Sunday, May 20, 2012
The will of God!
The will of God!
Many in the body want to know the will of God. Many are confused about the will of God. They think if something happens, it is the will of God. They read the story of Gideon's fleece and do the same test, and when things don't happen, they get mad at God. I had a fellow Pastor friend who went out to the ministry and put out a "fleece". He and his wife was convinced that God called him to have a church. When things didn't work out, he got mad at God. (Judges 6:36-40)
My friends, We got to be careful or we will be "fleeced!" What Gideon had with God was old covenant. Gideon was not, yet, born again because his spirit was dead. Jesus hadn't,yet, died for him. God could not communicate with him, so he had to talk to him through visual and audio means. Now, we can have communion with God through life in Christ Jesus, we can hear from him in the Spirit. The Bible says we walk by faith, not by sight. (II Cor 5:7) How do we hear from God? Through his word! His word speaks to us 24/7 every day.
The Bible says we have a new covenant based on new promises. The reason why we don't hear from God is that we don't take time to renew our minds. Many of us, and I'm included, have made bad choices because of not renewing our minds and finding out God's will. Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing of your minds. As we spend our time renewing our minds and seeking the presence of the Lord, he will reveal his perfect will for you.
You may ask, Pastor Santos, that is well and good, but I don't have time for God. I work many hours in the day and just have time to read the Bible for 15 minutes and pray as I work. Reading the Bible is good, but God puts it a step further, he says to study to show yourself approved.(II Tim 2:15) Brethren, life is full of tests. Years ago, when I went to College, I found out that I had to study in order to pass my tests. At High School, I was getting by, studying at the last minute and passing my tests. Soon afterwards, I graduated and started College.I was warned to take time to study because it was harder. The "High School" mentality was over, I was in College. I was in the "big leagues" and play time was over.
The reason why these tests are not going away is that many are having a "High School" mentality. PLAY TIME is over! When you grow in the Lord, you go from glory to glory. You get by with a "high school" mentality. You use a few scriptures and get a couple of answered prayers. You think you've arrived! Soon, you make it into "College" in the kingdom of heaven and this is the big leagues. After that, you face bigger and greater challenges. Mountains gets harder to move and stronger demons are making it tougher to move along. With greater growth comes greater responsibilities! Soon, you are wavering and doubting God's promises. Don't go that route because if you do, the enemy will destroy you and your family.As if that was not enough,he will take away everything you got.
Take more time to study. Abide in his presence more and renew your mind. God understands that you have to work and spend time with your family,but,make a habit to take a day or two to just spend it with God and bathing in his presence.Doing this will help you prepare for battle and turn your tests into testimonies.God bless.