Excerpts from Thy Will Be Done On Earth: Understanding God's Will For You
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction
Part One - The Will of God 1.What Happened to My Dreams?
Part Two - The Christian Life Model 2.Role 3.Requirement: Know 4.Requirement: Communicate 5.Requirement: Action 6.Requirements Result in Relationships 7.Relationship: With the Triune God 8.Relationship: Within the Church 9.Relationship: With Those Who Do Not Know Christ 10.Relationships Summary 11.Repertoire 12.Reflections 13.Reality
Part Three - The Christian Guidance Model 14.Discipline 15.Dedication: Unwavering Loyalty 16.Dedication: No Pride 17.Dedication: Grace for Others 18.Dedication Determines the Developments 19.Development: Life Happens 20.Development: Advice 21.Development: Inner Assurance 22.Developments Summary 23.Data 24.Division 25.Diamond
Part Four - Benefits 26.What Can I Expect? Appendix A - Good News Appendix B - Group Study Suggestions Index - Acrostics Index - Charts Index - Scripture About the Author
"The basic issue of the Christian life is His will or mine! When the will of God for you aligns with your personal desire, keeping His will is easy. It is when God's desire and your desire differ that conflict arises and decisions are critical." ~ page 147
"As we move from the general to specific, consider the imagery in Scripture of God as our heavenly Father. This is probably the most pervasive of all images we have of God. Think of what that relationship means in human terms. For example, as a father, I had desires or a general will for each of my two daughters as they grew to maturity. Included in my general desire was that they would both grow into adulthood as honest, upright Christians who marry another strong believer. In fact, even before my wife was pregnant we as a couple prayed not only for our future children's eternal salvation but that God would be preparing His choice of a life partner for them.
"However, as a father I also had more specific wishes, desires, based largely on my children's abilities and skills. Because they were talented in different ways, my desires were not identical for both of them. My general desires were identical, but I had specific desires for each which were based on their personalities, talents, and interests. As a father I did not reveal all my secret wishes unless and until they sought counsel from me. Do you think our heavenly Father operates differently?" ~ pages 7-8
"God is referred to as the Great Physician. Part of a physician's role is to prescribe what is necessary for the best health of each patient. This takes judgment; patients with the same generic illness may receive a different prescription from each other depending upon their age, health, potential interactions with their other medicines, and other factors. God is the author of variety and He does not desire the exact same thing for each of His children.
"Near the end of the Gospel of John, Peter asks Jesus what John should be doing. Our Lord replied, 'If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me' (John 21:21-22). It is clear that God's desires for each of us may vary." ~ pages 87-88