God's Will

Laboring Fervently in Prayer to Stand Firm in ALL the Will of God (Because His Will Doesn’t Always Happen)

The Lord often teaches me by keeping me on certain themes for periods of time (of varying lengths). Lately, it’s about doing His will, being able to do His will, how the devil (the thief) steals from us through sickness, etc. to keep us from God’s will.

What does all this mean?

It means God has His will for each of us but that the VERY will of God doesn’t always happen. So, let’s look to what God has to say about this.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9). 

It’s NOT God’s will that any should perish (in hell for eternity), but because we have free will people will choose to reject His will for themselves through unbelief by rejecting His Son, Jesus. Thus also rejecting eternal life with Him in heaven. Again, not God’s will. Because He loves us, He didn’t create us like robots and lets us choose Jesus and eternity with Him or not.

God’s will: That all confess Christ and none perish for eternity.

God’s will not happening: People reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior for themselves and choose hell instead.

“But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him,” (Luke 7:30). 

God’s will: Receive the baptism by John the baptist (God’s will before Jesus got His ministry going).

God’s will not happening: They outright rejected what God told them to do using John the baptist to speak to them regarding His command at that time.

“They certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it,” (Numbers 14:23-24). 

God’s will: For all the children of Israel to believe Him and His will for them when He said the land was theirs despite the giants there. We see Caleb accepted God’s word, promise, and will for Himself as truth and did enter the land because he didn’t fear the giants there based on God telling him the land was theirs. By faith, he knew that also meant that God would also help them defeat the giants.

God’s will not happening: Most rejected His will for themselves – that the land was theirs – and therefore did not receive or get to enter the land and partake of His promise to them.

“Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God,” (Colossians 4:12).

This is so powerful to me right now! Thank You, Father, for using it to minister to me in such a mighty way by Your Holy Spirit.

See how Colossians 4:12 magnifies the importance of prayer and the massive consequences of prayerlessness? 

Epaphras was led by the Spirit in this. In order for them to stand firm in God’s will, He knew by God that it required “laboring fervently in prayers,” for them.

Wow, my Lord! Thank You so much for this incredible revelation. Colossians 4:12 in the NIV says it like this, “Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.”

We are in such a spiritual battle that it requires a pray without ceasing, wrestling in prayer, in order to stay in God’s will.

This brings to mind, Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This is why prayer is not an option but a must for anyone who desires to stand firm in God’s will. I have often cried, “Lord, keep me! I cannot keep myself.”

Why is this important?

Before I get to that, I must warn, because love warns, that there are a great many in the church who have been taught and have not checked the Word and sought the Lord for themselves to make sure what they were being taught was His truth, and therefore, spread lies about the will of God in ignorance. Many believe that God’s will always happens and happen automatically. This is far from what the Word teaches. And He’s our go to on the truth, of course. That belief is inspired by satan and has made its way into the church like a snake, vice gripping it into passivity as believing God’s will just happens makes for prayerless, apathetic, inactive children of God. We don’t have to be this way though. With God’s help, we can make that change right now and choose His truth and a life of prayer to be able to stand firm in all His will for us.

It’s important because it highlights prayer as a need if we desire to stand firm in God’s will for our lives and that His will clearly doesn’t always happen (because of prayerlessness and free will).

Praise

Father, thank You for being the best Teacher ever. Apart from You, we can do nothing. Not even understand Your Word. All glory and honor and praise to You for the revelations found in this word (post)! I bless Your name forever. Hallelujah!

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A Great Example of Blaming God When a Free Will Choice Puts One in Harm’s Way – Ruth 1:20

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But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

RUTH 1:20

Naomi’s words in Ruth 1:20 are a great example of a person blaming God for the bad things that happen to them when their free will chose against His will and guidance for their safety.

During a famine, instead of staying in town of Bethlehem (means house of bread), they left the land of His people, promise, and shelter and went to Moab, an extremely ungodly place. God would have provided for them in Bethlehem because He promises to supply for His children even in famines, but He couldn’t stop their free will from taking them to an ungodly and dangerous land.

They went to Moab knowing better by God not to. The Moabite people hated Israel and God forbade them to intermingle with them for their safety and protection (Deuteronomy 23:3-5). And what did Naomi’s husband do? He took his entire family there. They’d taken their eyes off God, His Word to them, saw the situation with “natural eyes,” and went to a forbidden land to their demise. Not because God willed their demise but because they put themselves in harm’s way by ignoring His warnings.

Like when a parent tells a child, “Don’t touch the stove because you’ll get burned,” and they do it anyway.

The parent can’t make a hot stove un-hot to keep the child safe but can only warn him/her not to touch it in order to prevent the pain. God does the same for us, yet many blame Him when they choose to ignore His loving words intended to bless and protect us, not to keep us from having fun or missing out, etc.

God will not force us to choose His will or to choose His words of warning intended to protect us, but because God is merciful and just, He redeemed the situation for Naomi and does for us as well.

Let’s read what happened to Naomi and her family in Moab when they put themselves in harm’s way in a forbidden land for God’s people…

“Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband” (Ruth 1:1-5).

…Answer? All the men died.

Because Elimelech, his wife’s covering and protector, was the one who took her to Moab, and she didn’t have a choice in the matter, God kept her and the wives her sons took in that land. To whom much is given. Much is expected. Husbands, be careful how and what you lead your family into.

God is a Redeemer!

In Ruth 1, all the husbands are dead, so Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, the land of God’s people, while Orpah returns to her family. They returned back to the “house of bread” where they too should have stayed and where His people not only survived the famine but thrived during it.

Enter Boaz

Ruth had turned from the ways of the Moabites to the God of Israel and joined her mother-in-law in Bethlehem, they are husbandless, and need food and provision. The goodness of God leads Ruth to Boaz’s field.

Long story short, she finds favor and love with Boaz, a godly man of great wealth, they marry, and Naomi and Ruth were redeemed and provided for with more than enough.

God is so good that…

He even used Naomi and Ruth as the ancestral line of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now, that’s above and beyond redemption. He causes all things to work together for our good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28), and the book of Ruth is a great example in the lives of Naomi and Ruth.

The book of Ruth is a beautiful story of God’s redemption, and if you’d like you can begin to read it here.

Prayer

Father, may people see You as You truly are – a good and loving Father. You only intend for our good, but we can ignore You and put ourselves in harm’s way by our wills not Yours. The wages of sin is death, and we can even be affected by other people’s sins as we see with Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, or with how thousands of toxins and carcinogenic chemicals are in our foods and products born from the sin and greed of man for max profit and not for the care of human safety which affect people and makes them sick. This is not Your will telling them to poison people with all these toxins but their sin-bent free will and love of money. O that all may see You as You are and not how they twist and perceive as Naomi initially did in Jesus’ name, amen.