Saturday, February 17, 2018

God's Will Made Plain

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him Ephesians 1:9-10

God, our heavenly Father has a plan – a will, a purpose for this world that will be fulfilled no matter what we think, no matter what we believe, whether we believe in God or not; it is sovereign and cannot be moved by mankind.    That will is established by God according to His good pleasure and revealed to us by Him through His word.  

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him Ephesians 1:9-10

Just as He has plans for this world as a whole, God also has individual wills for our lives. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.   Jeremiah 29:11

However, unlike God’s sovereign will, we have to cooperate with God in order for His individual will to be fulfilled in our life.  There are general principles and examples in God's written Word through which He communicates His will to man. There are also specific instructions in God's written Word which reveal His will in many matters. These include all the promises and commandments of the Bible. In some verses, God is so specific He actually states "This is my will for you. . . "  The bible is full of God’s will for our life.  Read below what some of the things God has revealed as His will for you:  

        His Plan For You:

And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40)

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:39)

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37)

Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. (Galatians 1:4)

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. . .

Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself:  That in the dispensation of the fullness of times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him; In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will. (Ephesians l, 5, 9-11)

Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures. (James 1:18)

        His Will For Your Loved Ones:

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)

        His Will Concerning Your Sanctification:

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. (I Thessalonians 4:3)

        His Will Regarding Prayer And Thanksgiving:

Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:17-18)

And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. (Matthew 16:19)

        His Will Regarding Your Lifestyle:

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. (I Peter 2:15)

        His Will For You Regarding The Holy Spirit:

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  An on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit: and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:17-18)

        His Will Regarding Your Christian Witness:

And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Mark 1:17)

But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

        His Will Regarding Children And Babes In Christ:

Even so, it is not the will of your Father which is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:14)

        His Will Regarding Suffering:

Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing as unto a faithful creator. (I Peter 4:19)

        His Will Regarding Material Possessions:

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Give and it shall be given unto you. . . (Luke 6:38)

        His Will Regarding Your Eternal Destiny:

Father I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation the world. (John 17:24)

Many believers today walk around confused about God’s will for their lives.  Simply read the word of God.  As you can see, His will for us is recorded throughout His word and we should immerse ourselves into fulfilling His recorded word until He reveals a specific plan for our lives.  Walk out God's will as revealed in His word and watch Him reveal His individual will for your life.

(Biblical Studies)


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