[ecko_quote source="Colossians 1:9]For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding[/ecko_quote]
The best way to study a subject often begins with a definition of that subject. What do mean by the will of God? It is that holy and stated purpose of the Father to make His dear children as much like Christ as possible.
The first step in knowing the will of God is the surrender principle. It’s an insult to tell God, “I want to know Your will, but I’m not willing to do Your will.” See this principle in Ephesians 6:5-8. A portion of that passage reads, “…in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men….”
Another principle in knowing the will of God is the Scripture principle. Jesus said, “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7) First surrender: “You abide in Me,” then Scripture: “My words abide in you.” God speaks to us not in some loud voice, but through the Scriptures.
Do you want to know God’s will? Then here’s your test: How much time do you spend in God’s Word? Do you think God really believes you when you say “I want to know the will of God,” but you don’t read the one book above all books that God has specifically written to show you His will, to reveal His will to you, to unfold His will to you? Romans 12:2 tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
What is the will of God for us? The will of God differs from believer to believer. But here are four aspects in the will of God which apply to every Christian.
1. It is His will that we learn more about God (Col 1:9)
2. It is His will that we grow in grace (1 Thess 4:3); God's will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.
3. It is His will that we study His Word (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
4. It is His will that we share our faith (Acts 1:8)
GOD WANTS TO REVEAL HIS WILL MORE THAN WE WANT TO KNOW.
Pastor Jonah Ravinder- United Telugu Church - Auckland, New Zealand; LMF