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Friday, March 28, 2014

Finding God's Will for Your Life

Brilliant time at the DTS Gathering that we hosted here in YWAM Derby
"Your calling 
is determined over time, 
as you process 
what you want to do, 
what God has gifted you to do 
and the opportunities He’s placed before you. 
More often than not, 
your calling is a gradual process 
that is 
solidified 
over time."
-excerpt from "The Gospel and..."
photos in this post taken by Fernando Azevedo Nunes (this one at the lovely Derby Cathedral)
In my study time with God, I've been trying to figure out what it looks like to find His perfect will for one's life.

I mean, what the heck does that even mean?? Perfect will.

This is the burning question in our current Discipleship Training School (DTS) student's hearts and minds as their DTS rolls to a swift and ever closer conclusion. Only three more months to go!

It's the burning question that is on pretty much ALL of our young people's minds today as they approach Uni-age...and on the minds of many middle-aged peoples and all the inbetween aged folk as well. Really I think it starts for all of us around 5 or 6 when well-meaning relatives and slightly obnoxious strangers in the food checkout line turn eager eyes on us and pepper us with the, what do you want to be when you grow up?? question...

Fun fact for you:
The average professional changes jobs 10-15 times in their career. 
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

There is clearly a bit of uncertainty in the path many of us feel we are supposed to head down. That and we are easily bored because we settle for jobs that maybe pay well, but don't necessarily provide us with any sense of fulfillment.

For me, during my twenties, I changed jobs MANY, many times. Never landing on one that I felt ultimately was IT.

So how do we weigh all of the options out there for what we could do and all of our own personal interests and what we think we'd like to do and then weigh it all in with what God wants us to do?

Even now, for me, when I know I am in the center of God's will for me, I am so used to entertaining this barrage of thoughts:

Goes something like,

Am I really doing what He has called me to do? Am I sure I heard Him correctly? Am I equipped in the best way I can be?? Is there anything I have overlooked?? Surely if I'm enjoying it too much or say, not enough, then it must not be right...err...right?

I read a very though provoking book by Andrew Wommack, 
How to Find, Follow and Fulfill God's Will For Your Life. 

Wommack says some really interesting things in it...
one of my main take aways was this quote:

It's not difficult to have God lead us. 
We just need to love God with our whole heart 
and commit our lives to Him, 
then as we DELIGHT in the Lord, 
He will put HIS DESIRES in our hearts.
When we delight ourselves in the Lord, 
He changes the desires of our heart 
to align with our purpose in life. 
We can trust those desires. -Wommack

What  I am starting to really see is that as we abide in Him, fixing our hearts and minds on Jesus, enjoying ALL of Him and intimate relationship with Him, ALL other things in life fall into place according to His best plans and purposes. 

Matthew 6:36
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, 
and ALL these things will be added to you.

We were all created for meaningful and inspired purpose and destiny in Christ. 

The key, I'm finding comes from resting and enjoying Him first and foremost. Quieting that worrying mind of ours...

In His timing he will absolutely reveal that thing we were made to do.

We may not always have the whole, detailed map of it but we'll have the next step. The task may last a year or two and then change -that definitely happens or it may occupy a lifetime...

God is so big and infinite and the cool thing is,
Our personal relationship with Jesus allows Him to GUIDE us individually.

We MUST NOT compare our journey or what we think we 'should be' doing with anybody else's life.

There is NO ONE else like you or me out there in the vast world. We are entirely unique as is our calling.

Jesus’ first job was not as a preacher, teacher, leader or healer.
His first
 
job was as a blue-collar worker. For twenty years, the majority of His 

life, He worked an ordinary job, as a carpenter.

We were made to work, but we are not defined by our work. 
Jesus’ work, His title, His salary didn’t define Him. His Father defined Him. 
His Father gave Him value. Because of this, Jesus could enjoy His work."
-another excerpt from "The Gospel and..."


God creates and calls all of us to different professions and vocations. 
He calls some to be church planters and pastors, some to be entrepreneurs, businessmen, custodians, construction workers, artists and doctors.

What would you choose?

Practically...One way we can start honing in on these God-given desires is by making a list of things we enjoy doing and giving ourselves permission to add those things that we think might be over the top or that others might laugh at---but if money wasn't an option and you could DO ANYTHING...???? What would you do??/ Put it all down!!

Then...

Relax.

Don't stress.

Rest in Christ and lay these ideas before Him. As we love Him and enjoy Him in relationship, we let all of our hopes and desires be filtered through His love and grace... the more time you spend conscious of Him and Him IN you, you will find that He is overflowing out of you and that He is filling you with God-desires and dreams and visions.

Then when He says GO, we can step out in faith and do all that He has set before us to do with excitement and purpose because we are doing it with Someone we know, trust and love. And we will be doing what we were made to do.

Loving God and ENJOYING Him forever 
is our ultimate calling! 
EVERYTHING else, flows out of that.

I'll leave you with a quote from David Platt in his book, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live:
"We go to Him. We spend time with Him. We sincerely listen to His Word as we walk in obedience to it. As we do these things, God leads and guide us according to His will, and suddenly we realize that finding God's will is not a road map just waiting to be unearthed somewhere... 
Instead, it’s a relationship that God wants us to experience every day. The goal of the disciple of Jesus, then, is not to answer the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” The goal, instead, is to walk in God’s will on a moment-by-moment, day-by-day basis."


4 comments:

  1. Oh Jeanine, this was so inspiring and what has been on my heart lately. It's nice to have you put into words for further pondering.
    I love the photos also. What an awesome mission you are on.
    Thank you for sharing your experience and your heart with us.
    Sending much love your way.
    Nonnie

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  2. You in totality spoke some of the more major revelations I personally have from God. I was actually taken back by how accurate your words are in contrast to my own. It's so refreshing to see like minded people in the Body of Christ. Keep up the good and deep work in Jesus name. God indeed chose you for great and mighty things for such a time as this. Love you in the Lord Jeanine!

    Sincerely,
    Daniel C. Cudone

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  3. Thank you so much for this post Jeanine. This something even two nights ago, I was wrestling with, so this was very encouraging. I remember a talk one of my professors at Northland gave not too long ago. He was talking about his decision to leave his ministry and come to Northland to teach. He had a good ministry where he was, but he really wanted to teach at Northland. Eventually he did come to Northland, but he said something very interesting. He believed wholeheartedly that whichever decision he made, God would have blessed either. As long as he was being obedient to God's will and being faithful in the ministry in front of him, he was within God's will for him, and God would have blessed either ministry. He never regretted his decision to come to Northland, but he was convinced that it was not as simple (or complicated) as a right or wrong decision. Sometimes were just have to set out and be obedient with what we know God wants us to do from His word, and leave the complicated stuff to Him. Sometimes I get a big head and think so little of God's sovereignty that I actually think I can "mess up the plan". How little must I think of God to believe that He can't correct my stumbling and guide me through this life! Thanks again for this post. I really needed it. Oh and you make me miss Europe, like a lot!

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    1. Hi Leah! It is soo lovely to hear from you sweet girl. I love the example you gave of your professor and his revelation of walking within God's will... And for you, what you said is so perfect--if you have a heart walking with the Lord, there is no room for fear or worry there that you are going to 'mess anything up'. He knows exactly where He is leading you. I think it is continuing to be led by him from that place of deep rest in him. And if we are on the not so best course, I think He will make that clear to us one way or another. We dont see the whole picture but he does, so as I see it, He is going to let us know as we are stepping out in faith-which is the most we can do. But be led by peace in your spirit.... Jesus is the Prince of Peace! He would have us operate from no other place!

      I hope you are having an enjoyable summer and that you will be able to visit home again! Is your family still over here? THank you for great insight lady! Blessings! xxJ

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