DayBreaks for 8/26/14 – The Secret Location of Knowing God’s Will
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
“God, what should I do for a career?” “God, is this the person I am to marry?” “Father, are we supposed to buy this house or not?” “Lord, what should I say to my wife after the fight we had?”
Don’t you wish that you got really clear answer to questions like those above? Sometimes we seem to, don’t we? But sometimes we just are left with huge questions and no answers.
This past Sunday, the minister started a series about hearing God in a noisy world. And in the message, he pointed out that the secret of knowing if we are making decisions in harmony with God’s will is found in the verses at the top.
Simply put, what the writer of Romans is saying is this: put yourself on the altar – your body (all that you are and do in life) and sacrifice yourself to God. As we do, God will transform us into a different person by changing how we think. It is then, the passage concludes, that we will know God’s will.
Bottom line: if we know we are on the altar and if we stay on the altar, we will know His will. If we have made ourselves into living sacrifices, God will give us a mind that knows His will for us.
It isn’t easy. We can deceive ourselves about whether we truly are on the altar or not. To put ourselves on the altar is the hardest thing we will do in our lives. But if we want to know His will for us, that is the requirement. It is only when we have determined to sacrifice our will in favor of His, then He will show it to us.
PRAYER: Lord, we fight against crawling on the altar and it is not comfortable to stay there. Help us remember what Jesus has done for us so that it is something we are not just willing, but eager to do! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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