Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What is God’s Will for my Life? Part 2

It’s difficult at times to discover God’s will for your life. 
Take the following S-T-E-P-S in order to understand the best direction for you: 

S-     Seek Intimacy with God  
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John 15:4).

Do you really want God more than you want His direction? Intimacy with God doesn’t happen overnight. True intimacy is developed over time with honest effort. Faith will compel you to set aside prayer time and Bible study to know God better.

T-     Take in Godly Counsel
“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise” (Proverbs 19:20).

Make sure to carefully examine the life of your advisors. They should be people of spiritual maturity without the pretense of religious hypocrisy. A godly advisor will always want God’s best for you over their personal preferences.

E-     Examine your Circumstances, but don’t rely on them
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” (Luke 14:28).

Sometimes God can speak through your circumstances, but this calls for wisdom. The Holy Spirit will enlighten your heart to the correct scripture for your situation. Your circumstances should always take second place to the leading of the Spirit and scriptures.

P-     Pursue Steps of Faith
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).         

At some point in time, you have to take that step of faith by trusting in God. At first, you may be wobbly and unsure, but keep the scriptures foremost in your mind. God loves for His people to rest in His provision, protection, and peace.

S-     Sort out the Bumps along the Way
“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways” (Proverbs 4:26).

No path will be smooth everyday all the time. You need bumps along the way to keep you close to the Savior. Remember God is with you no matter what…even if you get off the road, He will steer you back in the right path. Be faithful.

God always answers prayers with either yes, no, or wait. As you mature in the Lord, you will learn to have peace even if the answer isn’t what you wanted. Check out my next blog When God says Yes  in preparation for following God’s will for your life!

The New International Version. 2011. Grand RapidsMI: Zondervan.

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