PERFECT OR PERMISSIVE WILL????
by Susan Storm Smith
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Do you feel like you live from one disaster or crisis to another? You are definitely not alone in your experiences. The good news, there is a way to change the outcome and live victoriously. Yes, you! Each of us can live in victory through our challenges; in abundance from heaven through Christ Jesus, and that is God’s plan for our lives. Let’s look at King Saul and the outcome of permissive will.
1 Chronicles 10 tells the horrible death of King Saul and the final days of his failing kingship. He was plagued with disaster after disaster because of disobedience to the word of God. Verses 3-7 states, “And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers. Then said Saul to his armor bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse (or mock) me. But his armor bearer would not: for he was sore afraid.
So Saul took a sword and fell upon it. And when his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on the sword, and died. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his entire house died together. And when all the men of Israel that were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, then they forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.”
Imagine the sight. There was nobody left, except a crippled son of Jonathan to carry on the family name. Then the rest of the Saul’s army fled the battlefield and their homes; their communities and allowed the enemy to overtake what had been their possessions.
Do you realize that these folks had rejected God’s prophet as the leader, which had been God’s perfect will, and instead asked for God’s permissive will in their lives. They wanted to have a social and political appearance like those communities around them. Have you asked God to give you permissive will so you would be more like the world around you rather than seeking His perfect will? It’s not too late to change your circumstances.
In the church environment, congregations often pray, “Lord, we need new leadership.” That’s what the Prophet Samuel’s “congregation” prayed. And God gave it to them. Instead of praying for the Lord to change their circumstances to perfect will, even if it meant changing their hearts and judgment—it seemed easier to have a new leader. Look at the next challenge that comes to these frightened people.
Verses 13 and 14 continues, “So Saul died for his transgressions which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; and enquired not of the Lord; therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David, the son of Jesse." In other words, the psychic hotlines and tea leave parties wasn’t God’s perfect will either. Coming humbly before the Lord in prayer and supplication. It works every time.
David inherited a kingdom of frightened people; men of valor who had fled at the sight of wholesale death. They vacated it out of fear of the enemy. Leadership was out of step and place with God; the place from which everything that good comes. This is what David had to build upon. His foundation, however, was the Word of and faith in God.
How is this relevant for us today? We are challenged daily for our place and heirship in the Kingdom of God, by an unseen enemy that wants to take our place. If we will read and accept in our hearts the Word of God, we will have ammunition against such an enemy and hit the mark at every turn.
Psalm 55:22-23 “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.”
Prayer: Lord, I ask for your perfect will in every aspect of my life. If there are things that need to change, give me the ears to hear, and let me not be deceived. I desire to walk in obedience to your Word, and receive by faith all that you have stored up for me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Friends, God has give to us, if we will just believe in Jesus Christ, peace, love, and a sound mind—not a spirit of fear. You are special to God and I am praying for you to desire the abundance of God's perfect will in your life.
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