up. Here is the exact list in order that he gave them to me.
God's "To Do List"
1. God wants a relationship with me. He wants communication.
2. God wants me to read the Bible. He wants me to understand what he is sharing with me in his Word.
3. God wants me to pray to Him and pray for others.
4. God wants me to draw nigh to him. He will draw nigh to me.
5. Seek Him early.
6. Put Him first.
7. Keep His commandments.
8. Praise Him.
9. Thank Him for everything.
11.Yield to Him.
12.Surrender to Him.
14.Speak for Him. Write for Him.
16.Listen to Him.
18.Be with Him.
19.Soul win for Him.
20.Work for Him.
21.Step out in faith for Him.
22.Have faith in Him.
24.Be comforted by Him.
25.Be loved by Him.
26.Be forgiven by Him.
27.Be touched by Him.
28.Walk with Him.
29.Rest in Him.
30.Be assured by Him.
31.Die for Him.
32.Live for Him.
33.Be called by Him.
35.Sing and make melody in my heart to Him.
After I wrote down these 35 desires of the Lord I felt very satisfied. Knowing Gods will was not a mystery to me any more. Whenever I was in doubt as to what I should do under a particular circumstance, I could turn to this list and "know" for a certainty what he wanted. I didn't have to worry about the things I didn't know. I could just "pick" from one of the things I was sure about and act on that one.
Knowing Gods will for the unknown future was not my job. I wasn't accountable or expected to know the plans he had for my future. I only needed to be obedient to the things I was sure about today. What a relief and burden was lifted from me and can be lifted from you too.
Knowing Gods Will is Easy
"Knowing Gods will is easy," I thought. The Bible is absolutely full of His will for me (and for you). Why I thought I needed a "one and only" future type reply from Him seems ludicrous to me now. I've got such a big today "to do" list that I don't think I'll be asking Him for more answers for quite awhile! lol
Knowing Gods Will for Eternity
Knowing Gods will on a day to day basis starts first by...accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.
God wants to reveal his will to you step by step in this life. When you die, He wants you to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. In order for that to happen, you must be born again.
The Bible says in John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
There is only "ONE WAY" to receive that new birth and get the free gift of Heaven from God. It is through Jesus Christ our Lord.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
You cannot work your way to Heaven by doing good deeds, going to church, being a loving parent, helping charity, etc.
The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8,9... "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Not one single effort on your part would ever make you good enough to enter Heaven
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23.
The penalty for sin is death and Hell. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour but would like to do so today, I invite you to click this link right now to read a very clear presentation of The Gospel and make the most important decision you will ever make in your life: Where you will spend eternity.
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