How do I know and apply the Will of God to my life?
Throughout Paul's letters in the New Testament believers are encouraged to mature in their faith. This may be compared to a parent raising a child. Our Heavenly Father needs us to move us beyond new born babies in our faith and commitment to Christ into having an active role of service in serving the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:1-2
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able (NASB)
How does this happen? Prayer, Bible study (personal and corporate) and worship. All these activities strengthen the new man or woman of God you changing into. As well all these activities are a form of submission to the Lord.
Finally be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (NASB)
There comes a time when each child needs to begin making their own decisions with the knowledge they have. The people who raised us equipped us to be a contributing citizen in society in our decision making and actions. The working of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer will cause the believer to gravitate towards the plans God has for him or her. Even when you may not have a sign you recognize from Heaven your dedication to prayer will guide you in the direction the Lord has you to God. In prayer your heart lines up with our Lord and Savior. As you share the plans with people who know you and are mature in their faith they will help refine the vision God has given you.
And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. (NASB)
In knowing the Will of God we are not to meant to be islands unto ourselves. The body of Christ around you is the safety net God has in keeping you focused and shaping you to be more like Him. In attending a church fellowship relationships form.
And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (NASB)
Refusing to be a part of a church fellowship is a gateway to begin living independently from God our Savior. With no safety net the "iron sharpening iron" Proverbs 27:17 speaks of wonâ€™t happen. Without the use of this accountability and safety net God has provided for you run the risk of moving from an intimate relationship with the living God into a smorgasbord of what you feel is right and wrong.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. (NASB)
In closing as our faith matures our relationship with the Lord God will become more like Adam in the Garden of Eden before the fall. A servant doesnâ€™t know his masterâ€™s business. The Lord calls us friends if we share in His vineyard as a worker.
Prepared By: Ron Piggott
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