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Understanding God’s Will: 1

 

‘Understand what the Lord’s will is.’ Ephesians 5:17 NIV

When you know you’re in the centre of God’s will for your life, you have peace whatever your circumstances. You have confidence to go to God at any time, knowing He’ll provide what you need. So how can you tell if you’re in the will of God?

(1) You must be a Christian. Paul tells us, ‘For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.’ (Romans 8:14 NAS) Only as a believer in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour do you have the Spirit’s presence within you. And you need this inside help from the Spirit if you’re going to follow the will of God and enjoy the blessing it brings. (See vision180.org.au/you-need-jesus)

(2) You must exercise wisdom. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live―not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.’ (Ephesians 5:15–17 NIV)

You don’t have to wait until your hair is grey for wisdom. The famous preacher Jonathan Edwards entered Yale University at age thirteen, and at seventeen graduated top of his class. By age twenty he ‘resolved never to lose one moment of time; but to improve it the most profitable way I can.’ At twenty-six he pastored one of the largest Congregational churches in Massachusetts, USA. And when God decided to visit New England in the ‘Great Awakening’, He chose to use Jonathan Edwards—because he was prepared and ready.

Doing the will of God calls for staying sensitive to the Holy Spirit and living in a state of constant readiness. So, how are you doing with that?

SoulFood: 1 Ki 10–11, Mt 18:1–9, Ps 40:9–17, Prov 6:6–8

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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