Finding, Following and Fulfilling God’s Will For Your Life
Jeremiah 29:11 – God has plans for your life
God’s plan for your life will not automatically happen!
God won’t reveal His plans for your life until you are ready to receive them!
One reason God does not show us the full scope of His plans all at once it that it would overwhelm us. It isn’t that God is hesitant to show us His plans – it is just that that it takes us time to come to the place of being able to receive His will.
Ill. As a teenager I was obsessed in my senior year at high school about making a decision of what to do for an occupation. I was not born again yet but I believed in and talk to God on occasion. I wondered why He would not talk to me when I asked Him what I should do with my life?
Now I know why. The Lord wants you, your heart, more than you to work at some service.
Even after I got saved and had a personal relationship with God I would often ask Him what do you want me to do? Still no answer.
I would pray, “Lord, what is the best vocation I could do with my life and make the greatest impact on the world?” No answer.
I remember telling a minister friend that I wanted to do something great for God. It may sound noble but in reality I wanted God to do something great with my life. Even this is not wrong in itself but we are missing the point.
The Lord doesn’t want your service as much as He wants you! If He gets your heart, then He will have your service.
I heard one minister say he was seeking God like I was about, “Should I do this or that?” Finally, the Lord spoke to him and said, “The reason I have not used you is because you are not usable. Quit praying that I will use you and instead pray, God make me usable.
God actually wants to use you more than you want Him to use you. Look at what Jesus said,
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray to the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” Mtt 9:37-39
Jesus said the harvest is already ready to be harvested all around us. Someone has sown seed (witnessed –prayed for them).
Sometimes we just sow seed – other times we water what seed has already been sown, still other times we harvest because the time is right and they are ready.
Ill. Inviting people to your church is not witnessing but it is – sowing seeds or maybe it is watering seeds someone else has sown.
Here is an important point about being usable to God. Even after the disciples spent 3 years personally with Jesus. He even sent them out to preach the kingdom, heal the sick and cast out demons with his authority on a couple of occasions. They experienced His power to some degree for ministering. However, after they saw Him raised from the dead He told them, “Don’t tell anybody I’m resurrected until you have received the power of the Holy Spirit. Then you will be empowered to be My witnesses.” (Acts 1:4-8)
The baptism of the HS was so important that Jesus told the disciples, “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father of which you have heard from Me. For John baptized you with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:4-5
“But you shall receive (God’s) POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you shall be witnesses in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
You need to get to where you are not ministering out of your own ability, but through the power of the Holy Spirit through you!
This takes a while to happen. God does not just want us to teach what we have heard others say or do things in our own ability. He wants us to experience the leading and power of the HS, not just your own power.
If God does not have your heart and you have His Power, then the enemy will over come you. You will experience a lot of opposition!
“If you haven’t bumped into the devil it is because you both are going in the same direction!”
Satan puts a priority on people living in the center of God’s will!
One of the reasons God does not reveal all His will for our life at once is we might try to do it in the flesh (Ishmael) or worse Satan would unleash all his attacks on us when we are not ready for it.
The first step to finding God’s will for your life is found in Romans 12:1
“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
- This is not normal and you can’t do it all by yourself. Self centeredness is the root of all evil. Everyone was born in the world this way and sad to say the majority of us are still that way. We all start out selfish but we don’t have to stay that way!
- This is not a one-time experience!
Self control is the goal not God control. Self control is a fruit of the Spirit that grows through maturity.
How do we mature?
“When I a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, and I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” I Cor. 13:11
- By stopping some things and starting new things!
- Especially targeting our physical bodies appetites.
2 areas we are responsible to take charge of everyday:
1. Discipline (train) your body – presenting our bodies to God as a living sacrifice.
“Do you not that your body is the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you?” I Cor. 3:16
- I Cor. 9:24-27 the body needs training like an athlete.
- Self control grows in us as a fruit of the Spirit by a consistent walk of yielding to the Spirit rather than the strong desires of the flesh (see Gal. 5:16).
2. Repentance and renewing our mind daily to think like God and not like the world.
- Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed (pressed into the mold of the world’s way of thinking) .
- Gal. 2:20 “The life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of . . .”
- Romans 8:6 flesh minded or Spiritually minded?
- Romans 8:14 learning to be led by the Spirit
Not taking seriously these two clear commands of God will disqualify us from God leading us to our next step of destiny!
- Need proof? See I Corinthians 9:24-chapter 10.
Maybe you are here tonight because you do love God but your commitment has been weak. You have dedicated and rededicated until your dedicator is worn out! Maybe through a series of disappointments, stresses, trials, temptations you have fallen off the wagon again, and again. But you do love God but you are just weak in being able to consistently carry out His will.
The first thing I want to tell you is
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to all men. But God is faithful and will not let you be tempted above that which you are able. But He will with the temptation make a way of escape that YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT!” I Cor. 10:13
2 things you need to settle tonight:
1. God wants you to take control over your body and discipline it and MAKE IT a living sacrifice. (A sacrifice costs you something)!
2. God wants you to train your thoughts and renew your mind so that you do not continue to think like the world.
Quote Romans 12:1-2
“So that YOU MAY PROVE WHAT IS THE GOOD AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD.” ROMANS 12:2
Once you reach this place of being a living sacrifice, you would have to rebel against God to keep from seeing His good and perfect will come to pass in your life.
God does not need a silver vessel but a surrendered vessel.
Commit you daily walk to Him and He will promote you in whatever area He wants you to go. Things will work out better than when you were calling the shots.
Being a living sacrifice does not mean being a doormat. It means if God tells you to do something to change your circumstances, you need to do it.
Dedicating an disciplining your body and daily renewing your mind is the first step to finding God’s will for your life. People want to by-pass this and go to the greater works, but this is the place to start daily in finding grace to discipline yourself so He can use you.
It would jump start your spiritual battery if you would tonight or in the morning dedicate your body and then start renewing your mind. Tell God you want Him to lead you and teach you how to let Him lead in every area of your life.
Pic car turning too fast
It is still a process and takes daily efforts on our part. Most of our life we have lived very selfish as if life is all about us. You can’t make a complete U turn instantly. It is a process of slowing down – putting on the brakes, and making turns gradually.
Ill. Jim Erwin astronaut who walked on moon said Nasa just threw capsule towards moon and every ten minutes for 4 days they had to make course corrections in order to reach their destination. That’s the way it is making a commitment to follow Christ. You make a total commitment and within 5 minutes you are going to have an opportunity for a course correction for the rest of your life.
You are learning to come to the end of yourself and beginning of God’s new life for you.
Prayer and confession:
I realize I need to become a living sacrifice in order to find Your will for my life. I am willing to start right now to more seriously discipline my body. I give You the freedom to show me and help me stop some things and start new things that You want in my life.
As I daily humble myself under You, then You will help me in this process of supernatural renewal. Making this decision I will begin to recognize God’s directions by the Holy Spirit living in me. As I continue to turn my life over to You, You will lead me to Your good and perfect will. Thank You for teaching me or reminding me of this truth tonight.
In Jesus’ name, amen.