John 7:16 (NIV) Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
There are some basic principles that must be embraced before knowing God’s will for your life.
Why does God want the totality of your life before He shows you your calling?
The answer to that question is found in today’s reading (John 7:16–17), where Jesus said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself.”
You must be willing to do God’s will before you know His will. Many of us say to God, “Show me what You want me to do, and I will let You know whether I am into that or not.
Let me know the plan, and I will tell You whether I plan to do it.” But it is God who chooses us (John 15:16)!
This is my testimony of how my life has been transformed by God, I became willing to try God’s will and really didn’t know the Lord’s plan for my life.
The commandments and promises of God, in which he tells us what he wants us to do and believe, are easy to find they’re right there in the Bible.
But that’s not what many of us are looking for. We often have something else in mind when we refer to “God’s will, though it’s not easy to say what.
And it’s certainly not easy to find the will of God for our own lives. Given all the effort it takes to find it, it can be elusive without the basic emphasis on reading and embracing the scriptures for your life.
The process of knowing God’s will is predicated on you having a desire to know the Lord.
In fact, God’s plan is not up for negotiation. God is only going to reveal your calling to you when you are committed to doing it ahead of time.
God will not negotiate His will for your life. As (Romans 12:1–2) says, you must give all of yourself to God and none of yourself to the world system that wants independence from God.
Now, of course, this is done over time in our journey and not in an instant, but we are always moving towards God’s will once we become willing.
God says if we conform to this world, He will not reveal His calling for our lives.
We must say, as Moses said to God at the burning bush, “Here I am” (Exodus 3:4). In other words, “What do You want of me, Lord? I am ready to obey.”
Giving yourself totally to God is giving the Lord full power over your life. When you do that, you experience the abundant life God has promised to give you.
Reference Verse (Mark 8:34): “And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
The four principles that must be embraced for knowing God’s will are:
- You must be willing to do God’s will before knowing God’s will for your life.
- The Bible contains the most comprehensive way of knowing God’s will for your life.
- You must be willing to have a relationship with Jesus, before knowing God’s will for your life.
- Don’t ever let anything in life: your mistakes, your hurts, your success, your disappointments, stop you from following the Lord.
Father, give me (us) the faith to commit to you ahead of knowing the whole picture for our lives.
Help my (our) unbelief where belief is lacking. I (we) do want to serve You. Teach me (us) how to serve you in a way that is pleasing in your sight; In Christ name, Amen!
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