Acts 11:17 “So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?”
In what areas are you opposing God? You may have obvious areas of sin you know about and are comfortable doing. You may have other areas of sin that are so comfortable and profitable that your spirit is hardened to seeing them as sin. Less obvious areas might include your decisions in life: With whom do I spend my time? Where does God want me to go that is not on my itinerary? What ministry do I find abhorrent in which God wants me to participate? What unpleasant person does God have for me to bless with my time or talents?
I can deal with Scriptural truths, but when you put a face on them, I sometimes confuse God’s calling with what God wants. This Scripture smashed the rhythms of my life as well as my comfort in following God. It caused me to ask God where in my life do I oppose Him because my rhythms do not fit, or the matrix of my beliefs exclude that to which He might be calling me?
As I asked God where I was opposing Him in my actions and work, I heard Him saying in Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” If my heart is pure in desiring to follow God, then quite often my failure is not waiting and hearing from God.
Ask God what He wants and then wait to hear. Be silent. Follow the Scriptures that God impresses upon you by allowing Him to expand His truths in you. Finally, let God and His Word shred the bondages you have put on Him. Remember that your most difficult challenges are God’s greatest opportunity to work in you.
2 Corinthians 12:9 will strengthen your belief that God is up for the task, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about My weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” Be silent and ask God what He would have you do. Do not be frightened by where God desires to take you. He’ll be with you!
Stepping in and experiencing God’s will is when the Christian life gets exciting. When God reveals or calls you to areas of life that are in opposition to Him, His will, or where you are in life, see them as God’s gift to experiencing more of Him. Allow God to show you these areas by being silent, waiting, listening, and allowing God’s grace to recalibrate your life to experience all He has for you!
Colossians 1:11-12 “Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”
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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area: “Satisfaction” and “Knowing God’s Will.”