One of my favorite singers of the past, was the late Dusty Springfield along with Dionne Warwick: Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Thinkin’ and Prayin‘. What was the lyricist “prayin'” for? To find, search for LOVE, perhaps in all the wrong places? Perhaps, but in doing so, frustration must have set in to the “thinkin”.
My search for some answers, begins with finding and knowing God’s will in my life; the search for direction–thus, the question presented in the title for this weeks BLOG. Not in your life necessarily, but in mine. Hopefully. in reading this post, you will find and know God’s will more clearly in your life too!
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but how much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13 NIV Bible).
DOING GOD’S WILL WITH A SMILE -
Before doing God’s will…we need to know before the “doing”, “HOW DO I KNOW WHAT GOD’S WILL IS in any given situation of my life?”
The answer I found, isn’t really complicated. There are steps in the process like everything else in life.
We live in a “I want it now society”, and patience in knowing, is not a virtue of ours. Yeah, we might know the words found in Galatians 5:22-23 (“THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT”)…love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…but living with them, applying Holy Spirit’s gifts…that’s not something most of us seek on a daily basis. I’m not saying we shouldn’t…just, most of us don’t!
FINDING THE ANSWERS IN THE RIGHT PLACES:
How can we find the WILL OF GOD for our lives? If we don’t follow God’s will for us, we will pay a heavy price in facing the negative consequences.
GOD wants to know His will for your life–
If you’re NOT a believer in Jesus Christ, NOT placed in a saving faith in Him, you’re out of the will of God! He desires that ALL come to repentance, faith, and to be born-again.
Psalm 40:8: “To do your will, O my God, is my desire; your law is within my heart.”
“LAW” (or His Word) = WILL OF GOD.
Example: We know through reading the Word of God that marrying an unbeliever is NOT God’s will for our lives (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). God tells us in His Word, ‘Don’t get the cart before the horse’ in new relationships in dating. Your desires may just precede God’s desire in your life. And that’s not His will.
THE FIRST and PRIMARY WAY of knowing God’s will for your life…
You are unsure in making an important decision in your family; changing jobs, changing locations because of your job, financial commitments, and you don’t know where to find the answers in your Bible.
If you don’t know where to find your particular circumstance in God’s Word, and don’t have a BIBLE CONCORDANCE, invest in one. SEARCH for it in God’s Word. IMPATIENCE might just lead you in the wrong direction.
1. God wants us to be WHOLE and NOT SICK…
 And behold, a leper came up to Him (JESUS) and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me.  And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed by being cured. And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed (Matthew 8:2-3 AMP).
2. Knowing God’s Will for us is Not to be Poor and in Debt…
God wants us to have enough so our needs are met and we give to others in return.
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
God’s Word also tells us, to those who might be struggling making ends meet in this economy, one reason why He sent His Son into this world:
[JESUS speaking] …I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (John 10:10 AMP).
The “overflow” is much more than “just enough”!
3. GOD doesn’t want us to be DEPRESSED:
HIS WILL for us is to be happy (to “enjoy life”), full of joy! (Philippians 4:4)
“REJOICE in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice!”
THE NEW ROGET’S THESAURUS, defines “DEPRESSION” – dishearten, dejection, lowness, worthlessness.
If you are feeling in a state of constant depression right now…it’s NOT God’s will for your life!
The general will of God is clearly specified in the Word of God for us. But just knowing where to find thee TRUTH and not claiming and receiving God’s will for our life is another.
So, how can we know the specifics, the details of GOD’S WILL? Our Bible doesn’t tell us which job to take, doesn’t tell us who to marry, even if we are following God’s will. E.g., disciples in the boat–“Let us go over to the other side.”
4. Through the PEACE OF GOD:
“Let the PEACE OF CHRIST rule in your hearts, since members of one body, you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 NIV).
“RULE” = “BRABEUO” (Greek word) [Footnote [i] ].
This verb is found only in this verse and expresses the underlying sense of “having the role of greatest influence.” The Amplified Bible says PEACE, ["acts as umpire continually".]
Just as every sport that has disputes, they must be settled by the officials, the PEACE OF GOD as the umpire, settling all disputes as to what the will of God is for our lives.
THE PEACE OF GOD is always “umpiring” in our hearts, but we don’t always pay attention to it. Sometimes, we even go against the PEACE of God in our hearts.
As you sit in the presence of God, be still, take a “time out”, consider all the options, discerning the will of God by the PEACE given to your heart (Psalm 46:10).
5. DISCERNING correctly what the Lord is trying to tell us–
Lining the Lights Up…
There was a certain harbor that was treacherous and dangerous to enter. In order for the captain to guide his ship safely into the harbor, he had to be attentive to three lights used to guide him. When all three lights lined up as one, he knew it was safe to proceed. Then, and only then, would he bring his ship safely to port.
As we seek GUIDANCE, we too have to be attentive to “THREE LIGHTS”…to guide us into the harbor of His will:
~ The WORD of God,
~ Our outward circumstances,
~ Our inner conviction.
When all three of these Lights line up, we can then proceed with assurance, of being led safely into the harbor.
6. God’s Will Revealed Through the Word of Knowledge and Prophecy:
“To one is given in and through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] a message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] a word of knowledge and understanding according to the same [Holy] Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:8 AMP).
“…to another prophetic insight (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones]” (1 Corinthians 12:10).
WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL with this! Whatever is being revealed should be tested and consistent with the Word of God. We shouldn’t take others words blindly, but we ourselves should test what the other person has said in respect to what God says (His will) from His Word (Scripture).
God does speak through audible voices sometimes (friends and family). We have to DISCERN whether we’re listening to God’s voice, or someone elses.
If we are receiving a word of knowledge or prophecy from a person, we should know and make sure that particular person that’s speaking to our issue is living a godly life too.
But it is possible for some true servants of God to NOT LISTEN to the Lord correctly. In that case, they should tell you clearly they are not sure.
PROPHECY is not fortune-telling. We’ve got to be careful of this.
“What should we DO to know God’s will for our life?”
Romans 12:1-2 KJV:
[Verse 1] “I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your responsible service.
[Verse 2] “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.”
This “renewing” is not a one time experience, but a daily reminder in every decision and circumstance we face in our lives. In order TO KNOW GOD’S WILL, we need to…
OFFER OUR BODY (who your are in your spirit–our whole being) as a LIVING SACRIFICE, living holy lives.
KING DAVID came upon the scene of a threshing floor of a Jebusite by the name of Araunah as commanded by the Lord. When Araunah saw the king coming, he went out and bowed himself down before the king.
Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” And David said, “To purchase the threshing floor from you; to build there an altar to the Lord.”
What Araunah did next seemed to me a honoring gesture as he offered the king everything he had for the altar of sacrifice–of worship and praise.
But David refused the offer in saying to Araunah, “I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my GOD of that which cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24).
“What’s that particular story have to do with knowing God’s Will for my life? There is never an offering, a sacrifice of worship, praise or anything else that doesn’t cost you something. After paying the price, according to God’s Will in the circumstances, David made the offering. He knew God’s will in this matter because of the Word of his LORD GOD.
The RESULTS OF KNOWING and APPLYING THE STEPS:
“So the Lord heeded the prayers for the land, and Israel’s plague was stayed.” (verse 25).
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”
GOD gives us the DESIRE to do His will and…He also enables us to do His will.
A young man entered his church one Sunday morning where he started praying before the service began. He was so anxious to find God’s will for his life that he took out a piece of paper he kept in his bible, writing down all the things he was going to do for God.
He started to PRAY that God might revel to him whether these promises were acceptable to Him.
God whispered in his ear, “This is not the way I want you to find My will. All I want of you is for you to sign your name and leave the paper blank for Me to fill in.”
[i] Expository Dictionary of Bible Words.