Understanding of the Will of God
a. In order to redeem the time and walk wise, we need to know what God’s will is
b. Here is where we see Paul’s counsel lining up with James in James
c. For both of them, successful living meant know and doing the will of God
James 4:15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
How can we know the will of God? What is the will of God?
a. the Word Ps. 119:6-9,105 (His Word is His will.)
b. Counsel -Wise counselors-Prov.19:20;20:18;24:6
c. Prayer John 15:4
d. Circumstance (beware, not all circumstances are from God)
e. Dreams, visions Is 1:1; Acts :17
f. Still small, inner voice of the Spirit of God
Wishing, desiring, or choosing especially in reference to the will of God. In the gospels, primarily in John, Jesus is said to be acting not according to His own will, but according to the will of the heavenly Father (John 5:30; 6:38). Indeed, doing the will of the Father is Jesus’ nourishment (John 4:34), and Jesus does nothing apart from the Father’s will (John 5:19). Luke confirms this when he quotes Jesus’ statement in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if it is Your will, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).
The will of God is His plan for you, the book that was written all the days of your life.
How do you find that plan?
God's plan for our lives is rooted in the gifts and talents He's given us. Daily time in prayer/praise, everyday thanksgiving and in God's Word direct us. Paul wrote to his mentee, Timothy, - Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified[a] you;
I [b]ordained you a _________ fill in the blank)to the nations.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11