Memoirs,

Willing to be made willing to do God's will

November 15, 2012 Ezer Kenegdo 0 Comments


I hardly delete emails – well except spam and junk mail. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I tend to get sentimentally attached to stuff. I hardly throw anything out, and I don’t re-gift, even if I don’t like what I was given, I appreciate the thought behind the gift and will try my best to find some use for it.

Anyway, yesterday I was organizing my personal inbox and came across a friends reply to a devotional I’d sent her in 2010 (copied below). I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since then and even today’s ‘Word For today’ (copied below) seems to tie into it as well.

I’ve been praying to God about a certain issue for a while, and every time a friend of mine asks me how I feel about the situation, my response has been “I don’t know, and I’m still in a place where because of my feelings and preferences I’m not sure what my response will be when I do hear from God”.

So coming across this email yesterday got me thinking.

Are my preferences and prejudices concerning the situation making it impossible for me to hear from God?

Why am I praying to God for something and asking His opinion about something when I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to react to His reponse?

Is He really going to give me a response when I’m not being 100% honest with Him regarding my preferences?

Is He going to give me up to the idol (the preference I’m ‘hiding’) in my heart? Has He even already given me a response but because it’s not what I want I’ve convinced myself I haven’t heard from Him?

If I believe God wants the best for me, and I believe He knows the end from the beginning, why do I feel my way is better than His when I don’t even know what is going to happen in the next second?

What I feel the Holy Spirit telling me as a type this is that human beings by default have a mentality of ‘the half loaf in my hand is better than the bakery God ‘might’ give me at some point’. Yep we are short sighted. It’s ideal to go to God without already having a preference in our hearts, but we are human and that’s not always the case, but the trick is not to hide the fact that we have our preferences. We shouldn’t pretend like it’s not there, we shouldn’t pretend that we are already at the place where we are willing to go when He says go, or ask how high when He says jump. God desires our honesty; preferences and all. After all that’s what Jesus did in the garden. Luke 22:42 Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” I think it’s safe to assume here that Jesus didn’t want to go through the ordeal that lay ahead of Him, but what’s most important is that when He went to God He didn’t pretend He was good to go; instead He laid His preference at the feet of His father and asked for God’s will to be done over and above His own.

I’m really grateful to God that I came across this old email, now because of it, the next time my friend asks me what I want, my response will be “I want to be made willing to do God’s will- whatever that is”. I realise that if His response isn’t what I want, I’m not at the place where I’ll ask how high when He says jump, however I will be honest with Him and ask Him to help me get to that place, because if I know that what I can get for myself is nowhere near as fabulous as what He wants to give me.






MANIPULATION?
MEORISE: “The meek will he guide in judgement; and the meek will he teach his way.’ (Ps 25:9)

READ: Acts 1:15- 26
Divine guidance is vital for anyone contemplating marriage. This is because marriage can either make or mar you. You have to truly seek God’s face in prayer. It is very dangerous to move without God’s green light. ‘The meek will he guide in judgement; and the meek will he teach his way’ (Ps 25:9).

Many people pray TO God for the right partner. Only a few receive guidance from him. God will only guide the meek: those who are humble, ready to listen, and prepared to obey his will. The fact here is that some Christians are not as sincere as they would like us to believe. They may say, “Lord, give me your perfect will for my life in marriage. I am ready to do your will.” But when God reveals his choice, they find fault with it and begin to dictate to God.

Immediately some Christians feel the person God is asking them to marry does not meet with their carnal standards, they begin to kick and even reject him or her for some other choice. Why o you ask God to choose for you if at the end of the day, you reject God’s choice? This is insincerity. God’s ways are not ours; God may choose someone you do not think is ‘your type’. It takes meekness to believe that God knows what is right for you and God’s choice is the best choice you can ever have.

Do not manipulate things to suit yourself. Some brothers, after making a carnal choice, will later fabricate a testimony to back up their desire. A sister once sought God’s will in marriage. God asked her to look out of the window and the man she would see was the one. It happened to be a young, handsome gateman who wanted to go to school but had no means. The sister told her pastor and on inviting the brother, he said God had spoken to him long before then but he had been afraid to tell her. The sister succumbed, sponsored the brother through school and they eventually married. Why not for once be sincere with God and ask him without anyone in mind? He will direct only those who allow him.

ACTION POINT

Ask the Lord to give you the grace to be willing to receive his guidance.

Source: Open Heavens


OPERATING BY THE PEACE RULE
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts... Colossians 3:15
If you don't have peace about it, don't proceed! Often peace is all God will give you to let you know whether you're in or out of His will. So how can you operate by the peace rule? 'Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand...His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest...' (Philippians 4:6-7 TLB).

Pay close attention to the words, 'Don't worry...instead, pray.' Prayer transfers the problem from you to Jesus. 'Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. Be careful-watch out for attacks from satan...Stand firm when he attacks...' (1Peter 5:7-9 TLB).

Don't give the devil a few days to work you over. The longer you wait to resist him, the stronger his hold over you becomes. The moment you find yourself worrying, stop and ask, 'What's the enemy trying to do here? If I give in to these thoughts and emotions, what will the result be?' 'Do not give the devil a foothold' (Ephesians 4:27 NIV). Know your enemy, and each time he attacks put him to flight by saying what Jesus said to him in the wilderness: '...It is written...' (Matthew 4:4 NIV). When Jesus said for the third time, 'It is written,' we read, 'The devil left him, and angels came and attended him' (v.11 NIV). So here's the question: How well do you know God's Word?


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