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Understanding the Will of God

Romans 12:1-2 says: 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. 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.

As Christians, from time to time every one of us will probably ask ourselves the question, “What is God’s will for me in this situation?” Pastor Jim Davis tells the story of a friend who wanted to change jobs but was concerned whether or not that God would approve. He decided to fast and pray until he felt some kind of affirmation. He fasted and prayed for one day, then two, then three. Finally on the fourth morning, he felt a very strong message inside his heart that said, “You can go or you can stay, it doesn’t make a nickel’s worth of difference to me.” It would seem as though there could be three ways to interpret what that message meant. One: It doesn’t matter where you are you will always do well. Two: Apparently the opposite could be true. Three: That story is just not for you or me.

I believe that first of all there are three, what I will call, pre-qualifiers, for seeking the will of God in one’s life.

1. First of all, we need to come to God praising Him and believing in Him. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We need to always remember how much God loves us. Since God cared enough about us to send His Son to the cross to die for us, why wouldn’t He not also have our best interest in mind for every area of our lives? God is definitely interested in leading us and guiding us and we don’t have to talk Him into helping us. We should just approach Him, praising Him and believing He will help us.

2. Secondly, we need to realize that God wants you to know His will, more than you want to know His will. God does not like to see us run around guessing what His will for our life is. The Bible says in Romans 8:26-27, “God’s Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for us according to His will.” God alone knows what really is the best for us, and that will always be what He wants for us.

3. Thirdly, when you want God’s will more than you want your own will, you are in God’s will. The will of God is more an attitude than it is a place. The bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Since God is, at a minimum, a million times smarter than we are, why shouldn’t we want His will? If we are struggling with doing what we believe is His will for us, we are probably getting in the way with what God knows is best for us. Surrendering to His will always results in what is best for us.

Now let’s consider the following:

God’s word reveals His will: Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word have I hid in m heart so that I won’t sin against You.” Think about it, if there were anything any better, God would have included it in the Bible. There is no new and improved version of the Bible when it comes to content. The greatest majority of any and all questions that we could have for God are already answered in the Bible. Anything that is mentioned in the Bible we already know that is absolutely going to be His will for us. Listed here is a minimal start up list:

  • God wants everyone to come to Jesus and be saved. (2 Pet. 3:9, Acts 16:31)
  • God wants you to be baptized in water. (Acts 2:37-38, Matt. 28:19-20)
  • God wants you to read the Bible. (2 Tim. 2:15, Psalm 119:105)
  • God wants you to obey the Ten Commandments. (Exod. 20:1-17, Matt 19:17)
  • God wants you to be a witness to people. (Matt 28:)
  • God wants you to prosper. (Mal. 3:8-11, 3 John 1:2)
  • God wants you to be forgiving. (Matt 6:14)

God will give you what you desire if it is not wrong: Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Get up every day trusting Him, praising Him, believing in Him and knowing that He will guide you. Do your best to be attentive to Him so that He can gently lead you back if you start to get off track.

Let the peace of God rule in your heart: 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “God is not the author of confusion.” God is able to guide us as we study the options before us. We should look them over and chose what we believe that we should do. God will be there to guide us. If something starts to look wrong, God will be able to intervene for you. Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart.”

God‘s will, will be the best thing for you: Hebrews 13:20-21 says, “Now may the God of peace make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight.” We all have natural abilities that we are born with, can learn, or have a natural appreciation for. God understands this better than we do. When we work in the area where our gifts are, we can bring glory to God in that area.

 PERSONAL APPLICATIONS

  • Have you asked God for guidance? (Psalm 31:3, Matt 6:33))
  • Have you considered all the pros and cons? (Luke 14:28-30)
  • Have you asked trusted experts and wise individuals for advice? (Prov. 11:14)
  • Have you prepared for your next step by completing your last step? (Eccl. 9:10)
  • Does your plan fit with what God has already been doing in your life? (Jer. 29:11)

CLOSING THOUGHTS: 1 Corinthians 2:9 says … “However, as it is written, what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love Him – these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit.”

Use a Bible concordance to look up words concerning the subject you are dealing with, for example: raising children, forgiveness, marriage, etc. Remember that the Bible says, “The Just shall live by faith.” It is good to walk in constant communion with God so that from time to time we can be re-directed or be given more insight at a later point in our journey.

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