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Many times we find ourselves having a hard time determining God's will for us. What does He want us to do? What path does He need us on to get to His destination for us? We ask ourselves these questions yet we continue to refuse to totally empty our own thoughts and desires in order for Him to fill us and lead us.
In order to know God's will we must be willing to surrender ourselves to Him. Surrender all. Surrender our own desires, passions, thoughts, and plans. I believe in being bold in our prayers and trusting God with boldness; however, we must first totally empty ourselves and surrender our own will in order to be filled with what He wants for our lives. Trust me, His path for us exceeds far beyond our own paths for our lives.
Often times we go to God with a multiple choice test for Him and ask Him to pick the best of the three choices WE want for ourselves. We lay down all of our own plans and tell Him to pick one. We do this when we should be going to Him with an emptiness and asking Him to fill our hearts with His desires. The Bible teaches us that God will give us the desires of our hearts if we just ask Him. This does not mean He will just hand us over any little thing we ask Him for. This means if we seek Him, He will place those desires He has for us in our heart. He will give us what we should desire, thus giving us the desires of our heart. This is the key to being led by Him.
So, what do we do once those desires have been given to us? We pray. This is when we begin to pray those BOLD prayers. This is when we start to fight for those desires and we feel the battle within. This is when the enemy tries to step in and sway us another direction. This is when self-control should step in.
Self-control is fought primarily in our minds and thoughts. There is a battle going on between our passions and desires that enter into our thoughts. This is when we begin to pray for that inner strength for God to continue to curve the desires in our hearts to continue to align with His desires for us. God wants the best for us and the only way He can give that to us is if we stand strong in His will and stand strong in fighting off the temptations that are thrown our way in the process of walking the right path.
We must allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, for us, and for His will. We must allow His will for us to be the driving source to our thoughts and to our behavior and once that inner strength has set in and become our heart, that is when we begin to practice obedience. Obedience comes with standing strong in what we know God's will is for our lives. We become obedient and learn to trust in His guidance. We learn to discern situations and where we learn to take captive those lies the enemy tells us.
"I love all who love me. Those who search for me shall surely find me." Proverbs 8:17
Feeling lost? Put your hands together, empty your own desires, close your eyes, and ask Him to fill your heart with the desires He has for you. Search for those desires. Search for Him.