DO YOU WANT
THE WILL OF THE LORD
TO BE DONE IN YOUR LIFE?
By Rodney W. Francis.
We are living in a day when it is essential that all Christians know the personal will of God for their lives. So much more is accomplished in time for all eternity when we know what Jesus Christ has saved us for. He has a work for every person ~ He has a work for you to do and fulfil. The New Covenant revelation by the Holy Spirit is that we personally know “The God of our fathers has chosen us that we should know His will, and see the Just One (Jesus), and hear the voice of His mouth” so that we can be “His witness to all men of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 22:14-15 ). That was a prophetic word given by Ananias to Saul (Paul) immediately after Paul had received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Paul grasped this truth and went on to become the great Apostle Paul. His life and writings have impacted millions of lives since that time. Praise the Lord!
Prophetic revelation enables us to know more clearly the will of God for our lives.
BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ESSENTIAL
The Holy Spirit in our lives is our enabling to do the will of God. He (the Holy Spirit) brings the revelation of God to us so we know why God has chosen us to walk with Him. Jesus taught us that we would receive power (“dunamis,” which is power making us capable of anything God desires for us) when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives (see Luke 24:49 & Acts 1:8 ). It is power for service ~ that “service” is doing the will of God for our lives. We have been chosen of God to know, to see and to hear right from Him the purpose for which He saved us. If we do not personally know these experiences, then our Christian walk and life will be very lacking in what we are here on earth to do and achieve. This is one reason why the baptism of the Holy Spirit is so important for every Christian to receive. He is the voice of God to us, and has been sent to reveal the heart of God to us, to empower and equip us to fulfil our destiny here on earth (see John Chapters 14 to 16). We will never fully do the will of God without the Holy Spirit empowering our lives and enabling us to do things that cannot be achieved by our natural abilities.
The question is:
How much do you want the will of the Lord to be done in your life?
WE MUST STEP OUT OF OUR “COMFORT ZONE”
Our love, commitment and total surrender to Jesus enables us to hear His voice and to know His will for our lives. To do the will of God means we will have to step out of our “comfort zone” into something that is bigger than us. Our problem is often that we keep God too small in our thinking, and therefore in our corresponding faith actions. Often other Christians have such a negative attitude towards the knowing and doing of God’s will ~ and if we are not careful they can talk us out of what God is talking us into.
As you look to God for your future, will you be satisfied to only accomplish that which you have attained in the past, or with what you are presently involved with?
Or, do you want to see what a BIG GOD can do in and through a life that is yielded to Him (Your life)?
The Lord spoke these words to me: “Every great man and woman in the Bible all started out as unknown nobody’s until one event happened in the life of them all. They heard the voice of God and obeyed.” Their obedience to what God said changed them from nobody’s to somebody’s, and enabled them to accomplish great things.
The principle is still the same for us today.
We must hear from God and obey whatever He speaks to us.
We need to be encouraging ~ as well as challenging ~ one another to achieve those purposes for which the Lord has saved us. We need to carry the heart that Isaiah of old carried. When he was challenged by God as to who would go for Him, Isaiah responded by saying, “Here am I! Send me” (Isaiah 6 ). What caused Isaiah to respond to God in the way he did? He heard the voice of God saying personally to him: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” God revealed to him the burden that He carried because of the lack of willing people to go where God wanted them to go. Isaiah’s heart “connected” with God’s heart. He felt the need and responded. Isaiah went on from that experience to become the great Prophet Isaiah. His life and ministry has impacted millions of lives ever since that time! We cannot respond for others; only for ourselves.
What is your response to the question that God asked Isaiah?
Are you willing to commit to doing whatever God asks of you?
Or are you still hiding behind negative excuses?
God can only use those who are available ~ and usable!
Here is a prayer to pray:
“Disturb me, Lord, when my dreams come true, but only because I dreamed too small. Disturb me when I arrive safely, but only because I sailed too close to the shore. Disturb me when the things I have gained have caused me to lose my desire for more of You. Disturb me when I have acquired success, but then have lost my desire for ongoing excellence. Disturb me when I give up too soon and then settle too far short of the goals You have set for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray these things, Amen.”
Maybe we should also pray by inserting the word “forgive” in the place of “disturb”?
BELIEVE WHAT JESUS SAYS ~ MORE THAN YOUR OWN THOUGHTS
Continually in life we are called upon to make decisions. Are we going to believe what God says to us more than what others – even our own mind and thoughts – try to dictate to us? At the end of the day, we really are what our believing is. We will rise no higher in life than to that for which we can personally believe. That’s why we need to believe what Jesus says; because He is always desiring to lift us to a higher realm of reality, and where we can see His provision in our lives as never before.
“I beseech (“urge”) you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2 ). This Scripture is clear: when we do what God asks of us we will not only know the will of God but will be able to “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
If we can accomplish things only through our own efforts, then we do not need God. But we do need God ~ more than we realize! Yield to Him today! Know the truth of “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world”(1 John 4:4 ).
May your future be as bright as the promises of God!