Posted by: missionventureministries | October 25, 2018

HOW TO KNOW GOD’S WILL FOR OUR LIFE – Romans 12:2

Many people wonder why they were born and what the purpose for their life is. God wants to reveal His purpose and plan for our life. He wants to guide our life and not just have us live without purpose if we seek Him and let Him.

We first need to understand that at the beginning, God created Adam and Eve to have a relationship with Him and that relationship was broken when they disobeyed Him and committed sin. However, in His infinite love God sent His Son Jesus Christ to teach us and die for us so that we would once again be able to be reconciled with the Father. Why? Because God loves us and desires a relationship with us and this can only happen when we receive Him as our Savior and make Him the Lord of our life.

God gave us the Holy Spirit inspired Bible which we can call our manual on basic instructions before leaving earth. Consequently, we need to realize that one of the Bible’s most comforting promises is that God loves us and knows what is best for us. He wants to guide us in ways that are right for us. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

And Psalm 119:105 tells us that: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

God guides us by speaking to our conscience. Paul affirmed that believers receive God’s guidance through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and tells us, “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” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). He proclaims to the believer that the Spirit can enlighten the “eyes of your heart” (Ephesians 1:18).

The most vital thing we must first do is to repent of our sin and trust in Christ. If we have not taken that first step, then we have not yet accepted God’s will for our life.

Once we receive Christ by faith, we are made God’s children (John 1:12), and He desires to lead us in His way (Psalm 143:10). God’s will is knowable as Romans 12:2 says, “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.” When the Christian’s mind is renewed according to the things of God, then they can know His perfect will. God loves us so much, and He wants to empower us to do His will in all areas of our lives.

So how do we discover God’s will for our life?

The first step is to want to do His will! All too often we don’t really seek God’s will; we do whatever we think is best, without ever consulting Him. We may decide, for example, to do something exciting or challenging, and automatically assume it must be God’s will, although it isn’t. Or we’ll decide to do something and then ask God to bless our plans, although they aren’t His.

The second step is to seek His will! How do we do this? One way is through prayer, asking Him to guide us as we make decisions. God also guides us through His Word, the Bible and He may guide us through circumstances, or through a godly counselor.

The more consistently we practice communicating with God, the more He is able to guide us so we can clearly see the next step we need to take.

We need to be careful though, because it is possible, of course, to assume we are living a God-directed life when we are merely following our own inclinations and impulses as the Bible cautions us: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25).

If we are intimately walking with the Lord and truly desiring His will for our lives, God will place His desires in our hearts. The key is wanting God’s will, not our own. “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).

At times knowing God’s will requires patience. It’s natural to want to know all of God’s will at once, but that’s not how He works. Many times He tests our faith by revealing things a step at a time as He sees our trust and faith in Him growing.

As we walk with the Lord, obeying His Word and relying on His Spirit, we get to know Him, and that helps us to know His will and we find God’s guidance readily available. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

God has an awesome and amazing plan for each of us, and He is continually calling us to follow Him and to do His will. He wants to have a close relationship with us, like that of a loving father with his children, and His will for us includes calling us to be worshipers, having a discerning spirit, a grateful heart, and doing good to others among other things. The result of obedience will not only bless us with a life pleasing to God, but it will usher us into His family and eventually into an eternal home with Him.

 

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