We know that there are many ways that God speaks to us in order to give
us guidance. Of course He speaks to us through His written (logos)
Word and at times, His spoken (rhema) Word. But He also uses the wisdom
of many counselors (Proverbs 15:22), our friends, our family, our
circumstances and yes, even common sense.
But in this week's
blog, I want to explore the unique way that God directs each and every
one of us to fulfill His good purpose in our life from within our heart.
I like how the Amplified Bible translates Philippians 2:13...
in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually
at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire],
both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and
The Message paraphrased Bible says Philippians 2:13 this way... Be
energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before
God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God
himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.”
Whatever version you prefer, the simple point of this
verse is that the way God directs us is through the desires that He has
already placed in our heart. Oftentimes when we think of trying to
discern God's will for our lives, we make assumptions that what He
wants must be in direction opposition to what we want.
that is what religion can communicate to us. If we assume that we are
rotten to the core (even after we are born again) then it would be easy
to believe that our heart's desires must be wrong too. When I was a
new Christian, I fell into this twisted mindset myself. Because of the
external influences of some of the Christian leaders that influenced
me, I just assumed that what God wanted must be opposite to what I
With that kind of belief system, I was continually
bracing myself for the time when God would call me to a country that I
didn't want to go and to a ministry that I didn't enjoy. But
interesting enough, the 'call' that I was expecting never came.
Instead, Papa in His mercy has led me into a ministry that I love,
using the tools that I enjoy, in a field that was custom built for me!
It sounds like this should be common sense, but
unfortunately, it isn't. There are many well-meaning people with
beautiful hearts that wrestle with this basic principle of the
Christian life. And as a result, they feel a disconnection from their
true purpose and a conflict between who they really are and what they
I believe the glorious simplicity of the gospel is that I
can't do what you were created to do and you can't do what I was created
to do! That is what makes each one of us a unique one-of-a-kind
reflection of God's glory. You and I weren't created on an assembly line
with millions of other clones. Our Papa created each one of us in His
image (Genesis 1:27) and then He threw out the mold and start again!
believe the best way that we can discern our special purpose is to
simply live by the new, redeemed heart that God has given us (Ezekiel
36:26)That may sound simple enough but for many people is it not that
Often in both the world and the church, we are so busy
managing what people expect us to be that we really don't have any time
to listen to our own heart. So we spend our lives trying to fit our
square peg in a round hole and all the while we are feeling completely
discontented and frustrated. No wonder that is the case! If we aren't
being true to ourselves, we will spend our efforts in pursuit of
somebody else's life and not our own.
A son (or daughter) who
knows that they are loved is free to live by their heart and trust the
deep seeded desires that their Abba has placed in them. Whether people
approve or not, when we live by our heart we are displaying to the world
the unique facet (of His really BIG diamond) that God has created us
to be! We may not please those around us, but it is in this place of
absolute freedom that I believe our Papa is very, very pleased.
think of little kids. The smaller they are, the more in touch they are
with their heart's desires. If they want to jump up and twirl around,
they do. If they want to lie down and take a nap they do. If they want
to pull out all of the pots and pans in the kitchen, they do.
is only when they begin being shaped by the external forces of a
fallen world that they begin to shut down the open air waves that exist
between their head and their heart. Since Jesus clearly told us that
the secret to being great in His Kingdom is learning to be small again
(Matthew 18:1-5), we should take note of this beautiful, simple
attribute of a little child... They live by their heart.
prayer today is that God would show you the desires that He has placed
in your heart and how He wants you to live in the glorious freedom of
just being you! I pray that He will give you wisdom and grace to
recognize the areas in your life where you have sacrificed who you
really are on the altar of conformity. May Papa give you the courage to
simply be yourself and yield to the good works that He has already
prepared for you to do (Ephesians 2:10).
If you don't know what
the desires of your heart are, may you give yourself permission to ask
yourself what it is exactly that you love to do. If you still don't get
an answer, maybe you need to spend some time playing in Papa's sandbox
until you find something that truly resonates in your heart. And when
you find it, embrace it and trust that Papa is directing you through
it. ...For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his
Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (NKJV)