HITTING THE BULL’S EYES

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FROM THE AUTHOR:
Did you know that God has a wonderful plan for your
life? Did you know that He has a will for you that is “good
and acceptable and perfect?” Did you know that you can get
in on all that He has planned for you and really hit the
bull’s-eye with life, experiencing peace, joy and purpose to
the full?
While that may sound too good to be true, it is not!
God is a good God. He loves you with all His heart. He
wants you to experience His best and live your life hitting
the bull’s-eye, doing what He created you to do.
As a Pastor, I have counseled untold numbers of
people who want to discover God’s will for their lives. This
booklet that you have in your hands provides biblical insight
into discovering that will. I pray that the Lord speaks to
your heart through these pages so that you can know and do
the will of God. Without a doubt, life is sweet when you are
“Hitting the Bull’s-Eye.” So let’s get started!
Love,
Jeff Schreve
Pastor
First Baptist, Texarkana, TX
From His Heart Ministries
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Knowing and Doing the Will of God
Wouldn’t it be great to always know what
God wants you to do in a given situation and
be 100% sure you are doing the right thing?
Wouldn’t you like to always make the best
choices for your life? Well, I’ve got good news
for you. You can KNOW and DO the will of
God!
Someone has well said, ―Life’s greatest
discovery is to know the will of God … and
life’s greatest satisfaction is to do the will of
God.” When you know His will for your life
and do His will, your life is filled with a
purpose that brings joy, peace and satisfaction
beyond belief.
Rest assured, this booklet is not a ―how-to
guide‖ in becoming God’s puppet on a string.
God takes no pleasure in having ―robot
disciples.‖
YOU HAVE A CHOICE. You can say
―no‖ to the will of God and go your own way.
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But that choice has certain consequences. If
you reject God’s will, you will miss the best
God had planned for you. You will miss the
bull’s-eye for your life.
Knowing but not doing God’s will is like
living life with your left shoe on your right
foot; it’s just not a good fit and will surely
cause you to stumble. At most, your life will
be a second best shadow of what it was meant
to be. It won’t be the wonderful life God had
planned for you.
Do you really want a life outside the will
of God? Because you are reading this booklet,
you’re likely searching to discover God’s best
for you. You’ve come to the right place
because He DOES want you to know His best.
The fact is, God made you. He fashioned
you, loves you and knows what is best for you.
He wants your life to be filled with the BEST
life has to offer. I’m not talking about material
wealth. I am talking about fulfilling God’s real
purpose for your life. In eternity, that is what
will matter. That is why it simply makes good
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sense to align your life with God and do His
will.
The Big Question
Now the big question is this: How can you
know what He wants you to do? There are so
many decisions to make in life. How can you
really know His plan for you? Have you ever
asked God:
 What college should I attend?
 What job should I pursue?
 Where do you want me to live?
 Do you want me to marry this person?
 Is it OK for me to do _?
Wouldn’t it be great if God would just
write the answer in the sky when we needed to
know His will? Wouldn’t it be helpful if He
would send the answer to our mailbox
(overnight express—first class, of course)?
That would make life so much easier. You’d
go to the mailbox, open the letter, and read,
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“Take the job in Dallas,” or “Don’t go in
business with that person,” or “She/he is the
person you should marry.” That would be so
wonderful, wouldn’t it!?
But, God doesn’t do that, does He? I’m
pretty sure you’ve never received a text
message from Him saying, “Thus saith the
Lord, this is what you’re supposed to do.”
So how can you and I know God’s will?
How can we know we’re aiming at the right
target? And when we know where the target is,
how can we hit the bull’s-eye with life’s
decisions?
In the book of Judges, we read about a
man named Gideon who did something to find
the will of God that many people try to copy.
Frankly, I would not recommend it, but we
CAN learn a lot about the Lord in this story
from the life of Gideon. Let’s take a close look
and discover key principles regarding how to
know the will of God.
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A Man with a Plan
In Judges chapter 6, God visits Gideon
through an angel and commissions him to fight
the Midianites, who were arch enemies of
Israel. God even performed a miracle before
Gideon’s eyes to confirm for Gideon that it
was truly God Himself speaking to Him.
Empowered by the Spirit of God, the Bible
says Gideon “blew a trumpet, and [the
Israelites] were called together to follow him”
(Judges 6:34).
Gideon is beginning to assume the Godassigned role of military commander. He is
gathering the tribes of Israel together to fight
Midian and carry out God’s will. The Scripture
goes on to say, ―He sent messengers
throughout Manasseh, and they also were
called together to follow him; and he sent
messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali,
and they came up to meet them” (Judges
6:35).
So here is the situation. The troops are
gathered and ready to charge. God has poured
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out His Spirit on Gideon to give him guidance
and strength. And then Gideon, the man with
God’s plan and God’s call on His life, lays out
some conditions for God to follow.
Gideon says to God: “ „If You will deliver
Israel through me, as you have spoken,
behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the
threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece
only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I
will know that You will deliver Israel through
me, as You have spoken.‟ And it was so.
When he arose early the next morning and
squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from
the fleece, a bowl full of water. Then Gideon
said to God, „Do not let Your anger burn
against me that I may speak once more;
please let me make a test once more with the
fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece,
and let there be dew on all the ground.‟ God
did so that night; for it was dry only on the
fleece, and dew was on all the ground”
(Judges 6:36-40).
Gideon did something very strange and
very faithless. Although God had called him to
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defeat the Midianites and promised him
victory, Gideon wasn’t completely confident in
that word of promise. He wasn’t 100% sure
that was God’s will for his life. (Note: the
Midianite army was a formidable enemy,
greatly outnumbering the army of Israel.) So,
Gideon put a fleece of lamb’s wool on the
ground and then asked the Lord to go through
some usual tricks to prove this command was
truly God’s will. Again, God doesn’t want you
to follow Gideon’s example … and here is
why.
THE PROBLEMS WITH
FLEECE-SETTING
Some well-meaning people might say,
“Well, if you’re struggling with a decision, just
do what Gideon did. Put out a fleece and ask
God to show you a sign. Make a test for Him,
and make Him jump through hoops to reveal
His answer.” But is that what God wants us to
do? Absolutely not!
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This account of Gideon in the Bible is not
prescriptive, meaning it is what you are
supposed to do to find the will of God. Instead,
it is descriptive. It tells us what Gideon did.
God answered Gideon in spite of the ―fleecetest,‖ not because of it.
PROBLEM NUMBER ONE:
FLEECE-SETTING DOUBTS GOD.
Gideon had a clear word from God about
what he was supposed to do. In Judges 6:12,
God refers to Gideon as a “valiant warrior.”
And God says to him, “Go in this your
strength and deliver Israel from the hand of
Midian. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14)
The key command from God is “GO!”
The Lord spoke to him clearly, directly,
straightforwardly. And then, to give Gideon
even more assurance of his mission, God says
in verse 16, “Surely I will be with you, and
you shall defeat Midian as one man.”
Two times He reassures Gideon by
saying, in essence, “If you go, I will go with
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you. You’re going to win because I’m going to
fight through you.” Obviously, we know
Gideon remembered what God had promised
because in verse 36 he says, “If you will
deliver Israel through me, as You have
spoken …” From his own lips, Gideon affirms
what God has already said He would do!
You see, the problem with fleece-setting
is that it doubts God and His Word. It’s like
saying, “Lord, I know you’ve said it, but I
don’t really believe it. So if you’ll just prove it
to me and give me a sign to validate your
Word, then I’ll believe.” Whoa!! That’s a real
problem when you do that with God—when
you doubt His Word and the trustworthiness of
His promises.
Perhaps it’s possible that you have
silently asked yourself these questions:
 Does God tell the truth?
 Is He reliable?
 Can I base my life on the Bible?
 Do I really believe His Word is true?
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 Does God over promise and under
deliver?
 Can I really trust God?
While these are important questions, that
last question is THE bottom line question:
―Can I really trust God?‖ How you honestly
answer that question speaks volumes about
you and determines everything with regard to
enjoying the will of God.
God‟s Word is True
Let me show you something about the
Word of God. Proverbs 30:5 says that “every
word of God is tested.” Every Word of God
had undergone a ―quality assurance test.‖
Hebrews 6:18 tells us, “It is impossible for
God to lie.” Did you catch that? The Bible
does NOT say, ―It is HARD for God to lie‖ or
―IMPROBABLE that God will lie.‖ The Bible
says, “It is IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie”!
You see, God is holy. Therefore, He
cannot speak anything that is not true, just and
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right. In plain English, ―You can take that to
the bank!‖ When God says anything, it’s going
to come to pass because not one word of His
good promise ever fails (1 Kings 8:56). Don’t
―fleece‖ God by doubting Him. His Word is
100% true.
PROBLEM NUMBER TWO:
FLEECE-SETTING TESTS GOD.
Setting up hoops for God to jump through
is similar to what some people do when
training a dog. The dog jumps through the
hoop and gets a treat. Similarly, we say to
God, “Jump through this hoop I’ve set up for
you and then I’ll believe you.”
Fleece-setting is a subtle way of telling
God what to do. And that’s scary because it
makes you the ―boss‖ and the one giving the
orders. God is the King of kings and Lord of
lords. He is the One who spoke the worlds into
existence. Telling God what to do in order for
you to believe Him is NEVER a smart
strategy.
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God is Master
Do you often get confused when it comes
to the Master/servant relationship? Do you
have the idea that God is some kind of
heavenly bellhop? Maybe you see God as a
genie in a bottle, and when you pray to Him, it
is just like rubbing His lamp so he’ll come out
and grant your wishes (i.e. prayers). I think if
that describes you, a reality check is in order.
Here it is. God doesn’t work that way! God is
the Master, we are His servants, and we are
not to test God.
When Jesus walked on the earth, the devil
tempted and tested Him. During that 40 day
period when Christ was in the wilderness, the
devil took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple.
He quoted Scripture to Jesus and said: ―If You
are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for
it is written, „He will command His Angels
concerning You,‟ and „on their hands they
will bear You up, so that You will not strike
Your foot against a stone‟” (Matthew 4:6).
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But Jesus replied with another Scripture,
“On the other hand, it is written, „You shall
not put the LORD your God to the test‟”
(Matthew 4:7).
If it was not OK for the fallen angel,
Satan, to test God, then it is definitely not
acceptable for you and me. Don’t put God to
the test; don’t set up hoops for Him to jump
through to garner your approval. He is the
Master. We exist to serve Him, not vice-versa.
PROBLEM NUMBER THREE:
FLEECE-SETTING IS UNRELIABLE.
In human terms, Gideon’s plan sounded
pretty good. “Hey, Lord, here’s my fleece (my
conditions I’m placing on you). I’m putting it
on the threshing floor. If I come back in the
morning and the fleece is wet with dew but the
ground around it is bone dry, then I’ll know
it’s a miracle and that You want me to go up
against the Midianites.”
So, Gideon comes out the next morning,
and the ground is bone dry, but the fleece is
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soaking wet. He wrings out a bowl full of dew
from the fleece. But a little voice pops up in
his head and says, “That could just be a
coincidence. Better make absolutely sure!
Better try another test before venturing off to
fight Midian.” Aren’t we just like that? When
God in His mercy does answer our test, we still
are slow to believe Him. This is tragic, but so
true to life.
I want you to notice something very
interesting in our story of Gideon. He says to
God in Judges 6:37, ―Lord, if you will do this
one thing (the first test), THEN I will know
that You‟ll deliver Israel through me as You
have spoken.”
In this verse, the word, ―know,‖ is the
Hebrew word yada. It means ―to know with
certainty, to know assuredly.‖ Gideon was
saying in this verse that he would know God’s
will, beyond a shadow of a doubt, if God
would complete this first test. But Gideon
obviously didn’t ―know‖ even after God met
the requirements of the first test because he put
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God to a second test, asking Him to jump
through yet another hoop.
Get Honest With God
The truth is fleece-setting just doesn’t
work, because, like Gideon, it will not give
you the assurance that you want. It would have
been better for Gideon to say, “Lord, I don’t
know how this is going to work and how You
will use little ol’ me to deliver Israel. The
enemy is 135,000 strong, and there are only
32,000 of us. Lord, I’m scared to death, and I
just can’t see how this can possibly be
successful.”
Pay attention here. This is really
important … so don’t miss this truth. Gideon’s
problem wasn’t that He did not know what
God wanted him to do. He just didn’t know
how God was going to get it done. Gideon was
scared. It would have been much better for him
to come to the Lord and be honest with his
fears and doubts.
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In the same way, it would be so much
better if, instead of fleece-setting, your
conversation with the Lord sounded something
like this: “God, I don’t know how this is going
to work. You’ve called me, and I’m scared out
of my mind. I’m not going to set up hoops for
You to jump through, but I need some
confirmation in my heart. I need Your
assurance. I’m trusting You. Can you come
and comfort me, Lord, and give me Your hope
and strength?”
If Gideon had been honest with God, it
would have been so much better. His honesty
would have pleased God and created a deeper
intimacy with the Lord. How great it would be
if you and I would learn from his mistake.
Although Gideon ran God through two
tests, the Lord, in His great love, mercy, grace,
and patience, still met Gideon’s need and
proved the veracity of His Word. Now before
you think that God will do the same for you, it
is important to remember the words of Jesus,
“Blessed are they who did not see, and yet
believed” (John 20:29).
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FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR
KNOWING GOD‟S WILL
If we’re not supposed to find God’s will
by throwing down a piece of fleece on the back
patio like Gideon did, then how does God want
us to discover His will? In Scripture, there are
5 solid principles for knowing God’s will for
your life.
PRINCIPLE NUMBER ONE:
GUIDANCE COMES FROM
THE GUIDE.
The key to finding God’s will is not
focusing on the guidance that is given, but
rather focusing on the Guide. The Guide is so
much more valuable than the guidance. Let me
explain.
Suppose you were traveling in downtown
Tokyo, a city that you had never visited before.
You needed to find a particular restaurant to
meet a prospective client for an important
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luncheon. Since you are very unfamiliar with
the city, which would you rather have, a map
of downtown Tokyo or a guide who knew the
city like the back of his hand? Would you
rather have someone give you directions or
would you prefer them to get into the car with
you and take you where you need to go?
A guide is so much better than guidance.
When it comes to knowing and doing God’s
will, we don’t need a map, we need a Master.
We don’t need guidance; we need the Guide.
God says in Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct
you and teach you in the way which you
should go; I will counsel you with My eye
upon you.” God wants to guide you. He
promises to guide you through life if you will
let Him and choose to focus, not on the map,
but on the Guide, Jesus Christ.
More Walking, Less Talking
Some people have the idea that the will of
God is discovered by praying some kind of
formulistic prayer. We easily can think, ―If I
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pray the right thing in the right way, then God
will tell me what I’m supposed to do.” But
God doesn’t work that way. There are no
―magic bullet prayers‖ that unlock the will of
God. The Lord does want us to pray, but even
more, He wants us to walk with Him every
day, seeking to be more like Christ.
The Prophet Micah said, ―And what does
the Lord require of you but to do justice, to
love kindness, and to walk humbly with Your
God?” (Micah 6:8). You and I are to walk
humbly with Him. Humility means different
things to different people, but to God, true
humility is our keen awareness of who the
Master is and how much we are dependent
upon Him for EVERYTHING in our lives.
As you and I walk with the Lord, we will
have fellowship with Him and begin to really
know our Guide intimately. As we do, we will
be attuned to His voice: ―The Lord will
Himself be your teacher, and He will whisper
behind you, „This is the way; walk in it.‟”
(Isaiah 30:12)
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It is obvious that getting out of fellowship
with God and abandoning Him as our Guide is
the formula for disaster. Without Him guiding
us, we lose our way very quickly and end up in
the ditch. We need to do more walking and
less talking.
PRINCIPLE NUMBER TWO:
GUIDANCE COMES FROM
GOD‟S WORD.
This may be the most important truth to
remember from this booklet. The Bible is the
Word of God. It’s God’s Word to His people,
and His will is inseparably linked to His Word.
If you want to know what God wants you to
do, start reading the Bible. The will of God is
found in the Word of God.
Of course, the Bible is full of truth that
will allow you to walk with God in His will,
but there is one truth that is primary. Without a
doubt, God desires that you be saved—that
you come to know Him. The Bible says in 2
Peter 3:9, “[God is] not wishing for any to
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perish but for all to come to repentance.”
God’s love is so vast that He doesn’t want
anyone to spend eternity apart from Him.
Instead, He desires that you turn from your sin
and self-centeredness and choose to live life
with Him.
What God Desires Most
God desires that you be saved. The most
familiar verse in the Bible, John 3:16, tells us:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish, but have eternal
life.”
For you to be saved, you must humbly
and repentantly receive Christ as your Savior
and Lord … and allow the Holy Spirit to come
into your life and take control. God wants you
and me to be filled and controlled by His
Spirit. Look what the Scripture says in
Ephesians 5:17: ―So then do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is.
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And do not get drunk on wine … but be filled
with the Spirit.”
What does it mean to be ―filled with the
Spirit‖? It simply means that the Holy Spirit of
God becomes your master and boss. It means
that the Guide inside you, who is Jesus by His
Spirit, sits in the driver’s seat of your life. He
doesn’t sit in the back seat to just enjoy the
ride while you drive. He sits in the driver’s
seat and calls all the shots. That’s what God
wants for you—to be saved by being emptied
of self and filled with the Holy Spirit.
What else does God say? From Genesis to
Revelation, He is very clear on some basic
commands for your life:
 “… have no other gods before Me”
(Exodus 20:3). (Other gods can be
anyone or anything else that you give
more attention and affection to than you
do God.)
 “But seek first His kingdom and His
righteousness, and all these things
shall be added to you” (Matthew
6:33). (Put God first above ALL things.)
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 “Do not be bound together with
unbelievers; for what partnership
have righteousness and lawlessness,
or what fellowship has light with
darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)
(Christians should not marry those who do
not know the Lord and walk with Christ.)
 “For this is the will of God, your
sanctification; that is, that you
abstain from sexual immorality”
(1 Thessalonians 4:3-5). (Sex was
made to be enjoyed by a man and a
woman under the holy confines of
marriage.)
So many people say, “Lord, show me
Your will.” And then they get frustrated
because Scripture doesn’t say anything about
marrying Susie or Joe or Jane. It doesn’t even
say if you should move to Dallas or New York.
How can we possibly know the will of God in
specifics if the Bible does not speak to our
specific issue?
If you would like to know God’s specific
will about particular issues in your life, you
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need to start doing God’s general will. This is
really important. You’ll be amazed at how
much you discover from the Lord when you
obey His general will. The specific answers
will follow.
God is not unlike us though in this regard:
If He tells you to do something and your
response is, “No, I’m not going to do that. And
I really don’t want to do that other thing you
want me to do either. But Lord, please show
me what Your will is for my life in this decision
before me.” Hmmm. Do you know what God’s
response will be in that instance? In answer to
your prayer, God will say,“Why should I show
you my will in this particular decision? You’re
not doing the things I’m telling you to do now.
Why would I tell you something else to do that
you can refuse?”
Listen, my friend … to know the will of
God in all things, start doing the will of God
in the small things. As you do His will in the
small stuff, His will in the big things will
unfold before your eyes. He will guide you and
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direct you because guidance comes from His
Word.
PRINCIPLE NUMBER THREE:
GUIDANCE COMES FROM YOUR
DESIRES.
Many people do not believe that guidance
comes from your desires. But if you’re
walking with God, you’re doing exactly what
the Scripture says God wants – “He has told
you, O man, what is good; and what does the
Lord require of you but to do justice, to love
kindness, and to walk humbly with your
God?” (Micah 6:8). If you’re walking with
God, don’t ever think that what you want and
what God wants must be polar opposites. That
kind of thinking is from the devil who wants
you to believe the will of God is something
bad for you … like taking bad tasting medicine
so you can get well.
Others simply are afraid of really selling
out to God and getting in the bull’s-eye of His
will for their life because they secretly think,
“If I really seek after God and devote my life
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to Him, I believe He’ll send me to a jungle in
the backside of nowhere. I’ll be living in a mud
hut, fighting poisonous snakes and five pound
mosquitoes.” YIKES! (Listen, if God wants
you to be a missionary to a remote area of the
world, He will give you a desire for that
rewarding work.) His plan for you is not to
wreck and ruin your life. Jesus did not come to
give you a miserable life … He came to give
you an abundant life! “He who did not spare
His own Son, but delivered Him over for us
all, how will He not also with Him freely give
us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
Delight Yourself in the Lord
Psalm 37:4 is an awesome passage in
Scripture – ―Delight yourself in the LORD,
and He will give you the desires of your
heart.”
The word ―delight‖ in Hebrew means to
―make yourself soft and pliable.‖ It is the
picture of soft clay in the potter’s hands. What
is God saying here? If you and I will just make
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ourselves soft and pliable in the hands of the
Lord, He will be faithful to give us the desires
of our heart (as our heart is molded to His
image and likeness). How good is our God!?
If you are walking with God and desire
something that is not inconsistent with God’s
Word, you need to know that those desires you
have are most probably from Him. He has put
that in your heart. God wants that special
dream for you!
My Dream
From 1984-1996, Debbie and I were
active members of a wonderful church in
northwest Houston, Champion Forest Baptist
Church. I was working as a sales
representative for Nalco Chemical Company, a
Fortune 500 company in the specialty
chemicals industry. Although I taught a
married adult Sunday school class and was a
deacon at CFBC, I was restless in my life,
feeling like I wasn’t really hitting the bull’s-
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eye. My real dream and deep desire was to be
in full-time vocational ministry.
In the early 1990’s, I would sit in church
during the Wednesday night services at CFBC
and listen to the preaching of my good friend,
Mark Shook. At that time, Mark was the
Associate Pastor of Preaching at the church.
He and I were about the same age. While
listening to Mark preach, I would say in my
heart to the Lord: “Father, if I could do
anything in my life, there are two things I
would love to do. Number one is play
professional basketball for the Houston
Rockets. (And God asked for number two
because the first one wasn’t going to happen.)
Lord, number two would be to preach as a
vocation at Champion Forest and be under the
leadership of Dr. Damon Shook.” That was the
desire of my heart.
In 1996, God called me into the ministry,
and in 1997 God placed me on staff at
Champion Forest Baptist Church as the
Associate Pastor of Preaching. My friend,
Mark, had moved on as a missionary in
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Mexico, and I was given his old ministry
position. WOW! God gave me the desires of
my heart! All I did was follow the Guide. His
desire for me and my heart’s desire matched.
He didn’t want me to become a missionary in
the jungle with snakes as my roommates. His
desire and my desire were the same desire.
But God does send others to the jungle. I
have a friend who is a retired missionary. He
spent 30 years of his life in Kenya, and it was
the desire of his heart to serve and witness in
that part of the world. When he was nearing
the end of his ministry, he was diagnosed with
cancer and had to return to the United States
for treatment. He was back for about a year
and said to me one day, “Jeff, you know what
my biggest fear is? My biggest fear is that I
will not be able to go back to Kenya and finish
what I started.” The bush country of Kenya
was his dream, his desire … and God gave him
the desires of His heart.
If God wants you to go to a place like
Kenya, you will have a heart for that. God will
not have to twist your arm to do His will, and
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you hate every minute of it. You can trust God
because He promises that as you delight in
Him, He will give you the desires of your
heart.
Maybe you have a desire in your heart to
be a coach or a teacher, but the job does not
pay very well. Who cares? Follow your
passion! Guidance comes from your desires.
And those desires are revealed to us when we
follow God’s general will clearly revealed in
the Bible. Then, the specific will for us will
come to light as we walk with God. Desire to
be with God, and He will be faithful to give
you the desires of your heart.
PRINCIPLE NUMBER FOUR:
GUIDANCE COMES FROM WISE
COUNSELORS.
Do you want to know what to do? Start
hanging around wise people. King Solomon
wrote in Proverbs 13:20, “He who walks with
wise men will be wise, but the companion of
fools will suffer harm.” Surrounding yourself
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with people who are walking with God helps
line up your steps with God’s will. When you
are making big decisions in your life, it’s really
important to not rely solely on your own ideas.
“For by wise guidance you will wage war,
and in abundance of counselors there is
victory” (Proverbs 24:6).
I make it a regular habit of meeting with
people I respect who have a heart for God and
have put Him in the driver’s seat of their lives.
I spend time with them, ask them questions,
and get their insight on situations and decisions
that I am facing. We even pray about it
together. Guidance comes from wise
counselors. Be bold and put yourself in
positions that will allow you to be around wise
counselors.
PRINCIPLE NUMBER FIVE:
GUIDANCE IS CONFIRMED BY
GOD‟S PEACE.
God uses His peace to confirm the
direction that we’re supposed to go. In
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Colossians 3:15, Scripture says: ―Let the peace
of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed
you were called in one body; and be
thankful.”
The word ―rule‖ in Greek means ―to rule
like an umpire.‖ Let God’s peace be the
umpire in your heart. As you walk with God, if
you go in a direction He doesn’t want you to
pursue, you will have a lack of peace. You will
know, “Hey, I’m out of bounds here. This isn’t
right, because His peace is not present.” You
will feel a peace, or a lack of peace, depending
on whether you are in bounds or out of bounds
with the will of God.
Know this: you can be smack dab in the
will of God and still be a little scared. That is
exactly what Gideon experienced. And
although he was scared, he had God’s peace.
God’s peace doesn’t mean there will be no fear
… it simply means there will be an underlying
assurance that you are going in the right
direction. Debbie and I both had some fears as
we approached our wedding day, but we also
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had an assurance that this was God’s will for
our lives.
Don‟t Ever Forget This
God is not trying to hide His will from
you. He WANTS you to walk in His will and
in His ways. He’s not some heavenly trickster
who plays the shell game with His will.
Instead, we learn in Jeremiah 29:12-13 an
amazing, life-giving promise from Almighty
God: ―Then you will call upon Me and come
and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You
will seek Me and find Me when you search
for Me with all your heart.”
But don’t forget this either … God does
not show His will to rebels. What He is
looking for are those who will yield, submit,
and do His will. Is that person you?
If you are willing to do His will, He is
ready to guide you every step of the way. He
will not force you to walk with Him. You have
to make that choice.
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Perhaps you are reading this booklet and
have never asked Jesus Christ to come into
your heart. Without a doubt, that is His most
immediate will for you. For others, He may
want you to follow Him in believer’s
baptism—the wedding ring of the Christian
life. And maybe for you His will is that you get
things right with the person you have such
bitterness and resentment toward.
You may be so far from hitting the bull’seye of God’s will for your life that you don’t
even know where to begin. I’ve got good news
for you. All that can change if you will just
yield your will to His. What is your answer to
the King’s ―good and acceptable and perfect
will?‖
THE SAVIOR IS WAITING
The Savior is waiting to enter your heart,
Why don’t you let Him come in?
There’s nothing in this world to keep
you apart,
What is your answer to Him?
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Time after time He has waited before,
And now He is waiting again
To see if you’re willing to open the door:
O how He wants to come in.
If you’ll take one step toward the Savior,
my friend,
You’ll find His arms open wide;
Receive Him, and all of your darkness
will end,
Within your heart He’ll abide.
Time after time He has waited before,
And now He is waiting again;
To see if you’re willing to open the door:
O how He wants to come

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