God’s will is for us to have the best life possible, but most people never even come close to living in God’s best.
So, what is God’s best? God’s best is total health, not just relative to other people, but perfect health. God’s best is for you to be completely debt-free. He wants you to have an abundance to “abound to every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8). God’s best is fulfilling the destiny on your life that He appointed for you.
Sad to say, most people settle for much less. They don’t follow God’s leading and they don’t receive God’s best with their children, their vocation, or the vision that God has for them.
Some people may think they’re not worthy of God’s best. However, I believe God has never made a piece of junk. He’s never made a failure, and He’s never made a mistake.
In Jeremiah 29:11, God says:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
The New International Version says God has “hope and a future” in mind for you. God loves you and has a great plan for your life, but most people are living way below God’s standards.
Matter of fact, I believe I could say this: there is not a person breathing that has totally maxed out everything that God has for them. I know that’s certainly true of my life. I’ve seen God do some great things. I am so blessed and thankful for what God has done in my life and through me to touch other people.
But I guarantee you there is more. God has shown me more that He wants to accomplish through me, and I haven’t arrived. But praise God, I’ve left. I’m on my way to where God wants me to go, but I haven’t tapped out everything God has for me. Whether you realise it or not, God has more for you than what you are experiencing.
Some of you know and love the Lord, and yet you aren’t satisfied. There are many reasons for this but sometimes the reason is because God is making you dissatisfied. And that may shock some of you and you may think, What are you saying? God wouldn’t be the one that makes me depressed or discouraged. But there is a satisfaction that comes only when you are in the centre of God’s will.
I’ve experienced this personally. When I first started out in ministry, I pastored a small church in Seagoville, Texas. I was there for two years and we did not see a great success at all. It was a struggle just to survive during this time, but I was committed to it. I loved that place. I prayed for those people. But I remember one day as I was at the church praying, I looked out the window and my compassion, my joy, my peace about being there just left. I looked out the window and I thought, Why am I here? I don’t like this place. I want to get out of here.
My heart changed so quickly that I was shocked by it, and I spent two or three hours praying, “God, what happened? Was this You or is something wrong with me?” The more I prayed about it the more the Lord convinced me it was Him taking this desire to be in Seagoville out of my heart.
It was time for me to leave and God even gave me a date: 1st November, 1975. I prayed about it until I was sure that’s what God said. I went home to tell Jamie about what God had spoken to me and when I got home there was a “For Sale” sign in our yard. We were renting a house, so I went in and asked Jamie about it. She said the landlord came by and told us they’re selling the house and we’ve got to be out of it by the 1st November. It was a perfect confirmation. So, one of the ways that God leads us is by putting a holy dissatisfaction in us. I’m not talking about the sorrow of this world, the grief that comes when you’ve made mistakes. But sometimes the Lord will make you dissatisfied because there is so much more. He doesn’t want you to be content where you are.
There are other reasons that people get dissatisfied—sometimes people are dissatisfied because they aren’t seeking the Lord and keeping their mind stayed upon Him. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”
But I’m saying some of you love God, you’re seeking the Lord, and yet there is a holy dissatisfaction in your life. I’m telling you the reason for it is because God’s got more for you.
I’ve read that sometimes mother birds will push their chicks out of the nest to make them start flying and do things on their own. They’ll actually start plucking out the feathers and the things that cushioned the nest and made it comfortable, so that the twigs stick through and poke the birds and motivate them to get on.
In a sense, that’s what God is doing to some of you. He’s put a holy dissatisfaction there. Things that used to satisfy don’t satisfy. God has stirred you up and you know that there is more.
I wish I had more space to share on this. In my complete teaching, I give many biblical and practical examples and explain in detail what it means to live in God’s blessing.
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