How to know Gods Will and Be Obedient to it?
In the book of Ephesians 5:17-18 Paul writes, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not be drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit.”
In this verse, Paul is encouraging us to know what God’s Will is for each of our lives.
He uses the illustration of intoxication in that as alcohol controls our decisions and choices usually in a negative way, the Holy Spirit is able and desires to control our mind and actions according to God’s Will.
God has a will and plan for each of our lives, but it is up to us to have the discipline and discernment to understand what it is and be obedient to it.
We need to understand that in our lives and in the world around us, God has both a Determined and Desired Will. When it comes to Gods Determined Will there are some things that we know exactly what Gods opinion is of them. Whether it would be His Salvation Plan, His Love for His church, His second coming, or His future judgement of this world, these are all past and future events that God has determined will take place. Nothing can change that, for God has determined that this is His unwavering will!
In our lives, God also has a Desired Will for both you and I. A perfect plan and course that He has set before you, and it is your choice to follow it in order to reach your greatest spiritual potential, or reject and reap the results of a life outside of Gods will.
The question is, “How does one find Gods Will?”
The first thing we need to do is, SURRENDER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.
As we read earlier in Ephesians 5, Paul challenges us to be consumed by the Holy Spirit to such an extent that it is God who controls our CHOICES & ACTIONS and not the FLESH. This is a tall order since each of us wrestles daily with our sinful nature. For where our sinful nature will always draw us away from Gods Desired will for us, submission to the Spirit will always keep us in line with His desired Will.
The Second catalyst that will help you reach God will is to KNOW THE WORD.
In trying to find God’s will for your life the one thing you will always know that God will never go against or contradict his own word. You never need to waste your time praying for something that you know is very clearly defined as right or wrong in the Bible.
Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth,”
When you correctly handle God word and follow Jesus teaching, you know that you will be able to keep in line with the will of God for your life.
The final catalyst to help you reach God will for your life is, SEEK GODLY COUNSEL.
Good advice from a godly friend or leader is worth much more than a thousand friends who will lead you down a wrong path. Godly counsel may not always agree with your choices or decisions, but if you are sensitive to the Spirit of Christ, you will listen to that advice no matter how painful or difficult it may be to follow.
Proverbs 20:18 tells us, “Make plans by seeking advice.” Proverbs 19:20 reminds us to, “listen to advice and accept instruction for in the end you will be wise.”
Finding God’s will is not as hard to find as some may make it appear to be. It only takes discipline on
your part. Discipline to led by the Holy Spirit, Study and obey God’s word, and finally absorb all of the Godly instruction that you can find.