Posts Tagged ‘God’s will’

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As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.” (Genesis‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬ NLT)

According to various ancient cultures, the period of night just prior to dawn was a sacred moment. The Celts called it “the time-between-times”, where earthly and spiritual boundaries got very relaxed and greater interaction could happen between the two. My concern would be making sure it’s God and not something weird coming across for a visit!

In this text, Abram is about to receive an important revelation from God. With too much light, we’re easily distracted, thus God’s need to allow darkness to get our attention so that His illumination is the only one we see. Our role is to be disciplined in the darkness, waiting until God reveals all, not jumping for more comfortable whims.

Our God is not one that enjoys seeing us panic. But neither is He given to allowing us to disregard His plans out of our own conveniences or fears. If you know God is moving but find yourself in a dark place, then be still. It means He’s desiring your full attention because the dawn of action is coming! You are loved today! See you at church!

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For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Not many things are tougher than a boot camp drill sergeant. Essentially, they are breaking down your civilian attitude and building you into a soldier. That doesn’t come easy, at least in the U.S military. The personal will of the individual must go so that commands for the greater good can be followed, regardless of the cost. They see what the cadet often cannot.

God is the same way. He knows what is best for you, what leads to better living and more blessing, even though it has a price. The whole of God’s will hinges upon our ability to let our own will turn into faithful obedience. If not, we always fail.

Oswald Chambers once said, “When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point—He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only—my utmost for His.” With God in control, your new year could be your best! You are loved!

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Then the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing…which the Lord has made known to us.'” (Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭15‬ NKJV)

Have you ever wondered what the Christmas story would have been like if Mary and Joseph hadn’t traveled to Bethlehem, in spite of the official census? What if the shepherds chose to stay in the fields, ignoring the angel’s urging? What if the wise men had better things to do than to chase a star across the desert? Things would have turned out a LOT different!

When God brings a word or revelation to your life, it is useless unless it is acted upon. God’s urging means there is a plan, but it incorporates our commitment of action to create His desired outcome. Our problem is usually that we desire our own convenience over the sacrifice to find the endeavored blessing that awaits us. We don’t like things that cost us something.

As we celebrate Jesus’ advent of salvation for all mankind at Christmas, consider His plans for your life. If you are willing to be obedient and search out God’s best at His leading, you’ll find spiritual discoveries that not only change your life, but that impact those around you too! Come and see! You are loved!

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Victory comes from you, O LORD.” (Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NLT)

As I write this, our local high school football team, the Poyen Indians, and numerous parents are slogging through the cold rain to a second-round playoff game across the state. In our team devotion this morning, I encouraged them in playing hard and giving their best, and to be proud for achieving our school’s best record ever! But can we ask God to help us win?

In all of our battles in life, there is effort on our part, whether it’s in our marriage, overcoming addictions, or simply finding the will to press on each day. God comes alongside and helps us to overcome whatever we face. Regardless of its magnificence or urgency, if it’s important to you then it’s important to God because you are important to God!

There will probably be Christian students on the other team praying, and somebody will leave the field tonight having lost. Even losses become victories if it makes us more Christlike. So, when we pray, ask for what you will knowing that you don’t have if you don’t ask! But always finish every prayer the way Jesus did: “Father, let YOUR will be done.” If it’s so, then you will always win! You are loved! Have a great weekend! (And Go Indians!)

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Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.” (Matthew‬ ‭1‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Joe “JoePa” Paterno was the legendary football coach of Penn State. After leading his teams to championships for over 40 years, a good intention cost him his job and blemished his incredible tenure. Following his dismissal as fallout of the Sandusky Sex Scandal, he lamented, “We shall act with good intentions, but at times we will be wrong. When we are, let us admit it and try to right the situation.”

Sometimes the difference between goodwill and God’s will is 1,000 miles. Joseph was a good man, as the Bible tells us. But his good intention was about to become a horrible mistake. God had to visibly show up to keep Joseph from hurting his and Mary’s character and ultimately undermining God’s plan for mankind’s redemption; “Good” became the enemy of “Best”.

Pay attention to God’s leading before making decisions, especially the major ones. Our most intense and prolonged agonies can often be traced back to a simple singular decision. Even when the heart is in the right place, obedience may not be. Live to see your life fulfill God’s plans, not undue them! You are loved today! Have a wonderful & wise weekend!

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Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus, but Peter had to stay outside the gate.” (John‬ ‭18‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)

On April 25, 1994, an F2 tornado ripped through DeSoto, TX, just south of Dallas. It escalated into an F4 as it slammed into neighboring Lancaster, leaving 3 dead and lives devastated. As part of the Salvation Army first responders, I remember watching people pick through the rubble of their destroyed homes in stunned disbelief. To watch a torn soul stare for hours at a bare slab where their home used to be is completely haunting.

As Jesus was being led away, the Disciples followed at a distance. While it’s easy to say they were cowards, the truth is that their world was being rocked. Although Jesus had told them this was the way, they couldn’t believe it. “The Way” looked to them like a complete failure of eternal proportions. What were they to do now?

When you don’t know what to do, stand firm. Sometimes our world needs rocking to clean up what we wouldn’t take care of earlier. In the midst of the rubble, you will find a new, better life waiting! Don’t worry, God’s way ALWAYS leads to better places! You are loved today! Be at peace!

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As Jacob started on his way again, angels of God came to meet him.” (Genesis 32:1 NLT)

One question that I get asked a lot is “How do I know what God’s will is for me?” Sometimes what God wants is far removed from our own wants or comforts, so “feeling good about it” may not be a good barometer to measure with! Sometimes being in God’s will is purposefully uncomfortable because God wants to do something you wouldn’t have imagined yourself doing but that He knew you could accomplish.

As Jacob went home, knowing a double-crossed brother awaited him, He was afraid. Yet, it was God that told Jacob to go back. So I believe God sent angels to reassure Jacob that he was doing the right thing.

If you obey God, He will place things in your path to reassure you: a word, a scripture, a feeling of peace. Don’t look for blazing signs or angelic visits. Greater signs mean weaker faith or a lesser relationship. Live closely so that you sense God’s leading, feel the peace, and trust that it’s all going to be okay, because God has a victory for your every obedience! You are loved today!