ACTS 22:14 And He said, The God of our forefathers has destined and appointed you to come progressively to know His will — that is, to perceive, to recognize more strongly and clearly and to become better and more intimately acquainted with His will; and to see the righteous One Jesus Christ, the Messiah and to hear a voice from His own mouth and a message from His own lips; Amp.
This is the message Paul received from Ananias when he was blinded by the Light of the Lord on the road to Damascus and in that very instant he recovered his sight. We think of Paul as a super special Christian and do not relate to his life. But we are to look upon his life as an example of what we are to become.
The main focus of this message to Paul is about God’s will for him. This should be our main prayer and desire to know the Lord’s will for our life. Everyday should be a constant conversation about His will for the day. Is that what you hear from the Church and other Christians? Many pray for what they want and ask the Lord to bless it and then continue in their own will and desires.
The Lord is telling Paul that he has been appointed to become progressively to know the Lord’s will. It is something that does not come all at once, but is a gradual process. Do you get up everyday and ask to know His will for the day?
You should have a set routine for your prayer time, praise and worship time, and reading time. But does it stop there and the rest of the day belong to you? Do you eat what you want and go where you want to go or do you ask for directions for the day?
Romans 15:3 says, “For Christ gave no thought to His own interests, to please Himself.”
John 4:34 says, “Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work.” Amp
Jesus and Paul are both examples to us. To be in the center of God’s will is a very privileged place to be. It is a foretaste of heaven. His plan for us is always above all we could ever ask or think. It is something that we must desire and spend time to have it.
He only speaks to those who are surrendered and believing. He spoke to Samuel when he was young, but He had stopped speaking to Eli because of his sin. We must be Samuels and not Elis if we are serious about hearing a message from His lips.
He speaks to the still place in our heart. We have to learn to be free from all anxiety and fretting and many other sins that could speak. We therefore must be cleansed from our sins as best we can. We can ask for a scripture. We can be still and wait in His presence asking for Him to speak. He will answer one way or another. It may not be immediately. It may be through a person or through a song, but you will know. It is such a blessing to have Him speak to you. It is one of the most intimate gifts that we have and probably one of the most neglected.
It is a learning process that Satan does not want you to learn. You have to be aware of his tactics. The Lord is always in control of what you hear. The enemy has a voice. The voice of your flesh or self will has a voice. The only way to learn is to hear them. You have to pray and bind Satan at every turn. You will eventually learn, but it is not easy. It is so worth the battle to win His voice of direction in your life.
We must always test the spirits, asking if this is the right voice of the Holy Spirit or not. Never take anything for granted, but always ask. We eventually come to a wonderful place and that is His will for us. He is that wonderful place!
POEM — STREAMS IN THE DESERT
“Follow Me, and I will make you…
Make you speak My words with power,
Make you channels of My mercy,
Make you helpful every hour.”
“Follow Me, and I will make you…
Make you what you cannot be —
Make you loving, trustful, godly,
Make you even like Me!”