Discovery: What is God’s will?

One of the things that I’ve found myself pondering in this walk with God– and perhaps I’m not alone– is how I might know God’s will for my life.

God makes it evident to us what His will is for us through his word. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5 to be careful how you live; not to be foolish but to be wise, and understand what the will of God is (15-17).

  1. What is God’s will? That ye be sanctified! (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4) That ye abstain from sexual immorality and know how to control your body in holiness and honor. Flee from sexual immorality, for he who commits it sins against his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18), which each has received from God. For God has not called us for impurity, but holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:7). Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit whom is within you? You are not your own and were bought with a price, so glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). I appeal to you therefore by the mercies of God that ye present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Romans 12:1). Remember, God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
  2. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks! For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Worry about nothing, but through prayer and supplications make your requests known to God (Philippians 4:6). Let supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, including those in positions of power, for this is pleasing in God’s sight who desires that all be saved and come to knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
  3. Above all, love one another earnestly, for love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). He has shown us what is good: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8). For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy, and mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13). The entire law is fulfilled in the saying: Love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 5:14). If you truly keep this royal law, you are doing right (James 2:8).

If anyone would come after Christ, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). You must persevere so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what He has promised (Hebrews 10:36). Only those who endure until the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

Trust God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). If any of you lack wisdom, ask God, who gives to all men liberally, and it will be given you. Only ask in faith, nothing wavering (James 1:5-6). Never forget: without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

It is my prayer that the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back our Lord Jesus from the dead, equip us with everything good for doing His will, and that He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever! (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Amen.

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