When I was in high school, I used to mumble along with “Three Ring Circus” by the Blue Magic (70’s). The melody had a calming effect along with the falsetto of the crooner, but the message was tragic. As if life has nothing to offer but routine – that it will bore you to death. Below is part of the lyrics:
“Life is a three ring circus,
All of the ups and downs of a carousel
That I know so well
“Life is a three ring circus
Just one little ride on a merry-go-round
Goin’ round and round and round and round and round.”
There’s nothing more to life than living in the perfect will of God. It is one of God’s infinite wisdom for us to live a life to the fullest; however, many amongst us have gone astray from His perfect plan in our lives. God has been faithfully waiting for us, as individual, as a couple, as a family, and as a Body of Christ to finally learn and understand His will for us.
• “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 21:11 NIV).
God’s perfect will for you is nothing but a good one. Your Father in heaven will do everything to protect you, to defend you and to take care of you. He never thought of allowing evil to harm you. Our God is good.
• “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17 NKJ).
The apostle Paul admonishes us to understand what the will of the Lord is. If that’s the case, then God’s will for us is not a mystery, or a hidden plan. It can be known! We don’t have to spend many hours, and days, or years before God reveals them to us, because the Holy Spirit will unfold them for us through His Word.
The perfect will of God for your life is right there in your Bible. You don’t need smokes and thunders, and thick clouds, and shakings of the ground, and you don’t have to wait for a baritone voice of a prophet that will utter, “Thus said the Lord for you, …” As a matter of fact, God required the prophet Ezekiel to swallow and eat the scroll (the written word) before warning the people of Israel.
The same is true with the New Covenant believers. We have to abide in the Word of Christ. We are born of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God. There was an incident when Jesus had told His disciples to let His Words sink down in their ears, and to let them eat the Bread of Life, the Word of God – Jesus, who was made manifest in the flesh.
• “Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104 NKJ).
• “Your word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path” (Psalm 119:105 NKJ).
• “Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133 NKJ).
• “For You have magnified Your word above all Your name” (Psalm 137:2c NKJ).
There is no substitute to the written Word of God when dealing with the perfect will of God concerning you. The New Testament gifts of prophecy and the ministry of the prophets will never give you “first-hand information” regarding your personal dealings with God. They are only to confirm what the Spirit of the Lord has already been revealed to your heart by the Father. Remember that your Father in Heaven will tell you first what’s going on in your life, and then uses the gifts of the Spirit just to confirm it to you.
It has always been through the written Word that His will is revealed. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He went to a synagogue and opened the Book of Isaiah and read from there the confirmation of His ministry. And those who listened to Him were offended by Him, because the Word of the Prophet Isaiah was confirmed in His life at that very moment. You see, God communicates His Word (His Will) through our heart, through our spirit, through our inner man, which is the candle of the Lord (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
When prophet Agabus prophesied (supposed to be a warning to Paul) that Paul is going to be tied up with his belt by the Jews in Jerusalem and turn him over to the Gentiles, if Paul continues to go to there, many cried and begged Paul not to go. However, Paul was not surprised of the prophetic ministry of Agabus. As a matter of fact, Paul was not even excited to hear about it. He had already prepared himself of the things to come in Jerusalem. Paul knew exactly what the perfect will of God in Jerusalem prior to hearing a prophetic message. At the end of the day, the people around Paul could not change his mind. Paul determined in his heart to follow what the Spirit of the Lord had already told him.
The conclusion of the matter was: When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done” (Acts 21:14 NLT).
You see, if you know the perfect will of God in your life, no one and nothing can move you. Nothing beats the revelation knowledge of the word of God in your spirit, nothing. Even the gates of hell shall not prevail against the revelation of God in your heart. It’s only by the power of the Spirit that is working in your heart that the perfect will of God is revealed.
Paul gives us the way to know the perfect will of God in our lives.
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2 NLT).
• Offer your body to serve God
Serve the Lord in any capacity you’re able to. Don’t say, “I have no time.” It’s an old cop out. Everyone in the planet knows it is not true. You have all the time in this world. In reality, time is not the issue. The issue is your willingness and obedience to the word of God.
Start serving the Lord by enjoying the fellowship of other believers. Just be there and make new friends and reach out. Forget about yourself for a moment and focus on others. Listen to what their saying, observe their body language, feel their joy and pain, celebrate with them. At the end of the day, you’ll be amazed how God has used you in a mighty way, even in that little time you spent listening to others. Find you place in the Body of Christ. Serving the Lord is bottom up.
• Live the holy life
As a child of God, you have been made holy by the blood of Jesus. You don’t try to be holy because you are one already. This is not an egotistical, arrogant, self-righteous, holier than thou attitude. It’s not a “show off” of being holy, but more of the attitude of the heart. Being holy is the result of God’s mercy and grace to us who believe. Being holy is a continuous fellowship with the Holy Spirit and His Word; it is enjoying the life of clean conscience because of the righteousness of God in our hearts.
• Don’t compromise your faith
The world has countless temptations to offer. Paul warned us not to compromise our faith. I have no idea where “Honesty is the best policy” originated, but it is a good policy. In my interpretation in this statement is that, in order for you to escape the appearance of evil, and the evil itself, you must be honest first to yourself.
When you try to hide something evil, you may be tempted to say that nobody will find this out. That is a no brainer. You have heard, “The walls have eyes and ears.” However, there’s greater than that, because the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, along with countless angelic being have been observing your actions from day one. Their eyes are upon you. Not only that the Big Brother is looking behind your shoulder, the Almighty God knows what is in your heart.
• Renew your mind according to the ways of God
Renewing of the mind is simply changing the way you think: from evil thoughts to the ways of God. It’s as simple as that, but how? First, make a firm decision to change the way you think according to the ways of God. Second, saturate your spirit, soul and your mouth with the Word of God. Yes your mouth.
Your mouth is the biggest help in renewing of your mind. Control every evil word that is contrary or against the word of God that is coming out of your mouth. You can do that by speaking the word of God instead. The tongue is full of evil, according to Apostle James. It will burn you if you don’t control that little evil in your mouth.
You see, as you train your tongue to speak the ways of God, you are teaching your brain or your mind to follow what you say. Say, “I’m healed,” instead of, “I’m sick,” because the Word of God has said so that you were healed by the stripes of Jesus.
In conclusion, according to Paul, if you follow these pointers you will know and understand the perfect will of God in your life:
“ … Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2b NLT).