- “13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” – James 4:13-15
There’s just two more days before we wrap up this short 14 Day sample from the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the messages as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Sister Joyce may have some questionable content to her messages at times, but this devotional has been really good. There’s some really awesome points in it, and the main thing that I keep coming back to is that we need to really have a serious love affair with the Word of God. The Word of God is the single most important weapon we have when it comes to the battlefield of our minds, and as you may well know (or not know) the real heart of this ministry is getting you to read your own Bibles and establish good study habits.
So, today’s message comes from what Joyce titled it as D.V which is Latin ‘Deo volente,’ which means ‘God willing. So, let’s see what this has to do with enabling us to better understand how to win on the battlefield of our minds.
He told me that he and his wife were missionaries to Chad, Africa, and then he said, “We plan to return in January, D.V.”
I didn’t know what D.V. meant, but I didn’t say anything.
As he described his evangelism program for the interior of the country, he kept saying, “D.V.”
Finally, I asked, “What does D.V. mean?”
“It’s a Latin phrase I learned in school, and it means a great deal to me,” he said. “It stands for ‘Deo volente,’ which means ‘God willing.'”
You know. This is one of those phrases that comes up in a Christian’s vocabulary that usually goes something like this. “If God is willing.” or “I’m hoping to be able to do this…God willing.” The implication here is really not whether God is willing, but whether or not we believe that God is willing. This goes right along side yesterday’s message about defeating doubt. Normally whenever I’ve personally uttered the phrase “God willing” it’s because I’m not quite convinced that He is. Now I know some people will say things like “I’ll live to be 85…God willing.” However, I’m coming to understand that at least in the context of the Battlefield of the Mind that we are dealing with the doubtful side of whether or not we believe that God is willing to help us, deliver us, or bless us. The short and simple answer to that question is…YES…God is willing. The question to you then becomes do you believe God is willing or don’t you?
As we talked, I realized how seriously he meant D.V. He said he had great ideas about things he wanted to see in Chad, but more than that, he wanted to be sure his ideas were in line with God’s. “When I say D.V., that’s a reminder to me–it’s my way of saying, ‘This is what I’d like. Is it okay with You, Lord?'”
It is, however, a good idea when we come across things that we’d either like to do, like to have, or like to be…and seek God before we do and not seeking Him after we do…and find out God wasn’t willing. See, this is where Proverbs 3:5-6 come back into play. It says that we are to acknowledge God is ALL of our ways not some, not a few, and not a couple…but every single way of ours we ought to acknowledge and seek God.
There are a lot of boasting people out there–they decide what they want and expect everything to run smoothly. That can be a trick of Satan. If he can get them to focus on tomorrow or next year, they don’t have to deal with the problems in their lives right now. They can live in a world of only good things that will take place in the future. Isn’t that like driving a car down the highway and ignoring what’s right in front of us because we’re focused on the traffic signal five blocks ahead? We’re setting ourselves up for a wreck.
I have learned to not boast about anything I do. Not even writing these messages. Yes, I may re-read a certain message, and think that it was a pretty good message. However, the only reason that these messages are any good isn’t because I’m writing them, but because the Lord is speaking through me by these messages. It’s all by inspiration of the Holy Ghost that I write, and only by the supernatural ability in which He supplies that I can write messages that are good, sound, clear, and have any power in them at all. It’s not by my might, power, or writing ability…in fact the only reason I have the ability to write is because the Lord blessed me with the ability to do so. Therefore, I have no reason or right to boast about any of it…because even the ability for me to write these messages comes from Him.
Don’t you know that obtaining the understanding that even the ability to write comes from God manages to keep me grounded and humble. The truth is I’ve always known that I had the ability to write, but I never really looked at it with a prideful spirit. In fact, until I started doing this I always kind of felt like even though my writing was pretty good it would never really pass as being “professional”. Here is a bit of truthful disclosure here.
When I received a word of knowledge from Pastor Stephen Robbins of No Greater Love Family Church that I would some day use my ability to write for the Lord. I thought in context of magazines, devotional articles, and books. I’d looked at the way people write articles, devotionals, and even when I began looking at other people’s blogs before I started doing this and think that there’s no way my writing will work because it doesn’t look like anything I had or have ever seen. I still feel as though my writing is woefully inadequate, and even when I get someone who likes something I write…you know your heart is in the right place when you get a compliment and you let them know in no uncertain terms that if God wasn’t in this…my writing would be garbage.
I’ll finish this message by returning to a point that I was getting into at the beginning of this message, and that’s this. God is willing, but only if we are willing to believe. How many times did someone ask Jesus if He was willing to make them whole or heal them…only to have Him say “nope, not going to do it.” He doesn’t say that does He? No, most of the time He says “I am willing.” However, there are some people who He turned the question to them and asked if they were willing. Willing to do what? Believe. He asked if they were willing to believe that He was indeed willing to heal them or deliver them or set them free.
So, again I will just simply turn the question to you this way. Whatever it is that you are seeking God for…the question isn’t is God willing to do it, but are you willing to believe in God?
Conclusion & Prayer:
Jesus promised us a life of abundance (see John 10:10). But we can’t enter into that abundance if we’re not giving our lives fully to Him. Don’t spend today planning tomorrow and avoiding the issues that confront you now.
There is one of the steps that I really love about the 12 Step Recovery Programs, and that is step three. For those of you who don’t know what step three of the Anonymous programs are this is it: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.” They usually have one slogan that I don’t mind at all, and that’s the slogan “Let Go and Let God.” Which is the point that we’re getting to here at the end of this message. We must give our lives completely over to the care of God. We have to really learn to put Proverbs 3:5-6 into practice because as we do that He directs our paths.
Don’t you know the easiest way to know if God is willing is to follow the path and steps that He’s leading us down?
Pray: My heavenly Father, please help me live today. Whether I actually say the words D.V. or not, remind me that Your will is more important than anything in my life. Help me not to allow Satan to get me thinking so much about tomorrow that I fail to live today in a way that pleases You. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.