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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

How Do I Know?

Thought this piece (excerpt) from really spoke to

by Bill Keller

This Devotional today is a deep one. One of the most frequent
people always ask, is how do I know what the will of God is for my
Much of the difficulty in determining what God's will is for our
life is
trying to separate our wants and desires from God's wants and
desires. This
is probably one of the most difficult issues you will ever deal with
in your
walk with the Lord and I just want to give you some basics to help
you in
not trying to conform God to your will, but for you to conform to
His will.

The only way you can begin to understand what God's will is for your
life is
to be in a daily, intimate, surrendered relationship with Him. It is
critical that you are spending time with the Lord every day through
Word, through prayer, and that quiet time where it is just you and
the Lord
in fellowship. That is the only way we can learn to hear His voice
so that
over time we are able to discern whether it is God speaking or simply
ourselves. I can't begin to emphasize enough how important it is to
take the
time each day to get alone with God and have that time of
fellowship. You
only begin to know God's will for your life when you really know God.

The key is you have to be at a place in your life where you are fully
surrendered to the Lord. You need to be able to say, "Lord, wherever
want me to go, whatever you want me to do, I am completely yours."
biggest hurdle to overcome in following God's will for our life is
the fear
of the unknown. What is my life going to be like if I follow God?
How will
my life be different if I really let God have His way? Trust me, He
you, cares about you, and only wants the best for you. God wants to
you and those blessings are found as we faithfully and obediently

The more we listen to God's voice, the more we obey and follow His
the less time we spend trying to force God to follow what we want to
do, and
the more time we spend trying to follow what God wants us to do. As
we grow
and mature in our relationship with the Lord, we find ourselves more
concerned with what God is asking us to do and we slowly begin to
make His
desires our desires. My friend, THAT is the time when you find that
place almost impossible to put into words. That place where your
have become God's desires. It is clearly no longer your will that
you seek
but it is His will.

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