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The Will of God Part III The Perfect Will
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Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2b (NIV)
This article discusses the third of three parts of God’s will for our lives. The first was the good will or the will of God that we receive Christ as our Savior. The second was God’s acceptable will. Some examples of this will are: God commands us to love one another, forgive one another and confess our sins before Him.
Finally, there is the perfect will or mature will of God. This is the will most of us speak about. It is the will God made us to complete. It is what is most often referred to as His will for our lives.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT), Paul writes: “Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win.” Paul speaks of a race we must run and win. This race takes us to God’s mature or perfect will for our lives. Finishing this race is one of the main reasons we are here on earth.
Paul continues: “All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize”(1 Cur. 9:25 NLT).
The first thing we need to know about competing in this race is it takes proper training and preparation. A runner trains to win a prize that will rust away, but we train to win an eternal prize.
Next, we are to prepare for this race. What does this mean? We are to pray and know God’s Word. Our faith grows through our trials as God tests our hearts and strengthens our resolve to stand for righteousness and truth.
Paul writes: “So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches” (1 Cor. 9:26 NLT).
When God calls us, He does not tell us every detail about His will for our lives. No, this is usually not the case. Truth is we could not handle hearing about all we would have to go through to get to where He wants us to be.
For instance, He told Moses that He would take him to the Promised Land. Moses didn’t know about the rebellion of His people, the laws he would have to learn and teach or the forty year walk in the desert. If God had given him these details, he may not have gone. Instead, he told Moses that He would give His people the Promised Land as their inheritance. This satisfied Moses and He never took His eyes of the promise.
Finally, Paul writes: “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified”(1 Cor. 9:27 NLT).
Runners must play by the rules, if they want to compete and win. During the recent Olympic games some athletes disqualified themselves because they could not pass a drug test. In doing so, they not only disappointed themselves, but their nations.
Likewise, we can disqualify ourselves along the way. Remember how Moses became angry and struck the rock twice. God never told him to do this. He could speak to it, but not strike it again. His action disqualified him from entering the Promised Land. The Word says: "But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them." (Num. 20:12 NIV).
On our way to God's perfect will, we need to not disqualify ourselves because of some sin in our lives or character flaw that brings shame on us and the work we do for the Lord.
Yes, God's will is one will with three distinct parts: It is the good will or God's saving grace, it is God's acceptable will and it is His perfect will; that will we reach, through perseverance and faith.
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