Discovering God’s Will


September 5, 2019

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Here at KI we have focused all of our efforts on accomplishing the Mission God set before us years ago. With all the associated changes and additions to our courses, I have been quite surprised by how much resistance we have met from some of our students. While some students instantly see the value in the new classes, others emphatically tell me they will not take any of the KWL courses. When I ask them what they fear about spending personal time with the Holy Spirit, they don’t know what to say, so they just head for the door and run away. If we were to look at a list of the top ten things Christians find important, spending quiet time with the Lord comes in near the bottom of the list at about number 97.

In John 10, Jesus used the analogy of a shepherd and his sheep to show what our relationship with Him should look like. He said the Shepherd calls His sheep by name, and they hear Him. They follow Him because they know His voice. They will flee from a stranger because they do not know the voice of strangers. But they follow their Shepherd, because they know Him. They are comfortable with Him. They know He will guide them and provide what they need. They are content in His presence, because they trust Him.

What does that say about those who call themselves Christians, but refuse to spend time with their Shepherd? It could mean a number of things, but it broadcasts the simple truth that they don’t know Him. They avoid Him and run away from Him because they don’t know Him. They don’t trust Him to provide what they need. Everything around them – every breath they take, everything about every day they live – is evidence that our Shepherd is trustworthy. In all of life’s circumstances that we face every day, God is whispering to us “do you trust Me?” If we do trust God with the everyday things, He takes us a little deeper, and asks us again, and the cycle repeats. If at any time we draw back and say “I can’t” or “I’m not sure I can go there,” progress in our relationship with God stops there and we are given many opportunities to breakdown our self-imposed barrier. All the time God continues to whisper the question “do you trust Me?”

In our guidelines for the Ministry Journals we ask some questions at the various levels which we hope will cause people to stop and think about all the times God has done something in their life and asked them “do you trust Me?” Our prayer is that as people look back over their lives they will see some patterns emerge into a broader picture. All too often what we get is a one or two sentence “answer” to the question which displays an absolute minimal consideration of God’s involvement in their life. Or else we get the other extreme, all the minutiae without any realization of the bigger picture of what God was doing in those situations. Both of those approaches get the same results by giving the person the ability to say “I don’t know what God’s will is, He hasn’t told me anything yet.” And, as we all know if God hasn’t “told” us anything yet, that means that we don’t have to do anything, right? Not so! For many people who claim to seek God’s will about something, when He does speak they don’t listen because that would nullify all their excuses.

Hopefully you have noticed that our Mission is to the “serious Christians” who take our classes. I choose to believe that most of our students are in the “serious” category. They desperately want to know what God’s will is for their life. They have been praying, usually for years to know God’s will because they truly want to follow Him. But they want to see the entire picture right up front, so they inadvertently pass by the smaller pieces of the picture that God is showing them. The problem is with us, not with God. He is proving Himself faithful by showing us only what we are capable of dealing with at the time.

As we prove ourselves faithful to do what He has already shown us, He will show the next phase of the Mission. When we engage and prove ourselves faithful to the mission at that level, He shows us more of the Mission. The more we prove to our self that He is Faithful, the more comfortable we become in His presence. The more comfortable we are with Him the more we can trust Him. The more we trust Him, the more of the mission He shows us; that’s the cycle.

Several months ago we put up a number of new courses dealing with this very subject. One class is “I521 How Should We Live?” which deals with the Christians who say they believe God exists and plays an active part in our lives but then live like they don’t really believe any of that. This course uses a book titled The Christian Atheist.

The next course is “I522 Knowing and Doing the Will Of God” The course title is actually the subtitle on the book Experiencing God which takes the reader into what I have talked about above. Notice the title combines “Knowing” with “Doing”.

The third class is “I523 Becoming God’s Friend” using a book titled Created To Be God’s Friend – How God Shapes Those He Loves.

These three courses will take any serious Christian from where ever they are in their walk with the Lord past the outer courts, through the veil rent from top to bottom, and right into the very presence of God. That doesn’t happen overnight for very many people, but for the serious Christian, it doesn’t have to take a lifetime to get started. Koinonia Institute is dedicated to training and equipping the serious Christian for Ministry in today’s world. Are you one of those serious Christians?

Working together to build God’s Kingdom.
Stan H.


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