Tuesday, May 10, 2005

How Can You Know God's Will For You?

Here are some things that are true of everyone who knows God, who has entered into a personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ:
  1. You have the revelation of God's Word. The Word of God reveals the will of God. God has made wonderful promises for every area of life, and they are all found in His Word. When we know His Word, we discover His will. Then we can pray with confidence, knowing that God will keep His promises and perform His will (1 John 5:14-15).
  2. You have the Holy Spirit living in you. The Holy Spirit, by whom we are born again through faith in Jesus, lives in us and communicates with our Spirit. He is here to show us the things that are about Jesus — His life, His teaching, His works and His ways—and to reveal to us the heart and mind of God. Paul said, “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
  3. God has a plan to renew your mind and transform your life, and He does it through His Word by His Spirit. Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). Let your mind be renewed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, and you will discover what the will of God is for you — and you will be quite excited about it, because God's will for you is good.
  4. You can always ask God for wisdom and He will gladly give it to you, without scolding or rebuking you. James said, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the sea" (James 1:5-6).
Ask God for wisdom, and then trust Him to give to you. It will always be in agreement with His Word, and the Holy Spirit will give you an inner witness of peace about it.