Knowing God’s Will (part 2)

“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:13)

Sometimes we want to make up our own plans and then ask God to bless them. But Jesus said to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done…”

For some of us, it is time to move on from what we are currently doing. For others, it is time to stand firm in what we are doing.

“And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit,not knowing what I will encounter there, 23 except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me. 24 But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus…” (Acts 20)

Paul was willing to give up his own safety to become a blessing to others. Sometimes God calls us out of our comfort zone.

We live in a time of hurry and rush. Hurry will destroy everything God is trying to do in your life. The most important things in life cannot be rushed. Can you hurry while listening to a child? You can’t. Can you hurry through spending time with the Lord? It is impossible. Jesus was busy, but He was never in a hurry.

“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;
haste makes mistakes.” (Proverbs 19:2)

Sometimes following the Lord’s lead can be painful — leaving the comfort zone, or giving up something that is important to you. Perhaps what you have been given is meant to be given away.

Warning signs that what you are doing might not be in God’s will:

  • Making a huge life-changing transition quickly
  • Going into debt
  • Putting someone else in danger or in an awkward position
  • Compromising against God’s Word
  • Causing unrest or division between believers

The Lord has given you specific gifts. He has a will and plan for each of us. You’ll find the most joy in life when you’re operating in your gifts and talents. Ask Him to reveal your gifts to you. What excites you? What are you passionate about?

We often look at disappointments as obstacles, but our disappointments do not cancel His plan, or His presence. Sometimes we hit a disappointment and we quit and walk away. Pray for grace to accept the doors He closes, and faith to walk through the ones He opens. His grace supplies what we need, and He is with us always, even to the end of the earth. (Matthew 28)

If you’re missing out on your calling, you’re also missing out on the joy and peace that come from living in His will. Take your calling seriously — you only have one life to give. It is so much more than eating and sleeping!

When the Lord reveals some of His plan to you, it is wise not to rush out and tell everyone. Instead, let it percolate. Wait for the Lord to prepare you, and others, for the next part of His plan.

God knows the calling He has for each of us; it is up to each of us to discover it. “15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”(Ephesians 5, HCSB) Also, “15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (NLT) Diligently seek Him; you will be rewarded! (Hebrews 11:6)

“You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16)

Know this: The greater the call of God on your life, the greater the attack of the enemy. So, encourage one another, and pray for one another. Whatever happens, pray for humility. David experienced a great triumph over Goliath, but he did not write a song bragging about it. Humble people seek the well-being of others. Staying humble means God can guide you in His will.

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