God’s will

Finding God’s will for your life is essential, but it’s just the beginning. Once you start moving in God’s direction, you have a big target painted on your back. Satan will do everything he can to stop you. If you don’t bump into the devil, it’s because you both are headed in the same direction.

You’re going to have all kinds of problems trying to follow God’s will. You can definitely learn from hard knocks. I certainly have. But I don’t recommend it. There is a better way. You can learn from somebody else’s hard knocks.

This is exactly what the Scripture has to say:

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. [7] Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. [8] Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. [9] Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. [10] Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. [11] Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1 Corinthians 10:6-11

This is very clear that the reason all these things are listed is so that you don’t have to learn everything the hard way. See the way that God dealt with these people and their actions, and learn from their example.

I’ve made my share of mistakes as I’ve followed the Lord, but I’ve also avoided many of them through taking instruction from the Scripture. I want to share with you from the life of Moses some of the things God showed me. If you can receive this—if you can read it not only as a Bible story but take the lessons you see in Moses’ life and then apply them directly to your life—it will be a tremendous benefit. I can promise you that this lesson from Moses’ life is relevant to every single person.

Exodus 2:11-15 says,

And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. [12] And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. [13] And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? [14] And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known. [15] Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

If you only took this passage of Scripture, then you could read into it and suppose some of the things that Cecil B. DeMille depicted in The Ten Commandments. For instance, in the movie, Moses did not know he was Hebrew. So, when he went out and killed this Egyptian, he did it just because he was a nice guy who took up for the underdog. But if you have an overview of the entire Word of God, you’ll discover that’s not how it happened.

In Acts 7:23, Stephen, speaking of Moses, said,

And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

In other words, he knew he was Jewish. God had started this whole thing by laying it on Moses’ heart to go “visit his brethren the children of Israel.”

Acts 7:24-25 reads,

And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: [25] For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

This totally changes everything! This means that when Moses killed this Egyptian, it wasn’t something that just happened. Moses knew God’s will for his life. He knew that God had called him to bring deliverance to the Jews. When he killed this Egyptian, he was actually trying to bring God’s will to pass. He expected the Jews to rally behind him. His purpose was to lead them out of captivity and into the Promised Land. But he totally missed God’s plan. It was an utter failure!

The significance of this to you and me is tremendous! And here’s one of the first points I want to get across. I just pray that God will open up your heart and help you receive this: Knowing God’s will for your life is a very small part of you following and fulfilling that will.

That comes as a total shock to most people. Most people think, God, just show me what You want me to do, and praise God, I can take care of it from here. But, actually, the Scripture teaches a much different attitude. Once you know God’s will for your life, the next step—and maybe even a more important step—is finding out how to follow and fulfill His will.

In our society today, a lot people believe that the end justifies the means. As long as they get from here to there, it doesn’t matter how they do it. That kind of logic has led to people making compromises. They’ll do all kinds of things—operate in dishonesty, stab other people in the back, and do just about anything—as long as they feel they’re fulfilling God’s will. Moses actually killed this Egyptian, thinking that murder would produce God’s will. That’s how far off base we can get when we lean to our own understanding (Prov. 3:5).

People often take a word from God, make a paragraph out of it, and are out there in self-will. Or, like Moses, they take the word and try to make it happen without asking God about the timing. I see this all the time. There is a right way and a wrong way to accomplish things. There is God’s way, and there is a selfish way.

It’s not enough just to know that God has called you and that He has put an anointing on your life; you need to develop the character and the maturity to accurately represent Him. How you get from never having ministered for the Lord to fulfilling that call is every bit as important as recognizing the call on your life. One of the reasons we have a Bible college and go to the effort that we do is because of this very thing. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12). Preparation time is never wasted time.

I hope you’re really getting this. For you to know what God wants you to do is wonderful, and that’s powerful. It’s a great privilege to have God reveal His will to you. I’m not diminishing that. But that is just the beginning step. That’s like opening the door. You have not arrived. You are not complete. It is every bit as important to understand how to follow His will for your life as it is to know what His will is.Moses also missed God’s timing. That cost him forty years in the wilderness and the children of Israel thirty years’ extra bondage. That’s not what anyone wants.

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I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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