Saturday, October 25 2008
There is a scripture in my prayer journal that I pray everyday. It says...
Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
We as Christians speak often of God's will. We may say we "want to do God's will" or we "need to be in God's will", but how often do we say "teach me do do thy will". The message Bible says....
Teach me how to live to please you, because you're my God. Lead me by your blessed Spirit into cleared and level pastureland.
I believe the Psalmist said this because knowing and understanding the will of God is not something that is stumbled upon or given as a talent or gift. We must be taught and instructed in knowing the will of God and hearing His voice. If we are to live a life that is pleasing to God, we must first...
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
We must be willing to totally surrender our will to Him. Our desires and needs must "take a backseat" to the will of the Father. I pastor in King George, Virginia because I first submitted myself to the will of God and listened to His voice. Previously, I had "tried out" for a church and the morning I went to preach and meet the board of trustees of that church, I instantly knew that it was not God's will. It was if there was a "black cloud" that surrounded me that morning. As a minister of the Gospel, I must be willing to go where He would want me and be careful not to cross His will. I must continually submit myself to His will.
In my mind, being in the will of God is like diving into a pool on the hottest day of summer. What a feeling!