|HOW TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD|
|To start off read Genesis 31. Read about the story of Jacob. This will help you understand the four points on "How To Know The Will Of GOD". If you want to "know" the will of God in your life it must first start with your walk with Him. If you are not walking with God then you can not discern His will. You may ask, "How do I know if I am walking with the God"? There are several ways to know. Ask yourself the following questions.
1. Do you read your Bible? Not once a month or just when you have a problem, but rather on a continual basis.
2. Do you pray to God? Now this is not a prayer like "God I need this and that and could I have this and will you do this for me and help me with my problems". Prayer is communicating with God. It is talking to Him about your life. It is speaking to your Father about things that go on in your life.
3. You are active in serving God. Wow what could that mean? That means going to church on a regular basis. Serving in the church and not just warming a pew. Being active in a ministry. Witnessing to the unsaved.
Friend, if these things are not found in your life then you are not walking with God and you can not know His will for your life. Stop hear, and start your walk with God.
THE FOUR STEPS TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE
Step #1 You must have a desire.
As you read in Genesis 31 Jacob had a desire to leave. If you are walking with God most likely your desire will be that of Godís desire. You must be careful though. Remember manís heart can be deceitful. Check it out with the other three steps.
Step #2 What do the Circumstances tell you that you should be doing?
Jacob looked at Labanís countenance and saw that it was "not as before". He listened to Labonís sons saying that Jacob had taken away all of Labonís wealth. What are your circumstances? Are they pointing in a certain direction? Donít make your decision on this point alone. You might not be seeing things right.
Step #3 What does GOD say about it? That means, "What does the Bible say"? Does the Bible say it is right or wrong? Does it give clear direction on what to do in this situation? Does the Bible give you an example? You must read and apply to your situation what the Bible says about it. It may not be clear-cut like Jacob had. God told him to leave. That was his answer. It was GODíS Will for him to leave. We are not as fortunate at Jacob was that GOD speaks to us in a voice. He does it through the Bible and it is not always spelled out. So what do you do when it is not spelled out for you and you are still not sure? Then you go to step #4.
Step #4 Seek Godly council.
Jacob went to his wives and asked them what they thought and they told him. Were they Godly women? Not always, but they were his wives. If your mate is a Christian then that is the FIRST place you should seek Godly council. That is part of their Job. They are your "Help Mate" and are there to help guide you in your life and your decisions. If you are not married then you should be seeking other Godly council such as a Pastor, Youth Pastor, Deacon, Older Christians that have walked with GOD for many years, Teachers, Christian Councilors, and fiends that walking with GOD. The idea of Getting this council is not to make the decision for you but to guide you to understanding what GOD is telling you through His word or through circumstances that you may not see or donít see clearly. They can help you understand the desires that you have and help explain many things to you that you may not understand. "A WISE MAN SEEKS GODLY COUNCIL"
Finally: There needs to be a peace about the decision that was made. Ask God to give you a peace. If there is no peace then you need to go back and to the steps above. If you made a decision and you have a peace about it the take a step of faith and do it. There is one thing to remember. Jacob did GODíS will but look how he went around about it. He sneaked out with out going to Laban. He was deceitful the way he left and this upset Labon. Be careful to keep a good testimony for God as you do His will. Below is a tract that was put out by Good New Publishers (7j01)
How To Know The Will Of God
Sooner or later all Christians come face to face with an important question: What is Godís will for my life? Inward peace and victorious living depend on finding an answer. But many Christians never are certain of Godís guidance. Here are some practical, biblically based suggestions by two godly men on discovering the Lordís leading.
GEORGE MULLER was known for his life of prayer and close walk with God. His rich Christian experience grew out of complete dependence on Godís will. Here is his simple method for determining the will of God:
1. I seek to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in a given matter. When we are ready to do the Lordís willówhatever it may beónine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome.
2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If I do so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
3. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, Godís Word. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Spirits guides us, He will do it according to the Scriptures, never contrary to them.
4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate Godís will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me.
6. Thus, through prayer, the study of the Word and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge. If my mind is thus at peace and continues so after two or tree more petitions, I proceed accordingly. I have found this method always effective in trivial or important issues.
A.W. TOZERís prophetic witness for renewal led many Christians to a deeper walk with God.
Here is his practical approach to discovering the will of God:
First, it is essential that we be completely dedicated to Godís high honor and surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. God will not lead us except for His own glory and He cannot lead us if we resist His will. The shepherd cannot lead a stubborn sheep. The evil practice of using God must be abandoned. We must submit ourselves joyously to God and let Him work through us to achieve His own ends. Now, granted that we are wholly committed to God with full intent to obey Him, we may expect actually to be led by Him. The Scriptures that teach this are many, such as Proverbs 3:5,6. It only remains for us to believe they mean what they say.
The choices that we make from day to day involve only four kinds of things:
∑ Those concerning which God has said an emphatic "no." ∑ Those about which He has said and equally emphatic "yes." ∑ Those concerning which He wants us to consult our own sanctified preferences. ∑ Those few matters which require special guidance from the Lord to prevent us from making serious mistakes.
First, put this down as an unfailing rule: Never seek the leading of the Lord concerning an act that is forbidden in Godís Word. To do so is to convict ourselves of insincerity.
Again, prophet, psalmist, apostle and our blessed Lord point out the way of positive obedience. His yoke is easy, His burden is light, so let this be the second rule: Never seek the leading of the Lord concerning an act commanded in Scriptures.
Now, a happy truth too often overlooked in our anxious search for Godís will is that in the majority of decisions touching our lives God expresses no choice but allows us to choose our preference. Some Christians walk uncertainly, worrying about which profession they should enter, which car they should drive, which school they should attend, where they should live and other such matters. The Lord has set Christians to follow their own personal bent, guided only by their love for Him and their fellow men.
It appears more spiritual to seek Godís leading that to do the obvious thing. But it is not. If God gave you a watch would you honor Him more by asking Him for the time of day or by consulting the watch?
Except for those things that are specifically commanded or forbidden, it is Godís will that we be free to choose. The shepherd leads the sheep but he does not decide which tuft of grass the sheep shall nibble. Touching our life on earth God is pleased when we are pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our Makerís praise without anxiety. Godís choice for us may be any one of a score of possible choices. The Christian who is wholly and joyously surrendered to Christ cannot make a wrong choice. But what about those times when much is at stake and we can discover no clear scriptural instruction and yet are forced to choose between two possible courses? We have Godís faithful promise to guide us aright. Here are two among many passages from Godís Word: "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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering" (James 1:5,6). "Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go" (Isaiah 48:17).
Take your problem to the Lord. Remind Him of these promises. If you are dedicated to Godís purpose, He will not permit you to make a mistake.