Living your Life According to God’s Timetable

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Timetables and schedules are something we are all familiar with. They are designed to help regulate our time and routine. Following a timetable or schedule is a very important part of life as it keeps us focused and intentional in our actions. As important and helpful they are; timetables and schedules can also be a real headache. Perhaps you have an intense workload and the sight of a schedule stresses you out! There is also the stress of trying to keep your schedule and then something hinders you. Missing the train or failing to read the train timetable correctly can be costly. However, when it is all said and done (regardless of the positive and negative experiences) timetables and schedules are important. Continue reading Living your Life According to God’s Timetable

What is the Will of God? Principle 8: Submission

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After we follow all the principles we are to submit ourselves to God’s Providence. Even though God grants us great liberty in making any decision we want (as long as it conforms to His Word), we need to recognise that sometimes our decisions are not actually God’s will. What must we do then? We are not to fight or resist it, but rather we are to submit ourselves to God’s will. This is illustrated by what we read in . Continue reading What is the Will of God? Principle 8: Submission

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

What is the Will of God? Principle 7: Satisfaction

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After you have carefully followed the previous six principles (Salvation, Scripture, ServiceSupplication, Seeking Wise Counsel, Sound Judgment), what is next? I believe that if the six principles previously mentioned are followed, then we can ask ourselves the question, “what is my desire?” If that desire is in line with God’s Word I believe we can act on it and be truly satisfied that we are doing the will of God. Continue reading What is the Will of God? Principle 7: Satisfaction

What is the Will of God? Principle 6: Sound Judgment

When it comes to making a decision, after we go through the previously mentioned principles, we need to makes use of sound judgment. It is amazing how many people will ignore sound judgment simply because of a subjective experience. Sadly, people are deceived into thinking that subjective decision-making is spiritual. Continue reading What is the Will of God? Principle 6: Sound Judgment

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 3: Service

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The principle of service is simply the response to what one learns in Scripture. If you desire to discern the will of God in a particular situation (and the Bible has nothing specific to say about it), you need to know God, be acquainted with the mind of God by studying Scripture and now you need to be a person who is applying what Scripture says. This means, you are to make it your duty and delight to serve God and His people as He instructs you in His Word. This is His will for you.

Broadly speaking, all of the Scripture contains God’s will for your life. What I mean by that is, if Scripture states what God’s intention is for you as His child, that is your duty. When it comes to God’s stipulated will in Scripture, there are some verses that state in the clearest of terms what God’s will for you is. When it comes to these commands, it is your opportunity and obligation to faithfully serve the Lord in this way. What are these specific verses? Here are a few specific examples of how you can serve by doing God’s will: Spirit filled (); submission (); sanctification () and thankfulness (). It is this last example that leads us to our next principle, namely supplication. But we will consider this in the next post.

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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?