HIS WILL OR WON’T YOU?


MICAH 6:8 [THE LORD HAS TOLD YOU WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT HE WANTS FROM YOU. HE WANTS YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO ACT FAIRLY TOWARDS PEOPLE, LOVE OTHERS, AND WALK IN HUMBLE OBEDIENCE TO YOUR GOD]

Look, God wants you to do His will. It’s all up to you. So that’s where I got my question “His will or won’t you”. It’s really simple and kind of scary at the same time. We’ve already gone over the fact that God’s commands are not hard. It’s the fact that we have evil, flesh, or sin nature, in us. Whichever you would like to call it is up to you. I’ve already proved from the Bible that all three are put to the test and we all fit the criteria so we won’t go back there. But, one might ask, “what is God’s will?”. Well, number one, if you have to ask that you might need to read God’s Word a little more. Every good thing that comes out of God’s mouth is His will and He even explains it to us so it’s not a mystery.

There are many examples of God telling us what He wants from us. Up top you see Micah 6:8 where the Word pretty much says that God has already told us what He wants from us. And you know what, we know it ok. We know what’s good and what’s not. We know when we are being unfair jerks to someone. We know when we are not lowering (humbling) ourselves to God’s ways. But there is a lot more to God’s will. It’s not just commands and being a good person to those around us. It’s about doing what God desires. You see God may not want you to just go give out food to people on the street. He might want you to help the person you feed to find a job. God might not want you to just help someone pay their bill. He might want you to show them how to manage their money. It’s like the leading a horse to water illustration. You can’t make the horse drink. But if you just give the horse water everyday over and over again and one day you die without showing the horse where the water is then you kind of let the horse down. Now if you show the horse the water and they don’t go there then that’s their fault ok.

One thing in God’s will (and the biggest thing mind you) is that God does not want anyone to die and go to hell (2 Peter 3:9). He wants people to turn to Him and live. The number one thing we should minister to people is that God wants to have a relationship with them through His Son Jesus Christ. Without Jesus people can’t really do anything (John 15:5b). We can feed people. And clothe people. And even give them a place to live. But they are only the means to an end. The point is to quench their spiritual hunger. You know some children don’t like to eat vegetables even though they are good for them. Some kids on the other hand love them like I myself did when I was a kid. But the point is that even though they don’t like them, that doesn’t mean they aren’t good for them. Same thing goes with those we help physically. We really need to be helping them spiritually whether they think they need it or not. If they reject it it’s not our fault. And it is our job as Christians to let those we meet know that indeed they need Jesus Christ in their life. Most people won’t like to hear that. People talk about if we just tell those around us about Jesus they will want Him. That’s not entirely true. Jesus said that His path is narrow and very few people go that way but many people will go to be destroyed (Matthew 7:13). That’s just the way it is. Jesus (who is God) walked this earth for 33 years and had only about twenty people who were really committed to Him. I mean that’s tough. And He is God. But, then we look at events like the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon those gathered in the upper room (Acts 2). That day Peter went out and gave a sermon and 3000 people were baptized and added to the number. Now this may or may not mean that 3000 got saved. I’m sure there are many church members that are baptized and added to the directory but not to the kingdom of heaven. But we should never give up telling people about their real needs. Now to someone like myself, before I knew Christ, we have to be sensitive to the fact that unbelievers don’t understand or most often don’t care about the things of God. That’s why we just start with simple things. If a person is hungry we can say things like [well I’ve never seen those right with God forsaken or beg for bread] Psalm 37:25. That’s what Gods Word says and if we believe it and put it to use in our lives and explain that they can be righteous through Christ then we may lead them to Christ. There is an answer for every problem in the Bible. And they can be springboards to leading people to Christ. If they don’t accept Christ then at least we did our part. When our aim is to get people saved then we will be doing God’s will. Jesus told us (not asked) to “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15 KJV. That’s pretty straight up right there. And furthermore it is even more that Jesus was saying what His followers will inherently do because of the Spirit in them.

What else does God’s will look like. Well obviously we need to recognize God’s law as doing His will. I mean He didn’t give us His commands only to show us how bad we are. He actually would like us to do them as well. They are all good and when we live a consistent (not perfect) life of doing God’s law then we are pleasing to Him. Jesus said of those who do God’s will that those are His mothers, brothers, and sisters (Mark 3:35). He also said that those who keep His commands are those who love Him (John 14:21). If you want to see Jesus show up in your life then you must do the will of God. Jesus said in this same passage that [whoever loves Me (Jesus) will be loved of the Father and I (Jesus) will love them and will show myself to them]. So there you go, it’s that easy. If you want to see Jesus do awesome things in your life you must do the right thing. And if we love Jesus then we love God and do the right thing. It just happens. And if we do these things then we will see remarkable things begin to happen in our lives. Now I’m not saying you’ll see new cars, big houses, fine china, and all the other worldly things we humans want. But, I can say you’ll know peace, you will be fed, you will be clothed,, and you will have shelter and so many things that the Word of God promises to those who love and serve Him by doing His will.

Maybe one thing that is not so obvious but then again should make sense is the fact that it is God’s will that we speak to Him. In other words that we pray. There are many aspects and ways of prayer. There are also many applications to prayer. But just like any relationship there has to be communication. I’m not talking about the impersonal prayers of some religions where people talk to God in the language and words of other people. That’s just weird. I mean c’mon God made us unique ok. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Can you imagine somebody making something so awesome and then just conforming it to everything else? No. Your prayer to God is as unique as you are.

**Consider revising**Like I said there are many aspects and ways of prayer. There is a corporate prayer that is not bad. I mean devout Jews who served the Lord prayed with the whole congregation. But, Jesus did say to go to your “closet”, as it were, and, “pray to thy Father which is in secret” (Matthew 6:6 KJV). Now if you really want to examine this statement you’ll have to look also at the statement before this in Matthew 6:4. It says there to do your alms (give to the needy) in secret. Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does. Now it is good to pray in private of course. But it doesn’t mean, and Jesus wasn’t saying, that corporate prayer is bad. Jesus prayed in front of people. Jesus’ teaching here was more about the fact of doing prayer and alms to God, not to be seen or heard like the hypocrites. Was Jesus a hypocrite? Not at all. As God, that would be impossible. So now that we got that cleared up let’s move to the next point about prayer.

Prayer is talking to God point blank. If you don’t do it you are missing out. Go ahead and marry someone but then hardly ever talk to them. That’s a fake marriage in my book. Unfortunately for some spouses that happens. Even worse that happens between God and “christians”. And it’s not how long or how good or what times you do it. It’s doing it. If you told your spouse you would talk to them on some set schedule for a certain amount of time that wouldn’t show love. But, lo and behold, that would be religion. Talking to God every day is good and should be done to live a victorious life in this fallen world. The reason isn’t to pray God will do everything you want Him to. But, in fact, prayer is actually us telling God we acknowledge Him and desire to know His will. Even more so it should really be about us asking God to show us what it is He wants us to do for Him . And, even beyond that, because we really can’t do anything for God by our own strength, it’s asking what Christ wants to do through us by His power. God can do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). Exceedingly abundantly might be one of those statements that I don’t think I can explain to a person but I know what it means. If I wanted to pretend I might know I would say that God can do so much more above and beyond anything we could even think to say or imagine and then He can still do better than that.

One of the best ways, I believe, to begin prayer is with praise and glory to God in thanksgiving and just letting Him know how awesome you think He is or rather know He is. Not that we are telling Him something He doesn’t know, but just to agree with Him in His awesomeness. Proverbs 1:7 says [ Great respect of the Lord is where knowledge begins, but fools disregard wisdom and instruction]. This is where we begin to receive what God has to tell us. Without putting Him first we end up putting Him somewhere else on the totem pole of our prayer life. When Jesus modeled a prayer for His disciples He started by saying [ Our Father which is in heaven, let your name be held as holy and sanctified (Hallowed in KJV)] Matthew 6:9. Jesus also starts with something kind of interesting. He says “Our Father”. So this is not just about Jesus or just about us. It’s also about others. If we look at Daniel 9:4-19 we will see Daniel praying for others as well as himself. And when he gets done in verse 20 amazing stuff starts happening. Read it for yourself because that’s not our point at this moment. Sorry for that. So many of the Psalms are really just prayers. And so many of them start out in praise to God. That’s where prayer, in my book (yes the one you are reading), should always start.

Second on the totem pole, I believe, is to invoke God. Let Him know you want Him to come into your presence or vice versa. I mean God is everywhere so who’s getting into whose presence? Anywho let Him know you are ready for His advice. “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally (generously) and upbraideth not (doesnt do the I told you so thing or look down on us like we do to each other)” (James 1:5 KJV). I believe that we should all keep short accounts with God and since we are so easily led to sin regardless of how “strong in the Lord” we are, we should confess sin to God somewhere during the first two steps on the pole. Because I’m including this in my “His Will or Won’t You” section, this is a good place to add “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done”. Regardless of what it is we want, we need most of all to desire God’s will in all things. If we truly desire His will then we will always see the right outcome to our prayers. I mean Jesus asked God to take the punishment away from Him that He was about to endure on the cross (Luke 22:42). It’s not wrong to ask God to ease us from pain seeing that even the Master asked for it. But, it’s better to say like Jesus [ do Your will though God, not my will]. Now that may seem kind of weird because Jesus is God. But see when God the Son became the man Jesus He laid aside some things. (Read Philippians 2:6-8 for info on this). We choose to do the things we do knowing whether they’re right or wrong. Jesus, being God, knew what the right choice was. One might say “well if someone has a gun to my head telling me to do something I have no choice but to do what they tell me to do”. Not true. You could choose death. Or at least fight back. There is always a choice. Jesus chose to do God’s will as a man. We have the free will to choose God’s will. Sometimes it’s not what we want to hear. The apostle Paul asked God three times to take something away from him and the Lord said [my grace is all you need] 2 Corinthians 12:9. I mean that sounds messed up kind of. God doesn’t answer our prayers with ouranswers. If He did why would we need to go to Him. There would be no reason for it.

There is something that God promises however. His Word says that, [if we ask for anything that is His will He hears us and if we know He hears us then we know that He will do what we ask]1John 5:14,15. You might be saying ” but I don’t really know what God’s will is for a specific issue”. That’s ok because God gave us His Holy Spirit which, being God, knows His will. [The Holy Spirit prays for us in “groanings” that we can’t even put into words] Romans 8:26. In verse 27 it goes on to say that God knows what the Spirit is saying. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you are saying. God does. And really that’s all that ever matters. He won’t just string us along like stupid animals. But sometimes we don’t need to know exactly what God is going to do in a situation. If we did know we would more than likely mess it up or try to get out of it like Jonah or something.

Now if you don’t seem to see a result to a certain prayer it’s not bad to keep asking God about it. I mean don’t base your whole life on one request but don’t give up too soon either just because things don’t happen immediately. Matt 7:7-11 tells us to keep asking and God will give it. It might not be what you wanted, but I can assure you it will be what you need. See God gives “good gifts” (Matt 7:11), “good and perfect” even (James 1:17). Luke 18 tells a story of a widow who wanted an unjust judge to avenge her. The unjust judge finally gave in to her because he was sick of hearing her voice. But God loves us so how much more will He help us in time of need. Our prayer life and dependence and trust in all God’s decisions might be the thing that brings someone to faith in Jesus Christ. What do we know? We really don’t know much (1 Corinthians 8:2). I don’t really know much I’m just writing what God has given me to share with other brothers and sisters who may be going through situations such as I have. And hopefully many that are lost will also receive this as well.

Now, after we acknowledge God’s awesomeness, confess our sins and ask for His will and His “kingdom come”, we can go to Him with our needs. Ok, it’s all about needs. Now I don’t think we should stick here too long because we should already know, and I know we’ve gone over the fact, that God will provide for our needs. But, just because we know that all our needs are provided for doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go to God to acknowledge His provision with thanksgiving and at the same time asking Him to provide for our needs in the future as well. Jesus, in his model prayer, said, ” Give us this day our daily bread”. Now, without making that statement seem to have a deeper meaning, Jesus was just saying supply our needs. I don’t believe that there is any reason to make it any more difficult than that but believe me I’ve heard it explained to death to where you don’t even know what you are talking about any more. In Proverbs 30:8 the writer there simply says (in my words) [just give me exactly what I need. Nothing more nothing less]. It’s funny because if you don’t go to God for what you need and try to attain it all on your own (now note here I said “what you need”), then you can’t and don’t have any authority to take up a complaint against Him if your needs aren’t being met. The Psalmist said [I’ve never seen those right with God forsaken nor have I seen His children begging for food] Psalm 37:25. And I know I’ve already said that but I wanted to point it out again. The reason is because it’s true. But, if instead of praying to God for your needs to be met, you go out and get a second job, then, well, you might not believe it. Jesus said that we shouldn’t worry about what we will eat or drink or wear (Matthew 6:31-34). In other words don’t worry about your needs. When you get the second job you’re doing the worrying. When you go to God and just do His will for your life and put your needs in His hands you’ll see that He will indeed take care of you. Put God first and He’ll take care of the rest (Matthew 6:33).

Now I’m not going through the “Lords Prayer” as some might call it. But if I was this is the point where next Jesus says “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”. Now all I got to say about that is that it’s a two way street. There are a lot of unforgiving “christians” out in the world and it has to stop. We need to forgive each other. We even need to forgive unbelievers. I was talking to my wife earlier and we were talking about how I can’t just tell people what they need to do. Well I want to follow Jesus and Jesus said that we can’t expect to see God’s forgiveness if we aren’t willing to show some forgiveness. Who are we to not forgive. Nobody has done “imperfect us”, the wrong that we’ve done to our perfect God. Not trying to lay a guilt trip on anyone here but at least we don’t have to die to forgive people. Jesus did. God had to become man and become sin for us so that we could become His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). That’s so magnificent that I can’t not forgive people now. Look I didn’t have the best childhood and I take a lot of the blame, but I wasn’t raised by the best parents. But, the truth is that I’m not them. I’m bought by the blood of Jesus. God forgave me while I was being a #@*&% to Him. So you know what, I forgive my parents for not having it all together and for making bad choices and not really being the parents that I would consider supportive and loving. I might even be wrong and it might be me. Either way the point is that we as believers in Christ must forgive others or we will block out the forgiveness God wants to show us. Now I’m not saying you aren’t saved if you don’t forgive people. I’m not one of those people who think that if you got a problem with something, whether it’s bold faced sin or just missing some points, that you’ve lost your salvation or some weird junk. Now if that problem causes you to doubt God and it just takes over your life then you might want to consider how sure you are about your salvation. You’ll come to one conclusion or another. Either you’ll come to find “yeah I’m saved” or “whoa I’m not really saved”. I know this because I’ve gone through it. There’s a song that talks about all these doubts and questions that this guy has about God but the punch line is so awesome. It says plainly “The one thing I don’t question is You (God)”. It’s ok to have questions about God and the bible and doctrine and even forgiveness issues. But it all should come down to God is who He is, the Bible is His Word and they are both true. If the Word says Jesus is God then He is God (John 10:30). If Jesus says He is the only way to get to the Father then I’m there (John 14:6). If we don’t believe that Jesus is God and trust in His death and His resurrection for eternal life, then unfortunately we are not going to see the Father because we don’t believe what He told us. If someone tells you to meet them somewhere at 5 and you show up at 8 without telling them you’re going to be late then chances are they won’t be there. I hope you get that point.

So here Jesus tells us to ask God to forgive us as we forgive others. This isn’t like the confession of sin that I talked about earlier. This is much deeper than that. This is pretty much a contract here. If someone steals from me and I can’t forgive them, I’d better watch out. Cause what happens when I do someone wrong and God just kind of doesn’t forgive me. Not only that, I think God does hold some things over our head until we get it. If we fail and come to God or go get right with someone or even just sincerely get it right in God’s eyes, then its gone from over our head. In a sense it’s not even God who holds stuff over our head but it’s us who holds stuff over our own head because of our disobedience to God’s Word. If this is an area of struggle in your life it is so easy to get out of. Just think of it, Jesus died for your forgiveness. The only thing you might lose is your pride. Ouch! I felt that myself. That’s what always hurts the most. A lot of times we don’t want to forgive people because we think that it makes us look like a punk. “Well they need to come to me and apologize”. “I didn’t do anything wrong”. “Why should I go apologize to them”. The answer to that is easy. You are a witness for the One who forgave you all the wrongs you did. Jesus left more glory in heaven then we will ever know in our whole life. Jesus said [if you go to offer a gift to God at the altar and remember you got some problems with another person you need to leave your gift at the altar, go to that person first and resolve that matter, and then come back and make that offering] (Matthew 5:23,24). We are told to offer up our lives as living sacrifices to God in Romans 12:1. How can we do that if we’re holding grudges against people especially if it is against our brother or sister. Even if you’re praying and think of someone to forgive or resolve something with then I’d stop right there and call them or something at least forgive them in your heart. But, don’t rub forgiveness in the person’s face like you’re somebody special or better than them. Jesus never did that to us so don’t do it to others. And I’m not scared to say you need to do this to have a victorious prayer life and a good walk with God in general. Think about it. That’s all I know to say about that part.

Another part of prayer which the Lord touched on is asking God to help us with temptation. Jesus said to ask God to “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). This has got to be vital to your walk as a believer. I think I might change the word believer to “knower” soon but who knows. We know God is real. We know God became the man Jesus to die for His people’s sins and to give us new life. Be born again already man! If you don’t want to be tried in life ask God to hold back the testing. See I don’t really think that Jesus was talking about asking God to not lead us into sinful temptation as we might think of it. But isn’t it usually the hard times or trials or pressure that makes us want to sin. The sin doesn’t just happen to us right. I’m not just sitting on the couch and suddenly porn just pops up on my tv without me knowing how it got there. If it’s there I’m responsible. But hey you never know maybe God might give you a wife so your normal sexual desires may be fulfilled or maybe God will give you better self-control. Who knows? I don’t know. That’s why it’s up to us to go to God. I don’t care what you think from a “religious” point of view. See I don’t believe in “christianity” as the world sees it which is as a religion, but I see our relationship with God as a personal relationship with public proclamation results. In other words just as a good husband doesn’t go grabbin’ other girls butts we don’t go grabbin’ the world or its ideas. You are the one who needs to go to God and say “God, I need your help” and, like the Word says in James 1:5, God ain’t gonna be like “oh no here comes such and such with that problem again”. He also won’t be like “I told you last time what to do but you didn’t listen so why should I tell you again”. That’s what the difference between humans and God is. I’m this way too so don’t think I’m just picking on non-christians. All these “bad characteristics” that I note in this book about humans are all true of myself ok. I’ve fallen short too. It’s never you you you. It’s us us us. But there is a difference here between not looking down on people when they come back for help and telling them the truth that the reason they may be in a particular predicament is that they aren’t doing what God has told them to do. If a child gets in trouble for doing the wrong thing then they have to realize why it is they are in trouble. If we and God fail to let our children know why they are in trouble then we are not good parents, are we? No, of course not. But the difference is when we make the choice to go to God instead of trying to cover up what we are doing wrong or can’t control on our own. When we don’t go to God is when we get in more trouble. Not that we can hide what’s going on in our life from God or anything, but He wont help us if we don’t ask. If your teenage son gets a girl pregnant or your teenage daughter gets pregnant, and don’t tell you that they need help to know what to do now, then there’s nothing you can do to help them. And the more they hide it the worse it gets. Now nobody wants these things to happen in their family and maybe you don’t even have a child but the point is not the specific problem. The point is that if we don’t go to God for help then it is our fault if He doesn’t step in to help out. And just like a good parent will help their child, God is ready to step in and help. Now I don’t know when God decides He just wants to step in and help out anyway. Just like with the pregnant thing, if the kids don’t tell, but the parents know, they might just go ahead and help. But you know what, I don’t want to test God like that. But I do time and time again. I’m like “I got this one God”. I’m sorry to be blunt but that’s just stupidity. Please don’t get offended because I said that’s stupid, because I’m talking about myself. But, I mean if the shoe fits wear it. So don’t be stupid (again I’m talking about myself), go to God and let Him help out.

I think it’s easy to see that it’s God’s will to go to Him in prayer. If you don’t believe this just go to the New Testament and look up all the times we are told to pray. All the times others pray. All the praying Jesus does. Man Jesus prayed for about 12 hours one time ok (Matthew 14:23-25). That’s unheard of. I don’t know what could have been going on there. And it’s not like Jesus was some old man with nothing to do. He was like 30 yrs old. 30 yr olds these days are busy with something. Even if you are homeless you still got things to do where it’s hard to get away for 12 hours alone. The only thing I think I have ever done for 12 hours straight is drugs, alcohol, and sleep. That’s just messed up there. I think the longest time I ever remember spending in full on prayer is like 30 minutes. Wow!! What a prayer warrior I am huh? Yeah right I’m more like a prayer chump compared to Jesus. God knows that we are no Jesus though. So don’t beat yourself up. The tendency to do so is there. And don’t let others make you feel like you can’t or don’t have a prayer life. Just pray what you got. Give it all to God. Don’t let it bring you down. Prayer with others is good. That, hopefully, will keep you in a prayer mindset at least. If you are married, or even just have a girlfriend or boyfriend, then pray with them. Me and my wife pray all the time. I’m not kidding. We pray all the time. At least twice a day we pray together. And no we don’t pray for hours on end. But you don’t need to pray on your knees in the dark with no one around you to pray. I do my best praying just looking up at nothingness. I actually pray best sitting or standing. I’m for real. I don’t know how people stay awake or keep their mind in the right place when they are on their knees or face with their eyes closed for more than 5 minutes by themselves. Sorry God. Sorry whoever is reading this. I’m just not that holy I guess. I don’t know what to say when I pray around others most of the time. I got like a basic prayer pattern of thanking and glorifying God, asking whatever it is we are asking for, praying for those less fortunate than myself (mainly for those that arent saved) and thanking God again. That’s Mike’s basic prayer. When I’m alone I don’t have that mind-set. I got some big questions and answers that I talk to God about and I can’t concentrate on my face or knees by myself ok. If you can do that then great you go right ahead. Like I said earlier it’s not where when or how we specifically pray. The point is that we do pray. And it indeed is God’s will that we do so. If we are knowingly outside of God’s will then He can’t be responsible for the outcome now can He?

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