How Can I?
Humans have a vastly greater spiritual sensitivity
in periods of distress and hard times. God uses these times to help us feel the pull of the
Holy Spirit. And, He uses distress and disasters to help us realize how insufficient our own
means are, in hopes that we'll turn to Him. As Pastor Steve Cloud has said, God loves us so
much that he wants us to firstly depend on Him. How? We must SEEK Him; we
must WAIT for His word, His leading, His prompting. Then we must
OBEY what we find out to be His will for us. To quote Steve, "The safest and
most powerful place to be is in the very center of God's will."
How can we find out His will
for us both generally and as individuals? He has (1) a permissive will (allows sin), (2) a moral will
(see your Bible), and (3) an individual will. We can hinder our finding out of His individual
will for us for various facets of our lives as follows: sin numbs or blinds us to right ways
and pulls us back from fellowship with God. We rationalize that what we want is exactly His
will. We stay passive and don't seek. We maintain or back-slide to a doubting-heart state. We
become fearful and hesitate (what if God draws me to ...).
To avoid or overcome such
hindrances, we should be in persistent prayer, asking to know His will and praying to prepare
our hearts to get our own wills out of the way of His will. We must study God's word,
learning more and more of God's nature and His general will as shown in The Bible. And we
must count on (and remember) His great ability to work with those having a teachable spirit
or frame of mind. We must carefully and prayerfully "evaluate our circumstances" and seek
wise counsel from people we know or for whom we have prayed for God to make available to us.
Having done all this, so far, then we must walk in faith as far as we can walk, taking care
not to violate Christian principles, and trusting God to open or close the various "doors" in
front of us as He sees fit/best...thereby leading us into the center of His
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