What is God’s will? It’s a question many of us ask and especially when we are seeking direction and the next steps to take.
Some parts of God’s will are relatively easy to figure out as we have a clear blueprint in the life of Jesus while he walked the earth to follow. He himself said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
“There are however two different words used in the bible for the word will, referring in this case to the will of God. One is the word, boulema, and the other is thelema. Boulema refers to that which is established and fixed in the will of God. That “will” happens regardless of who believes or opposes it. Jesus’ return falls into that category of the will of God.
The word thelema is however referring to God’s desires and wishes. “God is not willing that any should perish” and yet people do still perish”. (2 Peter 3:9) (Bill Johnson – God is good)
The “thelema” realm of God’s will is dependant upon people’s response to God’s heart and whether we will act on His desires and direction. He actually wants to co-labour with us to carry out his will, but it’s our job to take responsibility to work with him; to be open to his work in and through our lives. It’s a process but it’s God’s heart to use us to carry out His will and for us to not negate our responsibility to step up.
God’s in charge but He won’t override our free will and control.
Knowing the difference between the immovable will of God that happens regardless and His will and hearts desires, which He wants to involve us in, really does make you consider how you are living your life. I often sense God’s heart, see, hear or dream things that are on God’s heart or are to come. However there are times where these things won’t happen unless we engage in the process and start praying, speaking and acting in accordance with what we have had revealed.
It’s too easy to have a lazy theology which leaves us shifting the blame onto someone else – namingly God when things do or don’t happen. Whereas God has clearly said and revealed through Jesus’ life the he wants us to be involved in bringing His will to earth.
Today I really encourage you not to remain in doubt about God’s will for your life or for the circumstances we face. Study out the life of Jesus in the bible and see for yourself what He did and said. He revealed Heaven and the Father’s heart and will perfectly.
Determine to seek God’s heart for your own life and for the people in your world; and then set your heart to pray and to keep on praying that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. For as we do Jesus has promised “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
“So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. “(Matthew 6:10)
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
Prayer: Lord may your kingdom and your will be done on earth, just as it is heaven. That your goodness, life, love and peace will be released and displayed in both my life and all those around me. I declare the oppressed set free, and bodies, hearts and minds healed and restored. I release blessing today. In Jesus name Amen.