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There are Three Wills of God
For the Human Race
- The will of God for all human beings. That includes the demand (1) that the human race believe in Him as Creator (2) He wishes all men to be saved and none perish, which depends on the action of the individual. (3) that all repent of their sins and ask for God’s forgiveness based on their forgiveness of those who have wronged them (4) that all confess sins. Confess means to “speak with” or simply to agree with God’s assessment of your situation before him. If God says you have larceny in your heart, He wants your knowledge of your inner self so when you agree with Him about your real condition, you are on the road to change.
I taught a Bible study years ago where the only thing they seemed to learn was how to confess someone else’s sin. So I quit!
For an Individual
- The second will of God is what He desires for you personally, and all 7 billion individuals of planet earth. God has a plan for every human life. (Jeremiah 29:11) New believers often ask this question when they are eager to grow in Christian knowledge and power. Telling them that the will of God is given in the 32,000+ verses of the Bible is a little overwhelming, even though it is true. The Bible is the will of God, but individual verses do not apply equally to all individuals at once. To the rich man he did not say, Your daughter is healed this very hour, or to the blind man He did not say, sell all you have an give the money to the poor. God’s commands are individually specific. Expect to hear from Him.
For Nations (Ethnos) (Acts 17:26)
- The third will of God is His desire for individual nations to fulfill their destiny on earth. One of these caveats is that nations are to keep their hands off other nations. God is not a globalist; He repeatedly refers to “ethnos” in the Bible as being His way of having a variety of cultures, individuality and responsibility for nations. Many nations are so badly governed the people have little control over their nation’s destiny. In democracies however, we have both the option and the accountability for what our government does as a unit and how it handles international affairs.
One scripture simplifies what God wants for every person: “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” That’s a word we rarely hear; it means there is something in your heart or mind or body that needs to be cleaned up. To sanctify means to make holy, and to make holy means you have access to the presence of God in a great way than you did before. If you fail to go through the cleansing process, your life is marred and you do not enjoy the fullness of God’s promises.
Some people wander around the desert of personal sin, guilt, blame and error and never get anywhere near the promised land. But if you persist, you’ll find the plans of God.
The happiest human beings are those who live in the plans God has for them. God knows better than you do what you are called to do. Many non-Christians find that place anyway, or live on the edge.
God is in the Details
After you learn what God wants you to do in life, then the next part is living in the sure revelation that your decisions about that life are on target. This is the hardest part of all. It involves the detail of a life – how to spend money, where to live and work, how to use your time comfortably. More often than not it is just “being led.”
Obedience brings Blessings
One of the greatest blessings in my life was when I decided to sit in the middle seat in the plane which is usually the most uncomfortable. The man next to me and I talked for an hour. I felt as those I had entered the kingdom of God and was in heaven with another believer. As a writer isolated in a town of 1,000 in the high mountains, I see and talk to very few people that know anything about the Kingdom of God, much less actually live in it. God gave me that blessing out of the blue.