How Do I Know God’s Will?

Often in talking with teenagers about God’s will for their life, inevitably the question arises “How do I know what God’s will is? or How do I know I’m even on the right path?” With those questions in mind I want to offer you seven principles that lead a person in the right direction through which God will confirm His perfect plans for your life.

Principle 1: God reveals His will to those who commit to obey God’s Word.
Psalms 119:105  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” It’s interesting that there are some people who want to know God’s will but haven’t committed to obey God no matter what He says. Decide ahead of time that whatever God shows me I will obey.

Principle 2: God reveals His will to those who continually honor authority.
Hebrews 13:17  “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”  We tend to think of this principle as a great truth for children and teens, but it applies to us as well. We should take special note to honor are own parents, boss and spiritual leadership too.

Principle 3: God reveals His will to those who commit to God’s “known-will” today.
Deuteronomy 13:4  “You shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.” Sometimes we are so concerned about the future that we “forget” to do God’s will today. The most important thing you can be doing right now is whatever God has called you to do at that time. Work hard for your employer. Be in church. Love and lead your family spiritually.

Principle 4: God reveals His will to those who consecrate themselves to faithfully serve.
Romans 12:1  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Service for God begins immediately, not when you receive a “lightning bolt” from heaven. God will show His greater plan when we are faithfully obeying His “smaller” plan today. Be faithful in the God-given tasks of today.

Principle 5: God reveals His will to those who will contend to live by convictions.
Galatians 2:11  “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” What’s interesting about this passage is one great leader, Paul, confronting another great leader, Peter. Paul lived on scriptural principle. It’s challenging in our culture to make our decisions based upon biblical principle, but God reveals His will to those who refuse to bow the knee to the ungodly culture and rather live by biblical truths.

Principle 6: God reveals His will to those who connect with the Bible.
Romans 12:2  “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.” If we are going to discern God’s will there must a consistent renewing of our mind through the reading of God’s Word, the preaching of God’s Word and the meditating of God’s Word. Allow the Bible to pour over your soul like clean water to dirty hands. God’s will is revealed to hearts made pure by the Word of God.

Principle 7: God reveals His will to those who are consumed about living for eternity.
Hebrews 11:13  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” We must be consumed with living for another time, another place and for the audience of One. When we value spiritual things, God will reveal His will in our lives.

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