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Do You Know the Will of God for Your Life?  

“That you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 

What do you mean when you say the “Will of God?” Most believers perceive the will of God as a plan, a direction, a divine agenda that gives broad meaning to a person’s life.  On the other hand, missing the will of God leads to troubles and tragedy.  It means succumbing to obstacles, stymied by circumstances, defeated by enemies and failure to achieve goals.  To muddy the waters, the will of man directly opposes the will of God.  It works like this: God will not compete with man.  God only activates His will when given permission and faith.  Yet, the will of God is juxtaposed over against the will of man.  The will of God may be the simplest yet hardest choice you can make. The will of man may be the easiest, yet most complicated and confusing choice you can make. 

Most amazing to me is the inane obstinacy of people.  Hundreds walk in and out of church doors.  They sit in padded pews, give token worship and listen to sermons.  Yet, even though they have been ushered, as it were, into the very throne room of God, and even though they sit at the feet of Jesus, they decline to make one move toward salvation or acceptance of the Lordship of Christ in their lives.

If I had the power to flip a switch, push a button or pull a lever, you’d better believe that I would jolt every one of these immoveable people into action!  I’ve often thought of wiring each pew with the capability of giving a small, electric shock (not enough to hurt anyone, of course) that would at least get people to stand up or take a step to an altar! But, no amount of external pressure can make people commit their lives to Christ.  It must be a decision from their own heart. The only thing the preacher can do is present the gospel to people and give them the chance to surrender their lives to Christ.  Are you thinking, “If I knew what the will of God was for me in my life, I would gladly do it.”  Really?  

  • It is God’s will for you to avoid eternal punishment. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory.”  1 Peter 5:10 
  • It is God’s will for you to repent of your sins. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted.” Acts 3:19 (KJV)
    It is God’s will for you to be baptized in Jesus’ Name.  Acts 2:38; 8:16-17; 10:44-48; 19:1-7; 22:16; Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 3:17.
  • It is God’s will for you to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38; Ephesians 5:18.
  • It is God’s will for you to have an attitude of gratitude. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
  • It is God’s will for you have eternal salvation. “And the world is passing away, but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17.
  • It is God’s will for you to have eternal life.  “Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
  • It is God’s will for you to overcome your human will. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. Luke 22:42. 

Gethsemane represented the battle of the wills.  Because He was fully man—even though He was fully God—Jesus possessed a human will.  His humanity was sinless, supremely intelligent, learned, analytical, and far more accomplished than anyone who has ever lived, yet, He submitted His human will to the will of the Spirit. Why?  Because He knew that the will of God would take Him through the battle and give Him the victory on the other side.  This is where you slay your own will and embrace the will of God.  Nobody said it would be easy.  But it is right. Sacrifice your pride, your possessions, your future on this altar.  Boldly trade your will for God’s will.  His way is always best!

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