Sunday, May 4, 2008

God's Will Be Done

If your will matches or is the same as God's will, then ask whatever you will and it will be done by God because it's His will also. Your will becomes God's will when you will what God wills. (Now you need to go back and read that again slowly and chew on it until you understand what the Spirit of God is saying. I spent several hours on this thought alone before the Spirit of the Lord would let me press on with what He had to say. So don't be in a hurry, capture the truth of that opening statement, because what God reveals in the rest of this message might rock your boat a bit and if it does just look out on the sea, you'll see Jesus walking by and He will steady your boat, then go back to these first two sentences to help you hear what God is saying.)

What then is God's will in every situation? His Word is His Will. Whatever His Word declares, that is His Will. How can man clearly see the Will of God. By looking at the Word of God. What does the Word look like? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1&14). God's Word has a name. What is it? Jesus! Jesus is the Word of God made flesh or it's God's Word with God's flesh on it. Jesus said, " if you've seen Me, you've seen the Father" (John 14:8-9). So actually you're seeing Jesus by hearing what the Father has to say by His Words. You may be looking at the Word and seeing it, but actually you are hearing the Father's voice. Therefore we now understand that "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God".
(Rom 10:17). So it's not "seeing is believing" but rather, "hearing is believing". Now, if you are looking at Jesus, you're looking at God the Father. Whatever you see Jesus do, or whatever you hear Jesus say, this is the perfect will of God. Jesus said, " Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He (the Father) does, the Son (Jesus) also does in like manner." (John 5:19)

Whatever you see Jesus do, you are seeing the will of the Father. Malachi 3:6 declares, " For I AM the Lord, I do not change", therefore be assured that God's Will for man never changes. Jesus said, " for I have come down from heaven, not to do My own Will, but the Will of Him (the Father) who sent Me. (John 6:38) Jesus told us to pray the following: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your Name. Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matt 6:9-10) Jesus came to this earth to demonstrate the Will of the Father before us, then He laid down His life on our behalf so that we would be able to enter in and live out the perfect Will of God in our lives. Jesus made the way for you and me to be able to live our lives now, on this earth (as it is in heaven), in the perfect will of God. Jesus said, " I do not seek My own Will, but the Will of the Father who sent Me." ( John 5:30)

So what is God's will for you and me? Let me say it again, His Word is His Will for you. You must believe this for yourself, or you will believe something else that a man has written about God's Will and you'll accept that as Truth. So what then is God's Will for man in every situation and at all times? The Lord is not slack concerning His promise (His Will), not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2Pet 3:9). For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior (His Will), Who desires (Who Wills) all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1Tim 2:3-4) ( now that word "saved" is the greek word sozo and it means; to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, make whole, restore to normal) Would you agree with me that the above scriptures are the perfect Will of God for man? Now my question is, "are all men saved when they die?" NO! Why not? God's will be done, or man's will be done? Man is given the right by God to choose for himself what he will believe and what he will do. If man's will is the same as God's will, then man will receive God's Will if the man chooses to believe God and do what God says for his life.

We said the word saved also means healed (physical healing of the body). What is God's will for man concerning healing in every situation? " And Jesus went about all the cities and villages , teaching, preaching the Kingdom of God, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matt 9:35) Jesus healed ALL who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet Isaiah saying; He (Jesus) Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses (Matt 8:16-17) and by His (Jesus) stripes you were (past tense) healed (1 Pet 2:24). Great multitudes followed Him (Jesus), and He (Jesus) healed them ALL. (Matt 12:15) If Jesus is the will of the Father (and He is), then what is the Father's will for man concerning healing? God's Will for man is that they ALL be healed (but the same ALL would have to believe what God's Word says about healing). Are ALL men healed today? NO! Why not? Same reason why ALL men are not saved. Jesus said, " and ALL things whatever you ask in prayer, believing, YOU WILL RECEIVE. " (Matt 21:22) "IF you live in ME (Jesus) and My Words live in you, you will ask what you desire(what you will) and it shall be done for you. " (John 15:15)

God can, and He is willing, now man must choose if he will believe his God and do what his God says. Men/Women do not like hearing this, because they want to put all the responsibility on God, but God says, "I've done my part (Gen 2:2), now you must do yours." What is the part we must do? We must believe Him (Jesus- everything He says and does) whom He (the Father) sent. We must believe, that is what God requires and that is the part that is always missing. God always does His part (for He always does His Will), however man does not. The next time you see failure, or an unanswered prayer, don't blame God and accuse Him by saying, "it's not God's will", and then come up with some man made doctrine to excuse away the failure. God has made His Will perfectly clear, can you (and I) believe it? What we choose to believe will determine the outcome and our outcome will look just like the Will of God if we will believe Him.

If this sounds hard or harsh to you, I'm sorry, but it is the truth. Do you realize that Jesus would have never been risen from the dead unless He (Jesus) believed He would. He had to believe the Father just like you and I must. It was the Father's will to raise Jesus from the dead, but Jesus had to believe His Father's Will and His Word to bring it to pass. Eph 1:20 says that God extended the power to Jesus to raise Him from the dead because Jesus believed the Father would do it, and because Jesus believed, the Father did it!! The Father was able to do His will in Jesus' life because Jesus believed Him.

The Father is waiting on you and me to believe Him, just like Jesus did. If we will, God will perform His perfect Will in our lives. God longs for that child of His that will believe Him this way. But let a man ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in ALL his ways. (James 1:6-8)

It is hard for man/woman to accept his own responsibility in God's plan for man. God has revealed His Will to man. Now, IF our will becomes His will, " Then His Will be done". That is the only time you can ever say that and be right in God's eye. If you're going to say "God's will be done," at least know what God's will is. Now go and do what God has told us to do. "BELIEVE HIM"!!!!


Nancy said...

This was such a blessing to read this morning. It has been in my spirit that the key to answered prayer IS believing and I needed this confirmation. I have heard, like you said, prayers of His people saying, "If it be Your will, Lord." And we can know His will, but not believe. Don't ever be discouraged, like a previous blog writing, and think you aren't making a difference, because you are! You are a blessing!

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