“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13
Sitting in a conference a couple of years ago I heard a speaker say, “We need to align our will to be with God’s will.”
“Align,” I thought to myself. “What exactly does that mean?”
So… I looked it up.
Align: “to arrange things so that they form a line or are in proper position” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary App)
My life was not “in proper position” with God’s will. In fact, I realized, I had spent a lot of time trying to get God’s will “in proper position” with my will. I needed an adjustment. A realignment.
It began with a prayer…
“Holy Lord, Align us [my family] with your will. Our work, our home, our lives. Tear down the things that hinder us or block us from the life you long for us to travel and live. Eliminate pride, unforgiveness, fear and other strongholds. Give us confidence when we doubt, vision when the road is unclear and help for when we feel torn – even between good choices. Align us with you. Amen.”
… which was followed by studying scripture specifically targeting the areas in my life that were out of line: Pride, unforgiveness, fear…
I’m still working on aligning my will to God’s will. However, the progress forward has changed my life. When I am prideful God provides humility. When I am angry God provides forgiveness (so I can extend it before exploding.) When I am fearful God provides courage and bravery to trust Him more. When my strongholds rear their ugly heads God shows me how to break their gripping chains and cry the victory shout of, “No more!”
Alignment with God’s will brings freedom.
Freedom brings joy.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16