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Here is a scenario. You are driving a four-lane highway, like Hwy 60, and begin to approach a traffic light, but notice something odd about the light. The red and the green light are both on. Other drivers seem to be getting the same signal because one driver is looking all around, completely stopped, another moves hesitatingly through the intersection, while another is gesturing their hands in confusion, while another is honking their horn at a driver going through crosswise. Mass confusion. Without the lights working or a police officer there to direct the traffic flow, can you know without a doubt what to do? It’s hard to know what to do with mixed signals.
This same type of confusion can result from not knowing God’s will, except not knowing God’s will can deprive you of what belongs to you, it can cause you to make mistakes that would easily be avoided so your life could be blessed. Not knowing God’s will can cost things that are precious and dear to you, that are far more valuable that a few moments of doubt in an intersection.
Dear readers, I hope you have strapped yourself in for these next weeks of teachings, because it may seem like a wild, unbelievable ride, but once you get a hold of the truth that you can know the will of God- through releasing your faith in prayer and in speaking God’s will-, your life and the lives of others will be blessed and God will be glorified.
Does it surprise you to hear that the Bible says you can know the will of God? Romans 12 says for us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. You can know God’s will. You can know His perfect will. The Bible also says that the Holy Spirit who lives within each Believer will guide us into all truth (John 16). We can know God’s will through learning the Bible and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
How many have heard or said yourselves, “Well, we just can’t know God’s will in this situation, so we will pray that His will be done”. Until I knew the truth, I said that too. According to the word of God you can know God’s will.
Here is an illustration. Several years ago, during the night hours a dear friend was driven to the emergency room while I followed behind. He was very close to death. As a young minister, I was growing in knowledge and faith on God’s will to heal, but not mature in knowing the perfect will of God in some situations. At the hospital his loved ones prayed for his recovery, as did I, but I sensed something was lacking. I knew the question was going through the minds of some- Was it God’s will for him to recover or since he was so ill, was it God’s will for him to be with the Lord? We all wanted him well and were not willing to let him leave, so we continued in prayer and fellowship.
As the evening passed I sensed again in the spirit that the prayers for recovery were wavering, because they fell short on faith that comes from knowing God’s perfect will, so I asked God silently if we should be praying for something in addition to healing. I didn’t hear an audible voice, but in my spirit I sensed the Holy Spirit’s response, so his wife and I, who is a dear friend also, prayed boldly for God’s mercy to be upon her husband. There was abundant faith to pray for mercy! I didn’t recall the scripture at the time, but was later reminded of Hebrews 4:16 which tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Through the prayers of many and the mercy of God, my friend recovered, and is with us today. We were blessed and God was glorified.
Until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.