The will of God, for a Christian, is the most important issue of his/her life. It cannot be stressed enough, nor can it be overemphasized. God has a will for our lives and it is as unique as our fingerprints. Every successful Christian servant, even by the lowest standard, has a deep appreciation for the precious knowledge of God’s will for their life.
Discovering God’s Will…
As we follow the light God gives us each day through His infallible Word, we discover varying facets of His will for our life. If a believer does not yield themselves to their Lord by faith, then they will miss or step out of His will. With each act of obedience and with each mark of spiritual growth the believer will discover and gain joyful assurance, increased faith and confidence in God’s leading. This process is ongoing and gets sweeter each day; even though the battles get tougher. Spiritual gifts are discovered and exercised more and more.
Accepting God’s Will…
God made us for a specific purpose. One only has to study biology to see how purposeful God made His creation! As we devote ourselves to God in our personal walk we gain more spiritual discernment and more God-given desires. God’s will is always best and we have to get to this place in our lives. Basically… it must be understood that we sign a blank piece of paper and let God fill in the details! The world, the flesh and the Devil will say this is scary, but it is BEST!
Are You In God’s Will?
Every aspect of our lives, down to were every penny is allocated, is something God is interested in. Our time, talent and treasure are all on the table. Many do not want to believe this, still more refuse to accept this truth. Ask yourself, “Am I In God’s Will?” Are you working where you should? Are you living where you should? Are you living the WAY you should? I hasten to ask, are you using your spiritual gifts in the geographical location where you should? Only you really know the answer to these questions. If you don’t know or if you know that you are not in God’s perfect will, then do something about it!
What Does The Bible Say About God’s Will?
God has a lot to say about what He desires for us. The phrase “will of God” is used 23 times in the King James Bible. Please note each occurrence below! After studying, it will become more apparent to you that God’s will is IMPORTANT!
Mark 3:35 “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”
- Doing the will of God reveals the relationship one has with God!
Acts 13:36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:”
- What a statement of service… a LIFETIME of service!
Romans 1:10 “Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.”
- The Apostle Paul desired to go to Rome… in the will of God!
Romans 8:27 “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
- When we pray we have divine aid! The Holy Ghost helps us and “straightens out” our prayer requests on the way up!
Romans 12:2 “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.”
- God’s will is discovered as we grow in Christ by renovating our mind through the Word of God. The will of God is (1) GOOD (2) ACCEPTABLE and (3) PERFECT
Romans 15:32 “That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.”
- Again, Paul makes reference to the fact that he desired to travel to Rome in God’s will!
1 Corinthians 1:1 ¶ “Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,”
2 Corinthians 1:1 ¶ “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:”
Ephesians 1:1 ¶ “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:”
Colossians 1:1 ¶ “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,”
2 Timothy 1:1 ¶ “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,”
- In the previous five references we see that the Apostle Paul began his correspondence with assuring his readers that he was an apostle because it was God’s Will!
2 Corinthians 8:5 “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.”
- Paul shares the the Macedonians sacrificially gave to the ministry due to their seeing it as God’s Will!
Galatians 1:4 “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”
- Jesus Christ gave His life willingly as He submitted to His Father’s will! WOW!
Ephesians 6:6 “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;”
- God’s people ought not to work for their employer “just any ole way”. They should work as if they are serving Christ alone and should do it heartily!
Colossians 4:12 “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
- Epaphras desired that his fellow Christians would be matured grounded in God’s will for their lives. To this end he prayed fervently!
1 Thessalonians 4:3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:”
- It is plain from God’s Word that everyone should stay away from sexual sins!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
- No question about it… we should be a thankful Christian!
Hebrews 10:36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
- The performance of God’s will bears fruit and the receiving of promises!
1 Peter 2:15 “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:”
- One way to silence the critic is to do right!
1 Peter 3:17 “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”
- It is better to suffer in God’s will for doing what is right than it is to suffer for our own wrong doings!
1 Peter 4:2 “That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”
- One should live inside of God’s will… PERIOD!
1 Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
- Sometimes it is God’s will to suffer. If this be the case, we should be careful to walk by faith!
1 John 2:17 “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
- The will of God is lasting and has eternal ramifications!
It matter not what man thinks, but what does God want for my life? We should not let other people determine God’s will for us, we must allow God’s Spirit to lead us into and guide us along this path! Circumstances will vary like the seasons of weather and the terrain we trod will have extreme topographical variations, but God’s will must be prized, and remained in. I challenge you to: (1) Find God’s will through prayer and Bible Study, (2) Get on the path and walk by faith, (3) Courageously remain in God’s will, and (4) Encourage others to do the same!
(Proverbs 3:5-6) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (KJV)