Rosie and I went to NewSpring over Greenville today. I like calling it that… like Six Flags over Georgia…. Anyway, Perry spoke on “How do I know God’s will?” His main point was “When I LISTEN to the WORD of God and I WALK in the WAYS of God, I will DISCOVER the WILL of God.” He broke this up into three parts. “When I listen to the Word of God” talks about that God speaks through the Bible and God’s Word is God’s will. “And I walk in the ways of God” talks about that we have to walk away from where we are right now and walk towards where God wants us to be. “I will discover the will of God” talks about that if we place ourselves in God’s hands so that he can shape us and we need to place ourselves inside of God, everything we are, everything we have…. so that when people see us, they can only see God… that is when we are in the middle of God’s will.
Perry made two other statements that caught my attention… the first one was that God wants to take you to places you’ve never been so that you can experience things you could never have imagined. The second one is a quote from John Maxwell, “We are educated way beyond our level of obedience.”
Through all of this, I was thinking about our lives right now. God spoke to Frankie and told him what his first steps in God’s purpose for his life are. Frankie and I had to walk away from where we were. Frankie quit his full time job. We are helping to start a new church here in Spartanburg and are walking away from our current church. It’s not that any of these things were bad, but they were hindering us from doing the will of God. So we have made these first steps in trust that God will progressively show us his will when we reach the next place for him to reveal it to us. God’s will is never revealed all at once. It is a progressive revelation. God has done this since the beginning. I mean, look at the Bible. God progressively spoke in the Old Testament revealing himself to his people and making the way for the ultimate revelation in Jesus Christ. God is taking us to places we never would have imagined. We never would have thought that we would be involved with an event that has touched so many people’s lives here in Spartanburg. It’s absolutely amazing.