People believe many different things about God and spirituality. Some are convinced that it’s arrogant to assume that we can know God’s will or walk with the Lord personally, however, what most people never stop to consider is how could the creator ask His creation to accomplish something without knowing who He is or what He expects from them?

I do not believe the deist theology that God does not intervene in the affairs of humans. I embrace the conviction that our maker wants to help us and walk with us every second of every hour and patiently waits for us to ask for His assistance.

So, how can we learn to draw closer to God in this new year? An important step is to understand that in order to do His will, we must surrender ours. We hope and pray that everyone would want to fulfill the destiny that God has made for them, but sadly we know this is not going to happen.

Yes, we can be energetic and have a certain amount of worldly success, but this is not the same as following the blueprints of God’s perfect plan for our lives. You see, I believe that God has a general will and a perfect will for each of His children. His general will is our obedience to the truth of His written Word, while His perfect will is the unique individual direction that He has chosen for each of us. Every person has been called and a specific design has been drawn by the one who knew us before we were born. When we fall at His feet and surrender our mind and heart to Him, the light of His glorious presence can illuminate our path and then we make the decision to follow or refuse.

To those who respond to His voice they can look forward to hearing Him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make you a ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your Lord” Mathew 25:21. For the ones who ignore their spiritual calling and would rather follow their own imaginations, they have not only wasted this life but are in danger of missing their heavenly invitation.

Is the Lord seeking someone who is perfect? I hope not, because Jesus is the only one who is perfect. However, He is searching for an individual who wants to evolve into what Christ died for them to be. Why do we have such a hard time with this? Because our level of determination has not risen to the conscious state of complete surrender to God’s demands.

“We will only succeed for Christ when our desire to change becomes greater than our desire to remain the same.” Until we develop an attitude that we will not compromise with carnality, we are a “sitting duck” to defeat. Personal change does not happen with a “whim.” Being controlled by God’s Spirit is a wonderful and noble suggestion, but it will take more than charisma, intelligence, or happy thoughts. Spiritual renewal requires a complete transformation as Jesus replied in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

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