True Christians focus on God and his will.
David: My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. …I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. (Psalm 42:2a; 40:8 ESV)
Jesus: “…I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 5:30 ESV) For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35 ESV)
The Lord taught: 9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10 ESV)
Some believers disregard, discount, or disobey the will of God.
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:13-17 ESV)
Have we exchanged the pursuit of God’s will for his blessings? To pursue his blessings without pursuing his will is spiritual malpractice.
Some Christians attempt to short-circuit God’s will. Such practices are arrogant and sometimes opposed to him. God often works in trials of various kinds, which produce steadfastness in us, making us perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).
Let’s learn to pray as Jesus prayed: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39 ESV)
Warning Signs of Not Seeking God’s Will
Not recognizing God’s authority and will over life. (James 4:13b-14)
Not considering the brevity of life. (James 4:14b)
Disobeying God’s will and word. (James 4:17)
Following God’s will
Place God’s will at the forefront of your thoughts, words, and actions.
Deo Volente (God willing)
You ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)
Purposefully draw near and walk closely with the Lord.
As we walk with God, talk with him, read his word, obey him, rely on his Spirit, we find that we are given to his thoughts and will.
You can be confident in knowing God’s will because you have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Reject worldliness and embrace the Holy Spirit’s internal transformation. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
While pursuing Christ, he will help us not make wrong choices. (Acts 16:6-7)
Walking in God’s will is a step by step journey that requires faith, trust, and obedience.
If you want to walk in the will of God, busy yourselves doing what you know he desires while you anticipate further direction.
God will place His desires in our hearts. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:4-5 ESV)
It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 ESV)
Following or unfollowing the will of God has consequences for today and eternity. 6 [God] will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. (Romans 2:6-8 ESV)
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