When I entered the pastoral ministry with my husband, Bill, over 26 years ago, I was not used to counseling. It wasn’t long before I discovered through experience that the number one question people ask pastors is this: “What is the will of God for my life?”
I believe that God places boundaries around our lives that are much larger than what we choose to walk in. Fears and false beliefs cause us to miss the mark and keep us from going out to our limits in that divine plan. Maybe that’s part of what it means to “fall short of the glory of God.” I heard someone describe a psychology experiment where volunteers were blindfolded and released in a large airplane hanger. They each heard someone tell them to run as fast as they could and as far as they could. Invariably, each volunteer found himself running in a tight circle. The fear of the unseen restricted him to a much smaller area than the full size of the airplane hanger. What helps us overcome the fear of the unseen and find the full extent of our destinies?
I wish I were spiritual enough to hear straightforward instructions for each decision I have to make, but I’m not. My choices are usually affected by the desires I believe God creates in me and whatever comes up. I always say, “I’m all about that as long as it’s not illegal, immoral or fattening.” (Well, maybe fattening.) Part of walking in your destiny means making choices that are affected by your integrity and the fruit of the Spirit that has found its way into the recesses of your character.
Another way to find your destiny is by hearing and responding to the prophetic word over our life. The Apostle Paul told Timothy to “pay heed to the prophecies previously made concerning you for by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and have suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.” (I Timothy 1:18) Paul even names two men, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who flunked this test.
I thank God for the prophets who told us over twenty-four years ago to wait for something called the “River” and the “Blessing.” We didn’t know it would take almost eighteen years before we saw the River and the Father’s Blessing break out in Toronto, but throughout that long eighteen-year season while we endured the test of waiting, God sent prophets and mercy- givers to encourage and strengthen us to hold on. What if we hadn’t waited?
When someone asks my husband, “How do I know the will of God for my life?” He says, “If you seek to do the will of God today and tomorrow and everyday after that, in twenty years you will be doing the will of God.”
This issue is devoted to helping you find and walk in God’s will for your life. This River is partly designed to soften your heart so God can lead you in paths that take you into your destiny. Stuart and Lynley Allan share about the heartache that led them into what they are doing now. Brad Davis writes about how the desires of others can hinder you and how soaking in the River overcomes the hindrances. John Arnott describes how the River has helped him to take faith “risks.” Mike Deer shares how your destiny is affected by your vision.
As you enjoy this holiday season and embark on a new year. May it be filled with the joy of knowing you are in the will of God.
Originally Published October/November Editor Melinda Fish
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