Three men “will” wonder… “What is the reason, what is the purpose, why, when, and how.” These men are not alone as they ponder this, it is a question on the heart of all who have lived. Some will never find the answer, many believe they have found the solution on their own. Our society embraces ideologies of “self-help” and “individuality” far beyond those of “dependence” and “purpose.” For those who do not know God, the answer “IS” right before them, hidden or yet perceived as mere foolishness. On the other hand, many Christian believers desire to know the Will of God in their life. It is in His Will that we understand the reason, purpose, when, why, and how. In His Will is where we find our joy and purpose. If this is what we all want and need so badly, how can we discover it?
We must first trust that God does truly have a purpose for our life regardless current circumstances. Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” In Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” We can clearly see that each scripture above assures us that God will….. “IF.” It is when we acknowledge and seek Him with all of our heart that we can know His Will.
Almost always, our problem with knowing God’s Will is in our ability to do the “IF” part. Developing a godly conscience is essential and can only be accomplished by saturating our minds with the Word of God. In doing this our decisions will become more Christlike over time. “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). Besides not spending enough time discovering who God is, Christians also generally deal with several primary hindrances to knowing and accepting His Will.
1. Self-will: If you have already made up your mind, it will be difficult to hear what the Lord wants you to do.
2. Doubt: Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find.” Don’t second-guess God’s promises (James 1:6-8).
3. Unworthiness: Don’t believe the lie that you are undeserving of the Lord’s guidance, grace and love.
4. Busyness: If your life is too full to pray, you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
5. Fear: When revealed, God’s will can seem impossible or foolish. But remember, the Lord can bring good out of every situation (Romans 8:28).
6. Known sin: If you are determined to live a rebellious life, the Father will not fully reveal His will to you.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Suppose we’re now at the point in our life where we are seeking and acknowledging Him in all of our ways and believe He is revealing His Will to us… How can we know “for sure” that we’ve heard Him correctly? We are now talking about “Knowing God’s Voice,” the subject of numerous books, articles, and sermons. Some may struggle with the fact that God does indeed speak to us. In letters to Christians in Rome and Galatians, Paul refers to believers as “led by the Spirit” (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18). It would be difficult to lead someone with whom you were not communicating. The same is true for the Holy Spirit. If we’re going to be led by Him, we can only assume He is more than willing—and able—to speak to us. The following guidelines can be applied when trying to discern if you’ve heard from God correctly:
A. Is it consistent with the Word of God?
B. Is it a wise decision?
C. Can I honestly ask the Lord to help me achieve this?
D. Do I have genuine peace about it?
E. Does this decision fit who I am as a follower of Jesus? Does it fit the Lord’s overall plan for my life?
F. Will this decision honor God?
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
In conclusion, if you want to know God’s plan for your life, faithfully apply biblical principles. When you believe that you have truly discerned His Will for your life don’t let doubt, fear, or willful sin keep you from obeying him. More important than anything is truly making Him the number one priority in your life. If you want what He has for you, you need to give what you have to Him– you. Blessed is Best!
Proverbs 4: 5-9
Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a graceful garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.
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