march 15th - The Will of God
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thess 5:16-22 (NKJV)
Many Believers spend time and effort seeking to "find" the will of God, not realizing that the will of God is more of something that you "live" as opposed to something you "find." Think about it this way; we are all living in the moment, and in each moment we are either walking in the purposes of God or not. The Apostle Paul gives us a short list of imperatives that describe the way we are called to "live out" God's will. It is God's will that we be people who rejoice, pray, are open to the moving and direction of God's Spirit without being gullible, that we practice and promote things that are good, and finally, that we abstain from all evil activities. "This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!"
I am aware that this list almost seems too obvious, and maybe even mundane. It seems to lack the mystery of the deep things of God that many Believers are seeking to find. This is where many Believers disconnect from the necessary spiritual progression as ordained by God. When we build upon God's recommended spiritual foundation--make no mistake--this foundation is crucial to healthy spiritual formation, and will lead us into an ocean of spiritual possibilities. In other words--the spiritual foundation must be laid before the rest of the structure is constructed.
Please note: In the 37th Psalm, King David gave us a very simple formula for walking in the will of God. He said, "The steps of a good man are ordered by God." The Apostle Paul's list is more detailed, and gives us specific instructions to follow.
Here is Paul's list concerning "walking" in the will of God:
Author's Note: I am convinced that God loves me more than I love myself. He has a better plan for me than I have for myself. He has already prepared works for me to accomplish, people's lives He wants me to touch, and an ultimate destination that He is preparing. What is left for me to figure out? How to live in the moment and make each moment count in bringing glory to God. RJD