TOPIC: HOW TO FULFIL GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE PART 4
*BIBLE TEXT: JEREMIAH 1:4-5*
 *Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,*
 *Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nation*.
Finding God’s will for your life is essential, but it’s just the beginning. Once you start moving in God’s direction and following God’s will for your life, Satan will do everything he can to stop you*. This is why knowing the will of God for your life is just a step because many people know the will of God but could not endure the attack the devil brought against them to frustrate Gods plan and propose for their life’s. Devil will only leave you without trouble when he discovers you are heading the wrong direction.
You’re going to have all kinds of problems trying to follow God’s will. You will definitely learn from hard knocks. You will make mistake and sometimes painful one. I certainly have. But I don’t recommend it. There is a better way to learn and that is by learning from somebody else’s hard knocks. The reason we read other people’s books is to avoid the mistake they made. The word of God is another way to escape hard knocks. If you will obey and learn through the word of God, you will avoid many pitfalls in your journey in life.
This is exactly what the Scripture has to say:
Now, these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
You can see from above that all those things recorded in the Bible are written for our example so that these can learn from it. beloved, you don’t have to learn everything the hard way. See the way that God dealt with other people and their actions, and learn from their example.
I have made my share of mistakes as I learn to follow the Lord, but I have also avoided many of them through taking instruction from the Scripture and reading books from those who have gone before me. I want to share with you from the life of Moses some of the things we need to learn about following God’s will for our lives.
God has a purpose for Moses and the plan of God is that he would deliver the children of Israel from bondage. Though no man has ever shared this plan of God with Moses, yet something within him tells him he was a deliverer.
In Acts 7:23, Stephen, speaking of Moses, said,
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
In other words, Moses knew he was Jewish. God had started this whole thing by laying it on Moses’ heart to go “visit his brethren the children of Israel.”
Beloved, knowing God’s will start from the heart. There is inner intuition, feelings or passion about your purpose in life. God begins by leading you in the way of your purpose in life. You may even know it is a call or divine plan but God initiates this plan and wait on you to respond positively.
In Acts 7:24-25, we read further,
*And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian*:
* For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not*.
After reading these verses, you will get a clear picture that Moses at this time understood the will of God for his life. He knew that God had called him to bring deliverance to the Jews. When he killed this Egyptian, *he was actually trying to bring God’s will to pass.* He expected the Jews to rally behind him. His purpose was to lead them out of captivity and into the Promised Land. But he totally missed God’s plan. It was an utter failure!
The significance of this to you and me is tremendous! And here’s one of the first points I want to get across. I just pray that God will open up your heart and help you receive this:
*Knowing God’s will for your life is a very small part of you following and fulfilling that will.*
That comes as a total shock to most people. Most people think, God, just shows me what You want me to do, and praise God, I can take care of it from here. But, actually, the Scripture teaches a much different attitude. Once you know God’s will for your life, the next step and maybe even a more important step is, *finding out how to follow and fulfil his will*.
In our society today, a lot of people believe that the end justifies the means. As long as they get from here to there, it doesn’t matter how they do it. That kind of logic has led to people making compromises. They can do all kinds of things, for example, operate in dishonesty, stab other people in the back, and do just about anything as long as they feel they’re fulfilling God’s will.
Moses actually killed this Egyptian, thinking that murder would produce God’s will. That’s the kind of mistake the majority of us are making today when we lean to our own understanding (Prov. 3:5).
To be continued tomorrow.
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla
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