God’s Will for Your Life

So much of life comes down to executing the fundamentals.  The best teams, the best musicians, the best cooks, the best (fill in  your choice here) are the best because they have disciplined themselves in the fundamentals.man thinking moody portrait, sitting at autumn park, selective focus

What is it that you are facing today that has you confused, perplexed, discouraged,doubting?  Are you stuck trying to figure out what God’s will is for you in your current situation?  If so, it’s time to get back to the fundamentals.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”                 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

To rejoice is to feel great joy or delight.  For the Christian rejoicing is a choice. Honestly, I don’t always feel like rejoicing; like when my car breaks down, or my bank account is empty, or I’m in disagreement with my wife.  However, when my eyes are focused on Christ and the Cross I find it much easier to rejoice in these circumstances knowing that my joy is not found in what is; but what is to come.

Those who are in Christ can always rejoice in the greatest gift they have ever received – salvation.  If God is the center of my daily worship this is most encouraging fact I can recall about who I am.  From there everything else is just gravy – food, water, shelter, loved ones, work, etc.

Fundamental #1 – REJOICE

  • Choose to do so (it’s a command by the way)
  • Do it daily
  • Do it without condition

What is the purpose of prayer?  What truth does it reveal?

John MacArthur states a biblical fact when he says, “His glory is the issue.  So when you pray get it in mind you’re not informing God, he already knows everything.  You’re not forcing God, you’re not badgering God, you’re not irritating him, you’re not conning him.  What you’re doing is submitting to his sovereignty.”

The purpose of prayer is submitting to the fact that you recognize God to be sovereign over all things, at all times, for all time.  By coming to Him in prayer you are acknowledging in all humility that He is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), and present everywhere at all times (omnipresent) – and that you are not – and that you want and need Him and His will to be done in your life and the lives of other people; for humanity’s good and His glory.

God wants to hear from His people, early and often.  This pleases Him to no end.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.  1 Timothy 2:1-6

Fundamental #2 – Pray

  • Choose to do so (it’s a command by the way)
  • Do it daily (What do these verses say about the most appropriate times for prayer: Psalm 55:16-17, Daniel 6:10, Luke 6:12, and 1 Timothy 5:5?)
  • Do it without condition

Give thanks in all circumstances.  Really?  I need to give thanks when I lose my job?  Or when I receive a negative medical report?  Or in the face of something horrible taking place?

John Piper explains why and how we are able to do this:

“The best place to see Jesus showing us the way is in the Upper Room where he,

took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

Now, let’s think for a moment about what Jesus meant.

Thank you, Father, that my body, symbolized by this bread, is about to be brutally broken and I am about to be (momentarily) damned by your wrath (Isaiah 53:10) so that you will receive supreme glory in being able to forgive undeserving sinners (Philippians 2:11) and I will share eternally full joy (John 15:11, Psalm 16:11) with hundreds of millions of forgiven sinners made righteous through my sacrifice (Isaiah 53:11).

Jesus’s thanks was not based on his present circumstances. He was about to endure the worst possible horror. He felt thankful to the Father for the grace and glory that was coming because of the cross and this gave him joy.”

Fundamental #3 – Give Thanks

  • Choose to do so  – It’s a command by the way
  • In all circumstances
  • Do it without condition

Get back to the fundamentals.  Take the log out of your own eye.  Ask God to search your heart and convict you of your unrealized/unconfessed sin.  Return to Him and He will return to you.

Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.  Zechariah 1:3

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© 2016 Michael Martin


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