LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Jesus Christ is our big-brother and our example in whose steps we are to walk (I Peter 2:21). He declared in John 4:34 that his meat was to do the will of the Father and finish His work. We can live with the same passion and desire that he had. Can we picture ourselves walking in his steps? Can we also make doing the will of God our sustenance?
In order to do the will of the Father and finish His work we must know what it is. This we learn from His Word. His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path. His Word also teaches us of the revelation manifestations that allow God to fill in specifics of His Word and will.
For example, we know God’s will from His Word is that we prosper and be in heath. At times we may need more specific information to bring that to pass. He can direct us to certain investments. He may tell us not to purchase a car that is a lemon or a property that is a money pit. He may guide us to get some extra sleep or to eat certain foods that will insure we maintain our healthy bodies and sound minds.
God wants to work with us via dreams, visions and desires of our hearts. He may paint pictures of the future on the canvas of our hearts which will cause us to begin to desire specific things―these are God-inspired desires. These pictures can come into focus and develop into powerful desires that can motivate us to act. The more we allow God to work with us to will and do of His good pleasure, the more we will be empowered and directed to follow His plan.
There are a few things which facilitate these God-given dreams, visions and desires of our heart becoming realities. First, continuing in His Word will allow us to experientially know the truth that will make us free to follow His path.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The reason for this freedom and liberty is so we too can do the will of God and finish His work. The more we abide in the Word and it abides in us, the more liberty we have. He wants us to enjoy the freedom that comes from thinking His thoughts and knowing His ways.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
Then, as we meditate on the Word, and pray in the spirit, we will experience and enjoy God actively strengthening us. We truly can manifest to the world the new creation He has made us to be. We can be free from destructive habits, thoughts and relationships as we pursue God’s will for our lives.
Each step toward the realization of God’s dream for our lives draws upon His strength. We can walk by the spirit; we can be led by His power. Our cries of, “Teach me!” “Quicken me!” “Give me understanding!” will breed unquenchable desire, and God will respond by teaching and encouraging us to grow in excellence. God’s ways are the ways that bring the greatest possible benefits and successes.
Let’s enjoy our liberty as we live with and for Him. Remember Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” This was one of those solemn and life changing scriptures that Jesus prefaced with, “Verily, verily, I say unto you” (John 14:12.) He not only said it, he announced what he was about to say it, guaranteeing its veracity. We can count on God’s Word; it’s true. It affords us the opportunity to walk in Christ’s steps and do the works that he did.
By Wayne Clapp