to Find the Will of God for Your Life
INTRODUCTION: How can a Christian know God's
will in his life? Every Christian should be keenly
interested in knowing God's will for his life. Whether
one is seeking guidance as to a momentary problem or as
to a life career, there are five steps to be followed.
These may be summarized as follows: YIELD, CONFESS,
PRAY, STUDY, WAIT.
yield is to present oneself to the Lord. It means to lay
aside personal hopes, ambitions and desires. It means to
want His way supremely. Paul yielded when he asked,
"What wilt thou have me to do?"
If we want to be in the center of His will, we must
confess and forsake any secret sins which we cherish.
Remember the words of the Psalmist, "If I regard
iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" (Psalm
PRAY. This simply means
that we must come before the Lord regularly, asking Him
to do as He has said.
Spend much time in the Word of God. Read it while you
are on your knees, asking God to speak to you through
WAIT. If God does not
answer immediately, wait (Psalm 62:6). If you have
prayed for direction and no answer comes, then God's
guidance is for you to stay where you are.
GUIDANCE THROUGH THE BIBLE. God often uses verses of
Scripture to guide us to take a certain definite course
of action. A verse that you had never noticed before may
take on new meaning because it tells you what to do at
the very time when you were praying for direction (Psalm
GUIDANCE THROUGH CHRISTIANS. It is
sometimes helpful to seek the advice of mature,
spiritual Christians. Their experience and counsel can
often save a younger person from serious pitfalls.
(Hebrews 13:7, 17).
GUIDANCE THROUGH THE HOLY
SPIRIT. The Spirit of God can influence our convictions,
our desires or our inclinations in such a way as to make
God's will clear. In such cases, the guidance is so
obvious that to refuse it would be the same as
disobedience (Acts 11:12; 16:6, 7).