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What Is God’s Will For My Life?

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What is God’s Will?

I’ve often heard the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” Actually, I’ve asked that question often. I asked that question when leaving the military, joining on staff with Campus Crusade, and being a part of the staff of two churches. How do I know if I’m in God’s will or not?

Does He want me to take this job or that job?
Does He want me to live in this house or that house? This car or that car? This class or that class? Does He want us to have more children or should we stop where we are? Does He want us to … and the list goes on and on.

I heard someone once say that that was the wrong question. The person said I shouldn’t be asking, “What is God’s will for MY life” but “What is God’s will?” Once I discover God’s will, I should shape my life after that. Hmmmm…I guess I agree with that. Sounds kind of pious and somewhat arrogant but I think I know what they mean.

Then, I was reading Ephesians 5 and realized that I should know what God’s will. In fact, if I don’t know what His will is, I’m a fool. “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17). Does that mean what I think it means? It sure reads like I should KNOW what His will is.

John MacArthur wrote an excellent book called Found: God’s Will that I think gives clarity to understanding God’s will and allows us all to conform our lives around that. Dr. MacArthur takes five simple “musts” in discovering if you are in God’s will or not.

  1. You must be saved

Did you know that it’s God’s will for you to be saved? God’s passionate desire is for all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. This is not the time or the forum to talk about the sovereignty of God (well, if it’s God’s will that ALL be saved, then why aren’t ALL saved?) issue. But, please understand that if you want to do God’s will, you cannot do His will apart from being saved.

Whatever term you’d like to use for “saved” is fine with me. You must be forgiven, redeemed, justified, reconciled, and born-again as the foundational part of being in the will of God. There is no need to worry about what person God wants you to be married if you are still an enemy of God (that’s the term God uses to describe those who aren’t saved). Get that relationship right first.

Are you saved? Are your sins forgiven? They can be. Need more help on understanding what that means? Come to Community Bible Church in Ocala this Sunday and discover how Jesus saves.

  1. You must be Spirit-filled

There are all kinds of crazy doctrines about what it means to be filled with the Spirit. I have friends who will argue with you all day long about a second measure of grace or a second work of the Spirit in which He fills and empowers you. MacArthur sums it up beautifully in saying to be filled with the Spirit is to “live every moment as though you were standing in the presence of Jesus Christ.” He then goes on to speak about telling a glove to play a piano. The glove, in and of itself, is useless. But, put a skilled hand inside of it, and it will play beautifully. The same is true in the Christian life. The Spirit (the hand) living in and through a person (the glove) plays a beautiful life.

  1. You must be Sanctified

To be sanctified is to be set-apart for a holy purpose. It is to live a life of purity in all respects. The one who is sanctified is the one who controls the lusts of their body rather than having these lusts control them.

  1. You must be Submissive

Submission has gotten a bad rap in our society. It doesn’t mean weakness or inferiority. Submission has nothing to do with value and everything to do with order. We are to submit to our bosses, our government, and others for the sake of order. Part of being a good citizen is to be submissive to the governing authorities. Where does that start? It starts in the home as children learn to submit to their parents. Our primary submission is to God as He reveals Himself in His Word. If you will simply obey what you know, you will grow because you are being submissive.

  1. You must be Suffering

There are some people who suffer for the sake of Christ and others who think they’re suffering for the sake of Christ when, in reality, they’re undergoing persecution because they’re idiots. The will of God suffering is the suffering a Christian goes through for doing what’s right. They do the right thing and are mocked and ridiculed for it. They do the right thing and they’re persecuted or fired because of it.

So, if all of these things are true of you, then what? Will you magically know what car to buy, girl to marry, or school to go to? Nope!

But, if all of these things are true in your life; you are saved, spirit-filled, sanctified, submissive, and suffering, you can do whatever you like because everything you desire will be God’s desire for you as well. “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)

The “C” Section…Keeping the C in YMCA by Mike DeGuzman

Mike DeGuzman is a certified biblical counselor, YMCA board member, and pastor of Community Bible Church of Ocala.

Mike can be reached at (352) 680-0056 or by email: mike@cbcocala.org. For more information go to www.cbcofocala.org.