God's Will

God's Will

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For the sake of clarification let's define some common terms:
  • Will of God - The thing God wants for everyone [salvation]
  • Plan of God - The thing God wants you to do that will help his will [example: pastor]
  • Purpose of God - The reason why God has the plan for your life [example: to bring people to salvation]
  • Pursuit of God - The way that God is leading you to pursue his plan for your life [example: going to seminary]
Read the post titled, Plan x Purpose x Pursuit for details. In this post, we are only referencing wills, and not God's plan, purpose or pursuit.

What is God's will for everyone?
The will of God is that everyone who looks on Jesus and believes in Jesus should have eternal life, and Jesus will raise him up on the last day [John 6:40]. In other words, he wants everyone to be saved. Salvation is a process. First, sinners must be justified by confessing their sins and accepting Jesus as their Lord and savior. Then sanctification is next. The bible tells us in Romans 12:2 that being sanctified [not being confirmed to this world] will help believers discern the will of God. For your information, sanctification is the process of allowing the Holy Spirit to set you apart from the world. This is done when a believer is led by the Holy Spirit and to be led by the Holy Spirit a believer has to be filled with the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Holy Spirit a believer has to read the word of God.

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for itwith perseverance. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:24-33
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Romans 8:24-33
What is God's will for your individual life?
To lead you to the path of justification, and sanctification so that you can be saved. When the Holy Spirit is leading you, you will know the will of God for your life. James 4:15 tells us "believers live according to the will of God."

What about Mark 11:23-24?
Jesus told the Pharisees that his words are spiritual which is why they had a hard problem understanding what he was saying [John 6:63-70].  When you read the word of God, you can read it in two ways and interpret it in two ways; spiritually or carnally. God is a Spirit, so his words in the bible are spiritual. You will never understand the bible or God or interpret the bible correctly if you are not reading it spiritually. Anyone can read the bible, but not everyone is able to understand it; that's intentional!
Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given . . . . And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive, for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart and turn, so that I should heal them' (Matthew 13:11,14,15).
So when read the word of God, we have to read it from the stand point of understanding God's will and spiritually. Before proceeding, I suggest you read the post I wrote titled Understanding Matthew. It will give you a high-level general understanding of the beginning of the Gospels.

In Mark 11:23-24, Jesus said:
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Sooooooo, does Jesus really mean whatsoever? Like, whatever we ask for? The answer to that question is yes/no.

Let's dive deeper!

First things first, Jesus was speaking to his disciples who were being sanctified through his teaching [John 17:15-20]. Secondly, Jesus was speaking spiritually [John 6:63-70]. So yes, he meant whatsoever but from a spiritual context. So, yes spiritually, which is an automatic no, for carnal things unless it's for spiritual reasons. In Galatians 5:16,17, Peter says "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want."

God's will vs the Believers will?
A believer is defined as a person being set apart from the world for use for God (sanctification). The reason why I mentioned that is so when I say God's will always triumph over a believer's will, you will understand that God is not taking a believer's free will away from them. The will that God doesn't triumph over is free will, which is to choose to believe in him and the choice to do good. So, since a believer (being sanctified) has the Holy Spirit living in them and is being led by the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will always choose the will of God, over the believers will. That is how the Holy Spirit sanctifies.

For example:
The Holy Spirit led you to quit your job and told you to attend graduate school because later on in the future he has a plan for you to help operate a church. Since you quit your job for the plan of God, which is ultimately for the will of God you may not have the means to buy a laptop which is needed for school. So if you ask for the laptop because it's in God's will and believe what you ask for, you will receive it.

Now, if you were going to ask for a Lamborghini you would not receive it, even if you had the faith to believe for it. Why? because that's not needed for God's will to save you! If anything, having a Lamborghini without consistent spiritual development will distract you.

Biblical Example:
As mentioned above, God's will is that everyone who calls on the name of Jesus Christ will be saved. God's individual will for Jesus is for him to be the savior. To understand God's plan, purpose, pursuit for Jesus, read the post titled Plan x Purpose x Pursuit.
They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Acts 4:28
The Holy Spirit lead Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus overcame the devil's temptation of worldliness. Then Jesus started his ministry, God provided him with all he needed because he was doing the will of God and he was in God's plan for his life, and he pursued that plan exactly the way God wanted him to.

Jesus was a man, as much as he is the son of God. So Jesus had needs like us, food, clothes, provision, he had to pay taxes, etc.
The truth is, is that not all believers will be rich. However, God intends for all believers to be well provided for.

In Matthew alone, these following scriptures shows how God provided for Jesus. Poverty and starvation is not from God. It is God's plan to provide [health, financial, peace, joy, love] for us, when we are in his will.
  • Matthew 2:11
  • Matthew 6:26-34
  • Matthew 10:9-10
  • Matthew 14:13-21
  • Matthew 15:29-39
  • Matthew 17:24-27
  • Matthew 26:6-13
  • Matthew 26:17-19
  • Matthew 27:32-36
  • Matthew 27:55
  • Mark 6:37
  • Mark 10:30 in THIS PRESENT AGE, and the age to come 
Thus, the 'everything' Mark 11:23-24 is accurate under the understanding that God's will come first. 

After reading James 4:15, for years I thought I should say if it's God will, I will do this, and do that. If it's God's will things will work out and if not it will not. However, it wasn't until last year that I realized that is not what James is saying in James 4:13-16. If you go by that logic, you will not receive the provision you need while doing the will of God, and you'll be more likely to lose hope! James 4:13-16 is supposed to be read as such "know the will of God, and when you know the will of God, do it. Don't do your own will."

So please, stop saying if it's God will! If you are a believer, you will know whether it is or isn't. If you're not a believer, then you should say. James was speaking to believers who was focused on money, and thinking God's will is to make them rich!
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. James 4:13-16