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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Following His Will

Excerpt from Liveprayer.com's Daily Devotional--really speaks to those struggling with a calling to write.


"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me
on level ground." Psalms 143:10


This Devotional today is a deep one. One of the most frequent questions
people always ask, is how do I know what the will of God is for my life?
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 His
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 you
want me to go, whatever you want me to do, I am completely yours." The
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 loves
you, cares about you, and only wants the best for you. God wants to bless
you and those blessings are found as we faithfully and obediently follow
Him.

The more we listen to God's voice, the more we obey and follow His voice,
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 special
place almost impossible to put into words. That place where your desires
have become God's desires. It is clearly no longer your will that you seek
but it is His will.

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