Principle # 9 – Get close to God and do what you want.
Back when I was struggling with knowing whether to be a pastor or not, I asked a missionary to the Philippines named David Yount for some counsel and advice. I asked him because whenever he came home on furlough and spoke at our church in Trout Lake, Washington, he always motivated me, convicted me, and taught me how to live for God. When we went out for lunch He gave me the simple little slogan, “Get close to God and do what you want”. At first I didn’t get it, and responded by saying, “I don’t want to do what I want, but what God wants”! He said to me, “If you are close with God, what you want is what He wants, because He put it in you”, he then quoted Psalms 37:3 to me, “Delight yourself in the Lord , and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
God puts His will for my life in my mind, but I have to dredge it out. Principle # 5 is important here, “You have to seek it diligently if you expect to find it.”
Psalms 16:7 “I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.”
God puts His perfect will for me in my mind and it will create in me a desire, a want, and a dream. The tricky part is sorting out what God put there as opposed to what my own flesh wants, what the world has brainwashed me into wanting, and what the devil puts into my mind as he masquerades as an angel of God. The desires of my flesh, the desires of the world, evil desires, and God’s desires are all running around in my head and my thinking. The person who thinks figuring out which one is from God is easy is naive and a fool.
Tomorrow I will write about principle 10, how to sort out the desires and wants in me to figure out which is from God.