Have you ever prayed to God and begged Him to show you what His will is for your life? Both of my hands are up. I can’t tell you how many times I have prayed this form of prayer. As I get older and draw closer to God, He shows me that my mindset is wrong.
Let me explain. When we ask God to reveal His will to us, we’re asking Him to show us the end product of our life. We don’t want the day to day view. We want to see a little three-bedroom house, a white picket fence, a husband that loves God, and of course, the three children. If I’m going to be honest, I know God doesn’t show me the end game because I would mess up the process. For me, I like to have control of all plans and the word “mess” isn’t the right word. Ruin sounds more accurate.
The important thing to remember is that you know God’s will for your life right now. Ask yourself, are you doing those things that He has told us is His will for our life? God’s will for our life doesn’t always consist of a marriage and dream lifestyle. It consists of a repented heart toward sin. Having a close walk with Him that consists of prayer, reading your bible daily, memorizing the scripture, attending a local Bible Believing church, witnessing to others, etc. What I am trying to say is, why should God show us the panorama view when we aren’t even willing to work on the “selfie”.
For me, God has personally been answering prayers of mine and guiding me in the direction He has chosen for me. MY PLAN in 2021 was to move to Kentucky and work at a ministry there. After much prayer, God has clearly shown me that moving wasn’t apart of His plan for my life. There was one area that was my deal-breaker. I hadn’t been relying on my parents to give me an answer as to what to do. I wanted God to be real to me and show me personally. In the end, there was something that if I moved would go against what the Bible tells me I should be doing. His will for my life wouldn’t go against what the Word of God says I should be doing because that also is apart of His will.
A few weeks passed, and it was high time I started to get a better view of what God was expecting of me right now. Prayer was where I started. I asked our church people to pray for me spiritually. I prayed that God would work in my heart. I wanted Him to reveal to me the steps that I needed to be taking to get to the place I needed to be. That’s when He gave me these thoughts in my Bible time.
Being Used By God
God Becomes Personal
Isa 6:1-4 KJV 1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Can I Get a WOW! What an AMAZING GOD.
You see, there has to come a point in your life when the God of the universe becomes your God. That point includes not riding the coattails of your spiritual leaders (Parent, Pastor, Spouse, etc.)
In verses 1 through 4, Isaiah explains to us what he sees in his vision of God. The Lord God revealed Himself to Isaiah.
This moment right here is the starting point to how God starts to use you. The way we get to an awe moment is by reading who He is in the Bible. Your first moment of getting a glimpse of who God is should be when you get saved. The moment you realize who you are, compared to a perfect God, should bring us to our knees in repentance. Understanding who He is and who we are should be life-changing.
The same way that Isaiah needed this vision of God to be real to him, we NEED the Word of God in our life for Him to be real to us.
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision the people perish.
So many refer to this verse as a vision for the future to strive for. It’s so often used out of context, but the scripture is talking about the Bible. Visions were what God gave the men in the Bible, and they put those to scroll. We now have those “visions” in book form, the Bible.
The first step in being used by God is to allow your relationship to be personal.
Seeing Your Sin
Isaiah 6:5 “Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
The instant awe of God and who He is, opened Isaiah’s eyes to see how unclean and sinful he was in front of a Holy God.
This area is the hardest for us as Children of God. We have this mindset that once we are saved, we overcome and have no sinful baggage. That is so far from the truth! There are sinful desires I have to lay at the foot of the cross daily. The fleshly body is still what we live in, It’s what we do daily with God’s help that changes us for the better.
Repentance is the key! We don’t feel guilty, but confess because we don’t want our sin to be “found out”. I can’t tell you how often I did this. Truly, repentance is the key factor to the change.
Cauterizing the Sin
Isaiah 6-7 ” Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”
True repentence leads to God handling the sin. We have to allow our flesh to be deadend. My favorite word in the verse is “purged”. The definition of purged is guilt-free. Isn’t that the best explanation for God’s grace over our sin? We can be guilt-free. You may be thinking, “Danielle, I have done things in my past and I still feel guilty over the choices that I have made.” As hard as this may be to swallow, that guilt isn’t from God. God tells us in Psalms 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” God himself has forgotten your sin. Satan on the other hand hasn’t. Between him and your flesh, that is where the guilt is. Dying to self daily is when guilt leaves because you are so overwhelmed by who God is and why He loves you that you take your eyes off of yourself and focus on HIM. PRAISE THE LORD.
If you have never read the book of Hosea in the Bible, let me encourage you to do so. The book of the Bible is so raw and personal. Hosea is my favorite book of the bible and I would strongly encourage you to read it to see how God looks at His creation. I did a blog post on that exact book a few years ago. I will link that below!
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD have removed men far away, and [there be] a great forsaking in the midst of the land. But yet in it [shall be] a tenth, and [it] shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance [is] in them, when they cast [their leaves: so] the holy seed [shall be] the substance thereof.”
I love that God laid it out right in front of Isaiah. God’s calling isn’t always what we are ready for, but it’s best for us. I have mentioned a few things already that is God’s will and calling for our lives right now. What we do with those present commands is also important in how God will lead later on. Being a witness is one command that God gives us. How are you doing with His calling for your life in that area? It doesn’t matter if you are a mother of 5 or a single lady, like me. The calling is still the same. Just because you have a hand full of children doesn’t mean God is giving you an out for witnessing. The same way for single ladies that don’t have their hands full with children but have a full-time job. In the end, you’re choosing what part of “God’s Will” you want to listen to and take heed to. We all shop, buy gas for the vehicle, and see people on a weekly basis. We have no excuse for not witnessing. God reminds me often of this in my own personal life.
A matter of the heart. There are always so many needs. Reasons to serve. The question is, Are you willing to be used? God may not use you specifically, but are you willing to be used by God?
When I think of willingness, I think of a missionary. He comes to your church and presents a mission field or a need. Do you sit comfortably, not even once asking God how he can use you to help this family or people?
I know that sometimes it’s easy to read/hear something and not apply it as you should. May I encourage you to just allow the scriptures to speak to you as God has allowed them to speak to me? God has something He has for each of us to do, but we may be hindering Him from working in our lives and to be used for His glory and honor.
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
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