for you all that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his son, that without ceasing, I make mention of you always in my prayers making requests. If by some means now at last I may find a way in the will of God. Underline that. Highlight it, circle it, and stare at it. To come to you for I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gifts so that you may be established, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
That is that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith, both of you and me. In verse 11 we find the will of Paul. Here’s what he says. Here’s my will, for I long to see you. I want to be with you. I want to see you. We find the presence of the will of Paul. This is what Paul wants to do. I want to come see you. I want to be with you, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
When he says, I longed to see you, it’s like, I really, really, really, really, really want your, like when your kids ask you to do something and you say no and they say, no, I really, really, really, really, Oh, okay. I had no idea. Now that you put five ‘realys’ on there, then go ahead. But this is what Paul was saying. I long to see you. So we see this is his will, but go back to verse 10. He really wants to come see them, but he says by some means now at last I might, I may find a way in the will of God, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
Paul wants to go see him, but he wants to find a way in the will of God, the word find a way. There’s a Greek word, which means to succeed in reaching or accomplishing some activity or event; to complete a successful journey. So to be successful in accomplishing or achieving something. When he says, I want to find a way, I want to be successful in my task, and I want to be successful.
So there’s all kinds of ways to be successful. We all want to be successful. You define success how you want, it’s individual, but we want to be successful in our life, in our jobs, in our careers, in our relationships, in our health, and in our finances. We all want to be successful, but how many knows there’s different ways of being successful? We all want to be successful in achieving the goal, maybe of getting married, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
Maybe you want to achieve the goal of being married, but you can either do that in the will of God or out of the will of God. Notice what Paul said. I’m looking to find a way to be successful, but I’m looking to find a way in the will of God. If we can be successful in the will of God, that means there’s also a way out of the will of God. So I can say, “Hey, I want to be successful in my job. I need a job.” Great, I can be successful in my job and not be in the will of God. So God has a will for our life and he has a way, notice what he says here, a way in the will of God, the specific will of God, the word will, here’s what I would break down. The word ‘will’ here is a Greek word, thelema, which indicates determination, choice or intent.
God’s Will Emanates from his Desire for You
We might think, yeah, I understand that. And that’s when I first read that, I’m like, “Okay, I get that.” But here’s what God showed me. He said, “Listen, look at the rest of it.” This Greek word, the root of it is different from other words and what he’s talking about. Determination, choice, or intent, but it’s emanating from heart’s desire. So it’s coming out heart’s desire or pleasure. So when you think about the will of God, don’t just think about his purpose, his plan, his intent for your life. We need to think about the will of God comes from emanates from his desire for you. So the will of God, if I just think will of God, I can think generic plan or purpose. But, if I understand that his will comes from, and the source of his will for my life is his desire, his heart’s desire for me.
Now I look at what he wants me to do differently because I know it comes from his desire, not some bland blueprint. So, when we understand things from this perspective, we know that wherever God reveals his will, there’s a way to experience it. This word is an emotional word and only secondary is a volitional word. So it’s not just God’s intent, it’s not just a master blueprint, but it’s also God’s emotional connection, church.
In other words, I want you to go this way. This is my will for you because this is my desire for you. I have a heart’s desire for you. So when God says, I want you to live a certain way, it’s not just because he wants you to live this certain way in a generic way. He says, I have a desire for your life and so if you will go this way, you will experience my desire for your life, church.
This is why we’ve got to understand the will of God comes from his heart for you. If you know God loves you, then now you’ll want to do what God wants you to do, because you know that man, he has a great desire for me. The Bible says that he has thoughts of us that are good, not of evil, to give us a future and a hope. So now, when we think about the will of God, I have to think about the desire of God. When I think about the will of God for my life, I don’t think about the diet. I don’t think about what I can’t have. I think about how God loves me so much. He wants me to go this way. I can’t with that person. I can’t be with that person because of God’s will. His desire for me is so good.