So, the other night before bed, I made a prayer and petition to the Lord. I asked him to reveal something to me in my dreams. I said, "Your will be done" I believed my heart was open and I was ready for whatever way His will would be.
He Revealed His will. If you didn’t know, God has a tremendous sense of humor, I mean it’s out of this world (literally). My dream was opposite of what I expected and wanted His will to be. Once I realized that my dream was not my "desires" I went back to sleep and said, "OK, God, let’s try this
again.” Lo-and-behold. Same dream and the same meaning, this went on for three rounds until I finally surrendered and said, "okay, Lord God, Your will, not mine.”
I was lead to a point in scripture where Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane, right before being crucified, (Matt. 26:39) Jesus cried out and lamented, "Your will be done." Although He cried Your will be done, I'm pretty sure a part of Him would have preferred His will, not. (“Let this cup pass from Me.” – Matt. 26:39 & “Father, why have you forsaken Me?” – Matt. 27:46)
Jesus made His petition and let His desires known to God. Nevertheless, He surrendered to the will of the Father, endured the beating, the torment, the bloodshed, the bruises and the brokenness, for the purpose, of bearing the cross for our sake. Through all of this, Jesus did not try to fight the process, nor did He try to come down. He could have, I mean we’re talking about The Messiah, the Only God who rebuked the winds and deemed the tree to die because it was fruitless. So, of course, chains, nails, whips and all, would not stop Him. HOWEVER, God’s will for Jesus was to stay on the cross and die for our sins. So, for us, He put His will aside, yielded to the Father, and bore.
You see, the reason I wanted the outcome of my dream to work in my will and favor, is because I wanted the short and the easy-way-out. I was not ready to endure yet another battle, and I was not quite prepared for growing pains. However, at this point, I understood that God's will meant that I would have to put aside my feelings, and my desires, and altogether get myself out of the way. I wanted to see the manifestation of the heart of God for my life. Understanding this, I also realized the task that was at hand; it was not going to be an enjoyable ride. Nevertheless, I choose to submit – His will, Not mine.RSS Feed
At times we underestimate the real power of the Blood of Jesus. Sometimes we forget that Jesus in fact endured so we can rise. Not only did He endure, but He surrendered to make provisions for us by creating a path in such a way that we will be able to stand until the completion of the Father’s will for our lives.
Because of our flesh, our feelings, and our hearts desire; it's very common for out wants to be opposite of God’s will.
Because we are mere flesh, who thinks, speak, and act out of the abundance of our hearts.
Since the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, (Jer. 17:9) it's important to surrender our will and yield to the Spirit of the Lord. We MUST trust in the Lord with ALL our heart. It's imperative that we are not leaning on our own understanding, but that in all our ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct our paths. (Prov. 3:5-6) I know at times this can sound easier said that than done, however, I am leaving you some practical and cool tips on how you can fully surrender to Jesus and acknowledge Him in all that you do!
Let’s make it practical!
I know this is the one thing that every Christian hear concerning any issue or even knowing the will of God. In all honesty, the only way to understand the will of God is going to Him in prayer. Make your request known to Him, seek His Face, and pray for His will to be done. Prayer is an essential tool. Making petitions come in handy, not only for knowing the heart of the Father but also remaining steadfast during the process of seeing the other side of His Word. Matthew 6:9-10, 1 Thessalonian 5:17
2. Check your heart
If you are not mindful, while seeking the Lord, there's the possibility of getting distracted by the outcome of your desires. Meaning, while praying the will of the Father, you are still actively seeking and praying the will of your heart and have not entirely yielded to Him. Checking your heart will ensure that despite the outcome, you're surrendered to Him. This is easier said than done. However, actively reading God’s Word, seeking His face, and fasting will incline your ear to the mouth of Jesus. Pro. 4:23, John 5:30
3. Arm yourself with the full armor of God
Whenever we are seeking the Father's will, that means we are intentional about being on the path of righteousness. Therefore, we are prone and susceptible to different attacks and distractions that may try take us off course. It's crucial that in our walk we are fully clothed with the armor of God. He is our keeper, our sustainer, our shield, and our fighter against all attacks and potential threats. Ephesians 6:12-18, Psalms 18:2
· I encourage you to read, interpret, and breakdown Ephesians 6:12-18 so that you are fully aware on how to remain bold while arming yourself against anything that tries to come against the future that God has for you.
Resting is super essential. At times we work endlessly towards the goal and mark that is set before us, but we must rest. While working is excellent, for faith without works is dead. It's also important to be diligent to enter the Lords rest. After all, God rested after He worked (created) the universe for six whole days and took time to rest on the seventh. Resting does not mean that you are not actively working as God intended you. Resting is knowing that you've done your work and now its time to move out of the way so that Jesus can complete the work that is unseen. Hebrews 4:11, Ephesians 6:13
5. Be Bold and Courageous
There is going to be a time where you have to take all that you've been praying for, all that you've been learning, all that you've been seeking, and all the instructions that God has laid out before you, into action. You must be bold and courageous. You must be ready for whatever task is at hand. You must know that the same Holy Spirit that instructed you is that same Holy Spirit that kept Jesus on the cross, and is the same Holy Spirit that is inside of you. He is keeping you and guiding you as you walk towards the purpose that God has for you. Joshua 1:5-6
- Nevertheless, His will – Not Mine!
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