Knowing God's Will In Decisions
Many believers find it difficult to find God's will in making their decisions. Some try a ministry or service that interests them and if it fails, they try something else, and if that fails, they keep on trying until they either find something that is successful or they give up. But a Christian should not have to go through such a painful exhaustive process.
As a Christian you are constantly faced with many choices. You must know and be doing God's will before you can make the best choices and avoid the many pit falls that can destroy your life. God wants to reveal His will to you more then you are willing to receive it. God knows you in a very intimate way. He has numbered all the hairs on your head. He knows all your actions and what you are doing every second of the day. He knows the motives behind your actions, your secret thoughts and your future. Since only God has all knowledge and knows the future, He is the only one who can give you the correct advice in making your decisions.
God wants you to be successful, but success must be based on His methods, not your desires or the world's methods or philosophy. Therefore, the first basic decision is to determine the motive for your life. Is your motive to be independent of God, gain self-honor, and be successful by the world's standards? God will not bless a ministry based on these motives. You may start a ministry, dedicate it to God, claim that God is the head of the ministry and yet fail because it was not in God's will.
God loves you and always wants what is best for you. You MUST accept this by faith! If you have the faith to believe that God truly wants you to succeed and have what is best for you, then your actions will show that you believe God's choices are best. In order to learn God's will you must have a close intimate relationship with Him.
You will learn God's will from the Bible, from the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and from the doors He opens and shuts. But great care must be used, for Satan uses the Bible for his own purposes. He will speak to you in temptations trying to get you to disobey God. And Satan can arrange circumstances which will lead you in the wrong direction.
To know God's will requires Bible study, lots of prayer, and patience in waiting on God to open closed doors. God is more than willing to guide you in making decisions. All you need to do is be willing to be guided.
Ask these questions when starting a ministry or service:
"Show me your ways, Yahweh. Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation, I wait for you all day long." Psalm 25:4,5
Claim the promises God made to Israel:
Everyone who truly desires to know and follow God's leading will at times fail to heed His guidance and get into trouble. God is faithful to rescue us and get us back on the right way. Although after a serious failure we can return to a close fellowship with God, the consequences can have a serious effect on our future life. Therefore, we must always be very careful to be aware of God's leading.
The plans of the heart belong to man,
Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
"Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow let's go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain." Whereas you don't know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that." But now you glory in your boasting. All such boasting is evil. To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin." James 4:13-17.
"Most assuredly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I am going to my Father. Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it." John 14:12-14.
"If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. "In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples." John 15:7,8
"You didn't choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you. "I command these things to you, that you may love one another." John 15:16,17.
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. For let that man not think that he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." James 1:2-8:
Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
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