Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Will of God (Part Two)

What is the most important prerequisite to knowing God’s will?
The most important prerequisite to knowing God’s will is to decide in advance to do it once we know it. This is necessary in order that we do not confuse our will with God’s will. Proverbs 14: 12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death."
In order to know God’s will, we must also learn to think His thoughts after Him through the memorization and meditation of Scripture. God says in Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways... As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
How do we know if we have a yielded heart? The Psalmist says in Psalm 138:8 that "The Lord will work out His plans in my life." In order for God to do this, we must learn to keep our heart yielded to Him. Here are three important characteristics of a yielded heart:
Thankfulness—is the only appropriate response to God’s grace. If we do not have a positive attitude engendered by the Holy Spirit, then we have a serious defect in our faith. As Christians, we have much for which to be thankful. For example…
• We can thank God that he sent Jesus into the world to die on the cross for our sins.
• We can thank God that he has given the Spirit to empower us for daily living.
• We can thank God that he has given us His Word, the Bible—wonderful words of life.
• We can thank God that he has given us the church—a loving extended spiritual family.
• We can thank God for our job, our home, husband, wife, children, friends, etc.
• We can thank God for every detail of our lives—for he is involved in every aspect of our lives.
Humility—Needless to say, an arrogant/rebellious heart is not a yielded heart. Humble people to not make the mistake of presuming that they already know the will of God. They are open to increased insight into their understanding of Scripture. They display a teachable spirit-open to the work of the Spirit in their lives. The humble know that God ultimately deserves the credit for any good that is accomplished.
Trust—Psalm 23 reminds us that even in the midst of danger, He can be trusted. Having a yielded heart means that we trust God, even in the midst of trial and trouble. We may not know the blue print but we can always trust the architect. James 1:2-8 reminds us that if we want to know God’s wisdom, we must not doubt. Proverbs 3:5-6 says that when we trust God with all our hearts and when we don’t rely on our own insights, He will direct our paths. According to Hebrews 11:6, Faith is the one indispensable ingredient in pleasing God.

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