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July 2015 Nevertheless, Not My Will

From My Life’s Journey                                                                                                                                                     July, 2015

Topic:  Nevertheless, Not My Will

          Greetings and blessings on your journey in Christ!  I would like to share some thoughts about the culture in which we live and how it steadily turns our desires and thoughts away from God and our faith.  In time, even our will can become resistant to God’s guidance.  As a counselor and Bible teacher, I encounter all types of people, but there is a common theme I’m starting to see: People make decisions based on the way the culture is leaning and not based on what the Word says.  Many people have Bibles, but fewer read them, and even fewer do what the Word says.  The days we now live in remind me of the days mentioned in the last verse of the book of Judges: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25, KJV).  The Message Bible says it this way: “People did whatever they felt like doing.”

Christians must be careful of adopting the attitude of our culture which is to do what you want to do without any regard for what God’s Word says.  We hear of decisions being made in the schools and in the courts that represent the will of man and not God.  But what about decisions being made in our own lives?  Iris, tell me: Why is it important to yield my will to the will of God?  For one, we are instructed by Jesus: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34, NIV).  From this verse alone, we see that the Christian faith lived rightly runs counter to our self-serving culture.  Also, consider Psalm 90:2 that tells us “from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”  The will of One who existed before time, created time, and will exist after time should hold considerable weight in our lives. 

But let’s bring this a bit closer.  Psalm 139: 13, 16 says, “For You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb …. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  This verse reveals that God knew you and saw you before your body was formed.  Think on that!  Also, He has created the blueprint for your life as He knows all the days he has ordained for your life – even before Day 1.  He has a will, a plan, and a purpose for you.  As you follow His blueprint – and yield to His will for your life – you will align yourself with God’s original intent for your life, the reason for which you were born.

We have a perfect example in Jesus.  While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said, “O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will (Matthew 26:39, NKJV).  During this prayer before His crucifixion, Jesus did not desire to drink the cup – God’s punishment for the sins of all mankind – but He submitted His will to God’s will.  I hope you see that what I write in this ministry letter runs counter to the self-indulgent and self-centered culture in which we live.

At the outreach ministry where I counsel, the question most often asked by clients is “what is my purpose?”  How sad that many people – even Christians – will live and die without knowing the reason for which they were born.  This is particularly sad because this knowledge exists within God who longs to fellowship with us and reveal His plans to us (Jeremiah 29:11).  In Psalm 16:11, God says that He will show us the path of life.  But will we follow where He leads?  Why do we get off track?  Can it be that our will is in charge and not His? 

Do not serve God with your own personal agenda!  Instead, allow God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done, as we pray in the Lord’s Prayer.  I challenge you in your prayer life.  After you pray the things that are on your heart, consider saying to God: “I want your will and your way in my life.  I want to live out the blueprint that you established for my life while as yet I had an unformed body.  I don’t want to live life on my own terms, doing what is right in my own eyes.  I want to serve you because you are God, and not just to get my own personal agenda met.  Instead, I want the one who lives from everlasting to everlasting to show me the path of life.”  Are you able to offer this prayer to God from your heart?  If you are, your life will go in directions you did not plan, but how comforting to know that you are receiving divine guidance and not just your own limited natural direction. 

Much in my life has gone a different direction than I imagined.  I never ever thought about getting a doctorate degree, especially after being out of college for 23 years.  I never planned to leave the business world; it was the source of much financial stability.  The life that God has given me – that allows me to reach thousands of souls – is the life that He gave me when as yet I had an unformed body.  I trust Him to make my life more than I ever imagined, but it requires that my will yield to His

When I meet my Heavenly Father one day, He will say, “Iris, look at the blueprint I had for your life on earth.”  I hope to joyously say, “Wow, Father!  That’s the life I actually lived.  Cool!”  God’s blueprint for our lives is a divine call worthy of a supernatural response – yielding our will to His.  May His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven!  Amen.  

Ever onward, ever forward~ 

Iris Barrett, Ed.D.