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Entries in How to Find Follow and Fulfill God's Will (6)

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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Monday
May212018

What Is Your Calling for Today? 

All this talk of destiny and calling in Christian circles can leave you feeling dizzy about where you are in life. Sure, life shouldn’t be about what makes you feel good all the time. The Gospel is the Good News and not necessarily the “feel-good news.” But if you’re not careful, you can get wrapped up in doing rather than being. But being is an essential part of your destiny.

I don’t believe you’re supposed to know everything about your calling before you fulfill it. But you should have a sense of where you’re headed. Look at what Paul said in Acts 20:22-24:

And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, [23] except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. [24] But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

New King James Version

Paul was talking about his destiny. He believed he was supposed to go to Jerusalem, and that seemed to be enough for him. He didn’t worry about what would happen when he got there. In fact, Jesus gave us
similar instructions:

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34, NKJV

Is it wrong to have a vision? No. Is it wrong to want to know more than the next step? No. But if your head is in the future, you could miss your destiny and calling for today!

Your present is not the enemy of your future. If you think it is, you could be focusing more on doing rather than being. To determine where your focus is, ask yourself what you’re thankful for. In Andrew’s teaching How to Find, Follow, and Fulfill God’s Will, he explains the power of thanksgiving:

“If you would go back and start thanking God for your salvation and just think what could have happened if you weren’t born again . . . and you spent eternity in hell. Man, you go to thanking God for that and then you thank Him for all of the opportunities that you’ve got today. You thank Him for your health, you thank Him for your family, you thank Him for the job that you’ve got. . . . Go to thanking Him for the level of prosperity that you have, . . . and you know what, God just gets bigger and bigger and bigger in your way of understanding. And all of a sudden, your problems get littler, smaller and smaller and smaller. Your mind is like a set of binoculars. If you look through the little end and out the big end, it magnifies everything. That’s what thanksgiving does. . . . We need to go to magnifying God with thanksgiving. . . . If you do these things, you will fulfill God’s will. You fail to do this, and you will not fulfill [it]. You might start in that direction, but you’ll never cross the finish line, not as a winner, unless you learn how to be grateful and
glorify God.”

That just says it all. Being thankful for what God is doing in your life today does not mean you should forsake what He wants to do tomorrow. Instead, it will simply help you be prepared for what He wants to do in your life both now and in the future.

The Enemy will try to make what’s going on in your life today not seem very remarkable. He’ll have you worrying about things you can’t know right now. But I encourage you to look at your life with a thankful heart. Focus on tomorrow when tomorrow comes, and ask yourself, “What is my calling
for today?”

Written by David Moore II

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