People sometimes become very troubled and stressed out trying to live in the will of God. They feel like they fail, sometimes even when they are in the will of God. Mental hospitals house many people obsessed with trying to know the will of God. So some try to take on the indentity of being Napoleon, or George Washington.
FIRST, GO BACK TO WHAT YOU KNOW FOR SURE
If you are experiencing problems in any area, it is best to go back to the last thing that you know for sure. Most often, God won't give us more direction until we've completed what he's already told us. What's the last thing you feel God told you?
DON'T PUT NATURAL THINGS BEFORE THE SPIRITUAL
Another problem arrises when we try to put natural life events before spiritual truth. We are dominated by things in this world. We've all heard about 'the world, the flesh and the devil.' I John 2:15 says not to love the world or you cannot know the love of God. If our focus is on things in this world, it's hard to know or hear God.
We want to know God's will in the 'natural' events in our lives. Does God want me in secular work, or ministry? Does God want me in New York City -- or in Africa? Does God want me to go right or left at the next street? Should I get married? Should I get divorced? Which job should I take? Should I buy a Mercedes or a Chevy?
We get sidetracked by natural considerations.
God doesn't usually care if we live in New York City or Africa -- if we are in secular business or if we are missionaries. There may be some exceptions to this, with people given a special calling, but this is generally true.
God cares more about who we are, than he does what we do, or where we do it. He cares more about how we respond and react to life events than he cares about our ability to discern life events. Remember:
Paul (then known as Saul) was the most unlikely person to receive the revelation of the gospel, but God gave it to him (Gal 1:11-18, I Tim 1:11, Eph 3:2). He hated Jesus, and he was killing and jailing Christians. He wasn't trying to discern God's will. Instead he thought he had it all figured out in the natural. God showed him how wrong he was, and how much he must suffer for being so wrong.
GOD'S WILL IS LIVING IN HIS KINGDOM
I believe Jesus did more teaching about the Kingdom of God than anything else: "The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you." I think if we knew how close heaven was it would scare the pants off us. It's not out there in outer space somewhere. Granted, it is a totally different dimension, but it is very, very close.
If we live in 'the gospel of the Kingdom,' then we are giving God the desire of his heart, so that he can better give us the desires of our hearts (Psa 37:4). He cares a lot more about us believing the gospel revelation of his Kingdom than anything else.
GOD WANTS US LIVING IN HIS GOSPEL TRUTH
Hebrews 10:9 quotes Jesus: ''I come to do your will, O God." Then it says, 'he took away the first, that he may establish the second.' Jesus came to take away, or 'finish' an old, religious way of life, and to establish the gospel in its place.
As Paul says, Jesus came to make 'ALL things new' (II Cor 5:17).
He did this historically: he substituted the new, gospel ways of God for the Old ways. Paul says we should be ministers of the New Testament only (II Cor 3:6). He changed things from a life of RULES for a life of gospel RELATIONSHIP with God.
The gospel is the language of the New Testament. It's the Constitution of the Kingdom of God. The gospel is what reveals God's will in our hearts.
We must each personally and practically implement Hebrews 10:9 in our lives. We must forsake the old religious way of life, to live in the power of the GOSPEL. This is why Jesus says to repent of all other beliefs and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15).
This is the primary starting point for being in God's will: living life on the solid rock of the gospel! When we do, then God's will becomes very apparent to us (Col 1:9-10). Here, God is able to complete the good work he has begun in us (Phil 1:6).
If we are not living in gospel truth and reality, and if we are living with over half our mind focused on things of this temporary world we live in, then we can become very confused with regard God's will.
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Roger Himes, The Gospel Life Coach shows how the gospel is the power of God in us, enabling us to live life better by accident than we ever could on purpose. www.RogerHimesLawyerBusinessCoach.com. Find new coaching videos at: RogerHimesLifeCoach-GospelTranformation.com. Read tweets on Twitter: /TheGospelCoach
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