Out of the men’s ministry atBrightmoor Christian Church, the #ManByChoice Men’s Conference is a bi-annual gathering of men throughout the United States. This two-day men’s only conference, is filled with sessions facilitated by Godly speakers that are pastors, celebrities, and powerful ministry leaders. (Facebook/BrightmoorMen)
Today I talked to Dan LaFlamme, the Men’s Ministry Director at Brightmoor about this year’s conference and their theme: “Evolution: Becoming like Jesus”
Check out our Conversation here:
Join hundreds of other men at the Man by Choice conference on April 20 and 21 to get answers, and to get retooled to be what God has called you to be. Log onto manbychoice.org for details and to register for the conference.
I have had the opportunity to watchPastor André Butlergrow into an amazing preacher of the gospel from afar. Now I am witnessing up close, a shift in his passion toward shepherding a brand new church coming to Detroit this fall.
I enjoyed our conversation about Faith Xperience Church (FX Church); how it came about and the desire to be right in the heart of downtown Detroit when it opens later this year.
When I was a young man, I seemed to continually wrestle with knowing God’s will for my life. I wanted more than anything to follow His plan. Now that I’m “older”, I still wrestle with doing His will in my life. However, I have come to learn that this is not just something that a young person does early in life; it is a lifelong pursuit in order to stay in the centre of His plan.
So, how can we know God’s plan for our lives? Over the past thirty odd years, I have discovered eight vital keys to knowing God’s will. Here they are:
1) Walk with God.
For starters, if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about relationship rather than just religion.
And so you must cultivate your relationship with God. You must seek to know Him and not just seek to know about Him.
You will cultivate that relationship best by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small group Bible study opportunities. When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.
Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
2) Surrender your will to God’s.
Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this: “OK, God, here’s what I’m planning to do. Now I need you to rubber stamp this, all right?” I must tell you that this is not really effective in finding His true will.
Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Jesus was willing to die for us, so shouldn’t we be willing to live for Him? When we surrender to Him, that is when He really begins to direct our steps.
3) Obey what you already know to be God’s Will.
Many people seem to want to know what God’s plan is for their lives, but they overlook the fact that 98% of His will is already delineated carefully through His Word. God is very clear about many, many aspects of His will. For instance, it is clearly His plan that we abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
If we do not obey the things that God has shown us clearly to be His will, why would we think He would reveal any further information regarding His plan for our lives? Obedience is an important first step.