Updated: Mar 28
God is carrying out his plan throughout creation, not anyone else. We are here to do His Will, not the other way around. Today we're going to discuss understanding the Will of the Lord.
Three to four years ago, I had two dreams from the Lord. In the first dream, I was walking through the interior of a cruise ship with a dear friend of mine. We came to a table that had beautiful foods and just different things on the table. And everyone was dressed beautifully, including even the lights they were warm and beautiful and the sparkle like nothing else I had ever seen before the people even sparkled. Everything was just beyond what I had even ever imagined would be found on a cruise ship. There were round tables and people seated at them, that people were happy and enjoying and celebrating. There was a short walkway that led to a room with two doors that were closed. Somehow I could see through the doors, and observed there was another party going on inside the room. But, it was private. It was even larger and greater than the celebration going on outside of that room. The room was the interior room was expansive. There were levels filled with other people, and they were all sitting at tables. The lights were even more bright and more beautiful, than the ones outside and everything sparkled more than it did outside the room. I had this feeling like I just had to get inside that room. It was the captain's party. My desire to get in that room became so great that I was ready to do anything that I needed to that I could to get in that room and meet the captain and to see if I could find a seat there.
In the second dream, I was walking in something like a grand Symphony Hall. The lights in the house, over where the audience would be seated, they were all dimmed. And, there was a light on the stage and it was just kind of a warm glowing light. But it was beautiful. And it let me know like I didn't know what was going to happen there. But, by the way things looked, I knew something special was going to be happening there soon; or you know sometime later on. And, it just so happened that I was there before anybody else. The only other people there were the ones that were like, sweeping the floor or working on preparing things for the show, or whatever was going to be going on later. I walked around and looked over where the orchestra was going to be and around at the seating to find you know the best seating. All the seats were covered with this red plush cushiony velvet looking fabric. They just kept going up in rows, like ascending up toward the ceiling. Similar to how the seating looks in a stadium. And, I remember being excited and thinking that I can have any seat that I want it because I was there before anybody else. I looked and thought about where I might want to sit; and I knew that whatever was going to happen there I wanted to be a part of it. So, I decided to wait for two of my my really dear friends; and I went outside to meet them. Which, caused me to stand outside completely outside the building; looking at the parking lots. I was so early to this event, even the parking lot lights were still off in the parking lot. Slowly people started to arrive. I continued to wait for my friends, because I wanted us to all sit together. But, there came a point where I had to go back inside, because I might miss my seat. So, I quickly went back into the building.
When I got inside what would be like the foyer or entry area when you come into a big theater or orchestra hall, or anything like that, all the doors leading down into the auditorium were closed. They were sealed and guarded by two men who looked like Bellhops, or like old movie theater attendants. They had on red suits with gold buttons and the little hat. I'm not really sure what they're called. While standing in this area, I could just barely see through the cracks of the door. And, I could see the beautiful lights had come up. It was so bright, I also heard the sound of the audience, filled with expectation and excitement for whatever was going on in there. I still didn't even know what it was. And I begged them [the Bellhops] and pleaded with them to please let me in. I explained to them how I was here earlier, and how they saw me. Even though I reminded them of that, it didn't matter. They told me I couldn't enter in and one of the men just pointed and directed me to an overflow room. I was so sad and heartbroken, because I wasn't inside the main room where I really want it to be. So, I went to the overflow room and it was nothing like the auditorium where the main event was happening. The walls were dingy and white, and there was nothing on them. The there were rows and rows of the brown metal fold out chairs, which didn't even have the cushions on them. There was an old box TV held up in one corner of the room, and it was really small. It was so small that everybody in the room wouldn't even be able to clearly see what was on the TV. And, I remember looking at the floor, which was the white peel and stick tiles that you see in a grocery store. Like they're just very plain and placed right over concrete; nothing special about it. And, I remember sitting in my seat; thinking how I didn't want to be there, but it was better than nothing. I finally got to see, because people were filling that room up as well. And, I didn't want to miss what was going on.
When I woke up, I had such a pain and like a longing sensation and sorrow on the inside of me just because of the dream that I just had. My heart aches; and I can't even describe to you how I felt. But, those dreams changed me. And, there were many messages for me, from the Lord in those dreams. But, among them was that there's a such thing as God's perfect will. That perfect will is equal to His best. And, God's best was not what I thought it was, what I had imagined, or contemplated at being in my Christian walk.
At this point I had been saved for several years. It was something totally unexpected, and that His perfect will was something that I could not live without so He took me through the dreams and explained Himself to me. He also let me know that to understand Him, we have to come up to His kind of thinking. We've begun talking about God's perspective, being seated in heavenly places and looking at things from the way he looks at them. Today we are going to talk about His motives. What is His target? What is he after? Why is He doing the things that He's doing? And, here is the purpose in a nutshell.
Let's look at 1 Corinthians 15:22-24 (NASB). For as in Adam all die, so also in [a]Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to our God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
The Apostle Paul states it right there in verse 24. Then comes the end. When He [that is Jesus] hands over the kingdom to God the Father and He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. That's it. Just simply put in a nutshell. God declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10 NASB). Knowing this, let's go to the end and walk through what the Lord is talking about. So, we can understand what He wants. It's important to know that God is serious about what He is accomplishing and what He's after; what His focus and target is. We know this, because we can find the very same string of thought throughout the span of the Scriptures; from the end to the beginning.
Let's look at Revelation 21:2-3 (NASB). And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His [a]people, and God Himself will be among them[b].
Examine verses five through eight of the same chapter (Revelation 21:5-8 NASB). And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “[a]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give water to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life, without cost. The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly, and [b]unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and [c]brimstone, which is the second death.” Now there's two key phrases that I want you to pick up on. The first is Revelation 21:3 (NASB) "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God himself will be among them." And, let's examine verse seven of the same chapter [Revelation 21:7]. We're looking for keywords again, remember; "...and I will be his God and he will be My son."
So now let's go back to the beginning [of the Word] because God declares the end from the beginning. Let's follow His track and his pattern and look at the Genesis 2:22-25 (NASB). And the Lord God [a]fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. Then the man said,“At last this is bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; [b]She shall be called [c]‘woman,’Because [d]she was taken out of [e]man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed. Let's continue in Genesis 3:7-11 (NASB) Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves waist coverings. Now they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the [b]cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”
In looking at Genesis and these couple sections of Scripture, there's again, two key things we want to point out. And the first is in Genesis 2:25 (NASB) which states, "And the man and his wife were both naked, and we're not ashamed." Then in Genesis 3:8 (NASB), "They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man his wife, hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden." We should focus on those verses of Scripture, because we need to understand the relationship that God and Adam had. God was their God. Adam and Eve, were his people. There was absolutely nothing between them as separated, each one of them Adam, or Eve or in this case, Adam and woman, from each other, and from God, even close in the grand scheme of things, they were not ashamed. They were walking together. Each one of them, Adam and woman, walking together in a close, personal, and intimate relationship with the Lord. Which, when we really consider what the Lord is stating there, it looks and sounds a whole lot like what was spoken in Revelation 21; which we previously read.
Also, we can focus on Revelation 21:2-4 (NASB). And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His [a]people, and God Himself will be among them[b], and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” The Lord continues to add details and information concerning the holy city in Revelation 21:25-27 (NASB) In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those [t]whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
So we can see that these reflect one another and go together because of what God created in the beginning. We know that he reflected on it and said, "It is good". So, He created the dynamic that He initially wanted and desired between Adam and Himself, and Woman and Himself. But, after the fall, there came the separation which made them want to hide from God. And, while the separation tore their relationship apart, it never changed the fact that God always wanted to dwell among them; because that's why they walk together in the cool of the day. God always intended to walk amongst and be one with His people.
But, let's not stop there. Let's keep walking through the Scriptures; looking next at Genesis 17:6-8 (NASB). I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your [f]descendants after you throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your [g]descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your [h]descendants after you the land where you live as a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
Let's go to Exodus 6:6-8 (NASB). Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the labors of the Egyptians, and I will rescue you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments. Then I will take you [f]as My people, and I will be [g]your God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the labors of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I [h]swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession; I am the Lord.’”
What about Leviticus 26:3-12 (NASB)? Pay particular attention to verses 11 and 12. If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. Indeed, your threshing season will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. So you will eat your [b]food to the full and live securely in your land. I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down, with no one to make you afraid. I shall also eliminate harmful animals from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. Instead, you will chase your enemies, and they will fall before you by the sword; five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand; and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. And you will eat the old supply, and clear out the old because of the new.11 Moreover, I will make My [c]dwelling among you, and My soul will not [d]reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.
Also, I ask you to pay particular attention to the next Scripture. Because, we also see this Scripture referenced in in the Old Testament book of Joel and Peter during his sermon in the New Testament book of Acts chapter two; which is Ezekiel 36:26-28 (NASB). Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and bring it about that you walk in My statutes, and are careful and [i]follow My ordinances. And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God.
How about Jeremiah 11:3-5 (NASB)? And say to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: “Cursed is the one who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your forefathers on the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Listen to My voice, and [a]do according to all that I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God,’ in order to confirm the oath which I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.”’”
And, we also mentioned Jeremiah 7:22-24 (NASB). For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them on the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.23 But this is [h]what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you shall walk [i]entirely in the way which I command you, so that it may go well for you.’24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked by their own advice and in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and they [j]went backward and not forward.
Now let's go to Hebrews 8:10 (NASB). “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, says the Lord: [g]I will put My laws into their minds, And I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
If you're paying attention and following along throughout all these scriptures; we've covered the Garden, we've covered the covenant made with Abraham (Abrahamic Covenant), we've covered what the Lord says in the law or the Torah or the Pentateuch (The Books of or written by Moses), we've covered the prophets (The ] people, and God Himself will be among them[ment, and the Book of Revelation or the end. Now there these are just a few of the many, many more scriptures that the Lord states His Covenant or His Will with us. We were led to bring you through these scriptures, because Scripture tells us plainly, by two or three witnesses, let every word be established. But, we should be able to clearly see this common thread. This is the plumb line throughout the entirety of the Bible: I will be your God, and you will be My people. He, the Lord, says it multiple times and in various ways; so we will understand what He is pursuing. Which, when we really look at what that is, it's the restoration of His Heavenly Community. Let's read 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (NASB). Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
Let's keep going. Because we must talk about the Lambs' Bride and to understand this we have to go back and look at Genesis 222-25 (NASB); but, let's focus on verse 24 for a moment. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Now as we focus on this, there is one question that we must ask ourselves and that question is this: What mother did Adam have to speak? He [Adam] didn't have one. He was created a full grown man with only God as his father. The statement is prophetic. Not of what would happen to people when they get married, because we know that that doesn't always remain. But, he's talking about Jesus. The first Adam, prophesied about the last Adam who Christ is referred to as in the New Testament. How Jesus would leave his father, which is God the Father and His abode, which mothers are representative of our comfort of home. And He, Jesus, left his heavenly abode, to cleave to his wife - the Bride of Christ. Now many people argue about which is the Lambs' Bride? Is it the church or the Body of Christ, or the New Jerusalem? Well, the Lamb's Bride is the Heavenly Community; which, consists of both the place, the New Jerusalem, and its people. Because, after all, what is the city without its people? The Heavenly Community is what the Lord Jesus will present that to the Father without spot or wrinkle; where nothing shall enter it again that defiles or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life (Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 21:27 (NASB).
Now, turn to Ephesians 5:25-32 (NASB). Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church [q]in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. These verses confirm that Adam was speaking prophetically about our Lord and Savior; verses 26 and 27 clarify. Right there, we know that no one was purified through the first Adam. On the contrary; all fell into sin because of him. So verse 32, the great mystery that Paul is speaking about, is that of Christ and the purified Heavenly Community that He will present back to the Father that we read about in the previous verses.
All right, let's do a slight recap concerning the Will of the Lord and while reflecting on my observations experiences, as it pertains to conversations on the world, Lord. There's two typical perspectives that stick out in my mind. And, the first is a statement that's been stated far too often; which is: If it be your will Lord. Or,Oh Lord, if it be your will; and,it's usually uttered during prayer. The second has come in the form of teaching or discussion about the will of the Lord. However, the teaching or the conversation ends up being about specific topics like for the Lord's Will for salvation, or for healing, or unity, or love or for the spiritual gifts, or spiritual warfare, etc. And yes, it's a good start to the teaching aspect; however, it has the potential to lead to confusion about what the Lord's Will actually is. Which, results in going back to the first point and tends to result in people uttering the statement during their prayers, "Lord, if it be your will...." Why those types of prayers are uttered, is due to confusion and/or a lack of understanding concerning what the Lord's Will actually is.
You must understand the Lord's Will in order to rightly apply those things or aspects; for example: why God is willing to heal you. This is why He's willing to set you free and deliver you: Because, He is restoring the Heavenly Community. Because, He is presenting His Bride, which is the Church, the Heavenly Community, and the New Jerusalem together; cleansed and purified, back to the Father without spot or blemish or wrinkle. So, we should know what the Will of the Lord is, what the actual will of the Lord is. And I'll go a step further and state that we, I, you, me, us, those who are Christians or believers - we know the Will of the Lord; because, He repeatedly states, this truth through all of Scripture: I will be your God, and you will be My people.
The Will of the Lord is the plumb line, which extends from Revelation to Genesis (As He declared it: The end from the beginning). It's so simple. Look at Ephesians chapter one. Throughout the entirety of the chapter, the apostle Paul is setting the foundation and structure of the Body of Christ. He [The Apostle Paul] gives us this macro view or big picture perspective of the Will of the Lord. Before going into the details throughout the rest of the letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul specifically mentions the Will of the Lord four times in the first chapter; and I'll give them to you:
The first time is in Ephesians 1:1 (NASB) where Paul states the Will of God as the reason for his position in the body of Christ as an apostle as in verse one. "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus [a]by the will of God."
The second is located in Ephesians 1:5 (NASB), "[e]He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the [f]kind intention of His will." Paul is telling us, it was the will of the Lord that predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.
So, in this selection of Scripture [Ephesians 1:3-17], Paul captures the entirety of the will of the Lord and is explaining it to the church at Ephesus. And, in all actuality, he has explained the will of the Lord in the first 17 verses of chapter one; using it as the framework to build up the Body of Christ. And, I must state Paul is establishing the framework or the structure as a wise master builder, because the foundation that's being built on is Christ. This is why Paul prays the apostolic prayer, beginning in Ephesians1:18-23 (NASB); I pray that the eyes of your heart [x]may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the [y]saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
It is so you would be able to understand the overview of the Lord's will, which was just provided. Because this is crucial. The Lord's Will must be understood before we can move forward in or carry out the details and aspects of the Lord's Will: The love, and grace, the faith, the salvation unity, spiritual gifts, Christian conduct, spiritual warfare, etc. Those things are what Paul continues to instruct us concerning throughout the rest of the Epistle or Letter of Ephesians. And, not only in Ephesians; but, this same thread, the Will of the Lord, extends throughout all of Paul's writings. Throughout all of his letters, to all the churches throughout the New Testament.
It's not about us, but it's all about Him; His goal and His objective. it is all about the Lord and about what he is doing. We must grasp this, so we can come into alignment with all He is accomplishing. And then skillfully, cooperate with His agenda. Amen, Amen.