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Entries in How to Find Follow and Fulfill God's Will (7)

Monday
Jul022018

Fear of Missing Out

 I used to be preoccupied with finding God’s will for my life. Don’t get me wrong; desiring God’s will is not a bad thing. But my heart so badly wanted everything God had for me that this obsession morphed into a fear of missing His will. Being a planner and a left-brained, analytical thinker did not help either. Andrew’s teaching How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will quickly became my favorite audio series. And as I’ve lived a little more life and have taken steps in the right direction, I’ve found everything in this teaching to be spot on.

If we really desire God’s will for our lives, we won’t miss it. How can I be so confident about this? Well, because desiring God’s perfect will is ultimately tied to wanting a close relationship with Him. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Right there is a promise that He will make Himself known to us if we seek Him with all our hearts. That includes making known His specific plans for us.

One way we can seek His will is through devouring the Word of God. Andrew puts it this way in his book How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will:

“I can’t over-emphasize how essential the Word of God is in discovering our spiritual identity and finding God’s will for our lives. . . . The Bible isn’t just another book; it is quick—which means alive—and powerful. It reveals things to us that we could never figure out on our own.” (p. 79)

God transforms you from the inside out when you pursue Him with all your heart. He will put His desires in your heart (Ps. 37:4), and then He will fulfill them. Romans 12:1-2 is the core Scripture passage Andrew uses in this teaching:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

When you read God’s Word, you are aligning your soul and spirit to be receptive to His voice. And when you’re receptive to His voice, you will know when you are following God’s plan for your life. You won’t have to worry about missing God.

But what about when His will for our lives isn’t coming to pass when we think it should? Those delays can sometimes cause us to think we’ve missed God. Moses fell into that trap himself and delayed God’s plan by forty years! However, it was only a delay; it didn’t change God’s will for his life and the lives of the Israelite slaves.

Andrew goes on to explain: “God’s will for your life involves His timing. You can’t just take a Word from God, make a paragraph out of it, and do whatever you want to. God’s plans can’t be sped up. You can delay God’s plan—Moses delayed it 40 years—but you can’t make it happen any quicker than it’s supposed to” (p. 117).

God has a purpose for you! And He wants you to know that purpose more than you do. Andrew’s book How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will lays out your part and God’s part in walking that out. Don’t be worried about it like I was. Just take a deep breath and dig into the Word.

You won’t miss it.

Written by Aria Fischer

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Monday
Jun182018

What Were You Born to Do?

Have you ever met someone and thought, You are doing exactly what you were born to do? I know I have. Then I wonder, Am I doing what I was born to do? and, How do I know for sure? 

I believe all of us ask ourselves these questions at some point in our lives. Is God’s will for us just a guessing game? Is it something we’ll happen to stumble upon accidentally? Or, is it something we can know for certain and even something we need to purposefully pursue?

In Andrew’s teaching, How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will, he proves through Scripture that God has a specific and perfect plan for each of us, He wants us to know what that plan is, and it’s up to us to find it. That sounds like God is putting a lot of pressure on us, right? Well, He’s not really.

What’s the one thing God wants from His people more than anything else? A relationship! As Andrew discusses, it’s through this relationship that we can know God’s will for our lives.

Romans 12:1-2 says to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Andrew explains, “The general will that God has for everyone is to be a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable unto God. . . . There is a good and then an acceptable and then a perfect will of God. . . . It’s step by step by step; you have to begin. . . . The first step is that you have to become a living sacrifice. . . . You need to quit running and controlling your own life and instead turn it over to the Lord.”

It’s encouraging to know, as Andrew states, that God “wants you. He wants fellowship with you. He wants relationship with you. That’s what God’s will for your life is.” As you surrender yourself to God and diligently seek Him, He’ll begin to reveal His purpose to you.

However, once we discover His will, that’s not the end of the story; now we have to walk it out. One of the hardest parts about following God’s will is moving in His timing. Moses tried to bring God’s will to pass when he moved in his own strength and killed an Egyptian (Ex. 2:11-12 and Acts 7:24-28). Attempting to rush God’s timing actually set Moses back thirty years (Gen. 15:13 and Ex. 12:41)!

Following and fulfilling God’s will is a lifelong pursuit. Many Christians stop seeking God once they know His will, thinking they can then take matters into their own hands. But God wants us chasing after Him all the time. As we do, He’ll reveal more and more of His specific plans for our lives, and the timing will always be perfect.

Finding God’s plan for your life isn’t a secret, but you will have to search for it like the precious treasure that it is. It’s worth it because there’s no better place to be than in the center of God’s perfect will. When you walk in the truths that Andrew explains in How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will, others will then say of you, “You’re someone who’s doing exactly what you were born to do!”

Written by Renée Gray-Wilburn

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Monday
May282018

When I Grow Up

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When you were five years old, what was your answer? A doctor, a fireman, an actress? We don’t usually consider this question after our high school years. We’re mature now, and that notion is for kids. Right? But I think you should reconsider it today, right now, wherever you are.

What do you really want to be?

Surprisingly, that five-year-old’s answer could actually be what you were created for. In his teaching How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will, Andrew tells us, “Where and when you were born, the parents God gave you, your personality, and everything else about you [were] orchestrated by God for a specific purpose.”

Imagine that. Even your small hometown or your goofy laugh was handpicked by God to contribute to His purpose for you. Those seemingly insignificant desires, from wanting to save lives or hoping to sing on the radio someday, were planted in your heart all those years ago by a God who knows what
He’s doing.

Now think about where you are right now. Do you feel like you are doing exactly what God has called you to do? If you had endless possibilities, a limitless cash flow, and all the ability and open doors for you to live your dream, what would you choose to do?

Andrew explains that “God wants everyone to find and walk in the purpose He has ordained for them, yet not everyone will.” He says, “Once you realize you are the one responsible for discovering God’s will, the next step is to start seeking Him for it. He’s not hiding His will from you. But you’re going to have to do some seeking to find it.”

When I first heard this teaching by Andrew, I was so excited. I became solely focused on finding God’s path for me in a time when I had no idea how to live my dream. I finally realized I wasn’t crazy for wanting the same thing I had wanted since I was a kid. All I had to do was pursue God with all my heart (Jer. 29:12-13) and never give up.

Even when you face rejection and the road gets rough, you still have a choice to pursue God’s calling. Andrew explains that it’s more than just finding God’s will for your life; you need to seek Him and follow it to completion because the dream he gave you just might seem impossible in the natural. But you can cooperate with Him, and His continual guidance can make that dream your reality.

“God called me to do what is beyond my natural ability so that I would have to rely on Him to get it done,” Andrew says. “So, if you only look at what you’re good at to determine your purpose, you may totally miss it.” Having a relationship and constant contact with God opens up your entire world! Psalm 25:14 says, “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them” (New International Version). He will share things with you to coach you to your destiny. He knows your potential, not just your talents. He wants to see you reach it!

You are meant for something more, and God is calling you to adventure to find, follow, and fulfill whatever that is. When you seek God and never give up, you can live your dream.

To help you in this quest, keep watching the Gospel Truth broadcast as Andrew continues to share on How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will. You may also want to consider ordering the God’s Will Package, which includes a book, three study guides, and three teaching series on CD or DVD—all on this subject. This package also includes the Destiny Stories, Volume 2 DVD. Apply what you learn, and see your life transformed!

Written by Mo Smith

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