Thursday, November 17, 2005

Listening to and Obeying God

Good morning, Happy Souls!

Bill Keller wrote a wonderful devotional today
that I highly recommend to you. He has given
me permission to copy his e-mails, and I'm sure
he would be happy if you would share this with
people you know as well.


(Psalms 143:10)

The goal is not to conform God to our will, but
for us to conform to His will. This Devotional
today is a deep one. One of the most frequent
questions people always ask, is how do I know
what the will of God is for my life? Much of
the difficulty in determining what God's will
is for our life is trying to separate our
wants and desires from God's wants and desires.
This is probably one of the most difficult
issues you will ever deal with in your walk with
the Lord and I just want to give you some basics
to help you in not trying to conform God to your
will, but for you to conform to His will.

The only way you can begin to understand what
God's will is for your life is to be in a daily,
intimate, surrendered relationship with Him. It
is critical that you are spending time with the
Lord every day through His Word, through prayer,
and that quiet time where it is just you and the
Lord in fellowship. That is the only way we can
learn to hear His voice so that over time we are
able to discern whether it is God speaking or
simply ourselves. I can't begin to emphasize
enough how important it is to take the time each
day to get alone with God and have that time of
fellowship. You only begin to know God's will
for your life when you really know God.

The key is you have to be at a place in your
life where you are fully surrendered to the Lord.
You need to be able to say, "Lord, wherever you
want me to go, whatever you want me to do, I am
completely yours". The biggest hurdle to
overcome in following God's will for our life is
the fear of the unknown. What is my life going
to be like if I follow God? How will my life be
different if I really let God have His way?
Trust me, He loves you, cares about you, and only
wants the best for you. God wants to bless you
and those blessings are found as we faithfully and
obediently follow Him.

The more we listen to God's voice, the more we
obey and follow His voice, the less time we spend
trying to force God to follow what we want to do,
and the more time we spend trying to follow what
God wants us to do. As we grow and mature in our
relationship with the Lord, we find ourselves more
concerned with what God is asking us to do and we
slowly begin to make His desires our desires. My
friend, THAT is the time when you find that special
place almost impossible to put into words. That
place where your desires have become God's desires.
It is clearly no longer your will that you seek,
but it is His will.

I love you and care about you so much. I will be
praying for you that you will get serious about
finding and living in God's perfect will each
day. It is the only way we truly know the peace,
joy, and abundance of this life. In His will, we
can do all things because it is not us, it is Him.
Out of His will, we can do nothing. Nothing works
or makes sense. Take some time alone with the Lord
today and begin to pray in earnest for God to help
you begin to quit trying to conform Him to your
will, but for you to conform to His will!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

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May God bless you as you learn from this message!

Donald W. Mitchell, Your Dream Concierge

Copyright 2005 Donald W. Mitchell


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