The Will of God

Romans 12:1-2 NET - Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service. 12:2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

“What’s the will of God for my life?”  That is a common question in many Christian circles.  The sovereign will of God is accomplished no matter what we do.  The revealed will of God (in Scripture) may or may not be accomplished since people may choose to act upon it or ignore it.  Then the will of God for your general life direction and decision-making is largely influenced by God perhaps even confirmed through natural or supernatural events.  As with Scripture, you may choose to pay attention to the leading of the Spirit or disregard Him.  

In knowing God’s will, Romans 12:2 indicates that a Spirit-transformed, Spirit-renewed Christian who is filling his mind with Christlike influences is in the best position to discover, affirm, and obey the will of God.  Since God’s Spirit will not contradict the truth of Scripture, how important is it to continually expose yourself to the Bible when testing how the Spirit is leading you?  How may you pray or apply the following Scriptural examples of God’s revealed will?

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NET - For this is God’s will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, 4:4 that each of you know how to possess his own body in holiness and honor, 4:5 not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God. 

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 NET - See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. 5:16 Always rejoice, 5:17 constantly pray, 5:18 in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

1 Timothy 2:1-4 NET - First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, 2:2 even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 2:3 Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior, 2:4 since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

1 Peter 2:15 ESV - For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 

1 Peter 3:17 ESV -  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.