Monday, June 25, 2012

What Is God's Will for Me?

There is a chapter in Robert Morris's book From Dream to Destiny about prophesy, and I think the truths about prophesy also apply to the question: What does God want for me? After all, prophesy is about the future, and this question about God's will usually arises when we're trying to make decisions that impact our futures.

So, borrowing some Scripture references that Morris uses and mixing them with some of my own, here are some thoughts on the subject of God's leading.

Put God first. Deuteronomy 13:4 commands us to "Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him." Don't make decisions that lead you away from God.

Study the Bible. After all, how do we serve God if we don't know what he wants? 2 Timothy 3:16-7 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." Every good work would include those we're going to do in the future, so studying the Bible is the place to start when we want a firm foundation from which to make our decisions.

Pray. Jeremiah 29:12 says, "In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me." The cool thing? This verse immediately follows this one: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Yay! Just what we're looking for!

Don't go it alone. 1 Corinthians 14:29 says, "Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said." So, if you think you know where you're meant to go, talk it over with believers who can help evaluate what you should be doing. Notice, I said "believers." Proverbs 12:26 reminds us, "The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray." Proverbs 15:22 says, "Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success."

We may feel we know where God is leading, but we must never stop relying on him, because we will never know everything in this life. 1 Corinthians 13:9 says, "Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!"

So, in a nutshell, sandwich your decisions with seeking God and the counsel of the godly. Will decisions all become a snap? No, because our knowledge is still only partial. However, we know that God is with us and loves us. And that means, we're going to be okay.

Your Sister

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