Knowing God's Will For Your Life
2 Peter 3:11 & 12 Since all these things
are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought
you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening
the coming of the day of God.
Colossians 4:12 - stand perfect and fully assured
in all the will of God.
it is... God's will for you is that you be:
- Spirit Filled (be in the word)
- Sanctified (separated from sin)
- Submissive (humble)
- Suffering (persecuted)
How do you know these are God's will? Isn't there
more? How do you know what job to take? Where to live? Who
to marry? The answer is here.
You can know God's will by searching the scripture. It specifically
identifies these six as God's will for you.
God's Will Is That You Be Saved
2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering
to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should
come to repentance.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 - For this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Does this mean God will save everyone? No. It means that
He desires that everyone be saved, but He still gives each
of us free will. We have the option of repenting and trusting
Jesus, or we can put our trust elsewhere.
It's our choice. If we are to be in God's will we must chose
to repent and trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
God's Will Is That You Be Spirit
Ephesians 5:17-18 - So then do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is. Don't get drunk,
but be filled by the spirit.
It is God's will that we be filled by the Spirit. What does
When we are drunk, we are out of control. What this verse
is saying is that we are not to be out of control, but we
are to be controlled by the Spirit. For example, when you
are "blind with anger," are you in control? No.
You are so filled with anger that your anger controls you.
If you are filled with sorrow, are you in control? No. You
are so filled with sorrow that you can't help but weep. The
sorrow is overwhelming.
It is the same with being filled with the Spirit. To be filled
with the Spirit does not mean getting knocked to the floor
or having some sort of ecstatic experience. It means to be
so filled with God's word that it controls everything you
think and do.
Let's think about this. Where did God's word come from? From
the Spirit, through human writers inspired by the Spirit.
How do we understand God's word, through the illumination
provide by the Spirit. To be filled with God's word, saturated
with God's word, is to be filled with the Spirit.
God's Will Is That You Be Sanctified
Thessalonians 4:3-6 - For this is the will of God,
your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual
immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel
in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like
the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress
and defraud his brother in the matter.
God's will is that you be separated from sin... becoming
more and more like Jesus Christ.
In writing to the Thessalonians Paul gives the example of
the most difficult sin to be separated from, sexual sin. To
be in God's will we are not have have lustful passions, like
nonbelievers do. We are to be in control of our bodies and
our thoughts. We are to be growing in Christ-likeness. We
are not to be defrauding others to take advantage of them
sexually, but we are to be sanctified and separated from sin.
God's Will Is That You Be Submissive
James 4:7 - Submit therefore to God.
Submit to God and the devil will flee from you.
Submitting is the overall theme of Ephesians chapter 5 --
submit to each other and have unity in the spirit. To submit
means to be humble. It is God's will that we be humble and
submit to Him, and one another.
God's Will Is That You Suffer (Be
1 Peter 3:17 - For it is better, if God should
will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather
than for doing what is wrong.
1 Peter 4:19 - Therefore, those also who suffer
according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to
a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
you are obeying God... pleasing God... you will be persecuted.
The world hates Jesus Christ, but they can't get at Him. You
are Christ's ambassador on earth, and that makes you a target.
God is pleased when you suffer for doing what is right. You
are following Christ's example.
BTW, suffering for doing what is wrong is discipline. However,
suffering for doing what is right will refine you.
1 Peter 5:10 After you've suffered awhile,
the Lord will make you mature, strong and perfect.
What is interesting is that there are times when Christians
are persecuted, placed in miserable, painful situations, it
counts as suffering, but they are not suffering. I'm thinking
of the time when Paul and Silas are thrown in prison... in
the deepest part of the prison. And their legs are locked
in stocks. It's probably a cold, miserable place to be. And
stocks can be painful. Yet, what are they doing? Praying and
signing hymns of praise. Based on worldly standards they should
have been suffering, but instead they were praising God.
God's Will Is That You Be Thankful
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything, give thanks,
for this is God's will for you.
As Paul and Silas did, be thankful always. Rejoice always,
even when it seems like God has abandoned you (He hasn't.).
Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks... that is
How do I know who to marry? What job
to take? What school to go to? This doesn't answer these questions.
Yes, it does answer all of those questions... plus all others
concerning God's will.
If you are saved, spirit-filled, sanctified, submissive,
suffering, and thankful, then whatever you desire to do will
be in God's will.
How does that work? Let's have some scripture for this!!
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
If you are in God's will in these six areas, you will be
delighting in the Lord and God will plant His desires in you.
Your desires will be God's desires because He will give His
desires to you. He will plant them in your heart.
So whatever you do, you will be in God's will.
Except, there is one problem. You are fallen. You are broken.
That means you will still have some sinful desires... some
selfish desires. You will not be perfect in having God's desires.
Paul was the "super" apostle. He corrected Peter.
But, Paul also went out of God's will. In Acts 20 and 21 Paul
is going to Jerusalem -- against God's will. As he is traveling
he is continually warned not to go to Jerusalem.
Acts 21:4 - After looking up the disciples, we
stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul through
the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem.
"Through the Spirit" means that this was
from God. But, Paul wasn't listening. He was determined to
go to Jerusalem. Whenever we have a major decision to make,
we should spend time in prayer. We should also get counsel
from mature Christians, such as the elders of our church,
as well as other solid, mature Christians. Paul ignored the
advice he was given as he traveled to Jerusalem. When we are
making a major decision, we should get good counsel and pay
attention to it.