St. Augustine, one of the most influential theologians from the fourth century, penned these famous words in Africa, “Love God and do as you please.” That statement has far outlived its author, but not everyone views it favorably. Some see his bluntness as irresponsible, possibly dangerous. Do whatever you want? Are you kidding?
But Augustine has solid ground to stand on. Thousands of years earlier, another theologian in Israel by the name of David said this, “Delight Yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Do you love God? Are you delighting yourself in the Lord? If so, there’s one more principle you need to know about following God’s will. We think you’ll like it. Watch, as John MacArthur explains . . .
#1 Posted by
Linda Rhyme | Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at
My Dear Dr. MacArthur,
I purchased and read you little book that was then called "God's Will is Not Lost", I think. The last time I knew it was called: "Found: God's Will". It changed my life and have since bought many of them to give to people. I would now buy more but I can't seem to find them. I have read it so many times since then and will do so in the future!
I cannot thank you enough for writing it!!!
We actually met once when I was in high school. You came to speak at our snow retreat and will never forget the prayer you said for our first meal. It was: Rub-a-Dub, thanks for the grub. Yea God." I remember thinking: what kind of spiritual leader is this man? You were on the staff at Hume Lake at the time. I wasn't sure if I was going to get anything out of your speaking that weekend but, of course, I did.
I have respected your advice and teachings ever since I read "Gods Will Is not Lost". Just wanted to let you know.
#2 Posted by
Keith Farmer | Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at
Kind of removes any hint of legalism does it not?
Thanks for such an accurate and timely Word Dr MacArthur!
#3 Posted by
Greg Corron | Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at
Yeah! Rock on, J.M.! It's time to tell the captives they are free. I've met Christians who were always second-guessing their decisions, asking "Is this what God wants me to do?" Even one extremely talented musician who gave up his career because his Christian youth group buddies convinced him he was "making an idol" of his music. Translation: he loved it too much. Enjoy the desires of your heart and be satisfied with the good things God has given you. Don't feel guilt over it - be thankful!
#4 Posted by
Jorge Alvarado | Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at
One sad part about this post is that it comes much too late for some people. It's just too bad that lesson is not taught much, much earlier in a new Christian's walk. As important as teaching what it is that makes our faith real, or what the "essentials" of the faith are, knowing God's will for one's life is not given as much importance (at least not in my case). Maybe because it would appear to appeal to a "join to get" mentality, I'm not sure.
Even the very mention of Psa 37:4 "Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Would make me feel not worthy to desire anything. After all, how could I ask for anything when I saw so much need around me?. I could very easily find someone in "real" need, and feel shame.
I was taught to "do without" as Jesus did (supposedly) to show real identification with Him.
Thank You, JMC. Delighting oneself in the LORD (as properly understood) is what it's all about.
#5 Posted by
Trent Whalin | Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at
Thank You Pastor MacArthur! It was insightful! It definitely made my day!
#6 Posted by
Orlando Delgado | Thursday, December 23, 2010 at
I want to take this opportunity to thank you guys at GTY, particularly in this Blog ministry. So much I have learned, and clarified from other faithful ones. I do delight in the Lord, and have learned (hard way) that through humbleness, meekness, and a Spirit filled life, my perspective about the world can change. It is all through the diligent study of God’s Word, reading material that give God all the glory. Most of all, I want to thank God for the leader He has placed before you at GTY and that is John MacArthur, for his clear teaching of the Word.
My prayer is that Lord may continue blessing this ministry, and those of us that are learning the truth would continue spreading it. Here in America, things are going in a downward moral spiral at a million miles per second. Please…
Anyways, have a Merry Christmas.
#7 Posted by
Deborah Davis | Thursday, December 23, 2010 at
The book you are looking for is still available from Grace To You. The title is Found: God's Will and the cost is $2 per book.
Hope that helps!
#8 Posted by
Tommy Clayton | Thursday, December 23, 2010 at
Thanks for the encouraging comments, everyone. And thanks for mentioning the "Found: God's Will" resource, Deborah!
Here’s the link for that.
You can download a small sample for free!
#9 Posted by
Dan Wilson | Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at
Wisdom from God is like sliver refined in the fire.
I will do my best. It's awesome that God provides