We need to focus on seeing with clarity and not remain spiritually blind. It is difficult for us to be able to see clearly what God’s will is for us, if our eyes are closed to the Word. I am talking about seeing clearly, this means that we see with clarity everything that Jesus has already done. God is very concerned with us not being able to see clearly what His will is for our lives. We should know what we should be doing, but believe it or not this is the number one question people ask God everyday. People pray, “Lord, what is your will for my life?” They ask Him to reveal His will to them, and then the question is, “What was I born to do?” I know this to be true, because for years I too, have asked God those questions. It is something wonderful when we come to the place where we know what we were put on this earth to do. Yet it can be very frustrating to have to live from day to day not knowing why we were put here in the first place. We can struggle through life because we are not clear what our purpose is. We can go from being unsure of what direction to take, and end up taking the wrong road that only leads us to a dead-end, only to find out that we have to turn around and to take another road and we wasted time going in the wrong direction. We become frustrated, confused, and lost because we did not see things clearly as we should have. We may even end up doing well for ourselves, but in the back of minds, we ask ourselves, “Am I really doing God’s best?”
There are eight keys that enable us to see clearly what God’s will is for our lives. The First Key that we are going to talk about, is the key of “Walking with God.” If we want to know what God’s plan is for our lives, we must get to know Him. We have to learn to position ourselves to walk with Him. We must develop a personal relationship with Him. This relationship needs to be intimate and very personal. It cannot be just a casual relationship. This relationship must be so important to us that we cannot stand to be away from God’s presence. The closer that we get to God in our relationship will make us desire Him so much more. We will stand with bated breath just waiting for God to take us to His bosom, where we can share our deepest thoughts and ideas with Him and in turn He will share His thoughts and ideas with us. Christianity is all about our relationship with God, it isn’t a religion at all. This is why we should seek to know God personally and intimately. We will never know what He knows about us, unless we commit ourselves to know Him. We must cultivate our relationship with God, by spending time in His Word, by spending time in prayer, by developing an intimate relationship and by thanking Him through praise and worship. We cannot do this just a couple of times, we must commit ourselves to doing these things all the time. We must make our desire to be with Him a priority. If we want to know the purpose for our lives, then we have to go to the Creator, our Father, to find out. He is the One who knows all about us and He is the One that developed the plan for our lives. When we put forth effort to get to know Him, then He will reveal His plan to us. Proverbs 3:5-6 says this, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” We are to acknowledge God in everything and then He will direct our path. What does it mean to acknowledge something? It means that we accept or admit the existence or truth of what God has already done. Is this important? Yes, it is, because it causes us to look to God for everything. As we look to Him for everything, then we will also want to know more about Him. We will desire to be with Him. We will place our thoughts upon Him. We will want to have a relationship with Him. It is like when we find the man or woman of our dreams, we want to always be near them. We want to experience everything that they have to give to us and we only want to share with them everything that we have to give to them. We give them our hearts and they in-turn will give us theirs. Intimacy flows from us to them and from them to us. Every minute with them seems like the best time in life and we don’t want it to stop. This is how our relationship with God should be. When we acknowledge Him…He directs our path. My friends this is relationship and this is how it should be. Glory to God! When we begin walking in this type of relationship we begin trusting God with everything we have including our hearts.
The Second Key in knowing what God’s will is for our lives is to “Surrender Our Will to Him.” We are to surrender our will to God’s will. Many times we say that we are seeking God’s will, but in reality we want God to stamp His approval upon what we are doing or what we want to do. God will not put His anointing upon what we are doing when it is out of the plan that He designed for us. If it is part of His plan then the anointing will already be a part of it, but if it is not in His plan, there will be “no anointing.” Think about this for a moment, “What does surrender mean?” It is when we cease resistance to God and submit to His authority. These are powerful words, “To cease resisting.” You see when we walk around in this world as Christian people, we listen and end up doing worldly things, but we aren’t listening to God or doing godly things. We say, “Lord, I surrender,” but the minute we are well we forget about what God has done for us. We speak out loud that we want to be ministers for the Lord, but when it comes to tell someone about Jesus, we back down. Why? Because we are afraid of being rejected! Why? Because we are afraid of what others will say about us. Is this surrender? No, surrendering to God’s will is “Ceasing Resistance and Bowing Down to Him.” God told us to worship Him in with our body, soul, and spirit. Look at this, turn to Matthew 2:11, “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” I want you to see what happened with the three wise men, when they came into the house where the Child Jesus was, they fell down and worshipped Him, and then they opened their treasures to present to Him. The Lord has shown me that is the way we are to be when we come into the Father’s presence, we are to give Him our body, soul, and spirit as worship to Him. Turn to Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Surrender, we are to surrender ourselves to the Father. We are to surrender our body, soul, and spirit to God as our worship to Him. If we want to know what God’s will is for our lives, then we have to know Him. When we get to know Him, then we will know what He wants from us. We must commit ourselves to His desire and we must commit ourselves to what He will have us do. Now, read verse two, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” If we don’t surrender our will to God, then we will end up being conformed to the ways of the world. If we will not surrender our will to God, then we will never know what His good, acceptable and perfect will is for us. The Lord says that the most important thing that we can do is, “Renew Our Minds.” What does it mean to renew the mind? It means that we change our way of thinking to that of God’s way of thinking. When we renew the mind, we exchange our thoughts for God’s thoughts. How can we do this, but by getting to know His thoughts? We get to know His thought by learning His Word. When we know God’s Word then we will know Him, because God is His Word. We renew the mind by surrender our will to His will. What are we doing? We are establishing a relationship with our Creator. We are saying, “Father, I want to go back to the things as You want them to be. I want to do things Your way. I desire to surrender myself to You.”
The Third Key is to do what we already know is God’s Will for us is and that is to “Obey God’s Word.” There are many things that we know are God’s will, but we don’t even try to do them. Why is this so? Mostly because we are stubborn people and we want to do things our own way. We know what God has taught us, but we fail to do it because we are arrogant and prideful. The Bible teaches us God’s will, but for some reason we don’t want to follow what it has to say. We say, yes, we believe in God and His Word, but when it comes to doing what the Word says, we put it off, because it contradicts what we are doing. Take a look at the world today, what is it that you see? You see people doing their own thing. You see riots, looting, and destruction. You see people angry at everyone. You see laws being turn up-side down. You see people who don’t want to love each other. Is this God’s Word? No, it is all because of the spirit of division. Who has been around since the dawn of time. What purpose does it serve? Nothing except to bring destruction to God’s Word. It isn’t there for racial injustice. It isn’t there for changing laws. It is there for the purpose of attacking God’s Word. The reason it is so strong in the world today, is because it allows us to do our own thing. Where is this taking us? It is taking us away from the Word. You know, we say that we trust God and His Word, but we only trust it for what it can give us. There are great things in the Bible, but to many of us only see what we want to see, not taking in all of the Word. If we want to know God, we have to know His Word. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible. Everything within it was inspired by Him. If we want to know God’s will we need to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us His Word. Who is better equipped to teach us the Word, then the Author who wrote it? If we truly want a relationship God, then we must know His Word. The Father had the Holy Spirit come to the earth to continue what Jesus had been doing, and to dwell within our hearts to give us the knowledge of the Word. In order for us to know all about God and who He is, we need to learn the Word from the writer Who inspired it, the Holy Spirit. In order to find out what God’s will is for us, we need to commit ourselves to a time of Bible Study daily. While we committed to reading the Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us what we are to know. Who better is qualified then Him to teach us? The more we commit ourselves to the Word of God, the deeper the relationship we will have with the Father. This will point us in the direction that God will have us go, what we are to do when we get there, and how we are to do it. Blessings and favor will come upon us as we spend more time with God and His Word. The closer our walk with Him, the more we will learn to surrender our wills to His. One thing God doesn’t want, is for us to engage in sin. There are many of us who want to know God, but yet we still are engaging in sinful conduct. First Thessalonians 4:3 says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;” Men and women today want to do their own thing and that is doing what pleases their flesh, but God’s Word says that if we desire to be holy to stay away from these practices. We keep asking God to show us His will for our lives, yet everyday He is showing us, but we seem to miss what He is saying, either because we are being ignorant or we just want what we want and nothing more. We want to pick and choose which parts of the Bible we want to obey. If we are so picky, what makes us think that when God does reveal His plan to us that we will be willingly follow it? You ask yourselves, “Why are we like we are?” It is because we still attach ourselves to the ways of the world! When we attach ourselves to the world, we do things the world’s way, instead of doing things God’s way. If everyone is doing it, then it can’t be wrong. If everyone jumps off a bridge, are we going to jump off with them? That is not God’s will for us. His will, doesn’t conform to that of the world, and His will should be our will.
Key Number Four, is to “Seek Godly Input.” We are always seeking people to help us with our problems, but most of the time the people we choose don’t have a relationship with God. We must begin seeking what I like to call “Godly Advisers.” We should try to have three or more godly mentors in our lives. These men or women are there to surround us and they are there to help council us into doing God’s will. You need to hear me on this! Know this, these mentors are not there to make decisions for us, they are there to help us along with our decisions by praying for us and giving us advice. They are there to keep us on the path of righteousness. They can be pastors, teachers, friends, or co-workers. Now when you are considering these people to help you seek the desires of your heart and godly affairs, they should be people who are filled with the Holy Spirit and knowledgeable in the Word of God. Men, know this, your wife should always be a help-mate for you. Who knows you better than God does and that is your wife. Women, your husband should be one of your advisers, he can be the strength that you need. Our relationships are bridges that will let us cross over to another level in life. What is a spiritual advisor? The Old Testament used counselors/advisors to serve with the king on such matters as national security, defense, logistics, and intelligence. At times, however, the advisor’s capacity was granted to others. David employed certain advisors as council in his courts, turn to 1 Chronicles 27:32, “Also Jehonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, a wise man, and a scribe; and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the king’s sons.” These counselors occupied a strategic place in ancient government. These men and women of God that the Lord leads us to, are put there to give us council, advise, and to mentor us along the way as we walk through our Christian life and ministry. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” What are the characteristics of a good spiritual advisor? They should have the following qualities: They must know God’s Word, they should be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, they must want to be a part of your life and be committed to giving you advise, and they should be further along in the Christian faith then you are. Now what is our part? We must be willing to take their advice and we must be willing to give them the words that God gives us in our dreams, visions, and journals so that they can pray with us to seek God for the answer. We must adhere to God as the final answer, turn to Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Know this, that it is imperative that we don’t forget this very important part of knowing God’s will, we must establish people who can help us discern what we are hearing. These advisors are there to help us move through different facets of our life. Again I will tell you that these advisors/mentors are not there to make the decisions for us, but they are there to guide us in a direction. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 says this, “Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
Key Number Five is for us to pay attention to “Know How God Made Us.” What is it that I am saying,? It is for us to look at what specific things that God has blessed each one of us with. Look at the talents that He has developed within us. I believe that each person was made with something special that adds to the kingdom of God. Inside of us God has placed that special seed for it to grow and mature and to grow a special fruit that is unique in its development. This seed roots itself into good ground when we are in God’s will. It roots itself and then from the root it begins to grow with the plan of God. What is it? It will be something God will birth inside of us that will reveal itself when the time is right. It may be a special talent. It may be an anointing. It may be something physical. It may be something mental, but I can assure you that whatever it is, it will be revealed to us and it will be missing part of the puzzle, once it is in place, we will see the full picture of our lives. Turn to 1 Peter 4:10, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” God has given each one of us a gift, it is something that fits with our character. We must take this gift and allow it to grow within us so that we can share our gift with others. God has given us a special gift that we are to use for a specific ministry, it is something that we can only do. I remember when I was employed as a lighting technician for a Christian Soap Opera called “Another Life.” I didn’t know what God wanted me to do, I was fresh out of the military and I was working at C.B.N. (Christian Broadcasting Network). I did like most of us, I prayed, “God what is your will for my life?” Everyday I would come to work and before we did any part of the job, it was the policy of CBN to hold prayer meetings before going to work. I prayed to God asking Him to show me what path I was to take. I met a man who was a prophet and he told me that “God has given you a gift that only you can do, don’t look at the gift but look at the giver.” For years that prophecy was stored in my brain. At this time I was only in my late twenties and now I am in my early sixties. To this date I don’t know what God has me to do, but I do know that whatever it is it will be done in His timing. The gift He gives us is unique to us but don’t seek the gift or it’s meaning but seek the giver, Jesus. Pay attention to who you are in Christ. Know that you are the righteousness of God and you are His beloved. Pay attention how God made you and your life will always revolve around what God says about you.
Key Number Six, is for us to “Listen to the Holy Spirit.” We all have been given the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truths. Know this, that prayer is not our coming to God requesting things, prayer is when we enter into the relationship for us to have a conversation with God. In this conversation, it is a two-way conversation, where we speak to God and He in turn speaks to us. When we speak to God, He listens and when He speaks we should listen also. Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. Even I am learning this for myself, I used to be like most people and go to God with my requests and then end the prayer time, I didn’t even let God get a word in edgewise. This is not prayer! Prayer is supposed to be a time of sharing with one another. We share our thoughts with God and He in-turn shares His thoughts with us. This is the start of relationship, when we both take the time to communicate with one another. God has been teaching me important lessons and each time I go to Him, He teaches me further. One day as I was deep prayer with Him, He brought me into His living room. In the living room it was adorned with a couch, chairs, love-seat, carpet, a television, coffee table, end tables with nice lamps, and it was just beautiful to look at. It was a typical living room décor. He asked me a question; “How would i act if I were in someone’s home and invited into their living room?” I didn’t know what to say! I actually felt like He had put me on the spot. He then asked me, “Would you come into the living and ask for things or would come into the room and seat yourself and listen to the host share with you?” I said, “Lord I apologize for my behavior. He then told me, “This is what people do when they come into My presence. They give Me a list of their requests and then they leave, not giving Me time to talk with them. It is more for Me to give to them, instead of having a conversation with them.” After He shared with me these things, I felt ashamed, but I learned that day how God felt when I came to His house. Did this hurt me? Yes, because I didn’t know I was actually doing it. Now when I go to Him, I go there to have a two-way conversation. I go there to enjoy God’s company. I go there to listen to Him as He speaks to me. Jesus told us that we are His sheep, that we know His voice and that we follow Him. (See John 10:27) If we don’t learn to hear His voice then we won’t listen for it when He calls us and we won’t follow Him. It is important for us to converse with God. We must be like barefooted Indians, a barefooted Indian is sensitive to everything around them. This is how we should be with the Holy Spirit, we should be sensitive to His wooing us and to His gentle voice when He speaks to us. The other day I approached an intersection near my house, The light in my lane was green for me to go, the Holy Spirit softly spoke saying, “Wait before proceeding, about a second or two.” I stopped my movement when a dark colored SUV came barreling through the red light at a high rate of speed. Had I gone into the intersection, the SUV would have collided with me, striking the driver’s side door. This is what is meant by listening to His voice. You see, He only wants what is best for us, therefore we need to come to God in prayer, meditating on what He shares with us. Meditation is us expressing our thoughts on a subject. When we meditate, we can receive from the Holy Spirit and He will share with us God’s own thoughts. The Holy Spirit speaks directly to our hearts. If we write the word HEART down on a piece of paper and we take away the first and last letter, what do we have? We have EAR. If you take away the last letter from the word HEART, what do you have? That’s right, we have the word HEAR. Revelation 2:29 says, ““He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ We are the church, not the building that we go to. We are the sheep who hears the “VOICE OF OUR SHEPHERD.’ This is the voice that we follow. This is the voice that we know. It is an awesome experience when we know the voice who is talking with us. When do we hear the Spirit speak? It is when we are quiet.
Key Number Seven is to “Listen to the Heart.” Psalms 37:4-5 says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” We must take the time to listen to the Lord as He speaks to our hearts. Look deeply into the verse that we just read. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, the Bible says that God will give us the desires of our hearts. What does it mean to delight ourselves in the Lord? It actually means that we are to exalt Him so highly that we pursue Him over and above any other person, thing, thought, or action in our lives. It is giving Him first place in our lives. As we are delighting ourselves in the Lord, the Bible specifically says that He will give us the desires of our hearts. As the Holy Spirit speaks to us, He changes our heart’s desires. What does it mean to change the desires of the heart? The desires of the heart are things that we dream about. They are actually very spiritual in nature. Many people wonder if the desires of the heart are God’s will? If we are listening to the Spirit as He speaks, then we can be assured that our desires will be in-line with God’s plan. The more time that we spend in God’s presence, then the deeper our desires will be in-line with God’s plan. The more time we spend in the presence of God, the more of His heart we will have. When we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, our heart is synchronized with God’s will. Once we know that we are in sync with God’s will and with His Word, we can receive the desires of our hearts. You ask, “How do I receive the desires of my heart?”
Receiving The Desires of Our Hearts
The First way that we receive the desires of our hearts is that we must “Catch the Vision.” If we can see it, then we can have it. Look at this, turn to Genesis 13:15, “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” Take a look at this verse in the New Living Translation, “I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession.” This of course doesn’t mean that if we want something so badly we will receive it, it means that if we “Catch the Vision,” as the Holy Spirit gives it to us, believing in the voice of God, that we will receive what we ask for. Look at what Jesus said in Mark 11:24 (reading from the New Living Translation), “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
The Second way that we receive the desires of our hearts, we must, “Disconnect Ourselves From The World.” The Bible says in James 4:4 (reading from the NLT), “You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” We have to prepare our heart to receive the desires, ensuring that what is being planted is planted in the “Good Ground.” How do we do this? We do this by “Disconnecting” ourselves from the influences of the world, putting God first in everything. Jerry Savelle said it best, “You have to get to the place where you qualify to receive the good things God wants to give you. When you seek Him, trust Him and delight yourself in Him, then it becomes His responsibility to bring you the good things that will satisfy the desires of your heart. If you start to pursue the things you want in life, rather than pursuing God, you will disqualify yourself from the promises. So, seek God’s face – not His hand. When you pursue intimacy with God, you will qualify yourself to receive all that He has promised. And the best part is – you will not lack any good thing.”
The Third way that we receive the desires of our hearts is to “Get Rid of Unforgiveness.” Turn to Hebrews 12:1, “ Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Ok, we can see that you have to catch the vision, disconnect from the influences of the world and we have get rid of unforgiveness. We all know that in order to run a race or for that matter climb a mountain, we have to get rid of things that weigh us down. Unforgiveness that we are carrying can become a great weight that will weigh us down, making it hard for us to pursue our goals in life. Forgiving someone isn’t easy and it isn’t making excuses for what someone has done to us. Forgiving someone does not mean that we are restoring the relationship, if there ever was one in the first place. Forgiving someone is not something between us and other people, it is about us and us alone. It is for our benefit and for us to receive healing within our hearts. Forgiveness sets us free. Take a look at what Paul said, turn to Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Jump over to Mark 11:25, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” Now jump over to Matthew 6:15, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
The Fourth way to receive the desire of your heart is to “Do Everything in Love.” There are three things that will last with us forever – Faith, Hope, and Love – the greatest being Love. The Word of God says this in I Corinthians 13:13. By now, you are probably seeing that the way to receive your desires comes in many parts, sort of like a well oiled machine. Each part has a specific function. Without the oil the machine cannot operate with efficiency. This is the same with our spiritual desires. Without “Love,” we cannot receive the desire’s of our hearts. Love is the life-force behind everything that we are. God created all of us in love. Love is what saved us from hell and damnation. It was because of love that Jesus, God’s only begotten Son died for our sins. It was because of love everything is, and is to come. When we cut-off love, we cut-off our life-force. Love isn’t just about being nice to our family and friends, it is being in love with everyone. Did you know that it is a commandment of God for us to love one another? Matthew 22:37-39 tells us this, “Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The Apostle Paul also told us about love, turn to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 John 4:7-8 says this, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” The Holy Spirit will show us God’s love and how we can do everything in love.
The Fifth way we receive the desires of our hearts is to “Talk the Word.” Jesus said that we are to have faith in God, that is we can learn to say to our mountains of despair move and get out of the way and it will move. The key is to have faith in God and His Word and not have any doubt. (See Mark 11:22-24) Why is it so important for us to talk the Word? Turn to Deuteronomy 6:5-7, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” We are to continuously speak the Word, and the Bible says we will have what we believe. What does this mean? It means that we can speak and have what we desire. But in order to have the desires of our hearts and it be in the will of God, we have to change our thought patterns. If we are constantly thinking worldly thoughts, we will have the desires of the world. The Bible says in Romans 12:2 (reading from the NLT), “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” We cannot put worldly things first before God and expect Him to bless these desires. Keep your focus upon Jesus!
The Sixth way that we can receive the desires of our hearts is to “Not Let Anything Hinder Our Faith.” Let’s turn to Hebrews 6:12, “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” We must not let anyone or anything steer us away from our faith. We must wait patiently upon the Lord. “Patience is virtue,” is something that we have heard in our growing up, but even today no one knows who quoted it, some believe it was the distichs of Cato (Cato the Elder) and some believe that it was said in a book written by Goeffrey Chaucer “The Canterbury Tales” but where it came from is not important because what is important is what it means. The meaning is this, it is a reflection upon our ability to wait for something that is important to us. By calling patience a virtue, or a state of moral excellence, it leads people to believe in an ability that is given to us by God to wait without agitation. This is just an admirable quality for a person to possess. This is what God’s will is for us and the desires of our hearts. We are to wait upon the Lord, He will speak to us and giving us the next move that we are to make. He has only our best interest at heart all the time, so never give up!
The seventh way to receive the desires of our hearts is “To Be Thankful For Everything.” We are to always thank God for what He has already done. The Bible says in Psalms 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Being in gratitude to God for everything that He has done, brings us great power, because it brings us clarity. Seeing clearly opens up so many doors for us. Doors and windows open up in heaven and pour the blessings upon the earth. Favor walks with us. We experience God’s love pouring all over us. We see God also in a different way.
The Eighth Key is “Take A Look At Our Circumstances.” If we want to know what God’s will is for our lives, we must take a look at our circumstances that we have experienced. God puts us into circumstances to strengthen us for what we are to do in our lifetime. He also shows us what we are not supposed to do in ministry. God knows what doors He wants us to go through and which doors He has to keep closed. There are reasons for what He does. I believe that He places us in certain circumstances to show us what His will is for our lives, what happens to us gives us more insight into how He is molding us and shaping us for the next step in His plan. There are people that He places in our path not there to hurt us, but to help us grow and mature. Some are for a lifetime and some are not just for a season (short-time). Anything that touches our lives is a circumstance, it could be joyful, sorrow, hunger, pain, happiness, cold, hot, birth of something, or even the death of something or someone. They all are circumstances that we go through that affect us individually. God brings us into circumstances in order to exercise our faith. Now that we know the ways to receive the desires of our hearts, we must put them into practice. Know this that God will shape our desires, His plan will unfold before us and all we have to do is allow it to happen. I assure you that it will be exciting and oh so wonderful.