How to Find God's Will

 

(Rom 12:1-2 KJV)
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.
{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.

There are six basic things you can do to find the will of God. God does not usually show us His will by performing outward signs, such as a Gideon’s fleece. Rather, He usually speaks to us through His quiet inner voice. To hear this voice, we must tune our hearts to God’s heart. Our hearts are like soil that must be cultivated to be fertile and responsive to God's leading.

Here are six things that will prepare your heart to be sensitive to God’s leading. Since cultivating your heart takes time, weeks or perhaps months, you may be trying many of these things at the same time. Nevertheless, breaking down the process into six separate steps allows you to be able to visualize what’s needed.
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In summary, they are:

1: BE OBEDIENT TO DO WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY REVEALED TO YOU.
2: PRAY AND CONTINUALLY SEEK GOD'S WISDOM AND GUIDANCE IN ALL YOU DO.

3: REARRANGE YOUR PRIORITIES SO YOUR FIRST MOTIVATION IS TO GLORIFY GOD.

4: SATURATE YOURSELF WITH THE WORD OF GOD.

5: LEARN FROM THE GODLY EXAMPLES OF OTHERS.

6: VOLUNTEER FOR A MINISTRY, OR HELP-OUT AT CHURCH.
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#1: BE OBEDIENT TO DO WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY SHOWN YOU

The first thing we should do is become obedient to the obvious things, the things we know we should already be doing. These are the common-sense things clearly spelled out in the Bible. For example, we know we should not lie, cheat or steal. We cannot expect God to reveal more to us when we haven’t followed what He has already shown us.

Before God gives you direction in the "important" things, you must first be obedient with the small things he has already shown you. This is the area where most of us Christians fail. We don’t realize God has already revealed His desire for us in so many areas. If we are not obedient with the small tasks, how can we be trusted with the larger tasks?

Probably most Christians feel they are already obedient to the basic things God has shown them. Yet, in reality, many of us fall short. For example, do we always speak the truth or do we sometimes conveniently leave out vital information to mislead someone? Are we completely truthful when we fill out our tax returns? Do we report errors when mistakes have been made in our favor, such as being given too much change? Do we obey the laws of the land, such as speed limits? Do we tithe?

When we are at work, do we give our employers their money’s worth or do we take extended coffee breaks and make personal calls on company time? How do we treat our mates? Is the time and attention we give our family honoring to God or does our work or ministry command a higher priority? How is your thought life?

The list could go on and on. We must be faithful with what we already have. Obviously, because of our fallen nature, being perfect in these areas is an impossibility. Yet, to the extent we are faithful to what He has shown us, He will reveal more of His will.

Joh 15:8-11 KJV
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit;
so shall ye be my disciples.
(9) As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you:
continue ye in my love.
(10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;
even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
(11) These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full.

1Pet 1:13-19 KJV
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,
be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
(14) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
(15) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
(16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
(17) And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work,
pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
(18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
(19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

#2: PRAY AND CONTINUALLY SEEK GOD'S WISDOM AND GUIDANCE IN EVERYTHING YOU DO.
It has been said, "A Christian is no greater than his prayer life." We should continually pray and ask God to bless and energize each area of our ministry. We must commit all rights and control to God with every issue we encounter. Besides asking God for His power, we should continually ask God to give us wisdom and guidance in everything we do.

Many people make the mistake of thinking since God already knows my needs, He will automatically meet them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. God wants you to continually come to Him and be specific about all your needs. We should never assume God will meet a need simply because He’s aware of it. You must do your part and ask God to meet it.

(Luke 11:9-10 KJV)
And I say unto you,
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
{10} For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

In every project you undertake you should continually seek God’s wisdom and guidance. It is easy to become careless and overconfident. As we set out to do God’s work, we too should take care not to be reckless.

(1 Cor 10:12 KJV)
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

At the beginning of each day to ask God to provide you with wisdom and guidance for everything you will encounter throughout the day. During the day, when faced with a new issue or concern, ask God for wisdom and direction. Although you may not seek God’s wisdom for everything you do, such as, "What gas pump should I use?" try to cultivate your relationship with the Holy Spirit so your heart it will be open to His leading even on small seemingly "insignificant" things.
1Th 5:16-23 KJV
Rejoice evermore.
(17) Pray without ceasing.
(18) In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(19) Quench not the Spirit.
(20) Despise not prophesyings.
(21) Prove all things;
hold fast that which is good. (22) Abstain from all appearance of evil.
(23) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;
and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless
unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jam 1:5 KJV
If any of you lack wisdom,
let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.

Pro 2:1-7 KJV
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
(2) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,
and apply thine heart to understanding;
(3) Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
(4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
(5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
(6) For the LORD giveth wisdom:
out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
(7) He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous:
he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.


STEP 3: REARRANGE YOUR PRIORITIES SO YOUR PRIMARY MOTIVATION IS TO GLORIFY GOD.
God created us for the purpose of bringing glory to Himself. Our primary goal and focus should be to bring Him glory. Everything we do should center around this. Even "important" things such as witnessing and world evangelism should be viewed in light of God's will for us. It is much better to do God’s will, than to do God’s work without His blessing.

Mat 6:33 KJV
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.

2Ch 31:20-21 KJV
And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah,
and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.
(21) And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God,
and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God,
he did it with all his heart,
and prospered.

STEP 4: SATURATE YOURSELF WITH THE WORD OF GOD

There is no better way of knowing what’s important to God than by reading His Word. The Bible clearly states God’s position on a large number of issues and topics. A systematic Bible study will reveal many of these to you. However, there are still many other areas that the Bible does not address directly. To understand God’s will in these areas, you must have a good understanding of the whole Bible. A good way to do this is to continually listen to the Bible on tape. Another way is to study your Bible with a concordance at hand.

Our spiritual walk is like a wheel that must be perfectly balanced. As the wheel is centered on the axle, our focal point should be centered on bringing glory to God. If our desire is to glorify God, then many of our priorities will automatically align themselves properly.

Psa 1:1-3 KJV
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
(2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
(3) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psa 119:97-102 KJV MEM.
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
(98) Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies:
for they are ever with me.
(99) I have more understanding than all my teachers:
for thy testimonies are my meditation.
(100) I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
(101) I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
(102) I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
STEP 5: LEARN FROM THE EXAMPLES OF OTHERS

The Bible tells us in verse 1 Cor. 10:1-11 we are to learn from the lives of the people in the Bible. Study their lives and see how God directed them. Learn from their mistakes and victories. The lives of believers who lived after the Bible was written can also be a rich source of examples. Think of these people as great teachers who will enlighten you in their area of expertise. Remember, of course, anything in their lives that contradicts the Bible should not be followed.

(1 Cor 10:1-12 KJV)
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant,
how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
{2} And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
{3} And did all eat the same spiritual meat; {4} And did all drink the same spiritual drink:
for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
{5} But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
{6} Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
{7} Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them;
as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play{Grk=implies sexual impurity}.
{8} Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
{9} Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
{10} Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
{11} Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.
{12} Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
STEP 6: VOLUNTEER FOR A MINISTRY, OR HELP-OUT AT CHURCH

It is often observed that 90% of the WORK done at church or in a ministry is done by 10% of the people. It doesn't really seem fair, does it ?Christians need to get off the pew and do some of the work of the ministry, so more people can be blessed.

Exposing yourself to a short-term missionary trip or voluntary work in an existing ministry not only increases your spiritual vision, but it also gives God the opportunity to open and close doors for you. If you look at the lives of powerful Christians, you’ll find many of them got their start by "temporarily" helping out in a ministry which later became their life work.

Even when you have found the ministry that you feel God is leading you into, you should still get involved in other ministries. This will help keep you fresh and will continually expand your spiritual vision. Some suggest a good mix would be to spend 90% of your time and energy on your primary ministry and 10% on other ministries.

Ecc 9:10 KJV
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might;
for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
in the grave, whither thou goest.

Heb 6:10-12 KJV
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love,
which ye have shewed toward his name,
in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
(11) And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence
to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
(12) That ye be not slothful,
but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.


God Bless You.....brother bob.......<><

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