A. Commit your decision to the Lord in prayer.
B. Open the covers of the Bible and seek Scriptural direction.
C. Seek the counsel of those who know more about the matter than you do.
D. What are the circumstances indicating?
E. Is an inner conviction about this matter developing?
F. Finally, contemplate the issue. Think it through. God gave us a brain, and He expects us to use it to arrive at a wise and sanctified decision.
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
This is the Bible’s classic three-point sermon. These two verses give us three ways of finding God’s will. First, we must offer our bodies as living sacrifices; then we must make a break from the world around us; and finally, we must get the Bible into our minds and be transformed by God’s Word. What does God want from my life? He wants my whole life. He wants my entire life—not fifty percent, eighty-five percent, or even ninety-nine percent. He wants all there is of you.
• To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.—George Truett
• To go as I am led, to go when I am led, to go where I am led … it is that which has been for twenty years the one prayer of my life.—A. T. Pierson
• The man or woman who is wholly and joyously surrendered to Christ can’t make a wrong choice—any choice will be the right one.—A. W. Tozer
• Has it ever struck you that the vast majority of the will of God for your life has already been revealed in the Bible? That is a crucial thing to grasp.—Paul Little, in Affirming the Will of God
• Belief that divine guidance is real rests upon two foundation-facts: first, the reality of God’s plan for us; second, the ability of God to communicate with us. On both these facts the Bible has much to say.—J. I. Packer
• Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.
May God bless us with both the knowledge of His will and the strength to obey it!
- Bro. Dave