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Summary: Knowing God’s will for our life can sometimes be very challenging as we wait and pray for specific direction. Yet at the same time, as we read and study God’s Word, certain aspects of His will for our lives become very obvious. There are three aspects o

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God’s Will for You

By Greg Johnson

May 9, 2007

http://www.LovingGodFellowship.org

Knowing God’s will for our life can sometimes be very challenging as we wait and pray for specific direction. Yet at the same time, as we read and study God’s Word, certain aspects of His will for our lives become very obvious. There are three aspects of God’s will for each of us that I feel God would have us consider today; joy, prayer and thanksgiving.

God’s Word says (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV) "Be joyful always; {17} pray continually; {18} give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

BE JOYFUL ALWAYS

There is joy associated with obeying God. Obedience to God does not bring joy to our flesh, but it does bring joy to our spirit. Jesus said (John 15:10-11 NIV) "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. {11} I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."

At the cross, the pain and suffering did not bring joy to Jesus’ flesh, but His unflinching obedience to His heavenly Father brought much joy to His spirit. (Hebrews 12:2 NIV) "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." There was also joy in knowing that when His obedience on earth was finished, He would be around the throne again.

There is joy that comes by the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Obedience to God and His Word brings a greater anointing of the Holy Spirit. With the greater anointing the fruit of the Spirit, which includes joy, becomes more and more abundant.

PRAY CONTINUALLY

There is designated prayer, corporate prayer and continual prayer. We have designated times that we enter into our prayer closet each day to spend time with Jesus. For some it’s in the morning hours as they start their day. For others, it may be during the day or at night prior to going to bed. But, one thing is sure; followers of Christ have designated times that they spend with Him in prayer.

We have corporate times of prayer that include prayer groups, prayer meetings, prayer in church services. Corporate times of prayer are powerful and God moves in powerful ways as faith is united and people of faith ask and agree together.

It is continual prayer that is God’s will for our life. We are to be people of continual prayer in constant communication with the One that we serve. Prayer becomes such a vital part of the follower of Christ that they commune with Jesus every waking hour. They not only have a designated time and place to pray, they not only participate in corporate prayer, but the pray continually. They talk to Jesus in the car. They talk to Jesus in the store. They talk to Jesus at work. They talk to Jesus at school. They talk to Jesus walking the dog. They talk to Jesus as they cook. They talk to Jesus as they mow the grass. The follower of Christ learns to continually talk to Jesus on their journey from earth to glory.


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