Walking In The Will of God: Part 2 – Perfect Will v. Permissive Will

Walking In The Will of God:  Part 2 – Perfect Will v. Permissive Will

Simply put, God’s perfect will is His plan and purpose for your life, not your own.  Elevating your self-will above God’s will leads to God’s permissive will.  Permissive will is when God allows you to make all the choices.  Oftentimes we end up making mistakes, hurting ourselves, and living with regret.  But it’s never too late to change.  If you repent and yield yourself to God, He will forgive you and lead you back into His perfect will.

You see, God will never force you to do anything.  If He did, everyone would be saved right now.  And although it is God’s will for them to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), He will not force anyone to accept salvation.  The same is true of the will of God.  He will reveal it to you, if you’re willing to listen.  The truth of the matter is, without obedience, God’s will for your life will never come to pass.

I experienced this very thing when I took a position with a law firm about 30 – 45 minutes from my home.  I took the job to earn more money to purchase things I needed.  However, my plan failed because it was not the job God wanted me to have.  And when you’re out of the will of God, things just aren’t right.  You are always struggling to make ends meet, and there is no peace in your life.

When I finally realized I was in God’s permissive will, I repented and made the necessary changes.

Now, just because that job wasn’t God’s will for me doesn’t mean it wasn’t God’s will for someone else.  His plan for me is not His plan for you. Not everyone can be an architect, teacher, or accountant.  You may say, I’m anointed to do all things,” however, the Word says you have to be willing and able.  You may be willing to sing in the choir, but are you able to sing?  Can you even carry a tune?  If I tried to be a surgeon, I’d make a mess of things.  Why?  Because God didn’t call me to be one!

God has a plan and purpose for everyone, but we must be careful not to get weighted down by selfish desires.  It’s not about what we want, but what God wants.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  He warns us in verse 7 to “Be not wise in your own eyes.…” Simply consult God first and trust Him, because He sees the big picture.

When you obey God, you can count on His protection.  Your provision is on the other side of your obedience.  Healing, debt cancellation, deliverance, wisdom, and anything else you need is made available to you when you walk in God’s will. 

Next Time: Part 3 – How To Walk In God’s Will

Walking In The Will of God

God has a specific plan for your life.  His greatest desire is that you operate in this plan daily.  Paul tells us to “…walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise men, making the most of the time because the days are evil.  Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).

Why?  So we can enjoy the blessings of God and avoid the pitfalls that come from disobedience.

Many Christians today presume to know the will of God for their lives.  I’ve heard people say they are called to the ministry, and then struggle with finances, marriage, and the people they serve until they become weary in well doing.  We are to walk carefully, cautiously, and prudently.  In other words, we should be cautious of the things we do and the choices we make.

Now, to understand means to comprehend, grasp, or be familiar with.”  To understand the Lord’s will is to piece together, or make sense of it.  The only way to do that is by developing a relationship with the Father.  And it is not something you learn all at once.  It is actually, a steady unfolding of revelation.  The key to receiving this revelation is found in simple acts of obedience.  It’s like a jigsaw puzzle; once completed, the pieces create an entire picture that could not be discerned when they were separated.  As we operate in obedience, we begin to see more clearly God’s perfect will.

Next Time:  Part 2 – Perfect Will v. Permissive Will

What’s Your Reputation?

“The person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

When Jesus trained the first 12 disciples, He taught them the same strategy He had been using on the earth: “Go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:  freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:7-8).

He also told the 70 disciples in Luke 10 the same thing in verse 9.

“Well, yes, that’s how Jesus said to do it back then,” you might say, “but He has a different plan for us now.”

No, He doesn’t.

His last words before He ascended into heaven were the same instructions: “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15, 17-18).

Hallelujah!  We have the same new birth, the same Holy Spirit and the same commission those first disciples had.  And you remember what happened to them after Jesus left, don’t you?

They kept right on doing what Jesus had done.  And, the crowds responded to them just like they had responded to Jesus.  They brought the sick to the disciples so they could be healed.  In Jerusalem, they actually laid the sick in the street so Peter’s shadow might fall on them as he walked by.

Why did they do that?  They had heard if you could get to a place where the Christians were, you could get healed.

Christians had a reputation.  It was the same reputation Jesus had.  As a result, the early Church grew at a rate of thousands per day!

That’s the way it should be for us today.

“But I can’t heal the sick!” you say.  “I can’t cast out devils!”

Maybe not…but God can…and He’s in you!  In fact, the Scripture says the person united to Him becomes one spirit with Him.  Think about that for a moment.  You are united with the Lord.  You are one spirit with Him.

Jesus said it this way, “At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).

You and Jesus are one.  He is the Head and you are the Body.  You are His instrument in the earth.  Dare to believe that.  Be bold enough to speak the words the Bible speaks and do whatever Jesus tells you to do.

Believe me, people will come to you for help.  The Spirit of God will anoint you – and great things will happen!