What is the Will of God? Principle 4: Supplication

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Coming before the Lord consistently in prayer is crucial if we are going to know and walk in His will. In fact, Paul said it very clearly,

“pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” ().

It is God’s will for you to pray! Prayer is an important element when it comes to walking in and seeking to know the will of God. When we pray, we ought to ask the Lord to help us to walk in His will. The psalmist prayed, “Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it” (). Furthermore, we ought to ask the Lord to give us deeper understanding of His will, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” ().

Now when it comes to making decisions concerning those things that are not recorded in Scripture, we are to commit it to the Lord in prayer and seek guidance, leading and wisdom from Him. If we are going to walk in His will, prayer should become a habit in our lives.

17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.

18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.

What is the Will of God? Principle 2: Scripture

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If we are going to be walking in God’s will, we need to learn to be in tune with what He has revealed to us in His Word. How do we expect to know what God wants if we don’t listen to God in the place where He has spoken? God has spoken and continues to speak to us everyday in His revealed Word. In His Word is contained all “that pertains to life and godliness” (). If we want to know all the principles that will guide our decisions so they are according to God’s will, then we must go to the place where they are found. We are to allow the Scripture to shape the way we think. Paul wrote,

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” ().

Our minds will be informed by what they are shaped by. This is why we need to be acquainted with Scripture if we are going to know God’s will for our life. This begins with us Desiring the Word (Psalm 42:1; 119:131). Once it has become the object of our affection we are then to be Reading the Word (1 Timothy 4:13; Rev. 1:3). Thirdly, we should be Memorizing the Word as this helps us internalize it so that it becomes a part of us. As the psalmist said, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). When this takes place we need to be Meditating on the Word. The Lord said to Joshua “this Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night” (Joshua 1:8). Finally we are to be Obeying the Word (John 14:15). If we are going to make wise decisions in life, it is our duty to be well acquainted with God’s Word.

As the Word of God takes control of the centre of our being, it begins to shape and inform the way we live. We are foolish to think that we can make a wise decision that is according to God’s will if we never give ourselves to the reading and studying of His Word.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

What is God’s Will?

 

1578087736_ecdbe1ebd3_zWhen it comes to the topic of God’s will, we would do well to know the important truth of the following text,

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Duet. 29:29).

This verse places the will of God into two categories – “the secret things” and “the things that are revealed“. To put it another way, we will consider God’s secret will and God’s stipulated will. Continue reading What is God’s Will?

Decisions, Guidance and the Will of God

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Decisions, guidance and the will of God. Wow, that is a loaded topic! Yet it is something that we as God’s people know to be very important. When it comes to a discussion on the topic of decisions, guidance and the will of God there is sadly much confusion. Continue reading Decisions, Guidance and the Will of God