1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Are you living in God’s will for your life?
Abraham demonstrated faith because he was willing to sacrifice his son. Do you think this is a choice he would have made on his own? Look at some of his choices. His choice was to lie and tell the king that his wife was his sister (Genesis 20:2). His choice was to take Lot when God called him to go alone (Genesis 12:1-4). Based on those choices, do you think he would have chosen to kill Isaac? Not to throw shade, just making a point. One is the will of God, and the others are not. When you walk in the will of God, you have His provision and protection.
Psalm 1:1-3 What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways! He won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat. 2 His passion is to remain true to the Word of “I AM,” meditating day and night on the true revelation of light. 3 He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous. (The Passion Translation TPT)
Otherwise, you make your own decisions and attach God’s name to them. What you are really doing is creating a mess for Him to clean up.
Proverbs 14:12 You can rationalize it all you want and justify the path of error you have chosen, but you’ll find out in the end that you took the road to destruction. (The Passion Translation TPT)
You need faith to walk in the will of God. Faith will cause you to believe God and wait for His decisions and plan.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
Faith will cause God to count you as righteous.
James 2:23 And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God’s will in thought and deed), and he was called God’s friend. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
As God’s plan unfolds in your life, only God can complete it. You don’t have the power on your own.
Philippians 1:6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
Every day of your life can be a testimony to the will of God. Though it may not always be comfortable, it will always be blessed.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I remember, coming across the words “the permissive will of God”, as I was growing in my understanding of You. I thought that was the most valuable revelation I could have gotten. I repent for using those words to convince myself and justify my choices. I actually thought those words meant I was walking in a lesser form of Your will and it was alright because it was still Your will. You showed me it was not that simple. Thank You for growing me up. Thank You for an even deeper revelation and understanding. I don’t want to justify my behavior by calling it Your permissive will. That is just a religious way of saying I did what I wanted and expected or hoped You would stop me or bless what I was doing. You gave me free will, and I can choose. You want my service, my obedience and my worship to be my choice. As I have walked along this journey, I can honestly say I want Your will for my life to be done; that was not always the case. I submit; not because You force me to. I submit because I choose to. I have found what You want for me far exceeds what I could ever want for myself…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.
Forgive us Father for not allowing You lead and guide us in our decision making… in Jesus Name You are Worthy!!!