God’s will is much spoken about as it should be and plenty of us including those who feature in God’s Word have managed to make a mess of it at some point in time. Disobedience seems to be the root of not allowing God to fulfil His will or purpose in our lives, but we are incredibly thankful to God for His grace and mercy because as we regularly divert from His route, He has already found a way back to His plan and purpose. Many never get back to the road because they find the path too difficult or they struggle with obedience, then there are others who God carves a new course out for which is an amazing example of God’s tender love for His creation. So why do so many live unfulfilled lives?
The simple answer is that believers tend to see God as a genie or a grandfather in the sky. That’s why the atheists are busy laughing and calling God a fairy but if we were busy seeing God for who He is (No man has ever seen Him) then there is a chance that we will see the genuine fulfilment of His will on earth. Below I look at what believers do:
Expect monthly handouts – Like the UN World Food Programme
Expecting instant miracles – Like Maggi Noodles
Expecting blessings to land on their laps – Like babies needing their daily feed
God can do any of the above but they are extremely rare, and they aren’t ever part of a daily lifestyle that we should be living in Christ because I never saw the disciples live like it. Below I look at what disciples do:
They hear God – Relationship
They are obedient to God – Purpose and Desire
They are guided by His Word – He becomes a light to our feet
They overcome expected challenges on the road marked out – Understand spiritual warfare
This is how you can do the will of the Father, and if you want that tight, family-like relationship with God, then you must live like this all the time. Jesus told us in His Word that whoever does the will of The Father is a family member to Him. Your path isn’t meant to be easy, and there rarely is a free ride but if you want to expect then expect the impossible God’s way. God won’t move outside His Word so if you’re expectation isn’t found in His Word then you will never be able to see His will let alone fulfil it.
The blind lead the blind, and it is now time to open your eyes.
Jesus was quoting the Old Testament when speaking to the disciples about the “shepherd being struck” so the sheep would scatter and He referred the scripture (Matthew/Zachariah) to himself and the believers. I have read many articles and heard many sermons using this scripture out of context to suit agendas, and it’s time to put the record straight.
Church leaders believe that it is an enemy attack that causes sheep to scatter from their pews, but it is God himself who does it. The scripture in context is God himself striking The Shepherd (Jesus), and His disciples who were told they would fall are the ones who scattered. If God is striking the shepherd, there is a good cause for it because He wants to test the hearts and minds of disciples, as His ways are much higher than our ways. The devil gets too much credit for leaders falling and that removes leaders from responsibility hence issues always tend to repeat themselves.
So why do the sheep scatter?
Weak in relationship with Christ – People look for an emotional buzz; they move from church to church
Attitude of a follower rather than Disciple – People need to be spoon fed everything
The Shepherd can no longer provide protection – Either the pastor behaves fleshy, or His assignment has changed in your life
It’s time for the Church and its leaders to step up and realise the devil isn’t the root problem, but it is the flesh that is weak. Jesus said to the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane that the spirit is ready (to the disciples), but the flesh is weak indicating that anointing won’t stop leaders from falling, but a lack of authority and the exercising of it, is the real issue here. If you do not use your authority the devil will use your flesh.
There are many circumstances beyond our control, especially when it is demonic but the root and fruits are very different, and that is the key thing to remember. Demonic activity is divine discipline, and if you are being struck then the question is, “what discipline are you encountering?” Let’s humble ourselves and look deep within; it is easy to blame others and the enemy, but it’s high time to look within.
A people of compromise are people that God will scatter.
To you (disciples) are the mysteries of the kingdom to given according to Jesus in His Word, and this means to understand God’s purpose and vision on earth. God’s will is such an exciting and vast subject but understanding it doesn’t take much brainpower but instead it takes, courage, listening and obedience. Followers tend to apply their own understanding to the Kingdom of God alongside providing counsel to God on how He should execute His grand plans. This leads to a life of dissatisfaction and missing God’s will in your life. Disciples may miss a few things down to learning and human error, but they always get opportunities again because they receive the mysteries of God’s Kingdom. Below I look at what happens to followers when it comes to God’s will.
You Know – Realisation, revelation happens after the event. Hindsight is the greatest prophet but finding out God’s will after the season expires is an awful experience to go through. Many Christians suffer and question God when this happens because they are in pursuit of His goodness but understanding that His goodness is found in mysteries which makes the walk extremely challenging but not impossible. Walking with Christ moment by moment will help change the way you see God and His will. Try not to counsel God in your relationship with Him because you will hit a brick wall.
You Want – The old season benefits cannot be taken into a new season, and that is something many of you will struggle with. What God promised for yesterday won’t always be available for today and tomorrow, and that can have deadly consequences on peoples lives. God’s grace can be found in Him raising up new things, but the desire for the old must die. You may want to make it right, but sometimes it’s too late and as long as repentance is involved God can still work with you. Do not counsel God in this area or you will miss the new thing He has for you.
You Cant Have – Understand that when God has made His mind up, there is no chance for you to change it. Sometimes you need to accept you can’t have what was promised because of disobedience, lack of respect and lack of understanding. Stop fighting with yourself and God because you will break yourself down in many ways and before you realise it, you will miss the grace of the next season. Bitterness, jealousy and wrath are three things which will be birthed within you if you do not deal with what has happened in your life. The Kingdom of Heaven is righteousness, peace and joy in the HolyGhost.
Disciples make peace with their mistakes and press into God for more understanding so they can be available for the next opportunities while followers never try to understand God, instead groan about expired blessings.