That Timeless, Sometimes Tiresome, Yet Ever-Timely Question: “What is God’s will for my life?”
Please take a seat and prepare to chow down on some ala carte items that are yummy and very nourishing fare. It’s specially created for us to masticate on, meditate on, and master as True Truths buried deep within our hearts.
Always striving to execute on the Mission of Feast of the Heart, this meal reinforces that mission:
Reformation… we seek to abide by and serve up the true truth of the Bible.
Revival… we seek to model biblical Christians living in word and deed.
Constructive Revolution… we seek to spread the true gospel right where God has planted us with urgency, compassion, and radical self-abandonment.
“What is God’s will for my life?”
The Timeless Answer: God is not the author of confusion! Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is yet to be. “TODAY, if you hear God’s voice, do not harden your heart…” (Psalm 95:7-8).
God knows and loves each of us completely. Unlike any of the array of false gods, the God of the Bible alone has made a way for Him to remain completely holy, AND us to be cleansed in order to be acceptable to Him.
The God of the Bible has made THE way, THE truth, and THE life through His Son Jesus Christ, so that we could be in relationship with Him. All other forms of god (false religions) require that we close the gap between ourselves and God—which is not only impossible, but it’s utterly debilitating in the effort.
Following are six principles or “planks” that can help us remember God’s will for the Christian’s life:
First, We’re Saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9)
“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Second, We’re Spirit-Filled (Ephesians 5:17-18; John 14:15-16)
”So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit…” (Ephesians 5:17-18)
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-16)
Third, We’re Being Sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Fourth, We’re Submissive (1 Peter 2:13-15; James 4:1-3; Ephesians 5:21)
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” (1 Peter 2:13-15)
(Submit Yourselves to God and One Another) “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but do not get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:1-3) “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
Fifth, We’re Long-Suffering (Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 3:12)
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.” (Philippians 1:29)
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
Sixth, We’re Saved, and Sent to Serve (Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 20:26-28)
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many,” (Matthew 20:26-28)
Resources Abound to Help Us Stay the Course, Run the Good Race, and Live a Contended Fulfilling Life!
Here’s but one from John MacArthur. Please consider printing this Training Table and MacArthur’s piece out, placing it in your Bible, and using it for your early-morning meditation time with God.
Until we see you soon at the Training Table, may God GUIDE and GUARD you in every way!