Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
has a desire within him to have purpose and value in life. The zeal
within us to want to achieve and place our mark in the earth is the cry
of our heart to fulfill our destiny and meaning for being alive. God has
a plan for every life. There are no accidents or mistakes in Gods plans
and purposes. No one is here as a result of an accident. We were not
manufactured on a heavenly production line, we were hand made! Each one
of us crafted as an original masterpiece of His grace. God as Creator
and Originator of the universe formed man with His hands, breathed into
him the breath of life, blessed him and said it was very good because
this was all done in accordance with His eternal purpose. He has a plan
for you and it is very good! The Bible says For I know the plans that I
have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare (well being) and not
for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NAS).
"Gods Plan is already established"
plan and purpose for your life did not begin the day you were born it
did not begin when you were saved it did not begin at the time you
received the baptism of the Holy Spirit but the Scriptures declare that
you were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, and have
been called to fulfill His plan for your purpose in life. Romans
8:28-30; Ephesians 1:3-6). You will find that many times God has been
working in the circumstances of your life years before He reveals some
aspect of His purpose in you. Philippians 2:13 says For it is God who is
at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. God is
not at the mercy of circumstances, He does not have to wait to see what
we are going to do, or not do and then adjust His plans by our actions.
He doesn?t need a committee to vote on His will, or get the approval of
man or the angels. God is Absolute in Power and Authority. He already
has a complete and perfect plan for every man, and that does not
fluctuate and change to conform to our beliefs, nor does He adjusts it
to fit our lives when we do not know His will for us, but He expects us
to seek diligently to learn His will and obey it. One basic cause for
much of the sickness, worry, anxiety, frustration and failure in life is
directly related to the lack of knowledge concerning Gods will. We were
created to live in realms of glory and power.
"The Revelation of True Success"
success in life is determined by our willingness to walk in His will.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalms 37:23). The word
ordered means to establish, lay down or ordain, and is used by David in
Psalms 8:3 where he says When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your
fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained What is man
that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?
The cycles of the moon, the movements of the planets, the sun, the
billions of stars in their courses and the countless galaxies throughout
the universe are all ordained by God with such precision that time can
be measured by the sun and stars. It is this same term which is used in
Psalms 37:23, where we are told, the steps of a good man are ordained of
the Lord. The same wisdom which ordained the courses of the sun, moon,
planet and stars with magnificent precision has also ordained your
steps! Think about it, our Lord Jesus loves us with an everlasting love,
so why wouldn?t He want to give us direction in life? The Lord has not
called us to work for Him, but to learn to move with Him to learn to
move and to flow in the stream of His will and purpose. True soldiers
realize they are not commissioned to work for the army, but to learn to
work and move with it. No soldier takes it upon himself to devise his
own plans for winning the war alone. Imagine if a soldier decided to
take a tank and a gun to defeat the enemies army alone. NO! He doesn?t
move until the commander tells him to move, and even before he can do
that he must be trained and disciplined to deny himself, submit to
authority and flow with the orders of his superiors. The Will of God,
His purpose for our life is not about doing works or winning victories.
Its about serving Him and doing what He says. Real victory is a life
submitted to His will. True success comes to the person who has begun
the journey of walking with God into their destiny. His will is not for
an hour on Sunday or a series of religious events during the week, but
it is a daily walk with Him recognizing that without Him we cannot do
anything, and shouldn?t want to!
"The Word and Will of God are One"
said to the Colossian church (Colossians 1:9) he was continuously
praying for them that they would be filled with the knowledge of Gods
will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. We are limited in our
understanding. We only have knowledge of past and present events which
still are limited to our perception and comprehension. God who dwells in
eternity, moving in the past, present and future simultaneously has so
designed our lives that if we put our trust in Him who is not limited by
the perimeters of time, space and matter, He will bring us into a realm
of spiritual capacity that will cause us not to be swayed by the
influences of this natural world and the affects of the environment
around us, but rather in His Word that can never fail to produce that
which is was spoken to do. The will of God is His Word. They are one. It
is the will of God that everyone accepts the gift of salvation. For God
has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our
Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians. 5:9). It is the will of God for
everyone to be free from bondage whether it is the bondage of sickness,
disease, poverty, bad habits, emotional or mental disorders whatever is
not from heaven. The Bible says The Son of God appeared for this
purpose, to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:9). If its not
going on in heaven, it is not Gods will for it to go on in the earth.
When we believe His Word, we are activating His will and purpose. God is
preparing and end time army of believers who will be so sensitive to
the voice of His Spirit that they will immediately respond to His
leading and obey without question or doubt. This is to be a spiritual
army of specialists, thoroughly trained in spiritual warfare, completely
emptied of self, joyfully submitted to Jesus, fully equipped with the
armor of God, speaking the Word in authority to pull down strongholds
and breaking bondages.
"Have Faith in God!"
does God make His will known to us? He revealed His will to Joseph in
dreams, warning him to flee into Egypt with Mary and the child Jesus.
Again, after the death of Herod, God told him in another dream to return
to Palestine. He spoke directly to Samuel during the night, and to
Moses from a burning bush, imparting to them revelation concerning His
will and purpose. God revealed His plan for the redemption of the
Gentiles in a vision to Peter, and sent an angel to Zechariah announcing
the birth of John the Baptist who was to be the forerunner of Christ.
In answer to the prayers of the Church at Antioch, the Holy Spirit made
known Gods will concerning the apostolic ministry of Paul and Barnabus,
while He confirmed His purpose to Gideon through the use of a fleece.
God continually imparts revelation of His will when we ask Him what His
plans are for our purpose. There is no need to stumble through life in
darkness, wandering confused or begging God to give divine guidance as
if He must be persuaded to give us help and direction. Did you know that
God has pledged Himself to direct each step of your life? The promise
is found in Proverbs 3:5-6:
in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own
understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your
paths straight. "
are three conditions of faith in this promise that must be met in order
to have divine direction. First, total trust in the Lord. Put your hope
and confidence in the Lord. Second Don?t depend on your own
intelligence and reasoning for support and third before every decision,
and in every choice think on Him, give ear to what He is saying, know
His voice and the glorious promise is He will give direction, He will
show His divine will.
Weymouth Bible says Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for
which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not
see (Hebrews 11:1). The life of faith is a life of confidence in God.
To have confidence in God is to trust what He has said in the Bible.
Faith knows nothing of alternatives, substitutes, helps or exceptions.
Total trust in the Lord is to confess like the Psalmist I will say of
the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust.
(Psalms 91:2). Total trust in the Lord is to have the confidence that
God is faithful to do all that He has promised to do. It doesn?t matter
what it looks like, God never fails and His will for our life is a road
that always leads to victory. Let us hold fast the profession of our
faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised (Hebrews
10:23). The good news is God has already said YES to every promise He
has made (2 Corinthians 1:20), and that He does not go back on His Word
(Numbers 23:19). We were in a certain city conducting a healing service
and a lady came with a debilitating hip condition. We went back to that
city and church a year later and the same sister testified that after we
prayed for her nothing happened! But she went home after the service
and said the Lord promised healing for me, I believe what the Lord has
promised and what his prophet has declared! Although she didn?t see any
immediate physical change she did not alter her confession and
maintained an unrelenting have faith in God. She testified that after
six days of believing and standing firm, that morning of the seventh day
she woke up completely healed! That is faith in action, believing in
Gods Word brings His Will to your life.
second condition is to not depend on your own intelligence and
reasoning for support concerning the Will of God. How many times have
you prayed for guidance concerning Gods will but already had your mind
made up as to what you desired to do and how you wanted God to answer
your prayer? Or maybe you have tried to help God provide the answer or
solve the problem. So many are willing to trust God only up to a certain
point, but then begin to panic if the symptoms become worse, or if the
deadline is approaching and there?s no answer in sight. We cannot expect
divine direction unless we are willing to humble ourselves and admit
that our fallible wisdom and intellect are incapable of solving the
complexities of life or in fulfilling Gods perfect will in our lives.
third condition is to acknowledge God. Give ear to what He is saying.
When we believe that He is directing our steps it will be reflected in
our daily conversation. Not just a mental agreement but to believe from
the heart. We acknowledge God through praise. When we praise God we are
agreeing with what He has already said and revealed to us about who He
is. Acknowledging God through praise makes us more aware of His presence
and purpose creating the desire to please Him.
TO BE CONTINUED...