No doubt, the mid-semester examinations created a tectonic shift in the behavior of the entire student body on campus KNUST, but this wasn’t quite enough to deter students from spending a couple of glorious hours in fellowship at this midweek service, midway through the mid-semester examinations week.
Pastor Samuel Gyau Obuobi took the stage and ministered to a full house on the topic: “The Will of God.” His message was centered around the words of Ananias to “new convert” Paul in Acts 22: 14 (And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth;). Ps. Obuobi made the following keynote introductory statements about the Will of God:
- Knowing and Doing the will of God is very crucial and important to the believer. True success is to discover God’s will and Walk in it. It is a Failure to walk outside the will of God.
- God is willing to reveal his will to those who fear him, hence to know the will of God one must walk in the fear of the Lord. (Psalms 25: 12, 14)
- The will of God is good, acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:20). The believer must thus accept it with gladness and joy, because these characteristics of the will of God remain immutable, even in seemingly dangerous situations and circumstances beyond control and comprehension.
- The Essentials of our Christian life is “His Will and Not my Will.” Explained as the ability to subject our individual will to God’s will.
Ps. Samuel proceeded to speak about the General and Specific Will of God. He stated that God has a will for each and every one of us irrespective of our race, gender, tribe or cultural differences. This will he termed “God’s General Will.” Pastor added, that God’s general will has been made known to us in His written word. The Word of God contains God’s will and it highlights what he has already done and provided for us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:9). God’s Word also gives us guidelines on how to live our lives, it is our instruction manual for life and living it. From Isaiah 3:10 and 3 John v2, we learn from God’s word that His will is that we prosper in health and that all may be well with us.
God’s specific will is His unique will, peculiar to each individual on this earth. God created each one of us uniquely with distinct purposes. Jeremiah was appointed “Prophet to the nations” before he was born (Jeremiah 1:5) and Paul was called “Messenger of Christ to the Gentiles and sufferer for the sake of God’s name.” (Acts 9:15).
Pastor Obuobi after stating these two biblical examples cautioned us not to live our lives as carbon copies of other’s lives, copying blindly their every step, since they’ve been created by God with a specific purpose. He advised that we should instead determine the specific will of God for our own lives and walk accordingly. He went along to enlighten us on how to determine God’s specific will for our lives.
To Determine the specific will of God one must:
- Know and do the general will of God. God’s general will exists in his word therefore walking in the word of God reveals his will which definitely leads you to the revelation of God’s specific will for you(Psalm 25:12, Psalm 32:8 & Psalm 119:105). It becomes absurd when we seek his specific will in the details of our lives but aren’t ready to yield to His word and obey it.
- Be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and prompts us daily but our problem is our insensitivity to his promptings. His promptings are always in line with the word of God, thus being insensitive implies that we are not getting much of the word. Immersion of ourselves in the Word will sensitize us to His never-ending alerts.
God Bless His Word!!!
[Written by the Excerpt Crew of the Editorial Committee]