FINDING THE WILL OF GOD
by paul hoffmaster
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Finding the will of God for our lives has been a journey of explorations. Many of those exploits have been runs of trial and error. Doors have been rattled, windows lifted, and streets traveled, all in pursuit of finding God’s will for our lives. Caution lights have been neglected, even red lights ignored, all with a careless abandon to find God’s direction for lives. In our endeavor to seek His elusive will, we have even attempted to help God by making suggestions. How long will it take for us to realize that the way to understanding the will of God is to open His Word and let Him speak to us? It is not simply reading the Word, but seeing it as a “burning bush” that will draw us into the presence of God. So many Believers wander aimlessly in the wilderness of life thinking about their past victories and mistakes. I can just see Moses reliving his riches to rags story over and over again! It was only when he was drawn to the fire retardant bush that his depressive life would not only change, but he would affect the lives of generations to come.
To be able to understand God’s will, our minds must be fine tuned to the frequency of the Holy Spirit. Instead of thinking like the world, we must allow our minds to be renewed so as to be able to accept what is God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) The world wants us to think with the wisdom it offers, while the Spirit wants us to set our affection on things above. (Col. 3:2) We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and, in so doing, understand the direction God wants us to take. Old Testament David could delight in the will of God because God’s Word was within his heart. (Psalms 40:8) He did not just read the Law, but took it as a student would personally receive from his teacher. (Psalms 143:10) The Apostle Paul stressed the importance of experiencing God’s will as a servant responding from the heart. (Eph. 6:6) Knowing the will of God is not discerned from the head, but from the heart. It is presenting oneself as a “living sacrifice” before God. (Rom. 12:1) It is proclaiming during difficult days that it is not what you want; rather, it is what God wants. Jesus cried out, “Not my will, but Thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)
When you enroll in the Kingdom of God, you realize that you are no longer in charge. It is God who has redeemed you and it is God who will direct you the rest of the way. If you do not understand that you are a new creature in Christ, you will have a hard time understanding the will of God. It seems that many Believers are talking and petitioning so much that there is little room for the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s plan for their lives to them. Meditate on the Word. Let the Scripture soak into your spirit. It won’t be long before you will begin to walk in the directive will of God. It all begins at the “burning bush.” See you there!
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You are so right. God's Word tells us very clearly what His general will is for all believers. We dont have to waste our lives by hunting for it. To this I could add that each believer has a spiritual gift that more clearly defines God's specific will. When the two are put together each believer is fulfilling God's purpose for his or her life.