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How to Know God's Will For Our Lives
Wie wir Gottes Willen wissen können
For Starters
A Prayer
Seeking God's Leading Daily
The Doing God's Will Acid Test
The Dangers of A Diluted Gospel
How to Spot a Diluted Gospel
Building on the Sand
Strong Faith
How the old is made new


For Starters

If a young person would come to you and ask you, `How can I decide which school to attend? I have three choices, but how do I decide which one to choose?'

Or another may come and say, God told me to do this . . . But, pastor, what do you think I should do?

How are we to know how to make choices in our lives? That is the topic we want to study using the Word of God.

Our first text gives us a hint which will help us to build our decisions on. Reading these texts we should remember that each word, each concept is important.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5,6.

The first thing we need to have is "trust in the Lord." Like you trust your keys to open doors for you, just the same we can trust the Word of God.

However the trust we have must be a trust with all our heart or mind - without reservations. At the same time we must not lean on our own understanding, our own wisdom or cleverness.

Why?

Because the Lord knows it all. The true Lord God, our God of agape love, only He knows the future.

Oh, some may say, I would like to be able to trust the Lord like that, but I have never done it. I do not yet know the Lord. Is this subject then for me?

Yes it is. You have read this far and that shows that your heart, your mind is still seeking answers. It means you have not closed your mind to what God can do for you. With that you have already taken the very first step to learn to "trust the Lord" and not merely want to "lean on your own understanding." You have acknowledged, that there may be some help for you in this topic and if you heed the next verse where it says,

"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."
Based on Prov. 3:6.

When you follow that exactly, you can be sure you are on the right path. To strengthen this view and fortify it in our mind let us just read some additional statements for they help us to be certain, knowing that we do not do things in vagueness.

Since we know that faith in God comes by hearing about Him and seeking Him with all our heart will result in finding Him (Rom. 10:17; Jer. 29:13), let us read the next text which has a reason to exercise caution in it,

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Prov, 14:12; 16:25.

As you can see, if you look at both of these texts, they are repeated twice in this book of the Bible. They must be important.

That young man, trying to find out how to decide which school to attend, will he by now have an idea how to decide? Reflecting on what is presented, he certainly can realize the route he should take. But we ought not to hurry on too fast quite yet. Let us read a few more admonitions.

Here is the next which is also an important cautionary text.

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9.

These last few verses emphasis the point already made `not to lean on our own understanding.'

Why?

One reason why, is because our "heart is deceitful above all things".

In other words, we have perhaps lived a long time without God ruling in our lives. We have not heeded His Word and not acknowledged Him as our God. But today we have come to the place where we want to consider another try since we realize that in these days, the rich, the billionaires throw their life away when problems come which tells us that riches are not the ultimate answers to what we really want.

We may agree that Adam was the richest man who ever lived. He was given the whole world in its perfect state before sin. So any of the rich people today are paupers in comparison. Adam was a child of God. We too are children of God. God cares about each one of us just the same as He cared about Adam. So let us not waver in this knowledge.

Therefore these words are for us,

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."
Psalm 37:3-6.

We read here that God wants us to make a commitment to trust Him - always. The next citation helps us to see why we should always trust God.

"We cannot depend for counsel upon humanity. The Lord will teach us our duty just as willingly as He will teach somebody else. If we come to Him in faith, He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Our hearts will often burn within us as One draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch. Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue. And they will receive not only wisdom, but strength. Power for obedience, for service, will be imparted to them, as Christ has promised." [Desire of Ages, p. 668]

The underlined sentence is the key for all of us to know God's Will For Our Lives.

Those who without reservation will not do anything to displease God, will receive not only wisdom, but also strength to succeed.

It may not always be the choice that you would have made without God leading you, it will be that choice which God, who knows it all, directs you to make.

Having read this far you must also realize that prayer, much prayer, much fervent prayer and reading His Word is the key to the heart of God. In the beginning you can pray these very Bible verses we just read until you discover more of God's truths in His Word.

Consider also the following statement,

"So long as we come to our heavenly Father humbly and with a spirit to be taught, willing and anxious to learn, why should we doubt God's fulfillment of His own promise? You must not for a moment doubt Him and dishonor Him thereby. When you have sought to know His will, your part in the operation with God is to believe that you will be led and guided and blessed in the doing of His will. We may mistrust ourselves lest we misinterpret His teachings, but make even this a subject of prayer, and trust Him, still trust Him to the uttermost, that His Holy Spirit will lead you to interpret aright His plans and the working of His providence." (Letter 35, 1893; 3BC 1155.7)

Read this as many times as you must, to make it your start out guide to Know God's Will For Your Lives.

A Prayer

O, Heavenly Father, I come before You to learn Your will for my life. I want to learn to lean on You with all my thinking mind and not lean on my own understanding. I want to acknowledge you as the great God who alone is mighty to know and direct our paths so we can live in peace and hope for the future. Lord, Father God, help me overcome my unbelief. Help me not to go back to do what seems right to me for I now believe what You say in Your Word, that leaving Your side leads to death. Lord God, You know my sins and how deceitful I was, please uncover them all for me to realize the depth of my need for You. Please, God, I come to the foot of the cross realizing Thy Only Son died because of my sins. Please forgive me all my sins, and create in me a new heart with no wickedness left inside. Please strengthen me this minute, this moment to never leave you out of my sight again. Dear God, help me to resolve not to do the wicked deeds but cleanse my soul, my house of all that separates me from You. Help me to be willing to make You my All. Help me guard the entrances to my soul from sin so I will choose Jesus and not the wicked deed. Help me to see You save sinners into heaven instead of the woes of the world. Thank you for hearing my prayer. Amen.



Seeking God's Leading Daily

Like Jesus, we should just plan to live God's way one day at a time, "... as your days, so shall your strength be." Deut.33:25b. Like Jesus we should start out each day by praying our own private prayer, "Rising very early while it was still dark ... he went out ... and prayed.", Mark 1:35; "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.", Matth. 6:33. Believing God is with us we should cease worrying for worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our heavenly father has a thousand ways to provide for His faithful followers, of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of God supreme will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet.

For it is true

If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day;
if you will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God;
if with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke of Christ, - the yoke of obedience and service, -
all your murmurings will be stilled,
all your difficulties will be removed,
all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved.
One day alone is ours, and during this day we are to live for God. For this one day we are to place in the hand of Christ, in solemn service, all our purposes and plans, casting all our care upon Him, for He cares for us. On that day you get out of bed like you did never before in joyful vigor. You shout out your joy and happiness and kiss your wife as never before as you thank God for all your blessings. You locate your children and greet them with a smile and the invitation for breakfast. You prepare the breakfast table, take the Scriptures and read a passage for the edification of the family. You pray a prayer of humble thankfulness and glorify God who is able to provide sunshine on a dreary day. You take the kids to school and wish them a happy day, you pick them up or meet them in the evening and sit with them and talk as never before upholding God's way of life. You call your family together and read,

"I know your thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." "In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 30:15.

The Doing God's Will Acid Test

  1. A True Christian Loves!
    [1.John 4:8,19; John 13:35]

  2. A True Christian Obeys!
    [Deuteronomy 11:26-28; John 14:15; Psalm 40:8]

  3. A True Christian Has Faith!
    [Romans 1:17; 2.Cor. 5:7; Rom. 4:16-20]

  4. A True Christian has one desire: Saving Souls!
    [Acts 1:8; Matth. 28:19,20]

  5. A True Christian Is selfless!
    [2.Timothy 3:2; Philippians 2:21]

By what means, then, shall we determine whose side we are on?

  • Who has the heart?
  • With whom are our thoughts?
  • Of whom do we love to converse?
  • Who has our warmest affections and our best energies?
  • If we are Christ's,

  • our thoughts are with Him,
  • and our sweetest thoughts are of Him.
  • All we have and are is consecrated to Him.
  • We long to bear His image, breathe His spirit,
  • do His will, and please Him in all things. [SC, 57-58]
  • Another way to find God's Will for Your Life may be to print the gospel of John on separate sheets and mark out everyone Jesus speaks just with one other person. You should find 35 occasions. Next write your name in their place and let the message speak to you. Just as God spoke to them, treated them, forgave them, led them to do His will, so He will do the same for you.

    The Dangers of A Diluted Gospel

    The dictionary defines "dilute" as: "to make thinner, lessen strength, adulterate, reduce value or efficiency, make fainter, to water down."

    That is exactly what those who teach errors are doing with the truth.

    Today, many Christians are being spiritually weakened by this "watered down" gospel. They are being presented just enough truth to give them the illusion of salvation, but the dosage is so thin that they are never truly transformed by it.

    Indeed, the apostle Paul warns of these perilous times in the last days when professed believers become "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power." (2 Timothy 3:4, 5).

    Jesus foretold a sad scene in the last great judgment day when professed Christians discover they have lost eternal life because they willingly allowed themselves to be lulled into a false security by teachers who told them, "Peace, peace; when there is no peace." (Jeremiah 6:14).

    How to Spot a Diluted Gospel

    Every church wants to be successful, right? So how do churches typically measure success? By attendance, membership, and baptisms.

    Unfortunately, this often creates the constant temptation to dilute the standards of membership to accommodate partially converted interests. Or to design the church service in a more theatrical way to attract and entertain secular-minded crowds.

    There are a number of comforting lies that Satan will use to deceive you and your family and friends. If swallowed, these insidious deceptions can make you spiritually anemic. So how can we recognize a "watered down" gospel message? It is a message that…

    1. Emphasizes grace but downplays the need of real reform,
    2. Urges people to be baptized before they are really converted,
    3. Doubts the power of Christ to keep us from sin,
    4. Mixes up Scripture with eastern philosophy and other religions,
    5. Leads people to believe that worldly prosperity is evidence of God's blessing.

    This "watered down" spirituality isn't potent enough to heal the disease called sin that resides in every human heart. It lacks the power to completely transform lives. It compromises the work of Christ and the sufficiency of His blood.

    Yet how often do we hear these compromising messages seeping from the pulpits across America? It's around us everywhere. Our pews are filling up with converts with a superficial faith. When the real trials come, these souls will be like trees without roots—they topple over! (See Mark 4:16, 17.)

    That's why it is so important to proclaim the gospel in its full strength!

    Building on the Sand

    Earlier this year, the world witnessed an unprecedented catastrophe: The Haitian earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people and injured 300,000 more. Most of the deaths and injuries were from collapsed buildings. Why did so many walls crumble? Because many unscrupulous builders, to save money, diluted the concrete with sand and skimped on the iron reinforcement. (See Ezekiel 13:10, 11.)

    I wonder how many millions of lives out there have been robbed of true joy and fulfillment by a "watered down" gospel?

    Strong Faith!

    In these last days, we are clearly in a battle for souls. I hope our weapon is the sharp sword of God's Word. Our goal is to help people come to Christ, get rooted in the full truth, and then teach them to go out and reach others.

    Dear reader, the second coming of Christ is closer than we think. Yet millions of dear souls have been deceived into thinking they are Christians, only receiving a weak and diluted dose of the gospel serum. They need the full message of present truth to set them free!


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