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God’s Perfect Will

Much of our Christian walk seems to involve searching for God’s will. We search for His perfect will for our job, home, school, church, and relationships; and we’re often frustrated because God seems silent regarding the details of our life. But God is not silent! His Word reveals much of His will, and a large portion of His will for our life today is the same as for every past generation.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for
this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

We often gloss over such passages, thinking we already understand and ought to search for “deeper” truths. But in God’s plan for us to beconformed to the likeness of His Son” (Romans 8:29 ) there is no greater challenge to our faith. Do we really believe God is in control? Does our life – our attitude – reflect this belief?

Our Heavenly Father desires us to live each moment with a thankful heart, full of joy – regardless of our circumstances. Why? Because this reveals our trust in a loving God. He wants us to continually commune with Him in prayer and refuse to leave His presence to pursue concerns or pleasures of the world. This portion of God’s will has been clearly revealed!

Some are facing situations today which make following this portion of God’s will very difficult. They see absolutely no reason for rejoicing and can’t understand how God can be directing their path. How is it possible to remain by His side when being pressed down from all directions and when the pulls of the world seem relentless?

We must begin by viewing our life from an eternal perspective rather than the temporary nature of the world; The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17). All our trials will soon be gone (do we really believe this?). God is in control and, in the end, ALL will glorify His name; In all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28 ). As we trust and love Him with all our heart, He works ALL things for the good – no matter how bad our situation may appear or how difficult it may be to understand His plan. He IS in control! This level of trust is what Paul referred to as “the secret of being content” (Philippians 4:12 ).

There are certainly times when God will give us very specific direction, but perhaps He’s waiting until we follow His general will for our life. Let’s come before Him today with a thankful and loving heart. Let’s enter His presence and refuse to be taken away by circumstances which will soon fade. Let’s trust Him without compromise and joyfully walk each step by faith according to God’s perfect will.

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries

Actively Wait

In the message “God’s Perfect Will” we saw that God’s will is for us to live a life of thanksgiving and prayer; a life of contentment and peace independent of circumstances. It is also “God’s will that you should be sanctified {set apart, made holy}; that you should avoid sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). These are general aspects of God’s will, given to every one of His Children. His specific direction will come as we obediently align our life with His general will…and wait.

We live in a generation where waiting is viewed as a waste of time, but learning to wait is how we grow: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV).

This is a powerful and encouraging passage: if we wait on the Lord, we will be strengthened, soar like the eagles, and not grow weary. But what does it really mean to wait? We were not called to “take up the cross of Salvation” so we can then live our lives sitting on the couch. Rather, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have been invited to a wonderful lifetime journey – a journey which is sometimes difficult, but one always filled
with adventure and purpose.

1 Timothy 6:11-12

“But you, man of God, flee from all this {evil}, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Notice all the words of action: flee, pursue, fight, take hold. This is definitely a call to actively move forward in our journey of faith.

So do we wait, or do we fight and take hold? Do we rest and hope in the Lord, or do we flee and pursue? The answer is a simple but absolute yes! We are called to a life of action – to a life where we “bear much
fruit” (John 15:8 ) – but we must learn to “act” while waiting and trusting God for every result. We must give Him all our effort while remaining “in the vine” (John 15:4), and allowing the life of Christ to flow through us and produce the fruit.

This means we are to boldly share the gospel message, but then to wait on God for the harvest of belief. It means we are to seek opportunities and diligently prepare for service, but then continue to listen and trust Him to reveal His desired path.

God calls us to a faith of complete trust; a faith which produces both action and patience. Let’s take hold and fight the good fight of faith as we learn to actively wait.

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries

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August 21, 2008 - Posted by | Daily Devotions, God / Jesus Christ

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