By the Will of God [Devotional]

by the will of god devotional

 

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:1,2 NKJV)

Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ, not by his own doing, but by the will of God. In short this means that Paul didn’t appoint himself to be an apostle, but instead was named by God to be an apostle.

We are all appointed by God to do something (or perhaps many things). When we do the things that God assigns to us, we experience many benefits.

Here are a few of them to consider:

God equips you to do the things He calls you to do.

You may feel inadequate to do many of the things that God calls you to do. In fact, one of the signs that you’re doing something that God has called you to do rather than it being something of your own design is that doing it may stretch you. It may make you uncomfortable. But if it’s truly a calling from God, He will give you all you need to succeed. That brings me to the next point.

You’ll succeed when you act based on the will of God.

I don’t want to paint an overly rosy picture for you. Just because you do the will of God doesn’t mean that everything will go great for you.

Paul was indeed an apostle by the will of God, but he suffered many hardships as a direct result of living out the will of God for his life. For example, he suffered from beatings, imprisonment, shipwrecks, and the mysterious thorn in the flesh, all while he did what God called him to do. In spite of his hardships, he fulfilled the calling of God on his life and as a result, his life and ministry were a success.

You can move forward with confidence when you do the will of God.

Since God equips you to do His will, and since He’ll be with you every step of the way and ensure your success as you continue to follow His lead, you can move forward with confidence.

As an example, through various means, God has made it abundantly clear to me that He’s called me to be a prolific writer. I struggled with fulfilling this call of God on my life because I was distracted by many other responsibilities. He kept confirming that writing full time was His will for my life to such a degree that continuing with “other things” was an act of disobedience on my part.

Since the calling was clear, and since I knew that God would equip me, and help me succeed, I was able to move forward with confidence with fulfilling the will of God.

Doing the will of God blesses others.

When we do the will of God, God not only blesses us; He also blesses others that are impacted by the work we do. For example, as Paul lived out what God appointed him to do, he blessed the churches he ministered to, and he also blesses today all of us who read the words he penned long ago.

As I write in obedience to Him, He blesses others as a result of that obedience.

The same applies to you. When you do the will of God, whether that be just bringing a meal to a neighbor, calling a friend He puts on your heart, or going to the deepest and darkest corner of Africa to serve as a missionary, others will be blessed.

Doing the will of God advances God’s kingdom.

You will be blessed and bless others by doing what God’s appointed you to do. But the ultimate purpose in doing the will of God is that His Kingdom is advanced EVERY time you act according to His will.

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Praying the Word

Lord, I pray that you will, first of all, make your will clear to me. Help me not to overly complicate this, but to rather trust You to speak to me. Help me to move forward with confidence when You speak, knowing You will provide everything I need, and be with me every step along the way as I do whatever You’ve appointed me to do.

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Applying the Word

One of the best ways to know the will of God is to spend time in His word every single day. Going through devotionals like this one, listening to sermons, and regularly reading the Bible are great places to start. If you don’t already have a good quiet time routine in place, revisit the tips in the introduction on how to use this book.

Once you’ve ascertained God’s will, commit to taking action. Don’t get hung up on waiting for a lightening flash or an audible voice to move forward with confidence. Start with small things that you feel God may be calling you to do. Taking action on little things will give you greater confidence when it comes to taking action on bigger things.

What is one thing you can take action on within the next 48 hours?

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