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Serious Discussion Regarding Christian Discipleship, Spiritual Transformation, And Finding The Will Of God For Your Life,Helpful Steps For Discovering God's Will For Your Life
At this point, you may still be wondering exactly how the Lord is going to reveal His Will to you. How and when He will do this for you personally, I cannot say; but allow me to review and expand upon these pointers which should help you to establish God's will for your life:
1. Begin by submitting yourself to God and having no will of your own:
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
James 4:7, KJV
2. Look for possible opportunities which might point in the direction you are to take:
"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."
Isaiah 30:21, KJV
3. Take note if the Lord is providing the means for you to go in that direction:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19, KJV
4. If you have the faith for it, do as Gideon did and ask the Lord for some specific sign of confirmation:
"And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me."
Judges 6:17, KJV
5. Look for similar examples or situations in the Bible which might shed light on what God's Will might be for you:
"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."
1 Corinthians 10:11, KJV
6. Take counsel with those who may be older in the Lord than you are. They may possess wisdom or insights which you do not. The Bible is full of Scriptures which encourage this practice. Here are a few of them:
"Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."
Proverbs 11:14, KJV
"Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established."
Proverbs 15:22, KJV
"For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety."
Proverbs 24:6, KJV
"But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established."
Matthew 18:16, KJV
"This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
2 Corinthians 13:1, KJV
7. Listen to the still small voice of God speaking to your heart. It takes time to learn to recognize it, but you will eventually. In my experience, it seems that Satan usually speaks in a loud intrusive voice which seems to be more directed at your head. The Lord, on the other hand, speaks in a quiet almost imperceptible voice to your heart:
"And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
1 Kings 19:11-12, KJV
I don't know how else to describe it except to say that it is a Voice very deep within you. Sometimes I will wake up in the morning with Scriptures coming to me which I need to add to an article I have already written and which I thought I was already done with. It is almost as if sometimes I wake up in the middle of a conversation with the Lord, or with one of His angelic agents, or with the Voice of His Spirit; whatever you want to call it. I am no spiritual giant, but I do know that the Lord does speak to me with Scriptures all the time. If it doesn't contain the Word, I tend to be kind of doubtful that it is the Lord. But beware, because Satan also knows the Word and can quote it as well. Remember Jesus' temptation by Satan in the wilderness?
At any rate, I am sure that you will know what God's Will is for you if you are prayerfully watching and waiting for Him to reveal it to you. Sometimes that can be the hardest part of finding God's Will; doing the waiting. In this day and age of fast living, it seems we are always in a hurry to get things done. For some of us, patience is a very rare virtue; but the Bible is full of verses which exhort us to strive to exercise this virtue. Here is one popular example:
"But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
James 1:4, KJV
It is when we patiently wait on the Lord that all of our needs will be met. It is when we patiently wait on the Lord that He will also reveal His Will to us. In the Book of Psalms King David expressed this very thought when he said:
"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."
Psalms 27:14, KJV
That brings us right back to the verse I shared earlier from Paul's epistle to the Romans. Once the Lord has revealed His Will to you, you have to be yielded enough to Him to want to do it. You have to present your body as a living sacrifice to Him; and that can be the hardest part. You must be willing; otherwise, all of the waiting will have been to no avail. There is no use in asking the Lord what His Will is if you have no intentions of doing it once He reveals it to you.
So we must ask ourselves: What if we choose not to obey the Lord in something He reveals to us? In the case of some important lesson He might be trying to teach us, failure on our part to yield this area to Him will probably result in our spiritual growth being stunted. We might continue to grow in other areas, but it might be a lop-sided growth. For example, we might have a great knowledge of the Word, but we might be very short on patience which will affect our ability to effectively minister the Word of God to others. Or maybe we are great at singing songs to the Lord, but we have a terrible problem with being critical and judgmental of others.
As I have said previously, it really comes down to personal choice. If we offer resistance, the Lord may still take us where we are at and try to use us as best as He can, but it might not be His best and highest calling for our lives. Using the example of the river again, we might still be swimming in the Great River of His Will, but we might not be in the part of the River where we can do the most good; where we can save the most people from drowning. This is indeed tragic; but under this present Age of Grace, God will not force Himself or His Will upon anyone. Even during the Millennium when the Lord will be ruling with a rod of iron, I believe that people will still have the freedom of personal choice. Hopefully, under the Lord's direct guidance, many will choose the Way of Life over the way of Death; just as they had to do in the days of Moses:
"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:"
Deuteronomy 30:19, KJV
One final area worth covering in this article concerns those who either choose not to serve the Lord when it is offered to them, or who insist on doing something which they know in their hearts is not God's Will. In the case of the former, I am reminded of the story of the rich man in Matthew chapter nineteen. In the story, which I encourage you to read in its entirety, the rich man apparently has a very high opinion of himself. Outwardly, he feels that he has done all of the right things in order to inherit Eternal Life. In his own righteousness and desire to exalt his own goodness, he continues to prod Jesus for answers. After several responses from the Lord, the man is apparently feeling good about himself; but then the Lord is forced to expose the insincerity in the man's questions. Here is the final outcome of the story:
"The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions."
Matthew 19:20-22, KJV
Rather than experiencing the joy which one acquires when following the Lord, this man went away sorrowful. He is but one example of those who come to the Light, but then refuse to continue to bathe in its midst when they realize that there is a price to pay. The rich man went away in sorrow, probably to be cast upon God's junk heap reserved for those who were found unfit for fulltime discipleship. Think of how his whole attitude must have changed after that encounter with Jesus. His whole world of plastic self-righteous living must have been blown apart by the Lord's revealing words; for as we are told in Hebrews:
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12, KJV
It is a sad thing to fail the Lord, particularly when we know we have failed Him, and have to live with that thought for the rest of our days. Of course, as with the story of the prodigal son in Luke chapter fifteen, the Lord is always willing to take us back into His arms of fellowship once we come to our senses and acknowledge our mistakes. In the Old Testament, we are told many times that the Lord is married to the backslider. Contrary to the belief held by some, I do not believe that God loses children. He will no more permanently cast us off than we will our own flesh children. We may be angry with them for a time, and we may have to chastise them, but if we are true parents, we will always find a place in our hearts to receive them back again eventually. Our Heavenly Father is the same way as is made clear in the following verses:
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
John 6:37, KJV
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
John 10:28, KJV
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Hebrews 13:5, KJV
But what about those who go against God's Will and do something they know is not of Him? The Bible offers a very clear answer to this issue as we have already seen in the example of stubborn King Saul. Another example can be found in the story of Ahab the King of Israel who was insistent on fighting his enemies the Assyrians. All of the false prophets had encouraged the king telling him that the Lord was with him and would grant him victory. This man was not really interested in what the Lord had to say. His mind was already made up.
However, when Ahab counseled with Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, Jehoshaphat had some reservations; so he called for a prophet of God named Micaiah. Initially, Micaiah lied; probably to save his own skin because King Ahab didn't like him. However, when Jehoshaphat insisted on hearing the truth, Micaiah told them that the Lord had sent a lying spirit into the mouths of all of Ahab's false prophets. Because of his boldness in speaking the truth, Ahab had Micaiah thrown into prison. The chapter concludes with Ahab dying at the hands of his Assyrian enemies. If you wish to read the whole story, it can be found in 1 Kings chapter twenty-two. In contrast to evil King Ahab, Hezekiah was one of the few kings whose heart was right before the Lord.
While the story of Ahab is an extreme example, it does bring out a key point in our current discussion: If you are so stubborn that you will purposely and consciously go against what the Lord knows is best for you, then you must be prepared to pay the consequences. Not only that, the Lord might even choose to allow you to believe your delusion as when He sent the lying spirit to the false prophets. Sadly, this very same condition exists in our world today. So many people have rejected the Truth that God is allowing them to live their delusions; in fact, He will choose their delusions for them. Here are a few verses to support this view:
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11, KJV
"I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
Isaiah 66:4, KJV
So, as can be seen, knowing what the Will of the Lord is or isn't, is indeed an important issue. Following through on what He shows you is equally as important. But, if you are not yet sure what God's Will is for your life, then just be patient and wait until He does show you. Don't try to move ahead in your own strength. And while you are waiting, do what you already know you are supposed to be doing; be a faithful witness in whatever capacity you can. As Jesus said:
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:16, KJV
That is something you can do anywhere anytime while you are waiting on the other. I hope this article is a help and a blessing to many. If you would like additional information on this topic, please refer to other articles such as "Free Will and Personal Choice".