The following is a daily devotional I received from LivePrayer.com, if you aren't aware of the organization, it is a group led by Bill Keller seeking to bring the word of God to secular mediums....trying to harvest as many souls for the Lord as possible during these last days. He is very insightful and I really get a lot out of these devotionals, just thought I would share.
"DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2005
***TOMORROW, look for a special message on the coming
persecution of Christians....IN THE UNITED STATES!
The goal is not to conform God to our will, but for us to conform to His
will. This Devotional today is a deep one. One of the most frequent
questions people always ask, is how do I know what the will of God is for my
life? Much of the difficulty in
determining what God's will is for our life is trying to separate our wants
and desires from God's wants and desires. This is probably one of the most
difficult issues you will ever deal with in your walk with the Lord and I
just want to give you some basics to help you in not trying to conform God
to your will, but for you to conform to His will.
The only way you can begin to understand what God's will is for your life is
to be in a daily, intimate, surrendered relationship with Him. It is
critical that you are spending time with the Lord every day through His
Word, through prayer, and that quiet time where it is just you and the Lord
in fellowship. That is the only way we can learn to hear His voice so that
over time we are able to discern whether it is God speaking or simply
ourselves. I can't begin to emphasize enough how important it is to take
the time each day to get alone with God and have that time of fellowship.
You only begin to know God's will for your life when you really know God.
The key is you have to be at a place in your life where you are fully
surrendered to the Lord. You need to be able to say, "Lord, wherever
want me to go, whatever you want me to do, I am completely yours". The
biggest hurdle to overcome in following God's will for our life is the fear
of the unknown. What is my life going to be like if I follow God? How will
my life be different if I really let God have His way? Trust me, He loves
you, cares about you, and only wants the best for you. God wants to bless
you and those blessings are found as we faithfully and obediently follow
The more we listen to God's voice, the more we obey and follow His voice,
the less time we spend trying to force God to follow what we want to do, and
the more time we spend trying to follow what God wants us to do. As we grow
and mature in our relationship with the Lord, we find ourselves more
concerned with what God is asking us to do and we slowly begin to make His
desires our desires. My friend, THAT is the time when you find that special
place almost impossible to put into words. That place where your desires
have become God's desires. It is clearly no longer your will that you seek,
but it is His will.
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you that you
will get serious about finding and living in God's perfect will each day.
It is the only way we truly know the peace, joy, and abundance of this life.
In His will, we can do all things because it is not us, it is Him. Out of
His will, we can do nothing. Nothing works or makes sense. Take some time
alone with the Lord today and begin to pray in earnest for God to help you
begin to quit trying to conform Him to your will, but for you to conform to
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those who have already given this month. For those who have not, please
send your very best gift today. Don't expect someone else to do what God is
asking you to do. God will bless you for your faithfulness and obedience!
I NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!
If you have not given this month, please take a moment, pray, and ask God
what He would have you do to help me today. I only ask that you are
obedient, give according to your ability to give, and give what God is
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fine. If it is $500, $1,000, or the entire $18,800, fine.
***Don't assume that someone else will give. What they do is between them
and God. It is YOUR obedience God is looking at, and YOUR blessings.
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In His love and service,
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