When God’s “No Is Misconstrued To Be A Yes

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By Richard Gazowsky

There is the paradox I constantly face; my listening to the voice of God is constantly muddled by me hearing my own self-will. To clarify the point in question, let me explain that I am not talking about the times when I mistakenly stumbled down the wrong way.   Many times in those instances I would feel a sensitive check or darkness and my spirit that would tell me, “You’re going the wrong way”. In this instance I am referring to the point in time where I have many decisions that appear to be right, but I want to know which one is God’s perfect will.
If you remember, Paul wrote the these words, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.  “I’ve come to the point of maturity in my Christian walk where I realize the pearl of great price is actually the daily completing of His exact perfect will. The dichotomy here is that every choice that is presented before me is actually fun, exuberant, and is an expressway of joy ~ but I still want to choose only the one that is His perfect will.
Now this brings me back to the point addressed at the title of this blog.  Many times (as a matter of fact too many for me even to count) I have heard a slight little whisper of God saying “No.”  But then my forceful will says “Yes” so loudly that I can’t even remember the sound of God’s “No.”  Oh my!  What am I going to do?  No wonder James said, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help. You’ll get His help and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.”  This is so cool because God has an unsearchable gift of patience to wait on us, and if I ask stupid, ignorant, and even childish questions He just patiently responds. This is the masterful mystery that I am beginning to discover in God.  Every single day He is wonderful in His ability to wait for me to catch up with His incalculable, yet simple, wisdom.
Now to tell you the truth, I’m actually facing this situation right now while I am in the process of writing this blog. Before me I have counted 12 wonderful journeys of decisions I can make, and each one of them will fit into His will.  But what I want is God’s perfect will.  So which way do I go?  My family has plenty of ideas that they’ve shared me regarding what they think we ought to accomplish today.  Then suddenly, out of the blue, the Lord reminded my wife Sandy about something God had said we should do at this point.  But the trouble was, what she suggested we do wasn’t one of the 12 points I was considering and was completely out of our current mental pictures.
Oh, this is what’s so fun about God, because He has an adventure set before each one of us that is full of surprises!  So now, as I finish this blog I am totally ready to do what I know is God’s perfect will.  So let the adventure begin!  I hope you have fun today finding God’s adventure for you.
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One comment on “When God’s “No Is Misconstrued To Be A Yes

  1. You are not alone in what you are expressing. Countless of us Believers ‘out there’ are at the very same point. Re-read the Lord’s Prayer in Matt 6 and Luke 11. God’s will is Perfect! Jesus told his disciples how to pray and it goes like this: “Our Father which art in heaven…Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. Give us this day our DAILY bread, etc…” You are on the right tract, living in the moment DAILY, Now start meditating on Heaven! Jesus said we are to pray that the Father’s will be done on earth, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN! Ask yourself the question then, “What is it like in Heaven?” Wow!
    We are seated together IN Christ “in heavenly places” (Eph 2). Our life on earth is to match that Life that is in Heaven. Our position is that we are raised up with Christ “together”. Where is He? In Heaven. It is a case of “abiding IN Him” not “for Him”; and not “doing”..,
    You are already IN God’s perfect will, if you accept the fact that you are IN Christ, and Christ is IN YOU. You live by HIS faith – “the faith OF the Son of God”(Galatians 2:20), in other words, “the Son of God’s faith”, not your faith.
    The verse you quoted about the will of God, in Romans, said that we are “transformed by the renewing of our mind”…We must not only live by the Son of God’s faith, but also have the “mind of the Son of God.” “the mind of Christ.”
    Once we seek to get rid of the “me” and “we”, and replace it with “HE”, it changes the whole subject of the “perfect will” we are seeking. JESUS IS THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD. “He must increase, and I must decrease.”
    It isn’t about us at all. It is about Him. We must shut out all other voices, so His voice can be heard – that still small voice. And that still small voice is within us.
    Jesus did not say anything except what His Father told him to say. He never did one thing except what His Father told Him to do. He never went anywhere except where His Father told Him to go. His prayer for us was that “they would be one, as you (Father) and I are one.”
    I was at the same place as you, continually seeking the “perfect will of God.” I was getting no where it seemed, until I re-learned Galatians 2:20. The “me” was crucified -dead- with Christ. Now it is HE living in me and through me. I don’t live by my own faith. I live by HIS faith.
    Remember as a child, those big balloons with the little Mickey Mouse balloon inside the big balloon? Well, if the Mickey Mouse balloon inside the big balloon was blown up bigger and bigger, the bigger balloon would pop, and be no more. All one would see would be the Mickey Mouse balloon.
    As Christ becomes bigger and bigger inside of “me”, I become no more, and Christ only reigns. He is the King. He wants to grow bigger and bigger inside of us. Right now He is cooped up inside our vessel. We must let Him out. He is alive! He is wanting to live HIS LIFE through us.
    The bottom line is this: the perfect will of God is INSIDE of us. I hope I haven’t confused you all the more. Stop seeking the “perfect will of God.” Seek only Jesus…
    “Blessed be the Lord, who DAILY loadeth us with benefits.” (Psa 68:5)

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