By D.W. Moody
God’s will. To many people, God’s will is an elusive, ungraspable thing at best. “How can I know it?” is a question often heard. “How do I know he has a will or plan for my life?” is heard more often. Despite the
confusion, God’s Word, the Bible, makes it plain that God does have a plan for your life. Following are six steps that may help you in affirming God’s will:
1. Be sure of your salvation. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God’s primary will is that we become his children. That can only be done when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. The next step is to make Jesus the Lord of our life. The Bible points out that it is impossible to progress any further in God’s will unless we are willing to obey what we already know. When we do what we know Jesus wants of us, then God will further enlighten us.
2. Live separately from the world. Living a holy life doesn’t mean we never go out in public or see other people, but it does mean we resist many of the things that society wants us to consider as “normal” and
3. Be sincere. “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own” (John 7:17). A casual interest isn’t enough. A sincere resolve to know and do
all God has for us will yield answers in finding God’s will.
4. Search the Scriptures for God’s will. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
5. Talk to God in prayer. Communication is never possible unless two parties are involved. Are you concerned enough to spend as little as five minutes a day asking God to show you his will?
6. Watch for God’s guidance in the everyday things of life. God’s will is often made known in the everyday opportunities of life. Watch for his leading. God’s will is knowable, especially when we remember that he is
vitally interested in us. God does have a wonderful plan for your life.
(The above material appeared in a November, 1990 issue of Moody.)
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