This is PART 1 of the 5 PART Series titled “Lessons on Finding and Fulfilling God’s Will”.
Lessons on Finding & Fulfilling God’s Will – PART 1
Ephesians 5:17, Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the LORD is.
One of the most common questions people ask me is, “What is God’s will for my life?” The reality is that all of us need guidance and direction, and that is why God has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to help apply it to our circumstances and decisions. No one has ever gone wrong by following the Bible’s instructions. The reason is because the Bible is an infallible guide for our life, containing all that we need to please God. It is the Word of God that makes us wise (Proverbs 2:6). The Christian will never do the will of God until he or she understands what God's will is. So many people have missed the will of God because they do not know the Word of God. There are a lot of good books out there and I enjoy reading good, however, no other book can do what the Bible does.
The Bible is:
Many today seem to believe that it is impossible to fully know the will of God. They appear to think that if someone isn't able to reveal God's will for their lives then they will never know or understand it. Paul says we are to have understanding. The word understanding is defined by Webster as, comprehending; apprehending the ideas or sense of another, or of a writing; learning or being informed. The believer must understand what God's will is. We are faced with situations daily. Therefore, we need to know wisdom and how to apply it to our lives.
God's will is available and it is understandable. However, we must look in the right places if we are to find and understand it. It is our obligation to obtain that understanding and live by it. All believers are responsible to pray for and seek the will of God in their lives. The best choices we can make are the wise choices. We make wise choices by understanding what the will of the Lord is by seeking God’s view on a matter. God's will is found within His Word. If you want to be wise concerning the will of God, seek His will within His Word.
God has certain things He wants to accomplish in the world. God has certain things He wants to achieve in our lives. God has certain precepts He wants us to live by so that we can get the most out of life. God has certain ways He wants us to relate to others. God has certain responses He wants us to make in the crises of life. All of these things can be summarized in the one phrase: "the Lord's will."
What is God’s will for my life? Am I even traveling on the right path? When I come to a fork in the road, which choice should I make? How do I receive this direction from the Lord? Here are three ways the Lord instructs us in the way that He is leading us.
1. God uses His Word to instruct us.
2. God uses His Spirit to instruct us.
3. God uses godly counsel to instruct us.
On an overcast night, a ship was fighting rough seas as it approached the narrow entrance to a harbor. To the inexperienced passenger, the chances of finding and navigating the path to safety seemed remote at best. The slightest miscalculation could result in disaster. The captain, calm and relaxed, was asked by the nervous passenger, “Captain, 'Sir, how do you know when to guide the ship into the harbor entrance?” The captain pointed to the random dots of light on the dark shore. 'Do you see those three brightest lights there on the land?' The passenger looked, then nodded. 'I have learned,' continued the captain, 'to steer my ship parallel to the shore until those three lights all line up as one. When the three lights agree, then I know that I can guide my ship safely into the narrow entrance of the harbor.'
So it is with God's will. When you have agreement among the three lights of God's Word, godly counsel, and the inward witness of the Holy Spirit, you can proceed with confidence. Sure, other road signs may add support, but those three are essential. If one of those signs does not agree with the others, you should assume that something is wrong. If, for instance, you feel that the Spirit is prompting you, and that circumstances are positive, but your course of action violates God's Word, you can be certain that it is not God's will. Obeying this principle will save you great heartache and bring confidence into your decision making. It is exciting to watch God's Word, circumstances, and the inward witness slowly move into perfect alignment. With such agreement there is certainty that you have found the narrow entrance into God's perfect individual will.
PRAYER, Lord God, thank You that Your will for my life is not a mystery. Please forgive me for resenting and resisting Your attempts to change me. I choose now to cooperate fully with Your desire to transform me. Anything You want to teach me, I am willing to learn. Anything You want to change in me, I am available to receive. Thank You for loving me enough to make me more and more like Jesus, in whose name I pray, Amen.
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