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UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL

 

In understanding God’s will, we often set out on a quest to “find God’s Will.”  God’s will is not lost, but we are called to diligently seek Him and understand His will in the process.  In order to begin understanding God’s will we must first understand what His will is for the World.

 

We know that all men are separated from God by sin.  God desires to redeem all men to Himself (Gal. 1:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9).

 

This plan involves all nations (Matt. 24:14).  We have an impact on when Christ will come again, which shows there is a strategy involved to reach the world.  Obviously, there is still much work to be done.

 

How does this relate to God’s will for our lives?

 

First, we must look at Christ’s life.  Jesus saw that God’s will was made manifest by doing His Father’s work and finishing the task (John 4:34).  The task was the work of training His disciples, who in turn trained others.  Since then, it has been passed on to us (John 17:18; Matt. 28:18-20).

 

Now, to bring this big picture into focus for specifics of our daily walk/ decisions, there are a few factors to consider:

 

1)  Go to God’s Word.  The bible has many answers to our everyday questions.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,

correcting and training in righteousness...”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

2)  Follow leading of the Holy Spirit through Prayer.  Some people are more

sensitive than others to feelings of what God would want/not want them

to do.  (Acts 16:6-10).

 

3)  Evaluate the Circumstances.  What are the advantages and disadvantages?

List out the pros and cons of the decision.

 

4)  Ask God for wisdom.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who

gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to

him.”  (James 1:5)

 

5)  Seek Wise Counsel.  Go to those who know you and have more experience

than you.  This doesn’t mean you need to talk with as many people as

possible about your situation, but definitely seek the counsel of those

whom you view as a spiritual mentor.  “Pride only breeds quarrels, but

wisdom is found in those who take advice.”  (Prov. 13:10)  “Listen to

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