Psalm 40:8, I delight to do thy will, O my God …
On Sunday evenings I am teaching on the topic of “Knowing, Understanding, and Doing the Will of God fro Our Lives.” I thought I would take a few posts to share a few of the many thoughts that I will be teaching. I pray that it might be a help and a blessing to you.
There are very few topics that are talked about more than the “will of God.” Most Christians want to do the will of God for their lives. Unfortunately, they just don’t know what the will of God for their life is.
Walking in the will of God for our lives should be the purpose and passion of all of God’s people. It is important that we, as the people of God, find, follow, and finish the will (purpose) of God for our lives.
- Some people never find the will of God for their lives
- Some people find the will of God, they just don’t follow the will of God for their lives
- Some people find the will of God for their lives, they begin to follow it, they just don’t finish it.
Of course, our desire to know the will of God should be based on our desire to do the will of God!
Colossians 1:9-10, For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God
This was Paul’s desire and prayer for the church at Colossae. His prayer for the people in Colossae was that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Why? So that they might “walk worthy of the Lord” and be “fruitful in every good work.”
Unfortunately, many of us struggle with knowing the will of God for our life today and tomorrow. And we aren’t the only one’s who do. D. E. Hoste, for instance, refers to a conversation he had with Hudson Taylor, one of the greatest missionaries in recent history: “We were talking about guidance. He said how in his younger days, things used to come so clearly, so quickly to him. ‘But,’ he said, ‘now as I have gone on, and God has used me more and more, I seem often to be like a man going along in a fog. I do not know what to do.’ ”
Have you ever been there?
It’s nice to know that even the great saints of old often struggled with knowing what God wanted them to do with their lives and ministries next! 🙂
When you think about it, when you consider the many stories in scripture, and even your personal experience, there are four words that have a great bearing on whether or not we find, follow, and finish the will of God for our lives. They are:
For those who will find, follow, and finish the will of God (or purpose of God) for their lives they will have to walk by faith, and the walk of faith will always lead them to go forward for Person of christ and the purpose of Christ. Unfortunately, fear and the desire for that which is familiar often keeps us from walking by faith and going forward for God!
Over the next few posts we will consider some familiar and foundational passages that deal with the will or purpose of for our lives.
Romans 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
According to Paul, we can prove or test or know the will of God for our life. In this passage we find four vital truths:
- It is important that we recognize the mercies of God [first 11 chapters of Romans] in our lives.
- It is vital that we surrender our lives to God. *Very easy to preach on this. A bit more difficult to practice.
- I need to be willing to do all that God asks me to do
- I need to be willing to go where God asks me to go
- I need to be willing to sacrifice that which God asks me to sacrifice
- It is vital that we not be conformed to this world.
- It is vital that we allow our minds to be renewed by God’s Word so that our lives can be changed to do God’s will.
Folks, this is foundational. If we don’t recognize how good God has been to us, beginning with Christ’s willingness to leave the glories of heaven and die on Calvary’s cross for us; if we don’t totally surrender our lives to Christ; if we allow the world to squeeze us into it’s image; and if we aren’t having our heart ‘s desires changed by the renewing of our mind by God’s word, we have very little chance to know and do God’s will for our life!