“I know God’s will for my life,” a statement which is often claimed but rarely proven. How can you know God’s will for your life? You have known for a long time that what you are doing is not what you’re called to. You have been feeling unfulfilled for a long time now, but you don’t know what to do. You know you want to follow God’s plan for your life but you aren’t sure what God’s will is. Here are 9 things You Should Do To Know God’s Will.
Why you should want to know God’s will
According to society’s standards, it may seem like knowing God’s will isn’t a big deal. However, following the will of God is one of the most important things you can do.
There are countless benefits that come from knowing God’s will and following through with it. Here are just a few.
- Salvation: John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.
- Peace: Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
- Direction: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
- Living with Purpose: 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light;
I’m sure there are many other benefits to knowing and following God’s will. These were just the first 4 that came to mind. It’s easy to believe that faith starts and ends with salvation, but it’s not true. God loves us and wants us to follow Him.
9 things You Should Do To Know God’s Will
1. Develop A Better Relationship With God
If you want to know what God really wants for your life, you need a better relationship with Him. You can do this by spending more time with Him.
I first met my husband at a bus stop. We were working for the same company and were waiting to take the bus home. That first night, he said hi, and we had a very simple conversation. Over a few months, we got to know each other by spending all our free time together. We would ask for the same shift, sit beside each other at work, have our lunch breaks together and spend time outside of work together.
Just like any relationship, we can’t expect to know God if we don’t spend time with Him. We must be intentional about getting to know who He is. You can do this by getting to know Him through Bible study and prayer.
2. Have Faith
The first step in our relationship with God is having faith He exists and is who He says He is.
I don’t believe in bigfoot- so my actions prove that. I don’t read books about him, plan excursions, or do anything at all.
If we don’t believe that Jesus is God, then nothing we learn will take root in our hearts and won’t affect the way we live.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
It’s faith that leads us to follow Him- believing He is the only way, that we can trust Him to guide us, and so on.
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3. Ask God To Show You His Will
The most common argument atheists use against the existence of God is the belief that God does not intervene in our lives because He does not have to. God gave us free will, so he won’t intervene with our lives, right? Well, that’s not the way the Bible describes how things work. God’s will is not hidden or secret. If you ask him, he will show you his will.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
You need to sincerely ask the Lord to show you what He wants for your life. The Bible tells us to ask and it will be received. When we want to know God’s will, our first step should go directly to God and ask Him to reveal His will to us.
4. Listen For His Response
God may speak to you through His word (a key scripture passage), an inner feeling or impression. He might also speak to us through another person’s words or actions, and can even speak to people through dreams.
In every case, it’s important we take the time to listen for His response.
When we call a friend, we start with a greeting and then ask them a question (usually). It is common courtesy to wait for them to answer. If you don’t, it’s usually considered rude.
To really know what God is saying to us, means asking and then waiting for a response.
Recently, I was challenged to ask God for something and then stay in the silence and see where God directed my thoughts. It was an interesting exercise. Not only did it work- I received a word from The Lord, but it reminded me I am often quick to ask something of God and then not wait for His response.
If we truly want to hear from God, we must wait and listen for The Lord’s response.
5. Remember What God Told You Before
As I continue to grow in my Christian faith, I realize the importance of remembering what the Lord has done for us before.
When I have doughts about my faith, or anything else, the first thing I need to do is look back.
Take the time to think about how God has led you in the past.
Ask, yourself: The last time you needed direction from the Lord, how did He speak to you? How did you know what to do next? How did He lead you? How did He provide for you?
These memories will help you realize God’s work in your life today. It will open your eyes to His blessings in your life and make you in awe of how He works.
6. Follow God’s Will
Once you know what God wants you to do, you need to be willing to follow God in faith and obedience. When you receive a message from the Lord, you need to be willing to take the next step in faith.
Great examples of this are:
Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation. – The Lord asked Abraham to pack up and leave home. Abraham didn’t question God and stepped out in faith and did what was asked.
Genesis 22: The Lord calls Abraham to take his son Isaac and sacrifice Him. Even though Isaac was his only son, he had faith that God would provide. Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
- Matthew 14:22-33 The disciples are on a boat in the middle of a storm. They see someone in the distance who is walking on water. They think it’s Jesus but are too afraid. Peter calls out and says: “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”- Jesus says come and Peter gets out of the boat to go to Jesus.
All these stories are great examples of people following God and doing what He asked even when it was hard, or seemed impossible.
These stories encourage me to go when The Lord tells me to come.
7. Do not use our own wisdom,
I have been a Christian since I was very young. Knowing God for so long, it’s easy to think I know it all and can do it on my own. It is impossible to use your own wisdom all the time since you do not know everything. The key is to listen to the one who knows everything.
The Bible talks about 2 types of wisdom:
- Worldly Wisdom
James 3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.
1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”
- God’s wisdom: The Bible is very clear that we should not rely on our own wisdom
1 Corinthians 2:6-16 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
8. Rely on the Holy Spirit
The Bible tells us that the Spirit of God is our helper or comforter. When we follow Him, He will guide and comfort us. He can also bring conviction, and when He does you need to respond in repentance and obedience.
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
9. Don’t be carried away by your emotions
One of the best things about being human is that we are all unique and we are all individuals. We all have our own ideas and our own way of doing things.
However, there are some people who allow the bad things in their life to get the best of them. They allow the little things in life to get to them, and that causes them to lose their minds. They become slaves to their emotions. That is when you know that something needs to change.
It is so easy to get carried away by your emotions. When life brings good and bad things, there is always an emotional rollercoaster. If you don’t handle it well, your emotions will carry you away, and before you know it, you are in a situation that you want to get out of.
The Bible tells us that: Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
We should not let our emotions guide us because our hearts are deceitful- who can trust them?
It’s easy to get carried away by our feelings and let them direct the path we take.
Do you want more help?
I just shared with you 9 things you should do to know God’s will. But, maybe you have already done all those things and need more help. Or, you haven’t done any and feel lost- not knowing what to do first.
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