By The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God―this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is―his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-20 NIV)
Have you ever wrestled with finding God’s will is for your life? I think we all have. Have you ever thought, “Gee…? I wonder if there’s some formula that will help me to determine God’s will.” Let me answer that with three words: yes, yes and yes!
Over the years I’ve discovered that finding God’s will is not meant to be a mystery. God doesn’t play games with his children. Jesus doesn’t say, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me,” (John 10:27 NIV) and then garble the message and make it so vague that the sheep [you and I] can’t follow his instructions.
Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? (1 Corinthians 14:8 NIV)
How effective would the war against America’s enemies be if the president─the the supreme commander of the military─seldom communicated with the armed forces? Or when he did decide to speak his generals had to fast and pray or give large sums of money or give all of their possessions away before he would give them their marching orders. Then when he finally did issue orders, they were so ambiguous the Joint Chiefs could not understand them. Imagine directing massive troop deployment across the world without a clear word from the Commander-in-Chief?
“The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” — Jesus (John 10:2-4 NIV)
God is our Commander-in-Chief and his instructions are loud and clear. You see, the problem isn’t with God’s communication skills. God speaks very clearly. The difficulty is not with the transmitter. It’s the receiver, our spiritual ear, that is the problem. The difficulty is with us and our inability to hear clearly from God to find out what he has for our lives. Our spiritual radios are not fine-tuned to Channel Holy Spirit. Therefore, we don’t hear Him clearly.
Now, this is the question. How do we fine-tune our receiver? It’s simple. You must follow the instructions on “receiver-tuning’ that are found in God’s Word.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:10 NIV)
What are the instructions on how to find God’s will? How do I tune my radio so I can hear God’s voice more clearly and, thus, know his will for my life? First, you must be doing the will of God as it’s clearly defined in scripture before you will find God’s will for your personal life. In other words, do what God’s WORD clearly says for you to do and the rest will be simple.
Just do the following seven things which are plainly pointed out in scripture. Obey these seven fundamental factors that God has for you. Then you will begin to discover God’s long range plan for your life. Now once you have these seven dynamics in place, you can then do the eight. This is the easiest one of all. Do anything you want to do, as long as you’re doing the first seven.
Are you ready? Here goes:
1- It’s God’s will that you be saved/born again.
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV)
“You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’” — Jesus (John 3:7 NIV)
2- It’s God’s will that you be filled with the Holy Spirit.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” — John the Baptizer (Matthew 3:11 NIV)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” —Jesus (Acts 1:8 NIV)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4 NIV)
3- It’s God’s will that you live a life that is separated unto him.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified [sat apart unto God]: that you should avoid sexual immorality (I Thessalonians 4:3 NIV)
For it is God’s
will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. (I Peter 2:15 NIV)
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is―his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
4- It’s God’s will that you praise and worship him.
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (I Peter 2:9 NIV)
5- It’s God’s will that you live in fellowship with other believers.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another―and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NIV)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)
6- It’s God’s will that you maintain a regular devotion time with him through personal Bible study and prayer.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. (Psalms 110:9 NIV)
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalms 119:11 NIV)
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalms 5:3 NIV)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35 NIV)
7- It’s God’s will that you share your faith with others.
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. (I Chronicles 16:8 NIV)
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (I Peter 3:15 NIV)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ─Jesus (Matthew 28:18:20)
Finally, (This is the simplest one of all)
8- Do whatever you want to do as long as steps 1-7 are in place.
These are unmistakable Biblical commands that God desires us to follow. So, if you’ve been born again and you’re actively seeking the fellowship of other believers; if you’re studying God’s Word, praying and sharing Christ with others and you’re spending time praising and worshiping God, then you’ve put your spiritual life on the fast track. God can then direct you onto the wonderful path that he designed for you.
It’s much like driving a car. As long as it sits there motionless you can’t steer it anywhere. However, once it’s moving you can make it go pretty much wherever you want it to go. The life of one in obedience to God’s WORD is much the same way.
If you are not obeying God in these seven areas, or if you’re being disobedient in any of them, you’ll remain virtually motionless―locked in a spiritual neutral. God can’t steer you to where he wants you to go if you are not moving. However, if you’re doing what the Bible tells you to do, pray, seek God, witness, etc; you’ve started up your motor and you’re moving in the right direction. God can then maneuver you where he wants you to go and show you the things he wants you to do. In addition, having these seven factors in place will minimize your chances of making wrong turns, because your obedience puts God squarely in the driver’s seat of your life.
Pretty simple, huh? Well, that’s the way God meant it to be. Discovering his will is not meant to be some unsearchable mystery. It would be pretty ridiculous for Jesus to say, “Come follow me,” and then not tell us how to do it, wouldn’t it?