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A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will

A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will

Welcome to Part 4 of this week's blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or don't know the steps to discovering it, this week's blog series is for you. For Part 3, "What's God's Will Anyway?" click here.

Today, let's go deeper and discuss the progressive revelation of God's Will.

Proverbs 4:18-19(NKJV) - But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.

If you took the time to read what we posted yesterday in "What's God's Will Anyway?" you would know that there are paths specifically laid out by God for your life. Proverbs 4:18-19 shines light (pun intended) on how we should perceive these paths. Instead of expecting to completely understand God's Will for your life all at once the process takes place in stages. God will cause your life to follow paths that get brighter as you go along. In other words, with each step of obedience His Will gets progressively clearer until you finally see exactly what He's been doing all along.

God knows better than to give some human beings all the details of a complicated assignment that lasts an entire lifetime all at once. It will overwhelm and confuse most of us. Our brains are too small to handle all the twists and turns in God's plan for our lives. As a result, He has to break it down into "bite-sized" pieces. Let's take a look at this some more.

Isaiah 46:10(NKJV) - Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

Since the human race must have a destination, God will gladly tell us where our story will end. He will definitely leave out most of the details but at least we will have a general idea of where we're going. For instance, in Acts 26:12-18, Apostle Paul recounted to King Agrippa how God called him into the ministry. He was given a big picture view of what he was supposed to do. Here's how Paul told the story in his own words.

Acts 26:15-18(NKJV) - So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

As you can see God left out some very, very important details on that day. What kind of details you may ask? Details like, Paul you're going to get beaten like Rodney King (don't ask, you'll find out later). You're going to get shipwrecked. You're going to get bitten by a venomous snake. People will try to kill you for the rest of your life until they finally get you. However, guess who God gave these details to? A disciple named Ananias. Check this out!

Acts 9:10-16(NKJV) - Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” 13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Based on this scripture, it wasn't until sometime later that God revealed the part about all the suffering to Paul. However, let's put this in perspective. Paul was privileged to get some very good information upfront. Also, he knew in which direction he needed to go next. In Acts 9:6 even though God had made him temporarily blind, God told him to go directly into the city and await further instructions. Abram (Abraham), on the other hand was not so fortunate.

The Progressive Revelation of God's Will

Genesis 12:1-4(KJV) - Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

Once again, just like Saul (Paul), God gave Abram (Abraham) a big picture view of His Will. However, the only specific directions He gave to Abram were "G-O". Once he took the first step and left, God told him some more. That's pretty serious. So think about your own situation. Maybe your situation is like Apostle Paul or more like Abraham? You know what God has called you to do overall but you have no idea what you need to be doing about it now.

Therefore, let's move on. What do you do after God gives you a big picture view of His Will for your life? Do you just try to make it happen in your own strength? Of course not. That would be impossible. God's plan usually is so much bigger than where you currently are in your life that you will only mess it up. Remember when Moses took a head start on God's plan and tried to save a Hebrew by killing an Egyptian in Exodus 2? How effective was that? However, when he moved in God's proper time according to God's proper order he was able to drown the entire Egyptian army and save all The Children of Israel.

So, unless you want to end up like a young Moses you can't make God's Will come to pass. This is what you do. After God gives you the big picture of His Will for your life you have to trust Him daily for His Will for your day.

Isaiah 30:21(NKJV) - Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

Psalm 119:105(NKJV) - Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

God won't give you a goal without revealing to you a plan. The Holy Spirit living inside of you is like a GPS device with turn by turn navigation. He gives you the next step you need to take when you need to take it. How much He reveals to you at a given time is dependent on your capacity to receive. He did it with Abraham. He did it with the Apostle Paul. He does it with me.

Proverbs 3:5-6(NLT) - Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

This is one of the most important verses in The Bible for anyone who chooses to live by The Will of God. From the time I was a skinny, little boy in my father's church I received prophetic words about where God was taking me. God has sent angels to earth with messages. He's taken me up to heaven to see the future. I've heard His voice so many times.

Regardless, all of the prophetic words in the world would only frustrate me if I didn't understand how this system works. The prophetic words about my future only help me to see the end of the journey. It's my personal relationship and daily walk with God which helps me to get there. Even if you don't know all about where God is taking you as long as you do today what He wants you to do today and tomorrow what He wants done tomorrow and continue the next day you'll eventually get there.

We'll continue from here tomorrow.

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