Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21).
Just exactly what is God’s will? Does his will means going to church, fasting and praying? Is it referring to receiving blessings from God when we do what he tells us? Or, maybe it’s focusing on our conduct, our behavior and our actions towards the things we face in life.
Everyday we are faced with situations and circumstances that gives opportunity for the flesh to rise. Sometimes it may be small things that seems like it’s not really that big of a deal, such as sitting around with friends joking about things we shouldn’t be discussing. It’s just innocent fun, right? What about the loved one that betrayed you, broke your heart and it seems like they could care less that they hurt you. What is God’s will concerning this? No, not the situation that happened to you. What is his will concerning YOU? How does he expect you to act? What does expect you to do? What does he want from you?
To find the answers to these questions we need to read the scriptures, but more importantly we need to hear what the scriptures are saying. A connection with God’s word and our spirit needs to be made so that in every situation or circumstance we will know how God expects us to conduct ourselves. The bible tells us that we are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hid (Matthew 5:14). So lets take a quick look at His will pertaining to certain situations we all face sooner or later.
What is his will when something or someone angers you? Psalms 37:8 tells us: Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any way to do evil. In other words the bible is telling us we are not to retaliate back because it will only lead to us doing something evil. As painful or hard as it may be, it is better to walk away or leave the matter alone and trust God to handle it. Proverbs 14:17 tells us, He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. Now, at that particular moment you probably could care less about how you’re making yourself look. However, once things calm over and you look back at the way you just acted you’re going to think to yourself “I acted just like a fool”. You represent Jesus. It’s better to let it go and let God handle it. God’s word says: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord (Romans 12:19). God understands the hurt, pain, anger and everything else that you may be filling but his will concerning these things is to let it go and trust God to handle it.
What is his will when you have been embarrassed? Painful embarrassment is usually brought on by public exposure of your past, your mistakes or your weaknessess. Everyone now knows what you did or what happened to you. So what do you do? Are you going to go hide, retreat, run or maybe just fade away into the background and hope it will all just disappear? If you allow it, the feeling of embarrassment will imprison you and stop from going forward with the work of God. The Devil will try to torment you by reminding you of the things that happened. He will show you the images of people faces laughing and talking about you. He will paint a picture in your mind so clearly that it will almost appear to be true. If we choose to believe the lie that people will no longer like us, or love us, or accept us if they know the truth about what happened, we are saying that God is not capable of handling situation. So What is God’s will concerning this? Isaiah 41:10 tells us:Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. His word says to fear not. Don’t worry about who may bring up your past, or what they may be saying, because God is saying “I’m right here to help you”.
What is his will when you feel like you are not smart enough, pretty enough or good enough? Within the body of Christ we find that there are many Christians who suffer from low self-esteem. When these inadaquate feelings come we must challenge them by lining them up with the word of God. Ask yourself is this what the word of God say about me? Because, what it comes down to is this, we either choose to believe what his word say or we choose to believe what the Devil says. With our mouthes we say we trust him but when we talk self doubt or self defeat we are really saying his word concerning us is not true. If what we are feeling or thinking about ourselves, does not line up with the word of God it is a lie and the only way to combat these negative thoughts is by stepping out in faith and standing on the word of God. We have to say what God word says and we have to do what his word says we can do. We can not move forward in God the way we should, when we are in the trap of looking at all of our flaws. If we allow this we will spend more time focusing on our inadequacies than on God. So what is God’s will concerning these feeling? Hebrews 12:1 tells us, Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Let’s not let our body size, our facial features, our speech, our intelligence, our popularity or anything else to become a weight in this spiritual race.
There are many things that we could discuss that separates us from flowing in the work of God. When God returns we want to be ready. We want to be able to confidently stand before him, knowing we were obedient to his word. The apostle Paul was confident of his works. In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 he states I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Yes, going to church, reading our bible and praying are all things that are very much needed, infact they all are imperative in our spiritual walk. However, through out the bible God is giving us his will concerning how we are to conduct or handle ourselves as well. In Matthew 7:22 the bible tells us: Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ God will tell these people “I never knew you: Depart from me ye that work iniquity” What can we take from this, we can not live in opposition to God’s word and expect to make it into his kingdom. If we allow low-self esteem, embarrassment or anger to hinder us in moving forward with doing the things God’s will, it becomes sin in our lives. Nothing should hinder our walk with God. Now that is not to say we won’t mess up or even that these feelings shouldn’t come on us. They will come to each of us, but we have to make up our minds that we will not let it stop us. We have to step out in faith even if it feels like we do not know what we are doing. God will honor your faithfulness. He will reward you because you choose to trust him. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him, (Hebrews 11:6).
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