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Find God’s perfect will and do it until the day you die.

Find God’s perfect will and do it until the day you die.

Numbers 33:55   “But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.”

When defining the will of God, you must understand that God has a will for many areas of your life. We put much emphasis on the will of God, and we should, but because so much emphasis is put upon God’s will, many have a false assumption that God has one perfect will for your life. Actually, there is a perfect will of God for every area of your life. There is a perfect will for your marriage, family, church membership, etc. In each of these areas it is important for you to find God’s perfect will and do it until the day you die.

In the verse above, God warned the children of Israel about stopping short of His perfect will. God’s perfect will was for them to completely drive out all the inhabitants of the land. God knew that the habit of the children of Israel was to stop short of His will. They stopped short of His will in the wilderness by not going into Canaan the first time. They stopped short of God’s perfect will when they gathered too much manna. Once again, God warned them that if they stopped short of His perfect will that they would suffer for that decision for the rest of their lives.

It is wonderful thing to find the perfect will of God for your life. Nothing will bring more happiness than finding God’s perfect will and doing it. There are many people who find God’s perfect will, but they don’t do it. Then there are some who find God’s perfect will, but they stop short of completing it. When you stop short of doing all of God’s perfect will, then you end up not obeying it. It doesn’t matter that you started doing God’s will, what matters is that you complete it to the extent that God wants. Stopping short of God’s perfect will is nothing less than disobedience.

Finding God’s perfect will in the area of marriage is wonderful. You can find that person whom God wants you to marry and marry them, but also God’s perfect will is for you to stay married until the day you die. God’s perfect will is for you to stay faithful to your spouse to the day of your death. Stopping short of any of these is as if you never did His perfect will at all. Don’t stop short of God’s perfect will for your marriage because of personal differences or another person. You’ve come this far, now complete God’s will for your marriage. If you’re having marital problems, then get help, but don’t stop short of God’s perfect will for your marriage.

Likewise, don’t stop short of God’s perfect will for your calling in life. If God called you to do something, then do it until the day you die. I have seen too many people start God’s calling for their life, and then quit during times of hardship. God’s perfect will for His calling on your life is to do it until you die. Just because greater financial opportunities arise doesn’t mean His will has changed. According to Romans 11:29, God’s calling doesn’t change. Do it until He calls you to Heaven.

Though we only discussed two areas of God’s perfect will, let me encourage you to not stop short of God’s perfect will in any area. Always remember that when you stop short of God’s perfect will, you are only asking to bring hardships upon your life. God’s perfect will may not be easy, but there is peace and personal satisfaction in doing it.

domelleministries-profpicAllen Domelle is founder of Allen Domelle Ministries. This ministry is to serve independent Baptist churches and their people across America and even the world.

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You just can’t serve God until you surrender by Tom Wallace

You just can’t serve God until you surrender. He will not come and make me serve Him. He is not going to put a harness on me and say, “You’re going to do this whether you like it or not.” He offers me the opportunity, and He says to me through the Apostle Paul’s writings in Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,… acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
This is not an order from some ecclesiastical headquarters. This is not some tough sergeant on the drill field at Fort Knox. This is not some denominational leader passing down some ecclesiastical dogma. This is a passionate plea from the heart of one so concerned and burdened that he said, “I beseech you…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
What we give Him, He accepts; and what He accepts, He cleanses; and what He cleanses, He fills; and what He fills, He uses; and what He uses, He blesses.
–Tom Wallace

“Brethern, do something, do something, let us win souls

“Brethern, do something, do something, do something!  While societies and unions make constitutions, let us win souls.” ~Charles Spurgeon

You may be asking the question as to what you can do in a practical way to reach people for the Kingdom of God. Here are a few suggestions: There are a number of evangelistic organizations you may like to join. I was in Gideons International for seven years, until I became a pastor, as they don’t allow pastors to be involved, only lay people. It is such a blessing to be involved in an organization that gives away copies of God’s Word. Then there is Youth With A Mission, Youth For Christ, Campus Crusade for Christ, and many others you could become involved in. Perhaps you could invest in a small advertisement in the personal column of your local paper saying something like “Find reality, read John 8:31-32.” Get a cost quote before you commit yourself. I wanted to buy a full page in the L.A. Times during the Gulf War in 1991. I thought it would be around $6,000, and figured I could probably raise that amount of money.

I called the Times and the gentleman gave me the cost: “A full page is $61,023.” I thought he had slipped an extra number in by mistake. Wrong. I dropped that idea quickly.

Perhaps you could visit a hospital once a week, with the purpose of finding and befriending someone who doesn’t normally have visitors. If you have a flare for drama, start a drama group. How about writing a tract? Don’t say, “But I can’t write,” say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Write out your testimony, and have a friend or two read it, and give their opinions. Then print out the edited copy, and have it typeset at your local printers. Remember to get quotes before you do anything, so that you won’t get burned. When it is printed, keep copies in your wallet or purse to give to old friends or people you meet, with the words, “You may like to read this when you have a moment, I wrote it myself.” Put copies into the envelope when paying bills.

Back in the late 70′s I had 40-50 children in my garage every Friday for a 20-minute “Good-time” Club. I remember praying that God would send me someone who could play a guitar to give the music a bit of a lift. One Friday evening, my brother-in-law walked into our living room knowing nothing of my prayer, and said, “For some reason I feel the Lord wants me to give you my guitar.” I hadn’t thought of me. I was never able to play a guitar, but now I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me (I just have trouble convincing those within earshot).

You could easily start a club through your local church. When I decided to start mine, I just took a marker pen and wrote, “KIDS CLUB, FRIDAY 4 P.M., (ADDRESS), CANDY, PRIZES, STORIES AND SONGS,” gave out photocopies at a school gate, and had a crowd of children eager to learn about the things of God. Nowadays, with all the allegations and accusations of child molestation, etc., it would be wise to have both male and female leaders. Start with a firm hand, sing some lively songs, tell a Bible story, teach a memory verse, give out some candy, then tell the kids, “It’s all over, see you next week.” If the children don’t say, “Ohhhhhhh!” you’ve probably gone on too long and they may not be back the following week. I found 20 minutes was adequate for most.

Sometimes talented Christians don’t feel right about using their gift of music or writing, etc., to reach the unsaved. It is often because of their own pride, that their conscience is condemning them, and not God. This happens regularly with counter-culture people who become Christians. Their conscience will not allow them to eat meat. After some time they come across a scripture such as 1 Timothy 4:3-4, which says that God has created all foods “to be received with thanksgiving by them who believe and know truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving.” Immediately their conscience is released by understanding the Word of God.

When we understand the emphasis which the Word of God places upon evangelism, we should humble ourselves, thank God for the gift He has given us, then use it for His glory. If you have got no apparent talents, visit an old folk’s home, or ask your pastor if you can help in any way within the local church. Do something for God. Desire to do nothing, and God will give you the desires of your heart.

This article was excerpted from How To Win Souls and Influence People by Ray Comfort, (pages 85-88).