I want to share with you on the very important topic of the knowledge of the will of God. “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [k]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9 NASB).
Colossians 1:9 tells us that we need to be filled with the knowledge of His will. Many people come into this world and are advised by their parents to study hard in in school. We are encouraged to know many things but very few people teach and emphasize the importance of knowing the will of God. Knowing the will of God is more important than what you learn in school. It must be, because God is greater than anything in this world. If you carefully analyze, you notice that going to school does not change who you are. That is why you will see a doctor, educated in some countries, eating and surrounded by flies. Knowing what God has made is greater than what man has made. When man has made you a pharmacist, it is far less than God making you a sanguineous person. You cannot change that by going to school. It is important for us to discover the reason why God has allowed us to be alive. When I became 50 years old, I was particularly grateful to God because I felt He had allowed me to see 50 years, had preserved me and still had a reason for me to be alive. There must be something more to my life than eating meat. Whether you do one thing or another, everyone eats meat. It cannot be that the reason for you to be alive is just to exist and be like an animal. There must be a purpose! That is why Paul says that “since the day we heard of it [that you have been saved], we have not ceased to pray for you and ask that you be filled with the knowledge of His will.”
If you do not know the purpose of His will, you become useless. There once was a man who worked for a billionaire. This man went to the billionaire’s yatch and saw another man sitting down on his own personal yatch. In his many inquiries, he found out that the man had been diagnosed with cancer and did not know what to do. He was just waiting to die. When you are told you are going to die, what do you do? When you are not conscious of death, you have little things in front of you that keep you moving. When we come to the world, we are given little “rabbits” to chase. We are given the education rabbit, beloved rabbit, marriage rabbit and many things to occupy our times. However, when you analyze it, you realize that you are really going nowhere.
You are a failure when you are not in the will of God. Why is this? “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3). The one who has created an invention knows what it is purposed for. God has made each of us for something and we can never say we know better. One day in Mozambique, somebody had a fish farm. In that farm were many fish that came to the top of the water. I asked the people that were with me if they could catch one of the fish. Somebody caught one and put the fish where we were. The fish was struggling as though it was in an intensive care unit because it had been taken out of the place it was destined to be. When the fish was put back in its rightful place, it surged and swam with such ease. That is how you are when you are in the will of God. You are like a magician swimming with ease in the waters. When you are taken out of His will and made to do something you were not created to do, that is when confusion arises. It is so important to know the will of God because it is not so obvious to know what to do. Thank God for the knowledge of school, cooking and much more but desire to know above all those things the will of God for your life. 2018 is your year of knowing the will of God that will lead you into good things!
As we enter this new year, we enter into a season of prayer and fasting. During this time, it is important that we pray about the will of God concerning our lives. The Bible says “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself” (Ephesians 1:9).
God’s will is mysterious. A mystery is something you do not completely understand or see. That is why when we say something like the mystery of the missing car, it begs the question how did the car go missing? Now Ephesians 1:9 says “having made known unto us the MYSTERY of his will”. So, the will of God is also mysterious. It is not something that is easy to see or understand. There are many mysterious things in this world that we do not see but yet accept. We have to seek for the mysterious will of God. There is nothing more mysterious than Jesus dying on the cross. How can it possibly be sensible that such a thing should have happened? When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, he prayed to God “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39). In other words, when you are in human flesh, it is not so easy to know what to do. That is why it is called a mystery, because it is not so obvious what is the right thing to do in your life: who to be with, who to marry, who to be your friend, what will make you prosper. It is mysterious. This is why we must believe that God’s will is mysterious and therefore must be sought.
When you think about it, you do not actually know yourself. How much more then what to do? You do not actually know what is in you or the secrets of your heart. If this is true, how can you even know what is right for you? Nobody would have ever believed that Germany could have possibly killed so many people during Hitler’s reign. Who could have imagined so much evil could come from one region? We do not know how evil we truly are. It is only when it touches us personally do we recognize it as being bad. Would you then trust yourself to make the best decisions for your life? Why not trust in God and His mysterious decisions for your life instead? In 2018, determine to live according to the will of God!
Disloyalty is a very dangerous thing for a pastor’s church. Some of the most faithful members of the church can become disloyal. I recall one day I was at a retreat centre for a time of fasting and prayer. I came across the associate pastor of a large church in my city. After exchanging social niceties, I asked, “How is your senior pastor”
“Oh he’s around” he said
I went on, “how’s the church doing”
He replied “we have some problems but we are watching. You know what? When he travels everyone is happy”
Confused I asked, “when who travels?”
He smiled and said “the senior pastor”
“Why is this so?” I queried.
He answered “because when he is away there is liberty and joy and the Holy Spirit flows. The fact is that, a lot of people are not blessed anymore when he preaches.” He emphasized, “Oh, many people are not happy when he is here. There is joy and liberty when he is away!”
As I listened to him, I concluded that this man was far down the road of disloyalty and I was not wrong! Less than a year later, he rebelled and broke away from his senior pastor with a section of the church.
As this year’s homecoming has come to an end, I want to thank God for making this possible for all of us. It has truly been a blessing uniting together as a family to worship. It is my prayer that all those who attended this year’s homecoming and those who were not able to attend but listened to the messages have been blessed. May we take this Word we have heard and run with it. Let us be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Let us unite and fulfill Jesus’ will.
It is important that we always live our lives in line with the will of God. Jesus’ will for us is that we keep the sheep (John 21:15-17). We have familiarized ourselves with the four main pillars of a healthy Christian life- prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship,and evangelism. We must add one more pillar,which is keep the sheep which have been brought in. Jesus loves the unsaved as much as He loves the saved. We must take care of those that are saved as well. The key to becoming a keeper is not just to love a selection of people but to love a wide range of people. This means that we must learn to love liars, drug dealers, thieves and dangerous people.
God’s will for us is that we must be united! This means that we must be one with the sheep he has given us. Divisions come when people do not have similar views. Separation comes between the younger and older members of the congregation. Younger people have more feelings. They have the energy to do whatever has to be done for God which may stir up some conflict with the older people in the church. We must not allow this to separate us as a church. If we want to stay young we must not be hard and stiff. We must change our perspective when it come to the things of God. Let us purpose to be young at heart! And may God’s will continually be done in our lives.
It’s official!! Homecoming 2012 has began by God’s grace. This year’s homecoming kick started with the flag parade. The flag parade represents the many people in countless nations whose lives God has an impacted through our church Lighthouse Chapel International. The nations represented included China, Australia, Namibia, India, Brazil, Ukraine and so much more.
The theme for this year’s homecoming is the will of Jesus Christ. It is important to know what God’s will in our lives and ministries is. His will guides us in the right direction and leads us to make wise decisions. If we want to have successful ministries, we must follow the will of God. Following His will is a sure way to be fruitful in the kingdom of God. Oneness is the main emphasis in Jesus’ will for us. If we want to accomplish the greater works Jesus spoke about then we as Christians must be united despite our differences. We must join forces to fight against the enemies of God’s will. One of the enemies against God’s will for the ministry are those who forget. Those who forget are the ones that fail to remember where they came from and how far God has brought them.
It is important that we remember the price that was payed for our salvation! We must not forget. Jesus’ will for the world is that the we all might be saved. The Bible says that “for God so loved the world”, not only America, or Germany, but the world! We must not be so consumed with our lives that we forget those who also need the Gospel preached to them. When we forget these secluded places, we are not walking in the will of God for the ministry. The will of God will never be done until we start to see ourselves as a family.
Join us at daghewardmills.tv to watch Homecoming 2012 live. 7:00 am GMT and 6:30 pm GMT. Blessings!