I want to continue with practical steps to determining the Perfect Will of God that I shared last week. The steps originated from a Christian from the past named George Müller. Why him, because he lived a life of prayer and faith that can be both a blessing and a strong example for us today.
Among many other accomplishments in his life, George Müller felt led to start an orphanage which was totally supported by prayer. By that I mean that he labored in prayer not sharing with others what the needs were and trusted God to move on the hearts of others to meet those needs. Just in case you don’t know by now God answered with provision after provision. The children never did with out and Müller’s faith and trust in God grew consistently over the years.
His first step was to empty his heart of pre-conceived decisions. In essence he laid his own ideas aside to what God would have him to do and prepared his heart to accept whatever, wherever and however God led. That was and is a bold step, however, his next step would be almost ignored in today’s circle of believers and fringe areas of religion. Read the simplicity and power of George Müller’s second step:
…I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
Did you catch that? Not a case of, “I felt like this is where God wanted me to go,” this was a commitment to put emotions aside. You may “feel” that he was wrong after all when God moves on a heart there is a powerful moving and often an emotional response. However, consider this, if it is only the emotions or feelings that drive you into a direction of service what will you do when the time comes that you don’t have, “the feeling?”
The reality is that God does move on our hearts and we do feel His presence. However, there are times when a fully committed believer walking by faith can “feel” alone. At such moments we need to know beyond a doubt that we have been called and are walking not only by faith but in the perfect will of God. It is like a person who has an emotional experience and calls out to God for salvation. They may be saved. However, unless they know the Scriptures and know God’s promises about both salvation and security they could become defeated in their walk with fear and depression.
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. – Isaiah 45:3
When we seek God’s perfect will, we should do so first by opening our minds and hearts to Him free of our preconceived notions. Then set our emotions aside so we can clearly be ready to hear and recognize God’s direction. God’s Word is like radar. On the foggiest day a ship may have no visibility looking outside. Yet they can trust the radar signals coming in clearly indicating through the fog that a course change is necessary to avoid danger and reach the destination. It takes trust for the captain of the ship to trust the radar and not the emotion of blind visibility.
When we identify God’s true leading we can sail forward without emotional fear and doubt. Secure in knowing God’s perfect will we are directed with a confidence that only a child of faith can appreciate. Christian writers have to do this, it is not an optional choice. Why? Because a Christian writer will commit much time in developing a message that has to be shared through a book, article or other form of communication. They will receive a lot of negative emotional feedback that could take them off course. However, secure in knowing God’s will and confident that they have prepared and honed their craft they can be obedient to God’s will.
Whatever call is upon your life, be faithful to that calling regardless of how you feel even when your emotions get bogged down in the fog banks of life. What do you do to determine when it is God leading and not just an emotional reaction to your situation?
Copyright 2014 © Charles Lyons
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