O God, and know my heart;
test me and know
my anxious thoughts.
if there is any offensive way in me, and
In The Way Everlasting
God’s perfect will
includes His desire for all people to be
saved and to come
knowledge of the truth
(1 Timothy 2:3–4)
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified
Fullness in knowledge of God
Doing good as a result of our faith is also God’s will for us
(1 Peter 2:15–16).
And we have 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which also reveals
God’s perfect will
“Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
God has made
His “perfect will” clear to us.
What about other, less “spiritual” decisions that need to be made?
Does God have a perfect will for specifics in our lives like
what to study or whom to marry?
God knows all things,
yet he has also given us the ability to make choices, and
discern his revealed will
in accordance with his desired glory
Making decisions is more about committing our ways to the Lord
and glorifying Him in everything we do
(1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17)
than about finding that “one thing” He wants us to do
Proverbs 16:1–9 describes the heart’s intention to make plans
And God’s sovereignty over that planning.
God has a purpose for everything he created
(1 Timothy 4:4)
Seeking the Lord and reverently committing
one’s ways to God is the wisest way to make plans.
A person can plan out every aspect of his life,
God is the One
who ultimately decides the
Paul (Romans 9:20–21) and James (James 4:13–15) reinforce this idea.
Nothing we intend can override God’s sovereign will
(Psalm 33:10; Job 42:2).
That does not mean planning is wrong, but what we
plan must be prepared in a spirit of humility and obedience.
Keeping that spirit,
we need not fear missing God’s perfect will.
At the same time, there is a sense in which someone can miss God’s perfect will; that is, he or she can fail to benefit from the best God has to offer.
When we make an ungodly, unwise, or sinful decision, we must deal with the consequences. Making a decision apart from considering what God wants can lead to missing God’s perfect will in a situation.
King Jehoash seems to have missed God’s best for him: because of his incomplete obedience, he was only able
to defeat the enemy three times instead of five or six
(2 Kings 13:18–19).
Moses seems to have missed God’s
when he struck the rock and failed to enter the Promised Land
Godly King Jehoshaphat seemingly missed God’s perfect will
when he allied himself with wicked King Ahaziah to make
ships to go to Tarshish, and the Lord destroyed the fleet
(2 Chronicles 20:35–37).
These examples reveal that our sinful actions can indeed cause us
To misinterpret God’s perfect will, or God’s best, for us.
“all things work together for good to those
who love God, to those who
are called according to His purpose”
Even through “the sufferings of the present time”
God is working in everything to sanctify us for our good and His glory
(1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:2–4).
This is true even when our troubles are a consequence of our sinful, foolish actions.
What do we do when we miss God’s perfect will?
We must do the next right thing.
Proverbs 24:16 says,
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” When we’ve messed up and seem to have missed God’s perfect will, we should trust God and do the following:
1. Confess all known sin, knowing that God is faithful and just
to forgive us our sin
and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness
(1 John 1:9)
2. Ask God to show us where went wrong and to reveal
what was in our hearts.
As Psalm 139:23–24 says,
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and
lead me in the way everlasting.”
3. If our actions involved a sin against someone else,
seek forgiveness and make restitution.
Zacchaeus, in repenting of his sin, promised the Lord,
“If I have cheated anybody out of anything,
I will pay back four times the amount”
This is part of the
“fruit in keeping with repentance” that John preached
4. Return to the Lord and seek to glorify Him in all we do
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
5. Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us (John 14:26; 16:13).
God is omniscient, and He knows
what He will accomplish in and through us.
He has made clear His perfect will for our lives.
God’s plans and purposes for every believer
are for our good and for His glory
We may not have every little detail in advance,
but we always have enough information to obey the Lord.
When we sin, God calls us to return to Him
(Jeremiah 15:19; Zechariah 1:3).
Even if we have “messed up” what we perceive
as God’s plan for us, we can be forgiven.
We can still know and follow the truth as we
live in obedience from that point on.
Christs purposes don’t diminish our personal sacrifices
The point is, we can not expect praise
it is not us that needs praises, it is Christ that deserves praise
Christ needs honir
christ needs acknowledgment and proper positioning
I hope the following questions may encourage provoke us to contemplate a renewed way of thinking in our understands of god and his perplexing ways that could perhaps bring more alignment and unity in the body of Christ in accordance with his revealed will, and bring peace of mind to struggling hearts and uncertain minds.
Why would a sovereign god cause suffering and why does suffering
lead to awareness, spiritual growth,
repentance, exaltation, sanctification, and glory?
Why did God appoint prophets and Messengers?
Why does God inhabit the praises of his people, and why did Israel struggle
so greatly with worshiping the one true God?
Why would God exalt Christ, and what are the signs that would indicate his desire for adequate disposition and honor for revealed deity?
How can we be sure we can recognize the work of Christ, when when in the past his work has been confused with and accredited to the work of the devil?
what would that look like and how can I be sure I’m perceiving accurately?
If gods ultimate plan of redemption requires submissive servant hood,
how could that make gods ways and man’s ways differ
in regard to what is seemingly kind in the realm of human standards?
What does it mean that Christ is seated at the right hand of God?
How can we be certain we will recognize it?
How can I recognize Christs exaltation in an otherworldly provision?
Why would God be surprising and unpredictable, what institutes this sovereignty? How might this look different during different seasons of end time prophecy?
When god uses specific people for specific purposes according to his divine plan,
why might that be difficult to accept when taking into consideration
Unique seasons of sowing, seasons of reaping, and the
encompassing unfoldment of final end of time fulfillments?
If I do not like the feedback I am getting from God, what can I do?
Have I done anything to have grieved God?
Have I self reflected on anything I may have unintentionally done to have
caused suffering upon another servant of Christ, have I taken accountability
to reconcile this deficiency? Have I learned more about the nature of God
that I knew at the time that may indicate my responsibility in a cause?
What can I do to recognize that and make amends with that person and God?
Why does God want us to come to full knowledge of the truth in Christ, which is the Head?
Why is Christ the head of the body, and why is that significant in accomplishing his plan?
What does wisdom, revelation, and authority indicate when it comes to the word of God, the revelation of christ, the arc of the testament, and how god chooses and appoints to set apart who he reveals his scroll and vision to? What is the seal? Why should I pay attention?
why is there a strong delusion in the end time?
If God does not align my will with the revelation of christ, what can I do to make sure that I am not hindering others who have been called according to his purposes in witnessing?
What would it look like to live according to my personal wills and desires, and how could that interfere with the faith of others in reference to how Christ leading and Shepard their faith?
How can I know if my desires are aligning with God?
Why is the most significant reference to fruit in all of scripture
referencing repentance and what does that mean for me
in relevance to gods plan of redemption?
Why did God insist Israel seek his face and repent so that he could heal them?
Why wasnt Jesus understood at his first coming?
What is apostalistic authority and why are biblical teachers
held to a higher standard?
Have I preached a sermon that wasn’t in alignment with gods design
That caused someone else unnecessary or prolonged persecution?
Am I preaching things that I am not myself doing?
How can I know if I am digesting or rejecting the spirit of truth?
What if I don’t like the truth?
Have I grieved someone by assuming a position of authority
I wasn’t given in regard to privacy, judgement, persecution, deceit, or slander?
What is the Golden Rule, have I lived up to it?
What actions in the past could I have done that assumed
a position of authority over honesty, humility, respect, and integrity?
How do I approach and confront past grievances I have committed
and why is repentance necessary?
What actions am I taking or not taking that would
cause me to discern the Holy Spirit?
How can I be sure what I am teaching is correct? Why does
that matter for Shepherding the flock
with provision aligned with the spirit of truth?
Why is speaking truth more crucial than speaking kind deceit
and why is it important
to foresee the consequences of incomplete perception?
Have I continued in decisions that hinder another persons
ability and freedom to follow the will of god,
how can I be sure I am following
the will of god in reference to the person I am disabling?
What does it mean that everything is a gift from above,
how can I be certain I am using Gods resources and talents
for gods purposes and not my own, even if I am sincere and trying?
How can I be sure? What is God ultimately asking of me in reference
to sin, judgement, righteousness and repentance?
Why are there so many references to fruit and trees in scripture,
and how can I prioritize these concepts to align with
The way of scripture fulfillment, or at least
not hinder it from others accomplishing Christ revealed work?
What is spiritual discernment and what is the difference between
the kingdom of god and the kingdom of this world?
Could the two discrepancies affect my interpretation of scripture
in context of the revealed fullness of time and dispersion?
How do they coincide in the 70th week of Daniel?
Why would the 70th week of Daniel require
unique and unpredicted callings and circumstances?
What is the purpose of Christ's second coming?
What does it mean to fulfill the scriptures?
What is the revelation of sin, judgement, and righteousness at the second coming?
What is the judgement seat of Christ,
how can I reconcile my preconceived notions with his perfect will?
How can I determine the meaning behind a judgement,
and reconcile Gods provision with my personal understanding of kindness in the particular situation that I am struggling with!p?
How do we handle situations when Gods script of discipline
overrides our comfort in what is seemingly kindness?
Why did Christ conquer every adversary?
Why did the leaders during Christs time not believe him?
Why do we see Jesus behaving differently in different scenarios,
when it wasn’t always seemingly kind?
Why does god blind the mind of some believers,
and how can I be certain I am interpreting
the scriptures with the fullness of the mind of Christ?
What is God saying to me, and how can I be confident in his sovereign plan?
How can I continue to seek Gods face so that the fullness of truth might be revealed?
What does it mean that Christ did not come to please man,
but to do the will of the father in accordance with the scriptures?
What if I can’t see that?
Am I unhappy with what god is revealing, what is my role in it?
Is there somethingI need to take accountability for?
What does it mean, that the truth is offensive?
Christ was offensive in accordance with Gods will.
How can I reconcile that in my ability to grow in accordance
with the authority and sovereign nature of god as head,
which is Christ?
Sin is not necessarily evil or intentional, but it is disunity
from the full purposes of God
God disciplines and chastens those he loves, differently
and at different times in different ways.
It is important that we be confident in our identity in Christ,
know our immense worth, and how much we are valued and loved in Gods sight!
We are all loved, valued, and unique in our purposes!
As long as we accept accountability for past grievances, expose sin,
self reflect, repent, and diligently seek his ways,
he will cleanse our conscious and renew our minds
To prosper in unity in full accordance with the head,
which is Christ
Christ was sanctified, raptured, and exalted at the right hand of god, with all heavenly authorities through the immaculate assumption of Mary, he alone has the authority of the word because he is gods mouthpiece.
We are instructed to submit to Christ authority so that he can get his ducks in-line. He brought you who were afar to the right path and kept you from straying. We are subjected to the order and arrangement of the living Christ under 5e authority of the living Christ.
Our job is to get right with god not defend our reputation outside of his design.
Giving glory to Christ is not work we have achieved, but the work he has achieved. Credit, honor, and praise, is to be submitted to Christ, his works, and his revelation of himself. Sacrificing our time and talents to serve others in the name of Jesus is noble, but doing the works of the living Christ is the glory that he wants praised for himself.
It’s not about human effort and good deeds, which doesn’t diminish the fact that they are noble and worthy.
Having said that, it is distinctive from bringing light to the works that the creator has chosen to do, his chosen way, through his chosen messenger.