“If It Is Your Will”

One prayer that we're taught to pray is, "God, not my will but Your will be done." Many times we don't know what's best for us. "God, should I take this job, should I date this person, should I pursue this dream?" Every day I pray God will open the right doors and close the wrong doors. When it comes to guidance and direction, it's important to ask God to show us His will. That's honoring God, showing our dependence on Him. But there are some things that we can go to the Scripture and find out what God's will is. When it comes to healing, all through the Scripture you can see it is God's will. Matthew 15:30 says, "A vast crowd brought to Him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn't speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and He healed them all." Fourteen times in the Scripture it says He healed "all" who were sick. I can't find one instance where Jesus turned someone away and wouldn't heal them. He didn't always heal the same way, but He healed them all.

We think it's being humble to say, "God, if it is Your will, You can heal me." Some people say, "If God wants me to endure this disease to show that I trust Him, I'll gladly do it." But you don't have to carry it; God's already carried it. Isaiah 53:4 says, "Jesus carried our sickness and took our infirmities." He already paid the price. It's not faith to pray "if it is Your will." You have to have the boldness to say, "God, I know it is Your will." That Scripture goes on to say, "By His stripes you were healed." Jesus took those stripes before He was crucified. He didn't leave anything out. "By His stripes you were healed." Past tense. He's already done it.

As long as you think, "God, if it's Your will to heal me," it will limit what God does. You have to make the switch from "God, if You want to heal me" to "God, I know You want to heal me." Our attitude should be, "Lord, I receive Your healing. By faith I receive what You've already done." You don't have to beg God to do it. You don't have to talk Him into it or wonder if it's His will. Make the switch. "Lord, You carried this sickness, so I don't have to. Thank You that healing is flowing into me right now. Thank You that I'm getting better. Thank You that the number of my days You will fulfill."

 

Pleasing God’s Heart

Most of us find it easy to praise God when everything is going good, but not so easy when we're facing challenges, when it doesn't look like we're going to have enough. That's exactly when to put into practice the words of Hebrews 13:15: "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name." A "sacrifice of praise" is something you don't necessarily feel like doing, but it's always the right thing to do.

However, the writer of Hebrews didn't stop there. He added, "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." You might look at your bank account and think you don't have enough, but that's when God says, "I know how you operate. I designed you. No matter how you feel, if you will continually offer up this sacrifice of praise and not neglect passing on this gratitude to someone else, that's when you'll live a life that is fulfilled. That's when you will please Me." When you please God, the Scripture says that He will do things for you that you cannot do for yourself. When you please God, He'll make even your enemies be at peace with you. When you make pleasing God your highest priority, you'll see your life go to new levels.

The Scripture says, "The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped" (Proverbs 11:25). We are blessed by Almighty God so we can go out and express our blessings through our actions and words. When you do something for someone else—take them to a doctor's appointment, pick them up when their car is broken down, call them, cheer them up, do something that no one else can do for them—God's going to do special things for you. When we make someone else's day, we're saying, "God, thank You for making my day," because when you make someone else's day, God will make your day. When God sees you blessing others, He blesses you, and there are no blessings to compare to the blessings of Almighty God.

God put us on this earth to not only be for the praise of His glory, but to be His hands, to be His feet, to be His kindness, to be His compassion to others. We all need to go out every single day and say, "God, I offer You my sacrifice of praise, and I want to show You my gratitude through loving expressions toward others. Show me how I can bless others today." That's what pleases the heart of God.

 

Exceeded Expectations

I heard about a man who had kidney problems most of his life. His condition continued to go downhill, and he got to the place where he needed a transplant. His wife prayed and believed that she would be a match. She was tested and learned she was a perfect match. When the surgeons performed the procedure to remove one of the wife's kidneys, they were pleasantly surprised to find she had three kidneys instead of two. This is very rare, but all of her kidneys were perfectly healthy. They removed one kidney, gave it to her husband, which still left her with two.

That was God exceeding their expectations. The apostle Paul wrote that God "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20). God has it all figured out. He knows what you're going to need. He knows who you're going to need. He's lining up the right breaks, the right people. He's directing your steps. You're going to come into these moments where you see God surpass anything you've imagined. You can't make it happen. It's just the goodness of God.

I have a minister friend who spends most of her time on the streets helping women who have been victims of abuse and are struggling with addictions. Through a series of unusual events, she met one of the wealthiest men in the world. When he asked her what she did for a living, she explained how she helps women in crisis. He said, "That's amazing. I want to support you." He gave her the largest check she had ever received. As she was leaving his office, this man's friend came walking in. He said to his friend, "This woman helps ladies who are in trouble. I just gave her a gift. How much are you going to give?" Without missing a beat, the friend said, "I'm going to give the same amount you just gave." This lady walked out amazed, thinking, "I never dreamed I would have two of the wealthiest men in the world supporting my ministry." What was that? God doing more than she could ask or think.

You may wonder how you're going to accomplish your dreams or how you're going to get out of that difficulty. God has the right people lined up. He knows how to put you at the right place. What God has in store for you is much greater than you've imagined, and I believe sooner than later you're going to come into some of these exceeded expectations. Why don't you put your faith out there?