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March 04, 2009


Ryan Allison

I know what you mean. I'm in exactly the same place. And I have so much anxiety that I won't do what God wants. I have these plans that I've made, and I try to offer them up to Him, and say, Lord, if you want, I'll throw my plans away and do whatever you fill me with. I don't know if God requires this. I pray and hope He'll reveal His plan to me for my life. I want to use what I have to bring fame to his Name. Please pray for me. In Jesus Name I write.



Thanks for sharing. I will be glad to pray with you about this.

Some people know exactly what God wants. My Father began pastoring at the age of 17 and continued to pastor churches till he retired 47 years later. There was no question in his mind about what God wanted. I, on the other hand, have been in ministry for almost 30 years but in many different roles--pastor, music minister, youth minister. Most of this was part time while working a full time job in mental health and substance abuse therapy. Looking back I know God has been using me in His ministry since the day I became a Christian 30 years ago. At the time I was often wanting to do something different than I was because of my preconceived idea of what ministry was. God has used me over and over again through all those years in spite of myself. It is very humbling. Through all that time I did one thing right on a consistent basis--I tried to focus on being the best minister I could in each situation I found myself.

I have learned a few things over the years about this:

1. Grow where you are planted--do your best for God in whatever situation you are in.

2. I am in God's will when I am at peace in my life. If I am anxious, worried, irritable, etc. then I am probably not smack dab in His will.

3. "For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37. God can do all things and He will put me in the situations he wants me in and give me the skills and gifts needed at the right time--all of this is dependent on my sincere desire to do God's will.

4. "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10. I don't have to worry, in fact, Jesus tells us not to worry. God is in control.

5. Trust that God knows how to lead you so you will understand what he wants.

I didn't mean to preach, but this is dear to my heart. It took me a long time to figure these things out.

I will be praying for you, Ryan.
God bless.


Hey Ryan, I will be praying for you. Keep in mind, God is able to convey His will to you no matter what the situation. I have learned to pay attention to my emotional state when I am seeking God's will. Let me explain what I mean. When I am thinking about what I "think" God is telling me and I am nervous, anxious, or worried about the outcome, I know this is not God's will. On the other hand, if I have peace and calm I know this is more likely to be God's will. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. The verse I often think about related to this is Psalm 46:10 where God says, "be still and know that I am God." This is one of the keys to discerning God's will that I have learned. This may not work for everyone. There are a lot of other factors to consider such as is it consistent with the Bible and the character of God.

God bless.

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