KNOWING AND DOING GOD’S WILL
Romans 12:1-2; 21:10-14; Luke 22:39-42
“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God; thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness” (Psalm 143:10).
Many lives have been ruined they are hold captive to the will of Satan. The will of Satan is contrary to the will of God. And he seeks to control men’s lives through his own will. The knowledge of the perfect will of God and doing it is of great importance in the life of every Christian. “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2Timothy 2:26)
The believers, at all times and under all circumstances, should seek to know and do the will of God. The will of God must prevail on our minor and major areas which decisions have the potential of determining the course of our life e.g. choosing the life partner in marriage, choice of careers etc.
PRE-REQUISITES TO KNOW GOD’S WILL
Romans 12:1-2; Luke 22:42; John 7:17;
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2)..
The knowledge of the will of God is ultimate for all true believers. Some conditions, prerequisites go before and when they are met, God easily reveals His will.
First, he who desires to know God’s will must be born again. He must be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The bible says as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons (or daughters) of God. That is why sonship must come before divine leading.
Second, we must present ourselves unto God as a living sacrifice – fully and wholeheartedly yielded unto God. We should be willing to sacrifice some things that appear very dear to us. Just like Abraham offered Isaac unto God, we must be ready to give unto the Lord whatever He demands of us.
Third, to know God’s will, we must be holy unto the Lord. Defilements ( in thought or in deed blocks the channel through which God wants to communicate His will to us. Our holiness must be transparent and visible in both private and public life.
Fourth, we must not be conformed to the world thinking and purpose. This is because the world has a way of influencing our decision and excluding the will of God from our lives. Closeness to the world will blur our minds and screen off the perfect will of God
Fifth, the life saturated with the scriptures for the renewal of mind, refreshing in the Holy ghost all the time, fixing of the eyes on Jesus Christ and a continual cleansing in the blood of Jesus will help us prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD
Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 119:2
The will of God for you simply means the decision of God concerning your life. It includes the plan and purpose of God concerning your life if you will not constitute a hindrance to God. The will of God can not contradict the work of salvation and sanctification God has wrought in your life. The will of God must be good in the present.
as well as in the light of eternity. Secondly, the decision that is deemed to be the will of God must be acceptable to God, to the word of God: whatever is not acceptable to God cannot be the will of God. Thirdly, the decision that is adjusted to the will of God must be perfect, it must be perfectly fit into the word of God and the will of God in your life. The perfect will of God is that which admits no amendment, no censure, no improvement. The perfect will of God is that which reaches a moral height that cannot be excelled. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification”(1Thessalonians 4:3).
PRAYING TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD
Psalm 143:10; Ephesians 5:17
The psalmist prayed and cried unto God to know His will for him. “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness” (Psalm 143:10).
Humility demands that we concede our ignorance in many areas of life. Then we shall cry unto the Lord to teach us both to know and do His will.
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is”(Ephesians 5:17).
The Bible encourages us to wisely seek to know the will of God. We must resist the pressure and patiently, prayerfully get to know the will of God. The pressure of the flesh should not drive us into private, personal, uninspired decisions. This means we must be constant in prayer.
THE PERMISSIVE WILL OF GOD
Some people, out of impatience, rush ahead to do their own will. They cannot wait upon the Lord to know His perfect will. Others merely get the permissive will of God and generally pay dearly for them. Some hold on to a particular man or woman in marriage and employ fasting, crying, complaining, murmuring and all to wrest that desired partner from the hands of God. But it was not God’s perfect will, it was His permissive will. “But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul”(Psalm 106:14-15).
Israel murmured, cried, and piled up pressure on the Lord as they seek for their carnal, fleshly desire. God granted them their request but not as His perfect will for them. And it was not without price – leanness of souls.
THE PRACTISE AND PROFIT OF GOD’S PERFECT WILL
Ephesians 6:6-8; 1John 2:17
“Not with eye service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6).
We are not supposed to grudgingly or half-heartedly do the will of God.
“Now we know that God heareth not sinners; but if any man be a worshipper of God and doeth His will, him He heareth”(John 9:31). True worshippers are doers of God’s will from the heart.
“For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”(Hebrews 10:36). The will of God benefit us eternally: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven” Matthew 7:21).
To spend eternity with God in heaven and enjoy eternal glories with Him for ever is to do the will of God promptly, wholeheartedly and cheerfully. This is the will of God. This is the charge. We must all daily say like our Saviour; “Lord, not my will, but thy will be done”
Akinbowale Isaac Adewumi
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