April 4, 2009

God's Will?

What a topic! Have you known people who say that are praying for God's will as to whether or not to take a particular job; or, whether or not to get a degree in a particular subject versus a different subject? Just what do they actually think He will reveal to them?

First of all, they need to ask God to reveal their motivation behind taking a particular job or getting a degree in a particular subject. Does their desire stem from greed, covetousness, pride, worldly success? If so, it's not God's will, it is their own and they are looking for justification to act on their own will. Secondly, God has revealed His "will" for us in His word. It is God's will for all of us to be:

Saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9)
Spirit-filled (Ephesians 5:17-18)
Sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7)
Submissive (1 Peter 2:13-15)
Suffering ( Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 3:12)

If all those things are true in your life (Are they?), you may do whatever you desire. God's Word tells us so. That is what being "Free" means. He doesn't care if we "stay or move" (A reference to the lyrics from Third Days song--"Revelation"). He can use us where we are, or where we might want to go. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart." That means that if you are conforming to God's will in all the five ways listed above, He will place in your heart desires that reflect His will. So do what you want to do!

Do you pray for His will as to whether or not you go to work tomorrow or whether or not you brush your teeth? " If you don't, why don't you? Because, that would be ridiculous, right? Well, it's just as ridiculous to ask Him to reveal to you something that you are at complete liberty to do.

Third Day sings, "Tell me should I stay here, or do I need to move?" Stay or move. Don't you see? It's NOT ABOUT YOU! That's the problem. If you are content in Christ, whether you stay or move isn't that huge of an issue; because you are already content even if you are poor and unsuccessful.

Is it really that simple? Yes, my friend it is. The problem is, we just keep thinking we deserve to be happy and do not find our satisfaction in Him. Temporal...we are all so temporal.

I would recommend, that if you want to pray for God's will in your life, you begin by praying that you are genuinely saved; Spirit-filled; being sanctified and conformed into the image of Christ;
have a submissive heart to the things of God and to the needs of others; and, that you be willing to suffer for Christ's sake. If those things are out of place, than you are already out of God's will right where you are and you will therefore be out of God's will in that new job or in that new town.

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