God's Will (Basics)
To be as blunt as possible, God's will is relationship! It was what He willed from the beginning in the garden of Eden. He wills to have relationship with you! God knows the end from the beginning, so He had a plan A; Jesus already in mind to come to earth in order to take care of the sin nature, and defeat death, hell and the grave! God's perfect will is relationship with and through CHRIST JESUS!
1. Jesus shows us who God is and isn't:
John 14:9-14 The Message (MSG) “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act. “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do."
Hebrews 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high
Colossians 1:15 (NLT)
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation
2. The Word is clear on God's will through Jesus with blunt scripture:
2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
If that isn’t explicitly clear, then I don’t know what is. The question I want to pose is this: is everyone saved? Is it God's will for everyone to be saved? If you answered honestly, then we can conclude that God’s will is NOT automatic. We must persis in relationship with The Lord; consistently choosing what He says in His Word over what we think, feel, or “know” based on past experiences that lacked His guiding hands. This relationship requires not only our participation, but that we distance ourselves from worldly opinions, deeds, and speech in order to allow Holy Spirit to shape us into His perfect image. There is power in that because the Creator of everything is asking us-not telling us-to let Him be Lord over our very lives. God is asking you to trust Him rather than scare you into obedience. That is true love!
Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV)
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!
God put it on record, in heaven and on earth, that it is up to us to choose what we receive! I have heard it said that what you choose to believe is what you will end up living: good or bad. What you choose to DO will reveal what you actually believe.
If God has given us the power to choose life, then why would we ever choose death? Decide today, right now, to choose Jesus Christ because He IS the life. Jesus chose life because He chose to do the will of God the Father. Be like Jesus. Choose life and life more abundant.
Acts 10:38 (NIV)
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
From this, we can conclude that it is God’s will to heal ALL. Some of you may ask, “If it’s God’s will to heal all, then why aren’t all healed?” Choice. The choice to choose faith, to choose God, to choose life. Is it God’s will that none would perish? Of course! Do people perish? Of course! Why? Choice. When you choose God’s ways over your ways, when you believe God’s Word over your thoughts, opinions, and past experiences, and when you choose a faith in God that surpasses all earthly understanding, THEN you will receive God’s promised will flowing in every aspect and area of your life.
Do you know that it is also God's will for you to walk in divine health?
Psalm 107:20 (NKJV)
He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Jesus is the sent Word that has healed and delivered. This is all in the past-tense. If this is true, then how come everyone who lives is not healed and delivered? God does not impose His will on anyone, no matter how beneficial it is. We must choose to agree with His truth-THE truth-in order for it to become our reality.
When you accept and agree with the truth that God has freely provided, only then can you know what is from God (His blessings) and what is from the enemy and this fallen world (cursing). Don’t ever let someone tell you that God gave them an ailment, sickness, disease, or broken bone to bless them with a lesson of His goodness. My earthly father never broke my arm or injected me with cancer only to tell me it was in order to learn of his goodness. That doesn’t even make earthly sense! That is illogical in every school of thought. God is explicit in His Word as to what constitutes as a blessing or cursing. Study it to show yourself approved and then test Him to show Him faithful.
Did Jesus Christ ever make anyone sick? Did Jesus Christ ever send a storm? Or did Jesus Christ heal the sick and calm the storm? The plumb line of God’s will is JESUS. Another way to say it is
“JESUS is PERFECT THEOLOGY!”
Deuteronomy 28 (NKJV) for your convenience
1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
9 The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Curses on Disobedience 15 But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
Note, for a second, that it says these curses will come upon you and overtake you. Due to lack of revelation, sometimes in the old testament, things are accredited to the Lord that are not of the Lord. These curses have been pre-spoken and written by Moses, and they are true, and will be established. But when it says 'the Lord will send on you...' This stuff has already been sent to find those who are not in agreement with the word of God concerning you!
16 Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.
17 Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
19 Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
20 “The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.
21 The Lord will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess.
22 The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.
23 And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron.
24 The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
25 “The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth.
26 Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away.
27 The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.
28 The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.
29 And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.
30 You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes.
31 Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them.
32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand.
33 A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually.
34 So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see.
35 The Lord will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.
36 The Lord will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods—wood and stone.
37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the Lord will drive you.
38 “You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it.
39 You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
40 You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off.
41 You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.
42 Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land.
43 The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.
44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. 46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.
47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything,
48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.
49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand,
50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor