Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Faithfulness: Part 4 The Detailed Will of the Father

Let's continue on in our exploration of why God's faithfulness is not always evident in our lives. So far we covered the topic of Spiritual warfare and making agreements with lies of the enemy. Today we are going to discuss some other areas in which we may be responsible for blocking the perfect will of God in our lives.

2. Ignoring the Will of God.
Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

The will of God for our lives is perfect, acceptable and good. Where do we sign up?

Let's look at this a little more closely and see what God has for us here. The Bible talks a lot about the will of God, and I'll be honest, this was an area that I didn't understand very well, but I recently read an article by John Piper that helped clear things up a little bit for me.

There are two different meanings of the term 'God's will'. There is the "Sovereign Will of God" which includes the part of God's will that in His sovereignty He controls and causes to come to pass. These things are not controlled by human will or desire, but rather the providence and wisdom of the Father. This part of God's will is very complex and I don't have the time or space to go through it all in this post, but I hope to touch more on it later, in a different post.

The second type is God's "Will of Command". This part of God's will is what we can choose to follow or disobey. It is God's will of command that we seek to discern for our own lives. When we seek to live in His will, follow His commands and fulfill our calling (which is all part of His will for our lives), we will experience His blessings in our lives.

What this all means is that when we choose to directly disobey the commands of God that we know to be true, when we ignore our calling, we make a choice to step out of the will of God and when we do that, we cannot expect Him to bless us.

Scripture references on the Sovereign will of God: Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 10:29, Daniel 4:35, Matthew 26:39, Matthew 28:18, Romans 9:15-16
Scripture references on God's will of command: 1 Thess 4:3, Matthew 7:21, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:15-17

3. Not Asking
Another mistake we often make is assuming that certain problems are not big enough to concern God with, or that we don't need to tell God about the details of our life. The truth is our God is a God of intimate detail and He cares about the smallest concerns in our lives.

1 Peter 5:7 says "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

When you are experiencing an emotional heartbreak or stresser, where do you turn? Do you turn to God? Or do you call your husband? friend? mother? sister? What is your first reaction when something happens, good or bad?

Beth Moore had a challenging word in her study Living Beyond Yourself, she said "Next time you are hurting, or fearful or anxious, don't call your husband or a friend, and don't take it out on your children - go to the Father! Immediately! Tell Him how you feel and all that has happened. Ask Him to quiet you with His love. Be bold - and ask Him to reveal His love in some obvious way. Ask Him to minister to you and HE WILL."

Don't make the mistake of not receiving because you don't ask. If you have a need or a concern, bring it to the one who can actually help. Better yet, bring it to God BEFORE it's a problem. The most effective way to manage a problem is to prevent it before it becomes one.

Concerned about an uncertain medical issue? Do you have a relationship that isn't what it's supposed to be? Are you worried about what tomorrow may hold? Bring it to the One who knows and the One that can turn it around.

When you are hurt by a friend, tell the Lord about it, the Creator of relationships.
When you receive an emergent phone call, cry out to the Healer even if you don't know the details of what has happened.
When you don't know how you feel or why you feel a certain way, tell Him that, give it all over to the Lover of your soul.

No matter how big, no matter how small, He can handle it, and not only can He handle it, He can transform it.

Faithfulness Series
Part 3: Spiritual Warfare
Part 2: He's Proven Faithful
Part 1: Faithful in Suffering


Jaime said...

This was well written. It has bring some clarity and categories to the issue we've been discussing behind the scenes. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a reminder that I need to turn to God FIRST...and bring it to Him..