Finding the Will of God Part 4

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Divine guidance cannot be considered by itself apart from our personal relationship with God. Many desire the gifts but not the Giver. If we long for guidance but do not thirst for God Himself, we shall not obtain the guidance we seek.

A person must be in fellowship with God in order to experience His guidance in his life. This implies, first of all, that he should have come into a vital relationship with Christ through the new birth. But this alone is not enough. There are certain other essential conditions to be fulfilled if we are to know God’s leading. These prerequisites are mentioned in two passages of Scripture, one in the Old Testament and the other in the New (Proverbs 3:5- 6; Romans 12:1–2). Let us consider these scriptures in detail.

FAITH

Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence. [understanding.] (Proverbs 3:5-6).

There are many who never come to a knowledge of God’s will, because they simply do not believe God will guide them. Faith is a prime prerequisite when we are seeking God’s guidance.

SELF-DISTRUST

Lean not upon thy own prudence. In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6).

The one who does not distrust his own natural wisdom in spiritual matters has yet to learn one of the fundamental lessons of the Christian life. Meager intelligence cannot by itself deprive a man of the knowledge of God’s will, if the man leans upon God. But proud dependence on one’s own cleverness and foresight can.

OBEDIENCE IN EVERY AREA

In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps. (Proverbs 3:6).

We are sometimes eager to know God’s guidance in one area of our lives, but not so enthused in having His direction in other areas.

There are many areas in which God’s will is already revealed to us in the Scriptures. If we fail to obey the Lord in these areas where He has already revealed His will, then we cannot expect Him to guide us in other areas of our lives.

UNCONDITIONAL YIELDEDNESS

I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2).

The New Testament exhorts us to become bondslaves to the Lord. Paul called himself a willing bondslave of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, there were two classes of servants – the bondslave and the hired servant. A bondslave, unlike the hired servant was never paid. He was bought by his master for a price and as a result all that he was and all that he possessed belonged to his master. This is what every believer must recognize himself to be. Our time, money, talents, families, possessions, minds and bodies – all – belong to our Master and our Lord, for they are His by right of purchase on the Cross .

Or know you not, that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom you have from God; and you are not your own? For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

We are therefore exhorted to present our bodies to God, once for all, as a living sacrifice, even as the burnt offering in the Old Testament. The burnt offering, unlike the sin offering, was wholly offered to God and signified the offerer’s utter dedication unto Him. When a man offered a burnt offering, he received nothing back. God could do whatever He liked with that offering. It was symbolic of Calvary’s Cross where the Lord Jesus offered Himself utterly to His Father saying,

“Father, not My will but Thine be done.”

This is what it means to present our body as a living sacrifice to God: we must die to our own will and choice as to how and where our body should be used by Him. Only in this way can we know His will.

Lack of such yieldedness is usually the main reason why we are unable to ascertain God’s will. Our yieldedness to the Lord is often with reservations. We are not really willing to accept anything that God may offer.

There was a man once who was willing to take up any vocation except becoming a Priest. He was told that it was this reservation that kept him from being clear about God’s plan for his life. When he finally yielded all to the Lord, he immediately gained a deeper assurance of God’s will. God did not call him to the Priesthood, but He wanted him to be willing.

Many who come to God under the pretext of wanting to know His will really want only His approval of the path they have already chosen for themselves. And so they receive no answer from Him. How soon our problems of guidance would be solved, if only we gave ourselves without any reserve to our Lord saying,

“Lord, I am willing to accept anything, if Thou wilt only assure me that it is Thy will. Choose Thou for me, my Lord. I have no choice of my own in this matter.”

It was Abraham’s willingness to go anywhere and to do anything at any time for God that made him the “Friend of God.”

One man of great faith and one who could ascertain the will of God with remarkable accuracy said concerning this subject,

“I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this stage, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.”

Some want to know God’s will first before deciding whether to obey or not. But God does not reveal His will to such people. A willingness to do anything that God commands will alone qualify us to know what His perfect will is. This applies to small matters as well as big.

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