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KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD
PART 1 OF 4
1. Knowing the Will of God through the Scriptures:
II Kings 23:3
Then the King stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took their stand for the covenant.
The best way to study a subject often begins with a definition of that subject. What do we mean “The Will of God?” It is that holy and stated purpose of the Father to make His dear children as much like Christ as possible.
Without doubt the most important factor in finding God’s will is the Bible itself. God speaks to us not in some loud voice, but through the Scriptures.
First, the Scriptures declare He does have a definite will for our lives. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalms 37:23). “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalms 32:8). “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12”1).
Second, God desires us to know this will for our lives. “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).
Third, this will is continuous. It does not begin when I am thirty years old. God has a will for children, young people, adults, and senior citizens. “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not” (Isaiah 58:11).
Fourth, God’s will is specific. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). “But the way of the upright is a highway” (Proverbs 15:19).
Fifth, God’s will is profitable. “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).
What is the will of God for us? As we have already seen, it differs from believer to believer. But here are four aspects in the will of God which apply to every Christian.
a. It is His will that we learn more about God. “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. 1:9).
b. It is His will that we grow in grace. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from sexual immorality” (I Thess. 4:3).
c. It is His will that we study His Word. “But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration from God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Tim. 3:14-17).
d. It is His will that we share our faith. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2:4). “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).
I pray that this first look at knowing the will of God has helped you to understand a little clearer than before. We have 3 more studies on knowing the will of God and by the time we finish studying all four, I pray that you will be excited about what you have learned. Know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated, by God and by me.
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