Topic: How to discover God’s will and fulfill it Part 3
Sub-Topic: Fulfilling God’s will is not by your strength and ability.
By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
Bible Text: Acts 7:24-25.
And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him and Avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
(25) For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by His hand would deliver them, but they understood not.
Satan will do everything he can, to stop you from fulfilling God’s will so be prepared. To fulfill God’s will for your life, you will experience different kinds of problems no doubt. You will make mistakes and definitely learn from hard knocks. Most successful people today experienced such knocks. It’s is often a much better choice to learn from someone else’s hard knocks experience than to suffer it.
However, this will not exempt you either from some hard knock situations but you can through obedience and application of practical knowledge acquired, reduce the number of hard knock experiences.
There are several Biblical stories we can learn from. Great men such as Moses, Samson, David and others have in one or multiple ways set examples we can learn from.
I personally have had my share of mistakes while following the Lord, but have also avoided many of them by heeding to instructions, from the scriptures.
Taking Moses as a case study, like we did in part 2 of this series, God had laid in the heart of Moses that he was going to be the deliverer of the Israelites. That was just the beginning of God’s master plan for his life. Instead of waiting on God’s timing, he decided to fulfill the plan himself and subsequently got into trouble.
Moses knew he was Jewish. God kick started the plan by impressing upon Moses’s heart to go ‘ visit his brethren, the children of Israel ‘.
Acts 7:24-25, reads thus,
And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
(25) For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
This means that the killing of the Egyptian by Moses did not just happen by chance. He knew God’s will for his life was to bring deliverance to the Jews. When he killed the Egyptian, he was actually trying to bring God’s promised will to pass. He expected the Jews to rally behind him with the purpose of leading them out of captivity, to the promised land. It was of uttermost failure because he totally missed God’s plan.
This is of tremendous significance to us, and these are some points I would want to enumerate. I do pray that God will open up our hearts and help us receive this: Knowing God’s will for your life is a smaller part of you following, and fulfilling that will.
Often times, most people think that God should just show them what to do and they can take care of it themselves in their own way. However, the scriptures teaches a much more different attitude. Once you know God’s will for your life, the next and even more important step is finding out how to follow and fulfill that plan he has shown you in His own method.
Our society today believes that the end justifies the means, as long as they get their achievements, not minding process. That false logic has led to a lot of compromises. Devices such as dishonesty, back stabbing,greed will be deployed to achieve their aim, as long as they feel they are succeeding. Moses killed the Egyptian, thinking murder will produce God’s will. That, is one of the problems associated with leaning on our own understanding (Prov. 3:5).
Beloved, you cannot orchestrate things yourself outside God’s will and expect His blessings. Moreso, asking God about the timing is important as well. There are right and wrong methods to get things accomplished, and there is God’s way and a selfish way too.
Brethren, I have learnt not quite long ago that : It’s not just enough to know God has called you to ministry and has released His anointing over your life, I discovered that I needed to develop the character and maturity to accurately represent Him wherever I am sent. Recognizing the call of God over our lives is important but fulfilling that call, is more crucial.
In Prov. 14:12, the Bible reads,
“There is a way which seemeth right into a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”.
NOTE: Preparation time is never wasted time.
Knowing what God wants us to do is wonderful and powerful. It’s of great privileged to have God reveal His will to us. I’m not diminishing that, however that is the beginning step, like opening the door. We have not arrived yet. Through personal experience I have learnt that it’s more frustrating when you know God’s will but lack the ability to fulfill it.
Moses for instance, missed God’s timing. That cost him fourty years in the wilderness and the children of Israel extra years in bondage. This is not what anyone wants for themselves. You need this teaching. Learn from Moses’s mistakes not yours.