The Will of God

Part 19
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

          The second principal is choosing to view your circumstances through faith.  We begin to view the circumstances of life differently when we come to Christ in faith.  The Holy Spirit came into our heart to dwell and we are baptized into the body of Christ.  We put on the eye glasses of faith and we start the journey of life by faith.  “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7).  Once we become part of the family of faith we not only view life circumstances from the perspective of faith but our circumstances will become the building blocks to help us grow in faith. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 18
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

          There are two more principles I see in the Word of God that you need to understand when you are seeking the will of God through the circumstances of life.  One is the law of opposites.  We view the circumstances of life from the eyes of our heart.  It’s here our motives are formed, our desires take direction, and out of the heart the mouth speaketh.  The scripture says the decisions made in the heart will have a great bearing on how we look at the circumstances of life.  The law of opposites can be seen in scripture. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 22
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

         3.  The power of prayer.  Without prayer there is no finding the will of God.  We are cut off from our source of power.  One of our problems in understanding prayer is that we look at it like a light switch.  We turn it on and we expect results and when we don’t get results we get frustrated.  We give God our grocery list of requests and expect to have them filled within our time schedule.

          There are times when God gives us immediate answers to prayer like Nehemiah when he was before the king and he asked God what he should say when the king asked him what he wanted and God gave an immediate response.  But usually when we pray for something and there is no response in the time we feel we should get an answer we feel there is no power in prayer.  That is not true.  We must remember there is always power in prayer.  God is always listening and he will respond when he is ready and how he wants to respond to our prayers. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 17
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

          I get frustrated when I can’t see God’s will plainly but when I see it I usually know it because it scares me and will require a leap of faith.  I feel like I am jumping off a 40 foot bridge and I am hoping the Lord puts his bucket in the right place when I get to the bottom and he always does.  It’s trying to discern whether the circumstances presented are from God.  You see we don’t think like God and we have to put our will in neutral so he can show us his will.  The reason this appears illogical is because God’s logic in not always our logic.  God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 16
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

            The next area is good circumstances.  Are they for you at this time and are they a part of the process of God’s will for your life or will they distract you or delay you on your way?  What if you are a pastor or you desire to serve in some way in the ministry and you have five good ministries that want you to serve with them?  Maybe some are churches, colleges, or mission ministries.  How do you decide?  They are all good but which one is for you?  You may say, “I would be happy with any!”  My question is how do you decide?  Which college is for you, which church, which field should you chose if out of nowhere these circumstances present themselves?  A pastor friend of mine wanted to get his masters degree.  He continued working at his church and he had the privilege of choosing between three or four good schools which were all good circumstances. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 15
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

            C – Circumstances.  God uses the circumstances of life to reveal his will to you, to guide you in his will, and even encourage you in the process of doing his will.  You meet someone on the street, the phone rings, a circumstance of great blessing or tragedy opens the door or sets the stage for a phase of God’s will in your life.

            The circumstance must always fall under the guidelines of the word of God.  There is an important reason for this.  Our sinful will can read into circumstances so we can conform God’s will to our desires.  We can sometimes use what we call putting out the fleece.  A boy in college wanted God’s blessing on marrying a certain girl.  He said to his roommate, “The next person that calls I am going to marry.”  He was waiting on his girlfriend to call.  The only problem with that was that the next call was the pizza delivery guy calling on a pizza delivery.  That was a true story.  I guess we can scratch that circumstance.  It is easy for us to manipulate circumstances and read into them.  The circumstances must align with the word of God and its principles.  It must be God behind the circumstance.  God will confirm the circumstance by his word and his Spirit.  The reason is Satan will make circumstances look really inviting and have them appear.  They come from God but when you try the spirits and test the fruit of the circumstance against the word of God, you will see the difference.  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Matthew 7:16a Ye shall know them by their fruits (I John 4:1). [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 14
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

            W3 – Wait on God.  We hate to wait.  I hate to wait whether it is in a line or on the phone or a resolution to a problem.  I am a list man.  Put it on a list, get it done, check it off, and on to the next.  God does not always work that way.  It seems simple but I had to learn to “wait on God.”  His timing is not often the same as mine and his rhythms in life are not the same either.  He does not have the responsibility to pick up our rhythm.  We have the responsibility to pick up his.  There are times he wants us to act quickly, and we better, but other times God just wants us to wait on him.

            How long shall we wait?  We should wait as long as it takes.  It is wrong for us to act before God gives us his direction.  Like Ahimaaz running with no message in II Samuel 18:19, 20 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies.  And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day:  but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king’s son is dead.  Or like Saul sacrificing when he was told to wait.  There are many applications in the story of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-12) which five were foolish and did not bring enough oil.  You must admit they did not count the cost and ran short and could not wait for the bridegroom.  They were not where God wanted them to be, waiting for the bridegroom.

            If we want the will of God, we must be willing to wait on God.  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).  Do not confuse activity as doing the will of God, even worthy activity.  It is his will in our activity that makes our activity of a heavenly benefit as well as our benefit.  Otherwise we are rearranging the furniture on the Titanic.  We can build great ministries and do great things but it is all nothing without God’s decree and blessing.  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh.  If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:  Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ (Philippians 3:4-8).

            Some people learn the art of meditation.  I suggest we learn the art of waiting.  Why is that so important?  Because we are soldiers and he is our commander.  A good soldier waits for orders and never acts outside the plans of the commander.  The job of the commander is to see the whole picture, draw up the plan for battle, and dispatch his soldiers as he sees fit and when he sees fit.  When we were to invade France on D-Day, the allied forces did not know when D-Day was to be.  They had to wait for Eisenhower to give the command.  Waiting was hard!  When that time came, everyone was dispatched to do what they had been trained to do.  Everyone was doing their small part to make the greatest invasion of that time successful.  We also have to wait as long as it takes until God dispatches us to do his tasks.  Why does he make us wait?

  1. We are not ready for the task.  We need more preparation.  When God wants us to do something, he prepares us for the task.  He has the power to prepare instantaneously like Bezaleel.  See I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship (Exodus 31:2, 3).  But he normally has a more detailed process as well as a varying length of time to accomplish this.  Moses saw many years in the desert before his Egypt project.  God seems to like the desert for some reason.  We may feel like we are out in a desert and forgotten.  But when we are ready, he will come and get us like he did with Moses in the desert and Joseph in prison.
  2. He is not ready for us to do the task.  He is having you wait for his timing and we feel equipped and ready to go but we have not received the green light yet.  This is when we can get really frustrated and have a tendency to jump the gun.  This happens more than you know in people seeking God’s will.  Timing is everything with God.  What if God was ready after all those years to start his big plan with Pharaoh’s dream and the seven fat years and seven lean years and they went to get Joseph and realized he had broken out of prison because he was tired of waiting?  He was right where God put him, innocent as he was.  When he needed him he was where he put him, in prison “waiting on God.”  It is hard to wait but if you are where God wants you to be physically, spiritually, and morally when he does come, and he will, you will be useable.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use and prepared unto every good work (II Timothy 2:21).
  3. He wants to see how long we will wait.  It is all about trust and obedience.  Waiting on God until he is ready to move, glorifies God because it shows you trust his plan, his timing, his word, and he has all power to accomplish his will.  You are the privileged vessel he has chosen to accomplish his will.  Like when David in II Samuel 5:23, 24 was to go over against the mulberry trees and wait for the sound of the wind in the top of the trees, or when Saul in I Samuel 13:8 was to wait for Samuel at Gilgal for Samuel to sacrifice.  He did not wait and lost his kingdom being established forever.  Like Paul in Acts 16:6 wanted to go to Asia but the spirit forbid him.  He waited only to get the Macedonia call in verse 9.  There are many more but it illustrates that God at times wants us to wait just to see if we are willing to trust him.  He does not want us to do anything but wait.  In Exodus 14:13 at the Red Sea, God did not want Israel to do anything but stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.  The question is when will we know when the waiting is over?  God will use some circumstance, through prayer and his Spirit to let you know.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16).  I promise you that when the time of waiting is over, God will let you know and confirm it.  Wait on the Lord!

To be continued ………………..

The Will of God

Part 13
By Pastor Dave

W3CP2 = The Will of God

            W2 – The second W is will in neutral.  George Mueller believed that most people will miss the will of God because “their will is not in neutral.”  The pre-supposition to do what we want can affect how we approach the word of God, our desire to invoke our will on him and say it is his, how long we wait for God, how we look at the circumstances of life, or how we pray.  We have a very strong will to do what we want even when we are little.  Our will must be broken in salvation and in our daily spiritual walk.  Luke Jones, a friend of mine, made a profound statement that has stayed with me many years.  He said, “You can always tell if your will is in neutral when you do not get what you want.”  If we respond poorly then it tells us our will is not in neutral.  To be in neutral means you can go or stay, buy or not buy, stay the course or change directions.  When we put our will in neutral we are better clay in the potter’s hand.  It shows we trust when we do not know what is ahead.  The ability to flow with the circumstances of life when it throws you curve balls is a great character quality.  In the days of the Gold Rush not a lot of miners got rich in the gold fields but the guys that sold the picks and supplies to the hopeful miners did.  They were what you would call opportunists and learned to go with the flow.  They could read the signs of the times and take advantage of it. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 12
By Pastor Dave

          The formula for finding the will of God is W3CP2.  I have used this to help me find the will of God for most of my 41 years as a Christian.  I have never made a wrong career move in those years and it has helped me find the specific will of God in all the areas that I listed.  I told you I learned it from George Mueller in his book 25,000 Recorded Answers to Prayer.  In the back of the book there is a section on finding the will of God for your life.  I learned it and tweaked it to be useful to me.  I put it in this formula so I would not forget it.  I used it and taught it to others and now I give it to you.  It is made up of principles based on scripture to guide you in this process and I believe it is a process.  The principles do not have to be used in order.  They are there to guide you in different stages of the process but they may not fall in order but they are all true.  Each one will serve its purpose in guiding you.  I challenge you to take your hands off your life and let God guide your life through these principles like he has done with George Mueller and me and hopefully you.  Please do not take them lightly for they are scriptural and in essence very simple.  Using them when needed and even randomly but collectively will bring the guidance you need in your life to find God’s will. [Read more…]

The Will of God

Part 11
By Pastor Dave

The Permissive Will of God (con’t.)

            When God says no to something we want, like a job, a certain college, a certain potential mate, a larger pastorate, an opportunity in the lime light, or a deal that would bring us a lot of money, it may be for our good and his glory!  Romans 8:28 says the only conductor for everything to work together for good for us is that we “love God”.  Our selfish desires and wants are not listed in that verse.  The worst thing we could ask for as Christians secretly or openly is our will.  It must be his will alone lest he gives us his permissive will and he allows us to stray and get lost in our will.  Do not call it his will when it is really ours.  This is an area we can become blinded to in our lives and end up with God’s permissive will instead of his perfect will. [Read more…]