“5 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About God’s Will for You” 12/23/2014 by VaSanganyado

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5 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About God’s Will for You

December 15, 2014 ~ VaSanganyado

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State of Affairs in the ‘Dark Continent’

For many centuries, people called Africa the ‘dark continent’. Whenever Africa is mentioned, some people wear pseudo-empathetic faces of either scorn or grief. Like Nathan, they rhetorically ask, “Is there anything good from Africa?” The popular movies Blood Diamond, Hotel Rwanda, The Last King of Scotland or Sometimes in April skillfully crafted a gloomy picture of the state of affairs in Africa. To make matters worse, infectious diseases have rocked across Africa like Prophet Joel’s army of locust, AIDS, malaria and now Ebola. Is this God’s will for Africa suffering through poverty and disease?

In 1884, a conference was held in Berlin, and Africa the European imperialists sliced the continent like a pumpkin pie at a Thanksgiving dinner. They formed a pact to colonize Africa licking the continent’s resources and demeaning the local people reducing them to third class citizens worse than a two-legged donkey or a blind horse. For nearly a century, African people suffered until they stood up with one voice and fought for their freedom. Freedom came in most countries, but not really. Mukoma wa Ngugi, the son of the most celebrated African writer Ngugi wa Thiong, captures well the reality of independence in Africa.

“Independence had merely switched masters for them [Africans], and sometimes not at all.”

In reality, most African nations have succumbed to dictatorship. True democracy is rare and scarce. Most of the African leaders do not have the people they lead at heart. They are only in the positions they hold for personal gain. How could you explain the richest African woman is the daughter of a president? Such pathetic leaders use patriotism as a manipulation tool that fools people believe suffering is a sign of allegiance to the nation. This twisted mentality is the primary reason you find young people who are in search of meaning and purpose in life are made to believe one tribe is superior to the other and acts of folly follows, like the massacre of Tutsi and moderate Hutus in Rwanda.

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God is not a sycophant dictator

What if God tells me I should leave my high paying job and be a missionary in an Ebola stricken town in Africa?
What if God tells me not to marry anyone and travel around the world as an evangelist?

No one will ever admit they believe God is a sycophant dictator who is out to use us for His selfish gain. Unfortunately, most of the time we all do. Almost every day, I believe more than 50% of believers go on their knees to ask God what His will for their life is. However, in most instances believers dread that kind of prayer because of the strong belief, God’s will is not always pleasant or what they love.

The way you view God’s will for your life undoubtedly exposes the nature of the god you believe in. If you think God’s will is always meaningless, pointless and a pain in the neck, then you regard God as a psychotic twisted monster who is gratified when His subjects suffer. Does that mean when God’s will involve suffering God becomes a sycophant dictator? Not at all, many times when we experience suffering it is because the potter is making us into better earthen vessels.

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Let us look at 5 things that are unbelievable about God’s will for your life.

1. Gives You Hope
Throughout the scriptures, there are many examples of people who received hope when God revealed his will to them. God clearly told Jeremiah that he had plans for him, a plan that would give him hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11-13). When God told Jeremiah this, the nation of Judah was on the brink of colonization. Babylon was on the verge of attacking their kingdom, and put all the citizens into forced labor. At that point in history, everything looked bleak, but God showed Jeremiah His will for the nation was to give them hope.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

2 Pet 3:9 ESV

2. Believe
Every morning, God lays bare His will to me, “Do you believe?” Yes, this simple question, yet hidden in it is the liberating truth about the will of God. When pressures mount on every side, when I fail to find a space to breath, God’s will for me is that I may have hope. The Lord wants me to have hope, even when all hope is gone.

His will gives me hope like it did for Abraham. Although, advanced in age and with no child of his own, yet he hoped against hope. Why? Because He was fully persuaded God could do what He says. This is the will of God that you believe.

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

Joh 6:29, 40 ESV

3. Gratitude
Every time we misconstrue grace for a birthright or entitlement, we miss out on an opportunity for thanksgiving. I am what I am by the grace of God. The beautiful wife, cute kids, studying in America, etc. are not my birthright. God bestowed on me His favor, they are all gifts from God. Thank you God. Hannah experienced favor in her barrenness. She experienced something Peninah never did, that is, crying before God. Peter and John had grace upon them when they were beaten because they had an opportunity to suffer for Christ.

Our misconceptions of grace thwart true spirituality, a lifestyle of worship. God’s will for us is that we lead a lifestyle of thanksgiving and this means leading a life we are constantly aware of what the Lord is doing in our lives and of those around us.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1Th 5:16-18 ESV

4. Redemption
I will repeat, God is not a psychotic twisted monster who is gratified when His subjects suffer. God was not pleased when sin took hold of us and we became willing servants to wickedness and ungodliness. The wages of sin is death and God never wished anyone of us to perish, and because of His love He sent His only begotten son to die for us. Great is His faithfulness and immeasurable is His love, who could ever lay His life for even a good person, yet Christ died for the weak, ungodly and sinful. This is the beauty of God’s will for you and me, that we become righteous by the divine exchange. Christ, who had no sins, sin was imputed to Him, but shockingly righteousness were credited to us.

Redemption is not God’s afterthought to seduce a fallen creation into irrational worship of a fictitious god. It is the perfect plan of God, rooted in the perfect love that casts out all fear and grounded in the true nature of God. Redemption is God’s will.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Gal 1:3-4 ESV

5. Sanctification
I live in a generation that celebrates nonconformity, which is good in a way. Being different has been embraced as a tool for finding meaning, purpose and recognition, hence the crazy hairstyles, eyebrow raising dressing and jaw dropping titles. We often adopt practices that scream to the world, “I am different.” Implausibly, such behavior is like a child who spends his time working his back off to raise money for a meal each day, when his rich parent’s will is for them to have enough to eat. The kid would rest when he knows his parents’ will.

Many times we behave like this kid. Each day, we look for things that can make us set apart from the world. God’s will is for me to be different from the world. Jesus even prayed that I should not be of the world, even if I stay in the world. James assures me, “the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

Heb 2:10-11 ESV

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God’s Will for You is Good News

Forget the lies about God’s will you have heard over the years. God’s will for you is good news. Whether it involves being flogged like Peter and John or serving the people like David, suffering through shipwrecks like Paul or sitting in a palace like Esther or being mocked like Elisha or being honored like Joseph what matters is it is God’s will for your life. God’s will gives you hope, it is for you to believe, give thanks, redeems and sanctifies you. This is the good news of the will of God.

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