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Finding God's Will
Finding God’s will for your life will help with your personal mission statement. How can you know your mission if you don’t speak with God and find out what he has prepared for you?
Don’t fear about making a mistake or not getting it right the first or second or tenth time. Just because you think you failed but when you keep trying you are getting stronger in faith and developing a closer relationship with God.
God is not surprised by our mistakes or us listening to our flesh instead of Him. Jesus has already paid for our mistakes and our disobedience. Admit the mistakes and thank God for His grace.
- “In most cases, we should move forward even when vague about God's will, provided we have ascertained the mind of the Spirit to the best of our knowledge. We should not wait indefinitely.
- We should not look back in regret over past failures or past decisions.
- We must never let either fear or danger or fear of making a mistake keep us in perpetual inaction.”
“Life can be so fast-paced, and it’s easy to make mistakes when you’re in a hurry. Sometimes we need to slow ourselves down so we can discern between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit.
What should you do when you realize that you’ve made a mistake?
First of all, you don’t ever have to be ashamed to back out of doing something you thought was God once you realize it’s not. You can simply say, “I’ve made a mistake,” and move on. We all miss God at certain times of our lives. Actually, that’s one of the ways we learn how to hear from God correctly. Sometimes you will need to step out and try something to find out whether or not it’s really God.”
The will of God is not about finding something. It isnot about telling your future. God isn’t in the fortune telling business.
God already has a plan. He is the one that chases after us. Even if you haven't been looking He has been revealing to you His plan. He is constantly working behind the scenes - never tiring of what He wants to accomplish.
“You will be surprised to find out that here it does not mean finding what is missing. Rather; it is about seeing what is already found! More to the point, it is seeing what God has revealed to us. It is a call about placing God first in our lives, which is what "seeking" means (biblically) in this passage. An important point in biblical theology is this: we do not seek God. We can't! It is God who seeks us!”
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guaranteed of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,e to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
“For starters, if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about relationship rather than just religion.
And so you must cultivate your relationship with God. You must seek to know Him and not just seek to know about Him.”
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
We are a spirit with a soul that lives in a body. We fight with ourselves. Our perfect Spirit tells us to do something and our flesh wants to do something else.
Every day we fight with ourselves. I don’t know if we can make the flesh weaker. I do know that we can make the Spirit stronger. Stronger in the sense it has more influence in our lives.
Some people call this surrender. Surrender is a common theme you will see in the following examples. Surrender is about doing what the Spirit inside wants and not what our flesh wants.
What God has is always greater than anything we can plan.
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—1 Corinthians 2:9
The best way to give the Spirit more influence is to read the Word of God and to meditate on it.
“When you make a decision, it should line up with, or at least not contradict, what God has already said through the Bible. There are no hidden answers in the Bible, but guidelines and truths - an explanation of who God is -- that can help you make decisions.” Evangeline Vergo https://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/how-to-know-gods-will.html
Every day we should seek God and get to know Him. We do this by reading the Bible every day and praying. Praying is talking and listening to God. I was at work one day and I needed to find some answers. I did the usual and made a phone call left a message and moved on to other things that needed to be done. Then my boss asked me if you half of the winning lottery ticket and this person had the other half would you just call him? Another words the more value the more effort that should be made to gain the value to grab hold of that value.
if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints Proverbs 2:4-8
“You will not fulfill God’s will for your life accidentally. You’re commanded to know His will. The good news is that the Lord wants you to know His will for your life more than you want to know it.” Andrew Womack http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/find_follow/
When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior we became a new creation with perfect spiritual DNA. Christ came to live in us. Our thoughts influence our actions. We can not act until we think.
“If God has given us a new heart that desires what He desires, our decisions are going to line up with His plan. We work through these decisions with the wisdom He gives us through the Spirit.
We are often so intent on looking for some hidden plan God has laid out for us that we forget to consult the passions and desires He's given us.” Chandler Vannoy http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/what-we-get-wrong-about-finding-gods-will
“Doing God's will demands a decision. And that decision requires faith and action. You can't see the end, so you have to trust Him in faith and then step out. You have to act. Faith and obedience are like twins; they go together.” Charles R. Swindoll http://www.insight.org/resources/article-library/individual/how-can-i-discover-god's-will
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that "without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."
So we pray and we think we hear the voice of God. How do we act? What do we do?
Does what you hear line up with the word of God? Does it give you peace or is there unrest in that decision? Maybe God has asked us to take a first step in something big. This is the start of Him building you up. It is OK to lack confidence in your ability to do this. There may even be some fear but there should always be peace.
All the steps won’t be revealed. It is our duty to take the first step in faith. God will fight your battles and make a way for you. He will equip you with skills and helpers and super natural favor.
See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. "I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship “ Exodus 31:2-5
Abraham was told to go and he went not sure of the final destination. Moses had Aaron as a helper. God fought many battles for His people.
God loves us and Jesus loved us so much that He died for us. Gods will should have the component to show the love of Jesus to others. He doesn’t call us to be plumbers, beauticians, doctors or painters. He called us to be plumbers, beauticians, doctors or painters who show the love of Jesus to others. Love is about giving and not expecting anything in return.
“When Jesus' disciples became indignant because they thought Jesus had favored two brothers for "promotion," He clarified the underlying principle for greatness in the Kingdom of God: "... whoever wants to be great, must become a servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served" (Matt. 20:26-28, paraphrased in The Message). Yes, you are unique in your design, but your design is for service, so first and foremost your attitude must be that of service, no matter what the task.
With service as your foundation, you can begin to explore your God-given gift of unique talents and abilities. You didn't earn nor do you deserve these talents. God has endowed you with them. Some of these "grace gifts" are crafted by God at conception (natural abilities) — you're born with them (Psalm 139:13-16) — while others are given by God at your conversion (spiritual gifts) when you become a believer in Christ (1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 2:10, 4:11-12). The spiritual gifts enrich and empower the natural gifts that God has given you.” John Thomas http://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/spiritual-development/finding-gods-will-for-my-life/gods-will-for-my-life-part-3-of-3
Here are some steps, methods, and principles from others
1) Walk with God.
For starters, if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about relationship rather than just religion.
And so you must cultivate your relationship with God. You must seek to know Him and not just seek to know about Him.
You will cultivate that relationship best by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small group Bible study opportunities. When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
2) Surrender your will to God’s.
Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this: “OK, God, here’s what I’m planning to do. Now I need you to rubber stamp this, all right?” I must tell you that this is not really effective in finding His true will.
Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway.
1 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. 2 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.
Jesus was willing to die for us, so shouldn’t we be willing to live for Him? When we surrender to Him, that is when He really begins to direct our steps.
3) Obey what you already know to be God’s Will.
Many people seem to want to know what God’s plan is for their lives, but they overlook the fact that 98% of His will is already delineated carefully through His Word. God is very clear about many, many aspects of His will. For instance, it is clearly His plan that we abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
If we do not obey the things that God has shown us clearly to be His will, why would we think He would reveal any further information regarding His plan for our lives? Obedience is an important first step.
4) Seek godly input.
One key component to finding God’s will is to seek the input of godly advisors in your life. If you don’t currently have 3-4 godly mentors, then I would highly recommend that you seek them out right away.
Think of it this way: you should understand that you are basically a composite of the five people you spend the most time with. So, then, it is vital that you choose those five people well. If you choose to surround yourself with godly advisors, they will be instrumental in helping you discern God’s plan for your life. But if you surround yourself with people who are far from God, your hope of finding His best for your life will be greatly diminished.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
The church is designed to help you greatly with this. I would encourage you to be in church every single time the doors are opened. The more you involve yourself with a community of believers, the greater your chances will be of finding godly men and women who can help you discern God’s will.
5) Pay attention to how God has wired you.
God has created you to fulfill a specific role in this world. There is no one else who can achieve completely what God has purposely created you to do.
The Apostle Peter gives us this admonition:
1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
God has gifted every one of us to perform a special mission for which we alone were created. How amazing is that? Wow!
So, when you seek to discover God’s will for your life, pay attention to how He has gifted you. His plan for you will always be directly related to the gifts that He has bestowed upon you. The great news is that you will automatically be good at whatever it is that He has called you to do!
6) Listen to God’s Spirit.
I experienced a major turning point in my own prayer life when I learned simply to shut up while I was praying. That may sound odd to you, and it seemed odd to me at first.
You see, I used to do all the talking when I prayed to God. But then, several years ago, I read Bill Hybel’s book, Too Busy Not to Pray. That book completely changed the way I approached God through prayer. Since reading that book, I have added a significant component to my prayer life: listening. I take time to listen to what God might have to say to me.
Practically, the way I go about this is to bring a notepad with me when I sit down to pray. Then I write at the top of several pages things like the following:
- “What is the next step in my career?”
- “What is the next step in my ministry?”
- “What is the next step for my family?”
- “What is the next step for my marriage?”
- “What is the next step in my education?”
- “What is the next step in my finances?”
During my prayer time, I meditate on questions such as the above. Often, God will start flooding my heart with ideas and information regarding one or more of those questions. I write as fast as I can as He speaks to my heart. What a glorious experience that is to sense His Spirit on me, guiding my thoughts and words.
Through experiences like this, He has shown me many times with great clarity what His will is for my life. I long for those experiences when He speaks to me like that. Those times are truly life changing.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
7) Listen to your heart.
In addition to listening to the Spirit, I also recommend listening to your heart. To understand my point here, consider the following passage:
4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (NKJV)
I love this passage, because it shows me that, when I am walking with the Lord, He will actually let me do many really cool things that I actually love to do! When you are close to Him, He actually begins to shape your desires so that you desire the things that He has already called you to do.
So then, His plan actually becomes a super-exciting adventure. I always have the most fun in life when I am doing God’s will. And that is because He shapes my “wanter” to want to do the things for which He has actually created me.
8) Take a look at your circumstances.
God often clearly demonstrates His plan for our lives by lining up circumstances in obvious ways. And He also shows us what His will is NOT for us to do in that same way. It is not His will for you to take the job that is not offered to you. If you are 5’ 6” tall and weigh 125 lbs., it is not likely that God has created you to play professional football.
Over the years, I have discovered that God is pretty good at opening and closing doors. He even did that for the Apostle Paul and his enterouge in Acts. Take a look at this passage:
6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.
8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
So, even Paul had to face closed doors in his ministry. God often uses closed doors to show us clearly what He does NOT want us to do. And He also uses open doors at times to show us what He DOES want us to do. Of course, this does not mean that every open door is definitely God’s plan, but it does help to give you some basic direction.
Chris Russell has spent the past 25 years actively involved in ministry through pastoring, church planting, writing, Christian radio, and special speaking around the country and in seven different countries.
"The first law of discernment is Preparation. Seek God's help to become the right kind of person inside — develop the right spiritual habits. Otherwise you haven't a chance to find His will."
"Habits like what?"
"The habit of prayer. The habit of faith. The habit of distrusting the desires and devices of your own devious heart. The habit of patience — what Scripture calls 'waiting on the Lord' — because God might guide you only a few steps at a time. The habit of submission in every matter where you already know His will, for He has already blessed us with revelation. The habit of seeking wisdom — learning to know His ways. Most of all, the habit of loving Him with your whole heart, and of loving your neighbor as yourself."
"Pardon me for saying so, Professor T, but that all sounds pretty obvious."
"It wasn't obvious to the people who invented the gimmicks."
"Hmm. I guess not. What's the second law?"
"The second law of discernment is Meditation. In the presence of God, contemplate all the relevant features of the decision. Seek human advice too — the Proverbs say 'plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many counselors they succeed.' Since you want to know how God is calling you, the relevant features of your decision include your gifts and talents, your weaknesses and tendencies to sin, the courses of action available, and the opportunities each one affords to glorify God and serve your neighbor. You come last, of course."
"But that all sounds pretty obvious too."
"Yes. What's the third law?"
"The third and final law of discernment is Obedience. You follow whatever path is wisest."
Mark was silent for a few seconds. "That's all you're going to say?"
"That's all there is."
"But that's not what I came here to find out," he pleaded. "How do I know which path is wisest?"
I looked at him with compassion. "If you have to ask the meaning of the third law," I said, "then you aren't taking the other two seriously."
One thing I believed very strongly was that God had a plan for my life. I didn’t have a clue what that plan was, but I was determined to find out! I started seeking the Lord.
You will not fulfill God’s will for your life accidentally.
You’re commanded to know His will.
The good news is that the Lord wants you to know His will for your life more than you want to know it. It’s not hard to know. But it does take effort. You aren’t going to discover God’s will until you search with all your heart (Jer. 29:13). As long as you can live without knowing God’s will, you will. But when you want to know and follow and fulfill God’s will more than anything else, then you will.
We need to know not only God’s will but also His plan for accomplishing His will. That takes time, effort, and maturity. Preparation time is never wasted time. Proper preparation will actually save you time in the long run.
Romans 12:1-2, which says,
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 reasonable service.  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.
These verses changed my life. The last part of verse 2 promises that I would prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God if I would do as instructed.
"I’ve found in my own life that the real concern in these non-moral decisions is that I’m afraid I’ll get it wrong. It’s as if I think God has a perfect plan for my life that he’s not telling me, but he’s watching, always watching. And there will be no grading on a curve! Yikes. Better to just bury my talent in the backyard and wait for the Master to return. Oh, wait. As I recall, that didn’t work too well.
Here are the 5 questions to help you know God’s will for your life when making non-moral decisions:
- What do I really want? Seems obvious but most of us never answer this simple question. Not clearly, anyways. We may think we know, but we couldn’t put it down on paper in a complete sentence. Because we’ve never tackled the challenge of drilling down into our desires, we aim at nothing in particular – then get frustrated because we hit nothing in particular. Funny how that works.
- Am I truly seeking God’s Kingdom first? Our why will determine our what and our how. (Tweet this.) As joint-heirs in the Kingdom of Heaven, its good must be our highest priority. All too often, it isn’t — and we know it. Remember that Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is like the man who discovers treasure in a field and sells all he has to buy it. Only you can know your motives with any certainty. Instead of assuming you have the best ones, try admitting that your desires are often less than admirable. Make sure they are lining up with God’s Kingdom priorities and not just those of a materialistic American dream.
- Have I asked for and pursued wisdom? It’s one thing to ask for wisdom, it’s another to seek after it like hidden treasure. According to Proverbs, wisdom is the “main thing.” It’s available to all who ask for it in faith from the God of all wisdom. (James 1:5-7) But are you asking, with fervent, focused prayer and fasting – or do you think you’ve got this one on your own? Consuming a consistent diet of the Word of God will ensure you have a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. [See my post How to Read the Bible Every Day -- and Enjoy It!]
- Have I gotten wise counsel? There is safety in wise counselors. (Prov. 11:14) Most of us know we should get advice. All too often, however, we stack the deck of advisers to favor the choice we want to make in the first place. I’ve seen this happen more obviously with teens who consult their peers for advice on whether or not to obey their parent’s instructions. But we adults do the same thing. It’s when we seek a wide array of counsel from those who have been there, done that that we get clarity on our true options.
- Do I have all the facts? Sometimes, we just don’t know what we should know in order to make a wise decision. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s made decisions based on what I thought I knew only to find out later that my data was wrong. When Mary stood at the empty tomb and accused the “Gardener” of stealing Christ’s body, she thought she had all the facts. She was wrong. When Peter drew His sword in the garden, he obviously trusted his assessment of the situation. When we don’t know what we don’t know, we’re in trouble. Turn over a few rocks. Dig a little deeper. Be sure you know what you know. Make your decision on verifiable facts whenever possible instead of on what you hope will happen." Bill Blankschaen
"1. God speaks through circumstances.
It's funny, Christians routinely blast atheists and atheism, but we often act as if there is no God. We complain about the uncontrollable events in our lives as if we’re just here by chance, left to sort life out on our own.
But life isn’t dog-eat-dog. God is in charge of this world. God is in charge of our little world. And the events that He allows—getting fired from a job, meeting a future mate, getting rebuked by a pastor or Christian leader, the family we were born into, the town in which we live, the skill sets, talents, and gifts we possess—are all part of God’s divine blueprint for our success.
None of this happens by chance. God is not up in Heaven pounding his fist against his head saying, “Whoops, I really messed up with Dan.” No, God didn’t mess up. God didn’t make a mistake. God isn’t ever caught by surprise.
So you can do one of two things. You can continue to live as the world lives. You can stick to the motto, “Life is random. You get out of it what you make of it. I can’t help the way I am"...or you can embrace your life—your life right now—as God’s will.
Yes, what happens to you--that’s out of your control--is God’s will for your life.
2. God speaks through opportunities.
Remember the guy with the boat? God presented to him opportunities and he refused them. A long time ago, I had a friend who constantly agonized over every decision, every opportunity and wondered, “Is this God’s will?”
Meanwhile, God presented him opportunity after opportunity. He wanted to get married, but no girl was good enough. Oh, but he didn’t say that. He said really good spiritual things like, “It’s not God’s will.” Oh yeah? Did you talk to anybody about it? Did you pray about it? Did you ever consider that this could be an opportunity to explore?
And on and on it went with this guy. A dozen ministry and job opportunities were presented, but he never pursued any of them. He hemmed, hawed, quoted a lot of scripture verses, but never made a move.
Ten years later, I had lunch with him. And even though he has held down a job and even gotten married (finally found Ms. Right), he is still in that pondering, hemming and hawing stage. I fear that at the end of his life he’ll be like Roof Man and God will say, “I brought along this opportunity and that opportunity and you refused to take them.”
God works through open doors and opportunities. It’s that simple. These are not just “lucky” occurrences. If you want to do God’s will, do as one of my Bible College professors used to say, “Go. Do something and God will direct you.”
3. God speaks through spiritual counselors and mentors.
This is where most of us slip up. We live a lone-ranger Christianity and refuse to listen to wise spiritual counselors. I believe that God’s plan for the Christian in this age is through the local church. Every believer should not only be a part of a local church, but should voluntarily put himself under the accountability of that church.
Now, for young people, this is a tough swallow. Why should I let any pastor or anybody control my life? But the truth is this...the Bible talks over and over about the value of wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to make good decisions, spiritual decisions, and God-honoring decisions.
But young people don’t have a lot of wisdom. That’s why we need to sit at the feet of pastors, trusted lay-leaders, parents, mentors, etc. Every major decision I have ever made in my life I have done with the approval and consent of my pastor. Why? I trust my pastor. He’s a man whom God has sovereignly put into my life to help guide me.
And you know what? I’ve been blessed every time. There have been many moments when I have had what I thought was a really good idea. But people I trust, who have more spiritual wisdom than I do, raised questions. They said, “Hmm, I’m not sure this is a good idea and here is why.”
You too have spiritual mentors in your life. If you don’t, find some in your church. Seek their wisdom. Seek their accountability. Seek their unbiased opinion.
A wise person will take such advice as God speaking to them. That is God’s will.
4. God's will is revealed in God's Word.
How basic, but how true. The fact of the matter is this: 99 percent of what God wants to you to do in your life is spelled out in His Word. And here’s a news flash for you. God is not going to mysteriously lead you to do something that contradicts His Word." Daniel Darling http://www1.cbn.com/youth/how-can-i-know-gods-will
"We discover God’s will through circumstances. The Lord is actively guiding every incident of our lives to stitch the incongruent “threads” together for our good (Rom. 8:28). When I was young, I had no money to pay for seminary even though I’d felt God’s call to preach. As I discussed the situation one evening with a friend named Julian, my pastor walked by. Julian called him over and asked if he could help. The pastor told me to come see him. I did, and from that meeting came a four-year scholarship.
Believers must be alert for the moment God reveals His will. Pray every day that He’ll make you sensitive to His ways."
Dr. Charles Stanley