“I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart” (Psalm 40:8 NLT).
The psalmist declares that there is no greater joy than living in the perfect will of God. One of the secrets of enjoying life to the fullest is doing the will of God in your life. No matter how bleak or impossible life maybe on the outlook, difficult or easy, but if you are diligently obeying what the Lord has told you to do, then life is full of joy. My friend who just retired from 30 plus years of government service said that he struggles to live his daily activities or routines in life. To him it seems that there is no life after retirement. That is because he hasn’t found yet the right direction of the Lord on how he should spend the rest of his life on the planet.
The same is true with some of the believers. Even though they are serving the Lord, they find no joy in doing so. They find serving the Lord becomes an obligation and a routine. The culprit is that they are in a wrong place and in a wrong time. The apostle Paul warned us not to be fools but wise by understanding what the will of God in our lives. “…do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).
There are the two kinds of God’s will: His general will and specific will. You can find and understand His general will through the written Word of God – the Bible. However, the specific will of God can only be understood through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truths of life. That is why it’s very important that you need to learn how to be lead by the Holy Spirit and be sensitive to His voice which is the guiding light of your conscience.
As believers, we all have a designated position and assigned tasks to perform in the Body of Christ, and it doesn’t matter if you’re employed or jobless or has been to a full time ministry. Nevertheless, if you miss the opportunity to follow and obey the specific will of God in your life, then life becomes a routine, a drag, an obligation, and maybe, become a retired grumpy old man, which you don’t want to be, of course.
We hear people say “You missed your calling” especially when someone excels in a certain undertaking that differs from his profession, vocation or calling. For example, an ordinary laborer who is also a union representative of a manufacturing company could have been an outstanding business lawyer because of his excellence in representing his bargaining unit during labor agreements. Although there is some truth on this statement, however, the word of God says differently.
For example, being an excellent radio or television commentator doesn’t qualify you to be a preacher or teacher of the word of God in radio and television. You need to understand that every work of God, no matter how big or small, if it is not according to His will, it becomes painful, burden, stumbling block, and dangerous road to travel with because God is not there. It is Biblical and OK to dream dreams and to have visions for great things for God, but if they are motivated by flesh (or you just making these up) then it will not come to pass. God is the one who gives dreams and visions and He will make them happen according to His time.
Everything we do in the ministry shall be according to the plans of God otherwise we all just wasting our time and efforts. God has many and diverse plans to work with and He will accomplish them according to His time line, for everything there is a season. On the other hand, there are things that God wants you to immediately do for Him, and you have no time to go back to your old business to bury your dead. Now, if God is telling you to come along right now then by all means go. You must not miss the train. Praise God!
Also, you cannot expect an unspiritual person to identify these plans of God and leads of the Holy Spirit. That is why new believers in Christ have to be fed and nourished with the wisdom of the Word of God until they mature and learn His ways. Great men of faith in the Bible spent many, many years of training, preparation, and many hours in the presence of the Lord before they launched out into great and awesome calling of God. You also need to understand that God will not give an assignment to an untrained and unprepared servant or soldier of His. God is looking for men and women of great character. Character is the most difficult part of man to develop into the image of Christ.
It takes Godly character to be used by God in awesome and great wonders in the kingdom of God. For example, a person does not qualify to a music ministry just because he is a gifted musician. As a matter of fact, Lucifer was a gifted musician but casted down on earth because of his evil heart. The same is true with other so called “natural gifts.” They are not the basis for our calling or doing the will of God in our life. Not because a person is successful in building business empires, qualifies him to build a super-duper-mega ministry on earth. God’s ways are far different from man’s ways. You can challenge that until your face becomes blue, but you are still dead wrong. Character counts!
If you have man’s ways, then you have man’s products; but if you have God’s ways, then you have God’s products. In this world, believers are expecting for a finished product made from the hands of God, because they stand forever and never be shaken. However, man’s final product is just a vapor in a thin air, no spiritual substance. It is written “…all of creation will be shaken and removed; so that only unshakeable things will remain…we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakeable…” (Hebrews 12:27-28 NLT). The specific will of God in our life gears towards the Kingdom of God not the kingdom of this world.
Every product that is a result of man’s will shall be subjected to shaking and eventually be removed because it is not founded on the will of God. Therefore, it is important to learn and understand the will of God in our life at the earliest time and begin to develop our spirit to function according to His will.
The following verses give us insight in understanding the specific will of God in our life:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT).
We cannot depend on our own understanding when it comes to making decisions on how to run our lives. This is why people seek guidance because of uncertainties of the future. They have so much insecurities and doubts. At times we make decisions only to bring sorrows and failures. We thought they are good and smart calls but actually not. Often times we’re afraid to make decisions at all, and we allow others to make for us, but then we regret it at the end.
Again, we need to understand that the specific will of God comes through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It does not come according to the flesh. And be warned that the wisdom of this world is contrary to the wisdom of God. Before being born again, your life was molded according to the ways of this world. Now that you are in Christ, this mold has to go. Renew your mind according to the ways of God.
“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 12:2 NLT).
Also, one of the many reasons we have difficulty finding the specific will of God is the ways and the systems of this world that molded our minds and behaviors. And it is the very opposite of the ways of God. For example, the world only acts if all evidence is there and they can feel and see them. Once they feel secure and safe then they make decision. On the contrary, a believer acts only according to faith. The only evidence a believer holds on is the Word of God. Faith is one of the many ingredients in the Kingdom of God that you have to utilize to be able to know the specific will of God. For without it, you are forever stuck in your present situation and will not progress.
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psalm 37:23 NLT).
Praise God! He delights in every detail of our lives. God is concern in every choice we make, no wonder He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us into all truths. He is dealing with our conscience, but at times we are not conscious of Him because we shut down our hearts by overloading ourselves with the things of this world. Our hearts must be honest and free from all guilt so we can hear the guidance of the Spirit.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8 NLT).
God’s business is to give us the best of life. If we allow Him to lead us along the way then we will reach the best you could imagine in life. God will lead us to the best pathway. He will not lead us to the poorest, difficult, painful and suffering roads of life. He has given us His wisdom (Jesus) and His ability (the Holy Spirit) to accomplish His perfect will in our life.
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever” (Psalm 16:11 NLT).
Again, living under the presence of the Holy Spirit is a must to every believer. It is the Spirit of God who gives us joy and pleasures in life. This is one of the many secrets of a joyful living – living under the presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the baptizer of the Holy Ghost and fire, and He expects every believer to receive this gift from God. The Holy Spirit is our Helper, Comforter, and our power or ability to accomplish the work of God that’s given to us. Without the Spirit, it is impossible for us to know and understand the specific will of God in our life.
“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21 NKJ).
Naturally, we have many plans in our life. We are naturally born ambitious and opportunistic and there is nothing wrong with that because it is not sin to be ambitious and opportunistic. However, if our plans, ambitions, and motivations are not according to the counsel or guidance of God, then our plans, ambitions, and motivations are in vain. Only the will of God shall come to pass and nothing else. We need to have a reality check. Are they for the glory of God?
The following verses admonish us to heed the counsel of the brethren to know the specific will of God in our life:
“Where there is no counsel, the people fail; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14 NKJ).
“Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established” (Proverbs 15:22 NKJ).
“For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 24:6 NKJ).
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise” (Proverbs 12:15 NKJ).
“Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days” (Proverbs 19:20 NKJ).
“Plans are established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war” (Proverbs 20:18 NKJ).
Confusion does not come from God; it is of the devil. If you’re confused, standing on the crossroad, and have difficulty choosing which road to take, then it’s time for a counsel. As part of the Body of Christ, your brethren will never lead you to failure or shame. They will give you Biblical counsel and Spirit led advice.
The only hindrance in receiving guidance is pride. Pride thinks he is better than others. Ego will bring him to nothing. Learn from the devil, pride brings people down. There is nothing to prove. God sees our heart and He knows what’s in it. Shalom!