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Understanding God’s will

A lot of believers are quick to tag a situation which isn’t going the way they had planned, and might really require faith to get through as the will of God. But is that really the will of God?

The nature of man is always in conflict with the things of God, so it’s easy to tag whatever trials we go through as the will of God. We most time believe that the will of God is in trials and temptation.
Though as believer we will encounter trials and temptation from time to time but that isn’t the will of God. The will of God is that, in that situation we should never loose sight of who we are. Trials and temptation are not ways which God comfirms our being in Him. That’s why he gave His spirit.

… The spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are sons of God.

Although at times He permits one situation in our life, that does not mean that’s His will. But His will is that we live out His will in that situation. To do this we need to understand the will of God.

… for the thought I have towards you saith the Lord are thought of good and not evil to bring you to an expected end.

From this scripture we have a summarized insight to what the will of God is for us. So whatever shake our faith or bring us out of the faith is never God’s will for us.
Job is a perfect example of this, he was a man who understood what the will of God was. So he was able to live out the will of God, even though it wasn’t easy living it out.
God did permit the devil to afflict job, but job affliction was not of God (the affliction was of the devil) God never permitted it hoping job might succeed, but He permitted the affliction knowing fully well that Job will perform exceptionally. Looking at Job’s life before that point, you’d see that he lived in the will of God, he never stumbled upon the will of God, one could say that he lived out the will of God daily. That’s why God could openly boast about Job to the devil. Because he understood that situations are not God’s will for a man but the man’s life is.

The best way to understand and get acquainted with the will of God is to study the word (Bible) for this is the basic way God reveals to man His nature and His mind. And in this is His will revealed, Not in situations. And this also helps us love Him for without love we can’t understand His will. Love helps make His will a part of us even when it seems like foolishness.

LOVE

I believe that when the teacher who asked Jesus what the greatest commandment is, he wanted to know the will and mind of God oon how we are live and serve Him better. And Jesus reply tells us how we can understand and live out the will of God.

….Isreal hear this the Lord your God is one. You shall love him with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul….

Here He is saying that the first step to understanding His will is to love Him with our all. For it is someone we are in love with that we actively and consciously try to please. So in understanding God’s will we have to really genuinely love Him. For this act as a driving force to want to know His will, so as to please Him and make Him happy with us always.
And most importantly it takes love to actually live out the will of God as its not enough just to know and understand the will of God but in the expression.

FAITH

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.

The will of God is revealed to us often times in the word and it’s will that we become like Him but most time situations and other factors around us makes us live in doubt most of the time.
To understand and live out the will of God requires faith.
One thing about the will will of God is that it doesn’t really agree or conform with man’s will most time. With that it could be difficult living out the will of God but faith makes it seemless.

The just shall live by faith.

The just in this context are those who understand the will of God and has aligned themselves with His will and you never really have understood the will of God until you have lived it out. And to do that one needs Faith. Faith Gives us confidence in the will of God as most time it really doesn’t look like we’re living the will of God but faith gives us assurance that we are.

TRUST

Although trust and faith are synonymous and we often use them in place of each other they both are individually unique and play vital role in understanding God’s will. Faith helps to believe in the reality of the will of God, trust helps with direction. We have to learn to trust Him at all times even when it seems like we are headed towards uncertainty we just have to trust Him to walk us into His will.

“Trust in the Lord with will your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge him wnd He shall direct your path.”

PRAYER

A whole lot of us has relegated the power of prayer to just a tool to getting our selfish des
ired. But prayer was and is eat for something bigger. By praying we can pray the will of God into our life.

Say unto them as truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:

One thing is sure, and that’s how happy and delighted God is for His children to know and understand His will. Imagine how delighted He’d be when we come to Him in prayer to reveal to us His will.

THE WORD

If there is anything by wich we can hear and see God’s mind, then it definitely is the word. The word is a comprehensive detailed outline of the intent, nature and will of God. Therefore the word of God has to be a part of us.not a part of our routine but something our tripartite nature must have in common.
In order to discover the will of God, if the word of God is not in our life as the foundation for all then it all becomes an effort in futility.
The bible states this clearly:

In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God…….. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

Since the word has been in existence even before creation and also is responsible for creation, it means He is the perfect one who can reveal to us the will of the father and this word was given to man.Discovering the will of God helps us live a perfect and glorious life fulfilling the scripture:

the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter unto a perfect end.

18 thoughts on “Understanding God’s will”

  1. It is so easy to think that because we want to do something, and it isn’t expressly against God’s word, that it is God’s will. Not so, right?! I think God allows problems in our lives because we want our will to be God’s will! You are so right! Well written! God bless you.

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