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Haphazard Plans?

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God’s way will turn a man’s thoughts inside out and upside down. We can’t forecast the way God works. The wisdom of the world would argue that God is haphazard, but He is not calculable in His providence. He works in ways we cannot predict or understand.

’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

God’s sovereignty is a reality. His love for us is undeniable. There is no other Father who has sacrificed His only son for the redemption of mankind. So, when life seems to be out of control, even hopeless, we must remember God is behind the scenes working things out according to His perfect will.

“Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Matthew 18:2-4 and Mark 10:15 both mention children. Their innocence and faith should be our example. By taking on a cloak of humility, we can submit to the Father’s will and trust where He has placed us, even if it is within a turbulent storm. Why? Because He loves us!

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4 (NKJV)

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Mark 10:15 (NKJV)

The ‘whys’ in life can plague a person’s heart. The proper place for our questions is at the feet of Jesus. But, when we lay them down, we can’t assume He owes us an answer. He owes us nothing. He might not reveal His reasons for our discomfort. But with the innocence of a child, we can trust our Savior and believe that our present circumstances are for our benefit.

God does not punish His children. However, because He is a loving Father, He will discipline us. Rooting out sin, character flaws, and transforming weaknesses into strengths will not occur overnight. And the time it takes a believer to lay aside self-will, surrendering everything to God, is different for everyone.

The more obedient we are to His leading, the faster He will mold us into the perfect vessel He envisioned. But, the transformation from sinful man to that of one reflecting Jesus Christ in every way requires time. A potter molds clay and reshapes his medium over and over until it stands out, unique and worthy of his initials. Uncomfortable pressure, painful twisting, and a dizzying spin on His wheel will eventually get us the kiln. Then, agonizing heat will purify the last of our impurities. Oh, how precious it is to share in the sufferings of Christ! We can take comfort in knowing He records each one of our painful tears. They are in His record. They are valued.

You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)

God will send the perfect circumstances our way to get this job done. We won’t understand our entire journey, but we don’t have to, right? We simply need to trust in the love of God. He is our hope, and hope will never disappoint.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:5 (NKJV)

Hope in Christ! He has a plan for you and it is not a haphazard one. The ups and downs of your life were designed long before you were knit within your mother’s womb. God sees you, as you will be perfected, and purified. Eventually, when you look in a mirror, you will only see Jesus. Your reflection will glorify God and honor Him. Praise Jehovah!

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

“If you try to forecast the way God will work you will get in a muddle; live the life of a child and you will find that every haphazard occasion fits into God’s order.” ~ Oswald Chambers

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

“While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a God who hasn’t surrendered His authority.” ~ A.W. Tozer

Obedience To God=Results

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This devotion is found in my book FACING TRIALS: THOUGHTS FOR MEDITATION. Available on Amazon (eBook is just $2.99)                             http://www.amazon.com/Facing-Trials-Meditation-Cheryl-Zelenka-ebook/dp/B00K7TNT5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421884466&sr=8-1&keywords=Cheryl+Zelenka&pebp=1421884468539&peasin=B00K7TNT5W

“Rest in this—it is His business to lead, command, impel, send, call or whatever you want to call it. It is your business to obey, follow, move, respond or what have you.”   — Jim Elliot

You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:14 ESV)

Isn’t it a big weight off your shoulders to know that all God asks of you is obedience? He is the one in control and the one who will get results. All He asks of you is to obey His commandments. He will take care of the rest.

Satan fears the willing servant who prays daily these two simple words: “Use me.” In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul encourages Timothy to present himself to God as one approved, as a worker who has no cause to be ashamed. Paul stresses the importance of rightly handling the Word of Truth. If we are obedient in properly handling the Word of God, then He will do the rest.

A servant and slave must obey his or her master in all things, even if the request does not make sense. It is not a matter of questioning the lord of the house; it is a matter of following through on his instructions.

The Word of God tells us that if we are faithful with the little things entrusted to our care, then He will increase our responsibility and service by placing us as caretakers over much more. God tested the faithfulness, obedience, and love of Abraham and Noah. Why would he not test us in modern times?

If God is testing you through a personal struggle or injustice, be courageous and hold onto His promises. He is the Defender of the weak and tells His children that He will fight for them; you need only be still. That is a commandment, and that requires obedience. He will fight the battle for you and achieve the results He wants and requires.

Remaining still as the spiritual battle rages on around you will not be an easy thing to do, especially if you are a person of action. To be still takes self-control and faith. You are also commanded to pray without ceasing, so as you let God fight the battle before you, pray for grace and mercy. Pray that His will be accomplished and that Enemy attacks be thwarted. He and His angel armies will be shielding you and keeping you safe, as you are tucked safely under His wing.

As you obey His commands with an obedient heart, He will honor you with bigger struggles and tasks that will serve to glorify His holy name.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES AND QUOTE DURING YOUR QUIET TIME

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14 NIV).

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 20:26 ESV).

 “Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives.”   —Andrew Murray

 The biblical word for obey comes from the Greek hupakou, which means “to listen attentively.” The meaning also implies heeding or conforming to a command or to an authority. Basically, one has no choice in the matter whether or not to obey God’s commandment. It needs to be carried out whether one agrees with the order or not.

Stewart, Ed, ed. Jesus 365: A Devotional. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2008.

Bruno, Bonnie. When God Steps In: Stories of Everyday Grace. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2007.

Wailing Into Dancing

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A devotion from Cheryl Zelenka’s soon to be released book of devotions FACING STORMS. Available on Amazon this October.

“No one will calmly and quietly submit to bear the cross except those who have learned to seek their happiness beyond this world.” John Calvin

“For His anger is but for a moment, 
His favor is for life; 
Weeping may endure for a night, 
but joy comes in the morning.”  Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)

“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; 
are they not in Your book?”  Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)

“Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing Your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever.”  Psalm 30:10-13 (NIV)

Have you ever heard somebody say, “You’ve got to praise Him in the storm?”  This concept might seem insensitive or even ridiculous to you, especially if eating, speaking, and even waking up requires a monumental effort. The idea of lifting your voice in praise during your dark moment may even be offensive, especially if you can barely manage to get out of bed or utter a few words over your morning coffee. But let me ask you this one question: Does God deserve our accolades and appreciation in good times AND bad?

After my brother died(Over 25 years ago), I had many disturbing dreams.  None of them were comforting. I longed to hug him one last time and hear an assurance that he was okay. I desperately wanted to say goodbye and enjoy one last conversation, even if it were only in a dream. This never happened. My grief was devastating and at the age of twenty-five my grief left me shattered and broken.

My sorrow drove me out into a black and very deep sea of depression. One moment I was drowning in despair and the next moment I was tossed to the beach. On dry land I had but a few seconds to catch my breath before high tide pulled me back into my living grave. Hopeless and exhausted, my tears would then mix with the seawater. It seemed as though this endless cycle would never end. 

How then do we recover from depression and despair? It is only by crying out to God and accepting His helping hand that we are able to overcome our greatest sorrows. When we finally choose to lay down our wills and surrender our complaints, trusting in His goodness, we permit Him to mold and work us into the image of His son. Through yielding to His sovereignty and by declaring His right to work within us, without the slightest need for understanding, we enter into an even deeper and more intimate walk. 

As we forgo our urge to wrestle with past events and their painful effects, we experience the rolling back of suffering. In its stead, we find ourselves within the supernatural peace that transcends all understanding. Through our submission to His will, and by acknowledging His ways to be so much higher than our own, our tragedy becomes bearable. He had a plan, and it included the circumstances of our heartache even before He knit us together.  At all times, our need for understanding must side step when faith wants to take the lead. 

Turning our wailing and sorrows into joy and dancing will happen with the passing of seasons. By allowing some time to pass, we will eventually look behind us and thank God for the precious moments, days, and years we had with the special someone we so dearly loved, or the life we were so content to play out. Faith helps us to accept and find comfort in knowing that “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  (Ro. 8:28). 

Loss, be it the death of a loved one, deteriorating health, lost dreams, or some kind of divine interruption ….. Will usually include a measure of pain.  Your positive attitude, perspective change, and faith are what will turn your wailing into praise and joyful dancing. The Lord equips you to sing songs of joy in good times and bad times. On some days you may have to look a little harder for the blessings in your life but they are always present.

God rescues His children from pits filled with vipers, caves, cisterns, and sinking ships rocked by hurricanes. Sorrow is only for a moment and joy WILL come! Since we are called to praise Him at ALL times, even when our hearts are breaking, a hushed and barely audible “thank you” is considered a glorious sacrifice of praise….  A very pleasing one indeed.

May the grace of our God be with you always. As He has turned my wailings into dancing, I humbly ask that you too find yourself in the same place I am now resting….in joyful wonder and awe of His miraculous healing power and love. 

TAKE SOME TIME TO CONTEMPLATE THE FOLLOWING WORDS 

“Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.”  John 16:20 (NKJV)

“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; for I will turn their mourning to joy, 
will comfort them, 
and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13 (NKJV) 

“We can experience joy in adverse circumstances by holding God’s benefits in such esteem that the recognition of them and meditation upon them shall overcome all sorrow.”  ~John Calvin

Struggling?

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Are you struggling with the idea God wants to use you in a way you never dreamed of or wanted? Do you want His will but find that you are greatly challenged by the waiting and the unknown future? Faith and trust in a loving God is necessary when we find ourselves on a path that is hidden in the fog. Hold on and ask for peace. It will give you rest. Then relax, take a breath and continue down your path. Your journey will be blessed and full of adventure.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.   ~Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Life Is A Gift From God

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“Place your plans in God’s hands!”

Life is a gift. Make EACH DAY count!! Don’t be too comfortable in your routines. Rely on your Creator and let Him guide your steps. The will of God is to KNOW HIM. He wants to use your life to impact eternity.

“Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  James 4:13-15 NIV

Make God’s Desires Your Own

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A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.”   Proverbs 13:19 (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (NKJV) 

A desire that is fulfilled is like candy to the soul, especially if your desire is shared with God and is aligned with His will. Why wouldn’t God grant you the desires of your heart, if they were His desires as well?  Don’t neglect asking the Father to reveal His will for your life. 

There will be much pleasure in knowing that your passions in life are fulfilling each task He has created you to accomplish. Running the race to that glorious finish line will be so much easier if you are in His will. 

So, if you find yourself on a rabbit trail or detour, it MIGHT be that you have, like a dog chasing a bunny, taken off and pursued something not of His will.  This desire of yours may …..

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The Eyes Of Your Heart

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,”  Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)

“The eyes of your understanding”: (ophthalmos) + (kardia), “The eyes of your heart.”

Dear One,

It is well understood that the heart is an organ in our body.  It pumps blood through our circulatory system, feeding our cells and organs nutrients. When the Word speaks of the heart, it is referring to the THINKING INSTRUMENT of the SOUL.

Scripture tell us that the heart is the seat of emotions.  When Paul prays that the “eyes of the Christian heart” be enlightened, he is asking God to help us grasp the revelation of things revealed to the mind. He wants the revelations to move, motivate, and deepen our spiritual insight.  With knowledge, we can then use wisdom to apply the understanding to our lives. 

When the eyes of the heart are open and enlightened, we FEEL the power and wonder of the truths written in the Word.  With emotions that are in sync with the spiritual revelations of the mind, a believer can be a highly effective and an honorable vessel or tool of God.  A passionate Christian is highly motivated and ready to serve. They want to understand all things of Christ. 

When you face a trial, struggle, or unfathomable circumstance, pray that God opens the eyes of your heart.  The Holy Spirit revelations to your mind will then ignite emotions resting in your heart that validate the truths of the gospel.  We need to feel the truth in our emotions, yes in the heart-not just in our intellect.

It is ok to FEEL the truth with our emotions, but it is not ok to be led by the emotions of the heart alone.  Jeremiah 17:9 warns that the heart is impossible to understand and is deceitful.  No wonder the heart needs eyes to see what the mind is learning from God! 

JOY is an emotion our spirits experience when chewing on the promises and truths of God’s Word.  The eyes of our heart will often rejoice with joy, as our minds comprehend the treasures found in the Bible.  However, we must be careful when other feelings convince us to go or do things that would not please God.  “It FEELS so good so it must be right” is not always the case.  The heart and mind must find confirmation with the leading of the Holy Spirit and the truth spelling out in the Word.

Everything you do flows from the heart and therefore we are instructed to guard it well.  It is the wellspring of our life.  The heart guide and directs us, and every word that comes out of our mouths starts in the heart.  All of our actions and decisions are driven by the desires found in our hearts.  That is why it is so important to ask God to make His desires our desires.

May the wellspring of your life (found in your heart) overflow with joy, as the “eyes of your heart” see and understand how deep His love is for you.  Delight yourself in the Lord, and then He will give you the desires of your heart.  When your will is HIS WILL, how can He deny your request? 

Above all else, guard your heart, 
for everything you do flows from it.”                 Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) 

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”  Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.”                 Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Bitterness Is A Destructive Weed

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 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”   Ephesians 4:31: (ESV)  

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled”                            Hebrews 12:15 (ESV)

Dear One,

When going through a difficult time in life, it is easy to imagine that God has abandoned you.  The shock of unimaginable circumstances, the pain and suffering that they may cause, the confusion and whys that fill your mind, could all lead you down a path of bitterness. 

Hebrews 12:15 describes bitterness as an emotion that takes “root” in a person’s soul.  Bitter feelings and attitudes may start out small and hardly noticeable at first.  However, bitterness quickly grows into something very destructive and troublesome.  It has the ability to defile many.  Malice and spite are birthed from it, and could cause a spirit of ill will and a desire to do evil.  It destroys spiritual joy.

Bitterness is a sign of a worldly attitude.  Those who are bitter will often seek revenge, and unforgiveness usually has an iron grip on their heart. The bitter wronged will take on a stance of judge and jury, thus eliminating God’s right to correct His own children.

Frustration and anger, confusion and hopelessness will lend themselves to the development of a victim’s attitude or perspective.  Constant complaints of, “Why Me?”  will aggravate the sin of bitterness.  We live in a fallen world and we are told that we will have tribulations in this life.  God permits suffering for our own benefit.  His own son was called to suffer incredible brutality.  Trials are meant to transform us into the image of Christ.  They are not enjoyable but they will come.

It is the grace of God with which we must fall upon when tragedy hits.  Faithfulness to our Redeemer must be the spiritual fruit we put into practice during such trying times.  It is with our faith, believing in a loving Creator, that we can accept the unacceptable and move past all trials sent our way.

If you have ever pulled weeds in a garden, you know that they can be incredibly difficult to remove. Some of the smallest weeds have deceptively long and deep roots. It takes a great deal of effort and strength to uproot them.  If a garden is well maintained, weeds are identified and removed while still sprouts.  The uprooting does not disturb the soil too much, and little or no damage is done to nearby plants.

However, if a weed is left to grow and is uprooted when fully mature, surrounding plants will be affected by its removal.  They may be damaged or even themselves uprooted, due to their close proximity to the trespasser.  Bitterness is this weed.  It will certainly affect, uproot, and damage all nearby believers.

Bitterness is just like any other sin.  It will affect our relationship with God and our relationship with those standing beside us.  It will not remain hidden or buried. Eventually, it will sprout and flower. Seeds of bitterness are like helicopter seeds, they whirl themselves about and fly into the wind landing in many different locations.

If the entire root of bitterness is not removed, it will grow back.  An act of forgiveness or the acceptance of the purposes and plans of God, will help in removing the weed completely.  Don’t let the gall or impudence of bitterness rob you of your delight.  Your delight comes from knowing that you have been Redeemed and saved.

Bitterness is a work of the flesh and His “Chosen Ones” should not take part in it’s evil.  It causes anger, strife, rivalries, and dissensions.  It hinders God’s request to be kind and compassionate.  We are commanded to put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  Bitterness separates us for God and the fellowship of the Body of Christ. Lay down your bitterness and trust that God has a reason for your trial.

“For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”          Acts 8:23 (ESV) 

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”   Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV)

God’s Will vs Willing

 

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“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
 save me and I will be saved,
 for You are the one I praise.”   Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)

God can do all things. He is the great I AM, the Giver of Life, and the Creator of the Universe. He is Almighty in power and a just God. So why does He heal some and not others? 

I would define WILLING as having a specific attitude in which you are inclined to grant something.  It would include a tendency to lean in favor of something proposed.

I would define WILL as an intention, purpose, or desire. 

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to His Father, He asked God if it were possible to avoid the crucifixion. Jesus than submitted to God by saying, “Yet not My will, but what You will.” Jesus was asking God if He was WILLING or INCLINED to find a different means to ransom the world as adopted children of God. 

God’s response to Jesus was a silent, “No.” Jesus had to face the cross and carry the sins of the world on His back. The death of HIS beloved SON was the means to a greater end.  The crucifixion was God’s plan and His purposes are always completed.  We may not understand how things work for good or why they must be, but through faith we grow to accept His plans and purpose as perfect and just.

It was God’s WILL or INTENTION to sacrifice His own Son so that all believers could live an eternal life through the blood of Jesus. Was this an easy or joyful decision for Jesus or Father God? No, but Jesus WILLINGLY became the sacrificial lamb and agreed to the WILL of God for He trusted His Father and knew His plan was perfect.

So now back to why God heals some and not others. There is most certainly a greater goal to be accomplished by the death. The loss of a loved one has been known to push an unbeliever into the arms of Christ. A death may be the only thing that gets someone’s attention.  Through sorrow we often examine our life and the condition of our own heart. 

Therefore, what the enemy means for evil, God can always turn into a greater good. God’s intentions, desires, and WILL are to have us draw near to Him.  If it takes a tragedy or even an early and unexpected death, we must accept the WILL of God.  Yes, we must trust that His intentions far outweigh that which we are INCLINED to pray for when we seek our God’s favor. 

We can find comfort in knowing that God is in control and He has a loving purpose or plan, a plan to prosper and not to harm us.  When tragedy strikes we can fail to see or understand the good in the situation.  Pain, loss, fear, and anger may be all we can feel and conceive.  Finding the future prosperity in tragic events will require soul searching, but God is not out to harm and destroy His beloved children.  This is when “walking by faith” must rescue us from the pit of despair set by the enemy.  He will always try to create hopelessness in difficult circumstances.  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God’s plans for all of His children include, “a plan with a hope and a future.”

Even if that future is with a sick loved one who faces an early death, we must by faith choose to recognize that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Ro. 8:28 NIV) Who knows how many souls will be won for Christ through the loss of the one you care for with such devotion?

Is your spiritual walk one where you accept the Will of God in your life with little or no question?  Are you WILLING to accept His plan for you and His purpose in those near you, no matter the cost?  Can you lay down your will and desires for His sake?  His purpose is always just.  God does not have to explain His plan to His creation.  Sometimes He will, but usually we are required to trust in His love for us and submit.  Walking by faith means we must trust in the purposes of God, even when we understand not why.

“They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’   He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled. ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ He said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch.’

Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. ‘Abba, Father,’ He said, ‘everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.’”                                 Matthew 26:32-36 (NIV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 (NIV)

What Is God’s Will In My Life?

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“I do not get to know God, then do His will; I get to know Him more deeply by doing His will.”       – Philip Yancey

Dear Reader,

How do you know what the will of God is for your life?  Take heart, He has given you the Holy Spirit as a Guide to help you figure this out.  It may seem a mystery to you now, but if you diligently seek His face and ask how He wants to use you, the answer will come.

Your ability to listen to God’s voice, while in prayer is key.  Patience is also required when you are waiting for God to reveal His desires and the direction He wants you to take. However, His silent moments are not a free pass to do nothing.  Your daily life can be a living testimony and there are always opportunities to serve in your church home.  If you are ill, you can still be a witness for Him by making phone calls and writing letters.  There are many who would appreciate a word of encouragement.

God wants to use the spiritual gifts He has given you to edify His people. There are several tests available that you can take for a minimal fee.  I have posted one link at the bottom of this article.  Before taking the test, ask your Pastor, family, and close friends what they think your gift (s) may be so that the Internet test serves as a confirmation for you.

Next, read the following passages in the Bible.  They list the gifts of the Spirit.                1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Romans 12:6-8, and Ephesians 4:11.

Now meditate on this quote from John Thomas.

“Think of your life as a football game. The first 20 years could be thought of as your warm-ups — you’re getting ready for the game. The second 20 years is the first half of play. During your 40’s you make a few halftime adjustments, so that your second half — 50 and beyond — is strong and powerful.  In each stage of the game, you’ve been given unique responsibilities, and you wrestle with unique challenges.” 

Why should you go to the bother of finding out His will for you?  Isn’t it enough for you to go to church and believe that Jesus is your Savior.  Well no, because that would be a lukewarm attitude. Revelations 3:15-16 tells us that God does not like a lukewarm Christian and will spit them each out of His mouth on judgment day.  We are saved by grace but again, a faith without works is dead. 

So you have the Holy Spirit to guide you, prayers laying at the feet of God, Jesus interceding on your behalf, the Bible naming spiritual gifts, tests you can take to give you an idea of your gifts, and family and friends to confirm things for you.

This is a start.  Take some encouragement in knowing that God will grant the desires of your heart.  In James we are told to ask for wisdom and He will grant it in abundance.  If you really desire to know how to serve God, this is a desire aligned with His will.  How could He not answer your question?  His answer will come in His time, but His answer will come.

The plans God has for you span your entire lifetime.  He prepares you for each and every work laid before you.  Consider each new opportunity to serve, each ministry, every trial and storm, all spiritual lesson learned as a step up your personal ladder to heaven.  May His will be your will and may your relationship with Christ deepen as you do that which He asks of you.

http://www.churchgrowth.org/cgi-cg/gifts.cgi?intro=1

http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/

Revelations 3:15-16 (NIV)     “I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Mark 3:35 (NIV)    “Whoever does God’s will is My brother and sister and mother.” 

Philippians 2:13 (NIV)     “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” 

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