A question we often ask ourselves is what does God want me to do in this situation. God does not always speak to us in big ways. And if you’re facing a big decision, it can be difficult to figure out what God wants you to do.
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What does god want me to do? What does god want me to do the most frequent question? I'm asked in one way or another in some shape or another, when people come into the office that most of them come in, struggling to discern what god's will is for their life hands down 90 of those who sit down at the table with the pastor are not looking for my opinion or my conclusion.
What they want is to hopefully believe that I might help them understand what god desires of them and what god wants them to do with a certain situation in their life.
Come in asking what does god want me to do? Come in saying that I have a desire in my heart, but how do I know if it's god's will or if it's just what I want to do come in at a crossroad, have a critical decision to make it and wondering which path? Does god want me to walk on? They come in they've been dating somebody for a long time, and they want to know god.
Is this the one or should we look for another come in with this curiosity concern of trying to discern what god's will is for their life, my brothers and sisters? I would suggest you that hands down the greatest struggle, all of us face as we walk with the lord jesus christ.
No matter how big your bible is no matter how many sundays you come to church all of us at some point in our lives struggle with trying to understand what is god's will? What does god want me to do? What decision? Is god backing? What role does god want me to take? What job has god put his finger on? What relationship has god endorsed? What does god really want me to do discerning the will of god for the decisions of your life is not always easy.
Why? Because, god doesn't always speak his will in grand and glorious ways that are easy to understand.
Elijah one of the greatest prophets of god has prayed to the lord, for god to reveal his will to him and in chapter 19 of first kings.
Elijah says that a wind blew and the wind was so strong that it began to shake the mountains, but god wasn't in that wind and after the wind there was an earthquake and the earth began to shake and tremble.
But god wasn't speaking through the earthquake, and then there was a great and grand fire that consumed everything, but god wasn't speaking in the fire and after the wind and after the earthquake and after the fire there was a still small voice and what elijah understood is.
What we understand is that god doesn't always speak in earth, moving shattering signs and symbols that give you clarity into what god wants that, sometimes the will of god is spoken in a still small voice.
Wouldn't faith be easier? If god revealed his will in big ways, I made it easier if god just bought a billboard on your way to work and put up what your instructions were for your life.
God doesn't even have a facebook page, won't even post what he wants you to do.
God doesn't tweet you in the morning, with your divine assignment, god has never sent you an email, god no longer speaks to a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
Wouldn't it be easier if, when you prayed for god to reveal his will, he would make it easy to discern in grand and glorious ways, but god speaks in still small voices so by today, you're struggling to know what god wants you to do.
How do I know what god wants me to? Do? You probably say: read the bible.
That's a good answer! I endorse that.
I I second that motion, because if you read your bible, you will be a better christian.
However, the bible does not always reveal to you god's personal prescribed providential plan for your life.
The bible tells me some things, but it does not always give me the personal decisions I need to make in my daily living.
I can't go to the bible open it up, find a book with my name on it, where god has written me a letter to tell me everything.
I must do every day of my life.
So again, how do I know what god wants me to do? Part of discerning that will of god? I believe we can glean some insight through the journey of the apostle paul watch.
What the bible says paul then determines that he wants to go to asia, modern-day turkey.
The bible says that the holy spirit did not allow it.
So then paul says well, let me go to bithynia and the bible says the holy spirit did not allow it make certain you catch this.
When paul wants to go to turkey, the holy spirit says no, and when paul wants to go to bethennia the holy spirit says no make sure you catch us that, when their hearts desire is to go this way, if that was not where god wanted them to go, the holy spirit is what god uses to keep them from going in the wrong direction.
God uses the holy spirit to be that still small voice.
That tells you what god wants you to do that the holy spirit allows me to interpret the will of god around me, so that when I am filled with the holy spirit, I can see and hear and discern what direction.
God is pointing me and hear me my brother and my sister: god is not trying to play a game with you god's will.
He does not want it to remain a mystery.
God is not trying to keep his will out of your vision.
God wants you to know what he wants you to do.
He wants you to know his.
He wants you to be obedient and he gives you the holy spirit to be able to discern it.
So when you read the bible in your devotional life and you come away with an understanding of what god wants you to do holy spirit when you come to church, confused and somewhere between the singing of the song and the preaching of the sermon, a light shines, and you got it now, you understand it made sense in your heart and in your head that wasn't a choir and it wasn't a preacher holy spirit when you sit down with your pastor, your counselor, your therapist, your psychiatrist, and you talk to them and when you're done talking with them, you now believe that god has spoken to you and you know what you're supposed to do.
Don't give it the credit to the phd on the wall.
That's the holy spirit when you've been praying for god to direct you and you wake up one day, and you see signs around you that begin to speak god's will over your life.
Your neighbor saw the same thing and didn't get anything out of it.
Why? Because that's the holy spirit, that the role of the holy spirit is to direct you in god's will now now now, if that's, how god speaks to the holy spirit, that means that there are two things you've got to do in order to discern what god wants you to do in every decision you've got to make number one you've got to bathe your decision in prayer.
If you want god to talk to you, you better talk to him, bathe it in prayer.
God tell me which way to go, god make sure the motivations in my heart are correct.
God make your way clear to me.
God guide me: god speak to my heart.
God point me in the right direction that if you trust in the lord, with all your heart and lean not into your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him.
He will what god will direct your path.
When you bathe your decision-making in prayer, you want to know why some of us have difficulty discerning god's will you're on sensory overload.
You got too much coming at you too much facebook to sense god, too much twitter, much reality tv.
You wonder why you can't discern the will of god when the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is check your phone to read your emails, to see who tweeted you, how many new followers you got last night and we're so overloaded with other things that we can't discern the will of god, so that you can clearly hear the still small voice of god.
Now wait a minute somebody.
I know you.
I know you.
I just heard it you said hold on reverend.
I've been praying, god hasn't shown me anything.
I've been praying sincerely for god to direct me, and god hasn't told me which path to take god hasn't pointed out what I ought to do, god hasn't made it clear.
You've been praying, but you still don't know.
Okay, I want you to see what happens with paul.
The bible says the holy spirit did not allow turkey.
The holy spirit did not permit bithynia, but they got to macedonia by their own conclusion.
Now it's interesting that bethennia was blocked by the holy spirit.
Turkey was blocked by the holy spirit, but macedonia were never given any indication that the holy spirit directed them to macedonia.
They got to macedonia by their own conclusion, which means this: they discern the will of god, because what god didn't want them to do was clearer than what god did.
Don't don't lose me god's.
No is always louder than god's, yes, that what god does not want you to do, god is able to block clearly, but where god wants you to do, comes to the conclusion and passion and moving in that direction and finding out in a real sense, they were able to discern the will of god, not through god's.
Yes, but through the absence of god's no here's what happens they try to go to turkey and the holy spirit blocks it in some way they try to go to bithynia and the holy spirit blocks it in some way they try to go to macedonia and they conclude that macedonia must be the right direction, because there was no blockage or interference from the holy spirit and since god did not say no, that must be the direction god wanted them to go in that.
Sometimes we discern the right road because god keeps the door open, hear me there's one passage of scripture.
I really really really really really want you to memorize it.
It's one of the most prophetic promises in all scripture, and it's one that we don't hang our hat on enough.
It comes to us in revelation chapter 3 and verse 7.
When jesus says this, I can close a door, no man can open and I can open a door.
No man can close that we serve a god who is able to shut down the wrong road and open up the right road god can block and prevent you from moving in the wrong direction, and god can swing wide open the door that leads you down the right path.
So here's what you do you bathe it in prayer and then you move in the direction that you feel you ought to go and trust god enough that if that's not what he wants you to do, he can close the door that you'll never be able to open and he'll leave open a door that no one can close, no matter how long it takes you to get there.
If that's god's, will that door will always be open.
Instead, Micah listed out the three principles of what God asks of His people: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with Him.How do I understand God's will for my life? ›
- First, commit your decision to God. ...
- Second, read the Scriptures. ...
- Third, understand your circumstances. ...
- Fourth, seek godly advice. ...
- Fifth, trust the Holy Spirit's guidance. ...
- Finally, trust God for the outcome.
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Emerson Eggerichs, author of The 4 Wills of God, explains the key is to follow the Lord's universally-revealed four wills, as summarized by the acronym "BAGS." Believe in Jesus Christ. Abstain from sexual sin. Give thanks in everything. Submit and do what's right.What is an example of God's will? ›
- 1 Peter 2:15 – For this is the will of God, that by doing good, you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
- Philippians 2:14 – do all things without grumbling and complaining, being blameless in the midst of a crooked world.
In The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren reveals the meaning of life from a Christian perspective—five purposes that you were created by God to fulfill: worship, unselfish fellowship, spiritual maturity, your ministry, and your mission.What are the two parts of God's will? ›
Thus, God's decretive will refers to the secret, all-encompassing divine purpose according to which he foreordains whatsoever comes to pass. His preceptive will refers to the commands and prohibitions in Scripture.What are the two types of will of God? ›
God's decretive will is how he sovereignly ordains everything that comes to pass throughout all history — and all eternity. Nothing may happen outside His control. The second is God's perceptive will — what God wants for us to do. God provides His Word so that we can perceive what he wills through his holy law.How to know God's will for your life Bible verse? ›
- Teach me your paths (Psalm 25:4-5)
- God teaches them his way (Psalm 25:8-9)
- Guided by God's word (Psalm 119:105)
- He makes your path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- The Lord's purpose prevails (Proverbs 19:21)
- For I know the plans I have for you (Jeremiah 29:10-14)
- Your will be done (Matthew 6:9-10)
By Dave Lescalleet. There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.What do you think God expects you to do with them? ›
God's requirement is that His people do what is right in their relationship with Him and in their relationships with one another. As they are motivated by love, their actions will be tempered by justice, mercy, and humility.What God wants to say to me today? ›
Help me to live one day at a time. Help me to not worry about tomorrow but instead focus on what you're doing in my life right now. I want to trust in your promise to take care of every one of my needs — financial, relational, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional. Help me to trust you more and worry less.What is the best request from God? ›
In relation to God, we ask: 1) that His name will be honored, 2) that His kingdom will come, and 3) that His will should be done. In relation to ourselves, we ask: 4) that God will provide what we need, 5) that God will forgive our sins, and 6) that God will deliver us from evil.What is the most important prayer request? ›
The most important prayer is that the most important person in the universe do the most important act in the universe. That's why Jesus put this request at the beginning of the Lord's prayer: “Hallowed be your name.” God is the most important person in the universe.What are God's 3 answers to prayer? ›
I've heard it said that God answers prayers in one of three ways. God says “Yes,” and you receive what you ask for. God says “No,” and you have to accept it and move on. Or God says “Not Yet,” and you learn to be patient and wait.What is the secret of God's will? ›
What is God's secret will? The Bible speaks about “the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph 1:11). Everything that happens is woven into the purpose of God, and nothing that happens is outside of His will. God works all things according to the counsel of His will.What is the priority of God's will? ›
The ultimate purpose in the life of any person called of God will be to seek and pursue the Priority of God. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus points out two overarching Priority of God, namely His Kingdom and His Righteousness. These should be sought with all our heart and soul.What is God's will for every believer? ›
God's ultimate will is the advancement of his kingdom (Dan 2:44), his glorification (1 Cor 10:31), and the salvation and sanctification of his children through his son, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9). Stop thinking of God's will for your life as a separate plan from his will for his kingdom. They are the same.What are the three levels of God's will? ›
This confusion is partly due to three different concepts all being referred to as “God's Will.” They are God's “Perfect Will,” His “Proscribed Will” (which is revealed in His Word), and His “Predetermined Will” (or Plan).
This is God's plan of salvation. God's ultimate purpose in redemptive history is to create a people, from every tribe and nation, to dwell in his presence, glorifying him through their lives and enjoying him forever. himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.What is God's higher purpose? ›
God has a purpose for us that reaches beyond what we can imagine. Even if we dream up great things we can do in life, His purpose is greater. That's because it's His purpose, not ours, that will be accomplished. His purpose is bigger than ours, and it will stand firm no matter what happens to us (Source).How do I distinguish my plans from God's plans? ›
Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.” The Bible directly tells us that no matter what our plans our, the Lord's plan is what will come to fruition.What two promises did God make? ›
God made four promises to Abraham -(1) land, (2) numerous descendants, (3) blessing for him and his descendants, and (4) blessing through him for all nations.What is God's will according to the Bible? ›
To sum up, God's revealed will is the kind of God-honoring lifestyle God desires for his people as revealed in Scripture, which boils down to, as Jesus said, loving God and loving others. But it will take wisdom and help to discern how best to live out his will in particular circumstances.What is another word for God's will? ›
On this page you'll find 9 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to God's will, such as: destiny, god's plan, karma, kismet, predestination, and predetermination.What Scripture is both to will and to do? ›
Philippians 2:13 in Other Translations
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
God's will, simply stated, is what God wants, intends, and desires. God's purpose is God's plan according to His will.What does it mean to surrender to God's will? ›
The second thing Jesus calls us to do is to “deny ourselves,” which means that we are to surrender self-will and embrace his perfect will. It is daunting task to be sure and one that we are under-powered to do on our own (2 Timothy 1:7). Think for a moment of your life. Are you living it on your terms?
The three laws are; first fasting, second fast offerings, and third tithing. These laws come with promised blessings. All three laws have nothing to do with money, but have everything to do with faith.
- Acknowledge His existence. This is the most simple way we can acknowledge God. ...
- Acknowledge His glory by your life. ...
- Acknowledge your death and Christ's life in you – in short, your new identity.
New Testament accounts
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. ' This is the greatest and first commandment.
“'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.What are the golden rule of God? ›
Golden Rule, precept in the Gospel of Matthew (7:12): “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. . . .” This rule of conduct is a summary of the Christian's duty to his neighbour and states a fundamental ethical principle.What are the 3 keys to activating God's promises in your life? ›
This is because the promises and blessing of God are not automatically fulfilled in our lives, they need to be activated by faith, prayer and works of faith.How do I let God direct my path? ›
- 2) Submit your whole self to God and trust Him a) James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves, then, to God. ...
- 3) Pray and spend time with God. ...
- 4) Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you then listen and obey.
Prov. 3 Verses 5 to 6
 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.