Being Successful in the Will of God is more Sustainable than being Successful Outside of his Will
I want to come to you. I want to do what I want to do, but I want to be successful in the will of God because I know if I’m successful in the will of God, I’m going to be successful. I may be able to be successful in coming to you in Rome. I may be able to show up, but if I’m not in the will of God, it won’t be good. You might be successful in taking that job. You might be successful in getting married, but it may be something that’s not good in the long run. So can we pray this moment? I just want you to take a second and just yield your heart. Are there things in your life that you’re saying, uh, I need to run that by God?
Maybe there’s some things right now. I believe this, that the Holy Spirit does the application part. As I talk, you have things that are popping up into your heart right now that you’re like, okay, I’m doing it my way. I’m pulling the old Frank Sinatra. I’m doing it my way and I’m not sure I’m doing it His. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Are we following his way in search of his heart’s desire for us? Maybe there’s areas of our lives we need to die to right now and say, God, forgive me.
I’ve been doing it my way. I’ve been trying this husband thing my way and I’ve been failing miserably. I’ve been trying this wife thing my way. I’ve been trying this parenting thing. I’ve been trying this job thing. I’ve been trying this student thing up. I’ve been trying this my way. I’m not doing well at it. I’ve been trying this friend thing my way. I thought this is what would make people like me and I thought this is how I would fit in better with people. I’ve been trying to do everything I knew to do to make friends and nobody seems to be liking me and connecting with me. I don’t know why people are not letting me be part of their group. I’ve done everything I know to do. What about doing it his way, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
Are you willing to die to your will, to yield your will to him to give it to him? God gave you a will for a reason because it’s the power of choice. The power of choice to say, I choose his way. When I could do anything I wanted, I choose him. That’s love. When you can go wherever you want to go, do whatever you want to do, when you want to do it, and you still choose God’s way. That is love. Do you have to quit doing this?
Do you have to stop doing that? No, you sure don’t. God gives you a will and he gives you freedom to do whatever you want, but if you want to end up in the result of God’s way and will for your life, you have to go his way. So maybe right now before God, just take a second to say, God, I’m sorry for doing it my way. I thought this was the best way to go, but I’m finding it empty.
Maybe you’re here or you’re watching online and you say, I’ve been doing everything my way. I don’t even have a relationship with Jesus. I don’t know that I’d go to heaven. See, everybody wants to go to heaven, but there’s only one way to heaven. The Bible says we must be born again. We must repent of our sin and realize that we are in need of a savior. We’re not good enough on our own. None of us, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.