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   [11 Apr 2011 | Monday]

The Happiest Place in the World

Do you know where the happiest place in the world is? It is not sitting on the side line of a Final Four basketball game, with the score tied and just seconds are remaining on the clock? It is not at a Super Bowl game with your favorite team winning the game with an amazing acrobatic catch. Nor is it skiing down a snow covered mountain. I firmly believe, now more than ever, the happiest place in the world is in the center of God’s perfect will. That does not mean your life and my life will be free of storms. It does not mean that people around you won’t get upset, but deep within there is an unbelievable sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit providing you with a joy that is absolutely out of this world.

I like being there. I am there! As I sit as my computer this morning, the rain has been falling now for several hours on dry soil, deep within, like a quite river flowing, is a sense that now more than ever the perfect will of God is where I dwell today. There is a sense of security, a sense of peace, a supernatural strength flowing deep within my heart. It is an awesome feeling.

I have not always been at this place. Sometimes I am in the permissive will of God. There is a difference. I believe the children of Israel were in this place many times during their journey through the wilderness after Moses led them out of Egyptian bondage. In fact, by the Spirit of God, David writing in the Psalms caught a glimpse of this when he penned these awesome words, “And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:15 KJV). The Message Bibles states, “He gave them exactly what they asked for— but along with it they got an empty heart”. Every parent reading my blog understands this very thing. The child stands at your side, pulling at your arm, begging for that toy you have said no over a thousand times. Or, that piece of candy which you fully comprehend will not be good for them at all. Yet, your resolve is weak. And they know it. They sense you giving in. We have all done it as parents. Finally we cannot stand it any longer so out of frustration and exhaustion we answer the cry of the child and given them their will.

I shudder to think of the times God the Father has given me my will over His. The thing I asked for was not necessarily wrong, but it was not right either. It would not have sent me out of His presence. But, it cost me growth. It cost me peace. It cost me joy. It cost me fulfillment. It cost me security. It did not bring a satisfaction within me, it brought a leanness into my life that should not have been.

Be careful of having well meaning people put their will on you. Sometimes we in the Body of Christ can get in the way of the will of God by usurping our will in situations where we have no business doing so. At times we think we know what is best. We are certain that loss cannot be what God has ordered. Yet, it is exactly what He has prescribed. The loss of Ananias and Sapphira was the perfect will of God for the first church in the Book of Acts. Undoubtedly many did not understand. Some perhaps even questioned. But, in the center of the will of God, following the loss of two came a mighty multiplication of multitudes. The loss of freedom for a few hours was the perfect will of God for Paul and Silas. Luke recorded that at midnight they together lifted their voices in song and praise to God the Father. Their bodies ached. Their backs were in pain. But, their hearts were rejoicing. Their confinement in the perfect will of God caused an entire household in the city of Philippi to come to the knowledge of salvation. And it produced a powerful church that would rock the gates of hell. Exiled to Patmos and the loss of relationships that he had once known, caused an apostle to experience a manifestation of the Son of God like John had never known before.

Others might, but I do not question the assignment which God has laid on my heart at this point of the journey in my life. I am happy. I am excited. I am thrilled. I am favored. I am blessed. Why? Because, I am in the happiest place in the entire world. Smack dab in the center of the will of God!!!!!!!!

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