As we remember Jesus’ perfect sacrifice this Easter weekend God placed in my heart to write something that He has opened my eyes to and I know will set you free to live the life that Jesus came to give us.
You can find many books and writings throughout time that have attempted to show you how to find God’s will for your life. And they continue to be written; trying to show you how to find the will of God in your life. Believers seem to always be searching for the will of God in their lives. It seems that in this search for God’s will in our life many have twisted the truth to align to their life. Often pointing to their circumstances and suffering as God’s will. And to things we must do to find God’s will as though God’s will is hidden or we have to earn it by fleshly works. They often call it “secrets to discovering God’s will”. The problem is that it is no longer something that we as believers need to search for but something that we must believe and receive what is already ours through the finished work of Christ. Our search for God’s will in our lives often ends up in a dead end and with us questioning everything that happens in our lives (both positive and negative). Discovering God’s will often seems like an impossibility and people settle for negative circumstances in their lives as being part of God’s will in their lives. And some fear finding out God’s will in their life thinking that it will be something that they will not enjoy, a hard task of suffering and dedication to a will that will not bring them joy but is for the “cause”. Incorrect teaching and believing has lead believers to live their lives searching for God’s will or living in bondage to circumstances that are not the will of God and of His Son Jesus Christ. One thing we can be sure of is that God has not hidden His will from us, in fact He has placed in us His Holy Spirit to show us the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
Any truth of God can only be found in the Word. If what you are hearing or being taught is not being backed up by the Word of God it is not truth. It is only under the grace of God that we can receive the truth that God has placed in His Word as grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14-17). And since it is only under His grace that we can live lead by the Spirit (Galatians 5) it is only under grace that the Spirit can teach us the deep things of God, the things that have been freely given to us by God through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ. It is only under His grace that we can read the Word with clarity and revelation (truth). It is only under grace that we can rest in the will of God. Do not rely on human doctrine and theology but only on His grace and truth that guarantees a life led by the Spirit full of His unmerited favor and revelation.
Studying the Word of God we find that the will of God can be broken up into two parts. The will of God for the whole world and the will of God for believers that we have freely received. Both parts can only be attained through the finished work of Christ but it’s important to understand them in two parts so that we don’t live stuck in the first and not move on to the second.
The will of God for the whole world is salvation that all may believe in the One whom He sent, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. In John 17 Jesus prays for His disciples that through them preaching the truth the world may believe. John 17:20-23 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. In John 6:35-40 Jesus clearly tells us God’s will for the whole world. 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
The enemy has corrupted this truth and deceived believers to live a life of searching for God’s will. Not knowing that they have received and fulfilled the will of God in their lives the minute they believed in Jesus Christ and His finished work. The gospels are jam packed of this truth of God’s will that I believe I could write forever expounding this truth in everything that Jesus did when He walked on earth. But before I get carried away I will focus on one truth that has held believers captive from resting in having already received the will of God. The enemy has twisted the straight path the Lord has made for all, His path that is only grace and truth (Psalm 25:10) and believers have lived searching for something that they have already received. We have been incorrectly taught that as believers a secret to know God’s will for our lives is to seek first the kingdom. But that is not the truth for us as believers. Seeking the kingdom is the will of God for the world, for those that don’t believe. When Jesus spoke those words in Matthew He was speaking them to all unbelievers. After all He had not yet been crucified and God had not yet raised Him from the dead, He had not yet completed the will of the Father that He came to fulfill. People could not yet believe in the finished work of Christ that leads to salvation. In Matthew 6 Jesus shows His disciples how to pray, and Jesus prays “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.“ but the Lord’s Prayer was a prayer speaking of what was to come from His finished work. Is Jesus work finished today? Yes, He has completely finished the will the Father sent Him to complete, today He is sitting at the right hand of God as His work is finished (Colossians 3:1). The kingdom of God came through the finished work of Christ on the cross, the will of God has been completed on earth as it is in heaven through the finished work of Christ. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. What was Jesus saying here and are we still seeking the kingdom of God? As a believer you are no longer seeking the kingdom. Jesus was speaking to unbelievers, He had yet to die for our sins. This passage is written to all unbelievers. As a believer you sought the kingdom of God the minute you believed in Jesus and confessed Him with your mouth. And because of the finished work of Christ He has given us His righteousness, we are no longer seeking His righteousness we are in fact the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus says the following in Matthew 7: 21-23 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Who are those that do the will of the Father? As we discovered in John 6 the will of the Father is for all to believe in Jesus and have everlasting life. The minute you believed in Jesus you did the will of the father, you are a citizen in the kingdom of heaven. In fact you were born again and now have the very Spirit of the Lord inside of you. The Spirit of the Lord is your confirmation that you are now in the kingdom of heaven. No longer seeking the will of God but having already received the will of God that Christ fulfilled. And as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
As believers having already received the will of God we are to reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ by receiving His abundance of grace (unmerited favor) and gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). Living a life under His constant grace that is guaranteed to be a life led by the Spirit producing the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5).
In 1 Samuel 10 we see a picture of how we should now live under the finished work of God, no longer searching for His will and wondering if we are in His will or if what we are doing is in the will of God but doing as the occasion calls, trusting that we are led by the Spirit. 1 Samuel 10: 1-8 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? 2 When you have departed from me today, you will find two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. And now your father has ceased caring about the donkeys and is worrying about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’ 3 Then you shall go on forward from there and come to the terebinth tree of Tabor. There three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. 4 And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall receive from their hands. 5 After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. 6 Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. 8 You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” I feel it’s unfair for me to share this verse without expounding the tremendous amount of truth that the Lord has hidden in this passage. Throughout this passage Saul represents you and I as Saul means ‘asked for‘ and you and I have been called ‘asked for’ by the Lord. In this passage Samuel (which means ‘heard of God‘ which literally means the spoken Word of God) anoints Saul with oil (the finished work of Christ). After anointing him Samuel tells him that he will find two men (the number two represents Jesus Christ but is tied in to a later verse) by Rachel’s tomb, Rachel is a picture of grace, in fact the meaning of Rachel is ewe, or sheep which is a picture of Jesus Christ, the lamb and His grace upon grace (John 1:16). Rachel’s tomb is in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah. Benjamin means ‘Son of my right hand‘ this represents the righteousness of God, we are the Benjamin generation the righteousness of God in Christ. And Zelzah means ‘shadow‘, we are constantly covered by the finished work of Christ, His righteousness completely covers us. And the two men will tell Saul that the donkeys which he was sent to look for have been found. The Lord revealed to me that donkey represents our faith that Christ has redeemed. The faith that Adam and Eve lost in their unbelief Christ has redeemed (found). The Lord has shifted His focus from redeeming the faith that we lost and is now focused on us believing in Jesus Christ (using the faith) for salvation. Then Saul goes to the terebinth tree of Tabor. Tabor is a high mountain and the meaning of Tabor is ‘height’. This represents the cross (tree) that has brought us salvation and we now live the high life in the finished work of Christ. There three men going up to God at Bethel (house of God) will meet Saul. First Saul met two men who spoke to him about the found donkeys and now he meets three. Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” This whole passage is a picture of you and I under the grace and righteousness of God, a life where Jesus is always in our midst, our success is guaranteed. It says that these three men are carrying three young goats (young because they are unblemished, representing the perfect sacrifice of Christ, He is thrice holy (Isaiah 6:3)), three loaves of bread (the perfect word of God, His full truth and revelation) and a skin of wine (the perfect grace of God in the new covenant of Jesus Christ). They gave Saul two loaves of bread, as I said earlier two represents Jesus Christ, a picture of us receiving the truth through Jesus Christ. After that Saul went to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is, Philistines represent the enemy. Matthew 16:8 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The gates (garrison) of Hades (Philistines) shall not prevail! Then Saul will come to the city and meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. Music before them represents the presence of the Holy Spirit, also verified by them prophesying (speaking truth and revelation, speaking in the Spirit). And there the Spirit of the Lord will come upon Saul and he will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. This is a picture of us, the minute we believed in Jesus and the Spirit of the Lord came into us and we were born again (turned into another man). 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. We should no longer seek God’s will for our lives based on this tremendous truth that shows us the finished work of Christ, us believing in Him and us receiving His abundance of grace and gift of righteousness and living led by the Spirit. It says that when these signs come to us (all signs representing the finished work of Christ) we should do what the occasion demands for God is with us! No longer wondering if we are in God’s will but living a life guaranteed to be led by the Spirit and doing what the occasion demands because the Lord is with us! I pray that you rest in the finished work of Christ and stop laboring for what we have already freely received. Don’t doubt but be confident that the Lord is always with you, your success is guaranteed. And the Lord will only lead you by His peace of the Spirit in you. The only time you stop what you are doing is when you have the absence of His peace. Otherwise you keep living from glory to glory doing what the occasion calls for. The last verse of this passage says 8 You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” Gilgal means a wheel, this represents eternity, everlasting life that we entered into. Just like a ring (a circle) represents eternity. The offering of burnt offerings and sacrifices of peace offerings represents the constant reminder in our lives of the finished work of Christ, for eternity we will be reminded of this perfect finished work. The seven days represents perfection as well as rest, God rested on the seventh day. We have entered in to this perfect will of God in the finished work of Christ for eternity, we can now enter into His rest.
I have to be honest and tell you that what I just wrote in the previous paragraph is not something I new before I started writing it. Evidence of His grace and truth and none of our effort. This covers the first part of the will of God that we have fully received and now live by the minute we believed in Jesus. We must now move on to the second part of God’s will where we do what the occasion calls as we receive His abundance of grace and trusting that we are constantly led by the Spirit.
To expand and bring clarity to the second part of God’s will we must go to Hebrews. It says in Hebrews 9:16-17 16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. This is an eye opening passage. The dictionary meaning of the word testament is a will, especially one that relates to the disposition of one’s personal property. The verses above are saying that were there is a written will there must also of necessity be the death of the testator (who’s will it is). For a will is only in effect after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator (who’s will it is) lives. Wow! This truth must be understood by all believers, it is the Truth that sets you free. What will is Paul speaking about here? It is the will (testament) of Jesus Christ. Where is this will written? It is the full Old Testament. Now you have to remember that all of the negative things, the curse that is spoken about in the Old Testament is spoken to those under the law, under self-righteous, those in unbelief. All of the good things are spoken about those under His grace, His gift of righteousness, those that believe and receive salvation. The will of Jesus Christ covers it all, those that believe and those that don’t. Just like the will of a man might have stipulations that say that you only receive certain things once you turn a certain age or do a certain thing and if you fail to do a certain thing you cannot receive what is in the will.
I want you to picture the following passage with me. John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Picture the Son Jesus Christ and His Father God together. The Father Himself wrote His Son’s will (The Word), the Old Testament. Knowing that all of the good things in His Son’s written will (salvation, grace, the gift of righteousness, healing, provision, peace, love…) can only be in effect by the death of the testator. God wrote the will of His Son (Jesus Christ spoke the very words that are in the Bible). As Jesus spoke, His Father wrote. And just like with any human will on earth there must be a witness, the Holy Spirit was the witness. As Jesus spoke and the Father wrote and the Holy Spirit witnessed they all new that the will had no power without the death of the one who’s will it was, Jesus Christ. And just like every will on earth once the testator dies the will is in full effect, the full power of the will is in effect. No judicial court on earth can come against a will. Likewise no judicial court in the universe can come against the will (Word) of Jesus Christ. You can have the confidence that everything in the Word of God is yours today, His death on the cross guarantees it. You are co-heirs with Christ! (Romans 8:17). His inheritance is yours (Ephesians 1:11-14) and as He is at the right hand of the Father so are you in the world. And just like you wouldn’t doubt what an earthly will says you don’t have to doubt what the will of Jesus Christ says. All of the good things are freely yours. Nothing in the Word (will) of God is for heaven, it is all for you to receive today on earth as Jesus Christ will not die again. He died once and for all and therefore His will is in full effect today, it came into effect 2,000 years ago when He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice and God raised Him up for your justification.
Everything and anything that you are believing for is yours to freely receive as you stand firmly in the faith, continuing to believe in the finished work of Christ. If you need healing it is yours, He is your healing. If you need provision, it is yours He is your provision. I encourage you to read the Old Testament and find all of the promises to the righteous, to the humble that believe and continuously receive His grace. And as you read the New Testament you are reading and seeing a picture of you and I living in the will of Jesus Christ as we receive salvation by believing in Him. You are reading the will of Jesus Christ in full effect that His death on the cross brought into full effect, into full power!
This is the truth that we must preach, the truth that sets captives free. I will preach this truth for the rest of my life, to the ends of the earth. That all may believe and we will see what John saw in Revelation 7:9-12
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.