5 Questions To Help You Know The Will Of God

1. Do I fully believe that God is good and for me?  If we have hidden doubt of His ultimate goodness, our hearts lack the interior freedom needed to choose His best. Do you  fear God is mad at you? Is He holding out on you until you are perfect? Do you view God a harsh slave driver, wanting a worker instead of a lover?  These false narratives about God will cause insecure attachment in our brains. Renewing our minds with the truth of His delight and unconditional love for us will create a mind securely attached to His love and goodness.  “The Lord is with you…He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17 

2. What needs to die in me in order for God’s will to come forth in my life?  Pray the prayer of indifference or complete surrender.   Understand that only God can do this in us: help us not cling to our own agenda, bring us to this indifferent place.  The divine will is easier to discern when our own need to be wise in the eyes of other people no longer has a hold on us.  “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”  John 12:24

3. What would love do in this situation?  If love is our primary calling, then love will take us deeper and deeper into the will of God, even the way of the cross.  Some things may need to change in us and in our ministries for the sake of love. “But the greatest of these is love.”  I Cor 13:13

4. Is the choice I am considering nurturing the life of Christ in me?  Now we are ready to pray for wisdom.  Pay attention to what energizes and brings you closer to God.  Notice what depletes your energy and draws you away from peace and joy. “For this I labor, striving with His power and energy, which so greatly works within me.”  Col 1:29

5. Is the spiritual community around me able to bear witness and give a hearty “Amen” to the choice I feel God leading me to in this decision?  “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us….So that you may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”  Acts 15:28 and Phil 1:10  

Written by Beth Bennett

Director of Coaching, Ministry Ventures

 

 

 

 

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