How to Know the Will of God

How to Know the Will of God

Today we are going to end our Essentials series
with a message on the topic, “How to Know the Will of God.” So let’s turn in our Bibles
to Romans chapter 12. A couple of quick questions. Does God still speak to people today? Is He
interested in what happens to us as individuals? Does the Lord have a master plan for our lives?
Now these are important questions because we all want to know the will of God. They
are big things that we wonder about. Like what am I going to do with my life? Who am
I going to marry? Why did I lose my hair? Well that is more personal me. But still.
Here is the answer. In the broad sense yes. God does still speak to people today. Yes
God indeed does have a plan for our lives. Someone asked me the other day do you think
it is appropriate for a Christian to say to someone, good luck. And my response is I don’t
know if that is a bad thing, but as believers we don’t believe in luck. We don’t believe
in mere chance. We believe providence. We believe in God’s will. To bless someone
in the name of the Lord is one thing. But to say good luck is another. You see we don’t believe that we are mere
victims of chance just groping through life. We believe that God has a purpose for us.
And the Bible clearly teaches that as a believer we are to live by faith. I wish I could say
to you I always know the will of God in every set of circumstances but I don’t. The will
of God is not always easy to discern. And for me personally it is a journey of faith
where I read the Word of God. I pray for direction. And then I take what I hope are the appropriate
steps in the right direction. Because the Bible says the just shall live by what. By
faith. It doesn’t say they will live by feelings. Remember that stupid song from years ago.
“Feelings.” Nothing more than feelings. Trying to forget my feelings of love. Feelings.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Feelings. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Feelings here in my heart. Oh stop. You know
and a lot of people will live by their feelings and their fluctuating emotions. No. Instead as believers we want to live by
what His Word tells us to do. God does speak. The good news is our God does not play hide
and seek. He wants to lead you even more than you want to be led. He wants to speak to you
even more than you want to be spoken to. You know why? Because you are a friend of God. It was said of Abraham that he was God’s
friend. And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham that which I am about to do.”
You might say, “Well that is nice for Abraham, but I don’t have such a privilege.” Oh
actually you do. Because Jesus said in John 15:15, “I no longer call you servants because
a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friend for everything
I have learned from My Father I have made known to you.” Do you have any friends? Don’t raise your
hand on this. But you know there are certain people that we will all regard as true friends.
There are high maintenance friendships. And there are low maintenance ones. Right. I have
friends that I have known for years and even I haven’t seen them for a year or longer
when I see them it is like we pick off where we last left off. The friendship is strong.
I have other friends well that relationship needs more attention. But I have friends that
I know that I can trust. A true friend is someone that will keep your confidence. We
all know people that if we say to them, “Don’t say to this to anyone” they will say it
to a lot of people. And if we say, “Really it is important you don’t tell anyone”
they will tell it to as many people as humanly possible. And then we know other people who
are friends that we will say, “Please keep this to yourself” and they won’t breathe
a word to anyone. You can reveal your heart to a friend. You can tell a secret to a friend.
You can trust a friend. You know a friend will speak the truth to you. Even if it is
not easy. Because Proverbs says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses
of an enemy are deceitful.” A friend is someone that tells you the truth. God is our
friend. He will always tell us the truth. And listen. He wants to reveal His secrets
to us. Because in Psalm 25:14 we read, “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear
Him.” Yes God wants to speak to us. In fact Jesus said, “You are my sheep, and my sheep
hear my voice.” By the way, that is not a compliment. God picked one of the most dimwitted
creatures on the face of the earth to compare us to. I read an article in the newspaper the other
day that said that they believe now that dolphins are the most intelligent of all animals and
some even say maybe we shouldn’t even regard them as animals. Whatever. But I will tell you what. Sheep are one of
the dumbest of all animals. Jesus did not say, “You are my dolphins and my dolphins
hear my voice.” That would be nice. You are my sheep. Did you know that if you released most animals
into the wild they can survive? If you let your dog go or your cat or your bird they
will in many cases learn to fend for themselves and make it. But if you release a sheep in
the wild it cannot survive. They have no survival skills whatsoever. You release your cat. He
is gone. Born free. You know he is loving life. You release your sheep. He is just like
what do I do now. Where am I? What is for dinner? Oh no. I am for dinner. That is why
there are no wild sheep. They are totally dependent upon the shepherd. Just like we
are. So the sheep come to know that when the shepherd speaks they should follow because
his plan for them is better than their plan for themselves. So God has revealed His will to us. Now before
we get into how to know the will of God in particular situations let’s talk about what
the will of God is for everyone. We might call the principles we are about to look at
briefly so no-brainers But let me say this. Maybe one of the reasons we don’t know the
will of God in particular areas is because we have not applied what is clearly the will
of God for all areas. Listen. Obedience to revealed truth guarantees guidance in matters
unrevealed. Let me repeat that again. Obedience to revealed truth guarantees guidance in matters
unrevealed. So before we stress about what God’s plan is for you and for me as an individual
let’s talk about His plan for everyone. Let’s start with the simplest one of all.
Number one. God’s will is that you be a believer. Duh. But it is true. That is God’s
will. The Scripture says in 1 Timothy 2:4, “God’s will is that all would be saved.”
Scripture says, “God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come
to repentance.” So before we are ever going to know the will of God we have to be a believer
in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and our Lord. The Bible is not merely a book filled with
principles of truth, success, and prosperity. It is not a book of magic formulas that work
for everyone. The way some people teach the Bible you would think they are like little
things that we just apply and they always work and we just release these faith principles. But no. Wait a second. The Bible is a book
authored by God to tell us how to know God and to walk with God. And these principles
found in, though true in a general sense, are really for those that are walking in submission
to God. So first you must be a believer. Number two. To live this life God has called
us to live we need to be filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit. We need to be filled with
and controlled by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:15 says, “Don’t be foolish. Understand
what the will of the Lord is.” All right. What is it? Ok. Here it is. “Don’t be
drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit. Speak to
one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to
the Lord always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.” But what does that mean to be filled with
the Spirit. It means to be controlled by the Spirit. The word filled speaks of permeation.
It is used to describe salt permeating meat to preserve it. The word filled also is used
to describe wind filling a sail. And also the original emphasis in the Greek would be
constantly be filled. And finally it is a command. So put it all together. God is saying, “I
command you to constantly be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit. Let His wind fill your
sail. Let His power permeate your life. Be filled with the Spirit.” And how is that
expressed. It is expressed with praise and worship to God. Singing and making music in
my heart to the Lord. Giving thanks to God the Father for everything. That brings me principle number three. You
are to have an attitude of gratitude. You are to have an attitude of gratitude. 1 Thessalonians
5:18 says, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning
you.” This is simply the attitude that recognizes that God is in control of all circumstances
that surround your life. He is leading you both to still waters and through stormy seas.
It is all a part of the process of making us more like Jesus. Number four. It is the will of God that we
live a pure life. That we live a pure life. You don’t have to pray about this. It is
clearly stated in Scripture. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 says, “This is the will of God, even
your sanctification that is that you abstain from sexual immorality.” The word sanctification
speaks of holiness and consecration and dedication to God. Effectively this verse is saying look
if you are a single person remain sexually pure. No sexual relations with anyone until
you are married. And once you are married be faithful to your spouse for all of your
life. That is the will of God. Ok. So having established in a broad sense
some of these principles I have clearly defined as the will of God for everyone what about
particular situations. Is it ok to go to God and say, “Lord I need Your direction in
my life.” Answer. Absolutely. In fact we are told over in the book of James 1:5–6,
“If you need wisdom, if you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him and He will
gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking but when you ask Him be ready to receive an
answer.” So we should ask God for His wisdom. All right. Now having established this, let’s
look at our text together. Romans chapter 12. And we are going to read verses 1 and
2. Very familiar verses. Verses that many have committed to memory that really tell
us how to know God’s will. This is what we might define as a conditional promise.
The promise is you will know the will of God. The conditions are as follow. “I beseech
you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Don’t be conformed
to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that
good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Ok. That is the part we want to know. I want
to know the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. But what do I need to do? Well
according to Paul I have to present myself to God. I want you to notice that he begins
by saying, “I beseech you therefore.” Whenever you read the word therefore in the
Bible find out what it is there for. It is always drawing upon what has previously been
said. And in the first eleven chapters of Romans Paul is talking about the fact that
we are all separated from the Lord from sin. There is nothing we could do to right our
situation through our own strength. But God demonstrated His love toward us in sending
Christ to die for us and forgive us of all sin. So in light of this, therefore, considering
all that God has done for you, Paul says, here is what you ought to do. Present yourself
to Him as a living sacrifice. God is not asking you a favor. He is saying as your Master,
your Owner, your Father, “I command you to give yourself to Me.” Another translation of this verse says, “Here
is what you need to do. Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work,
and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” An offering. You are
not being forced to do this. You don’t have to do this. The language that Paul uses is
I urge you. Beseech. It means I plead with you. I am appealing to you. You could even
translate it I beg of you brothers. Here is what you ought to do. In light of all that
God has done for you present yourselves to Him as an offering. Offerings are not taken. They are given. When
we receive an offering we don’t reach into your back pocket, pull out your wallet, and
extract money. We give you an opportunity to give a freewill offering as you are led
by the Lord. In the same way with our life. It is something
we offer to God. But it is a living sacrifice. See that almost sounds like a contradiction.
Because generally sacrifices are well dead. Sacrifices that have been killed don’t squirm
off the altar. But living sacrifices have a tendency to do that. In other words we may
offer ourselves to the Lord and then sort of reconsider a moment later. No. Offer yourself
again and again as a living sacrifice. Well what do I offer? Your body. “I urge
you therefore brothers present your bodies.” And that word bodies could be translated your
total being, your total personality. First of all I need to present my mind to God. My
mind. I should fill my mind with God’s Word. Not with the junk and twisted world view of
our culture. A recent survey revealed that America’s
children and teenagers now spend an average of more than seven and a half days (hours)
of involved in electronic media. That would include TV, video games, listening to music,
surfing the web, texting, email, etc. Seven and a half hours of every day in electronic
media. And the problem is a lot of that is going to influence you in the wrong way. No. Here is what the Bible is saying. Fill
your mind with the things of God. Philippians 4 says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true
and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think
about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Number two. I need to present my tongue to
God. What we say matters. Words have power. Both to build up or to tear down. James 3:5
says, “The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark
can set a great forest on fire.” And we are so interested in the dirt on people.
What are they really like? And you know we may get a piece of information. Some will
say, “Now I don’t know if this is true will say but.” What? You don’t know if
it is true. “No. I don’t know if it is true, but I heard.” Wait. If you don’t
know it is true why would you repeat it? Have you ever had a lie told about you? Have
you ever had someone gossip about you? You know how that feels? Well the very word gossip
just hisses. Gossip. What is the source of that? How about the father of lies. The one
that loves to sow discord among us. I am talking about the devil. Maybe we should apply the acronym THINK before
we speak. THINK. T stands for is it true? Before I pass on this bit of information ask
myself the question is it true. I suggest that would stop a lot of information dead
in its tracks. H. Is it helpful? I. Is it inspiring? N. Is it necessary? K. Is it kind?
THINK before you speak. “Well Greg if I applied that acronym I would
hardly say anything.” Amen. Do us all a favor and shut up. Dedicate your tongue to God. Instead of using
it to tear down others and to spread gossip use it to build up others and to glorify God. We need to also present our hands and feet
to God too. Proverbs 6:16–18 says, “There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven
things he detests: haughty eyes.” Which would mean an arrogant look. “A lying tongue.”
We have touched on that. “Hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet
that race to do wrong.” Hands that kill the innocent. Feel that race
to do wrong. That is the wrong use of your hands and feet. How much more glorious it
is to use your hands to help others and to use your feet to bring the gospel to others. Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the
feet of those that bring good news.” “I urge you therefore brothers,” Paul
is saying, “Present yourselves to God as a living sacrifice, which is your reasonable
service.” See that word reasonable. It could better be translated logical. In other words
it doesn’t make any sense to not do this. A half-hearted commitment is illogical. It
is good for nothing. Listen. To be a Christian means to give as much of myself as I can to
as much of Jesus Christ as I know. Again. To be a Christian means I give as much of
myself as I can to as much of Jesus Christ as I know. We should be growing in our faith.
If you have known the Lord for a period of time you should be stronger spiritually today
than you were a year ago. Certainly stronger than you were 10 years ago. But for some of
us our best days are in the rearview mirror. We are resting on our laurels. We are living
in the past. It is time to continue this growth process. This is the reasonable thing to do.
Present yourself as a living sacrifice and then we will know His will. Number two. Don’t be conformed to this world.
What does the Bible means when it says the world? It doesn’t mean the planet per se.
It means a culture. A mentality. A way of thinking that is largely hostile to God. 1
John 2:15 defines the world as follows. “Love not the world, neither the things that are
in the world. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
the pride of life is not of the father but of the world.” A more modern translation
states that verse this way. “Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods.
Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on
in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear
important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and
all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants
is set for eternity.” Love not the world. Don’t be conformed to
the world Paul says. And by the way this word conformed refers to the act of assuming an
outward appearance that does not accurately reflect that which is within. In other words
Paul is saying, “Don’t masquerade as if you belong to the world.” See we all want to just fit in. We don’t
want to be thought of as a dork, a nerd, a fool, an idiot. We don’t want to be classified
as uncool. So we will do the thing that we think others want us to do. Paul says, “Don’t
be conformed to this world.” As the J. B. Phillips translation puts it, “Don’t let
this world squeeze you into its mold. Don’t pretend to be something you really are not.” Sort of like what we all do on Halloween.
We put a costume on. A mask on. This last year as I went out as Strawberry Shortcake.
I probably shouldn’t have shared that. But that’s not true. But the thing is is you
know you pretend to be someone you actually are not. And this is what Paul is saying. Don’t do
that. Don’t try to appear to be of this world when you are not of this world. I think so much of the world’s thinking
has entered the life of Christians. Even sometimes even in the church. Like just take the world’s
view of marriage. What is the world’s view of marriage? Forget marriage. Let’s just
take the world’s view of love and romance. What is it? Until you get sick of the person.
Look at Hollywood as an example. You know how long these people are together on the
cover of the magazines. So-in-so they are together. Oh they broke up. Oh they are together.
Oh they broke up you know. And what do these people have? Relationships that last like
two days you know. And I am talking the marriages. The others are even shorter. You know so basically
the world’s mentality is sure go ahead and get married if you want to get married. But
you know if it isn’t working out, if you don’t like the person anymore unload them.
Dump them. Cut them loose you know. They probably ought to change the vows from till death do
us part to till boredom do us part. I am bored with you. Bye. And even in the church we will see people
say, “Well you know our marriage isn’t working out. It is difficulty. We have irreconcilable
differences.” I hate hearing that. As I have said before, I have had irreconcilable
differences with my wife for 35 years. We are different. She is neat. I am messy. She
is one way. I am another. Welcome to reality. But oh no. Irreconcilable differences. Let’s
just dissolve the relationship. No. That’s not biblical think. You are being squeezed
into the mold of the world. No. Listen. I want God’s will. God’s will
is always better than my own. Don’t be conformed to this world. Be transformed by the renewing
of your mind that you may know the good and perfect and acceptable will of God. God’s
will is good. Now God’s definition of good may be different
than our definition of good. Just as my definition of good is different than my granddaughter’s
definition of good. Her definition of good is eating quesadillas, playing with toys,
and watching Care Bear cartoons. My definition of good is I am good with the toys and the
quesadillas. Not so much with the Care Bear cartoons. I have learned more about Care Bears
than I ever knew before. But you see the point is she is only three and I am 23. And plus
a few more years. And so my definition of good is different than hers. My definition
of good for her includes a nap, proper nutrition, other things that I know will help her. And so often in the same way our definition
of good is different than God’s definition of it. We define good as that which is fun,
pleasurable, happy, enjoyable, pain free, in the moment. Something along those lines.
God’s definition of good is that which is productive, character building, eternally
focused. I tend to focus on the small picture. God looks at the big one. I am thinking more
of the here and now. God more of the by and by. I think more of the temporal. God more
of the eternal. But listen. Know this. His plan is good. If you want to know the good
will of God. Ok. All right. So these are just general principles.
So here is what you need to do. You need to willingly offer yourself to God. Commit yourself
to Him. Don’t let this world squeeze you into its mold. But be transformed by the renewing
of your mind that you might know God’s will. Now let’s close with some principles about
how to know God’s will as individuals. How do I know if what I am about to do is the
will of God? Number one. You need to always build it on
what the Word of God says. The Bible says His Word is a lamp unto our feet and light
to our path. God will never lead you contrary to the written Word. If it is not in the Word
it is not of the Lord. That is why you need to be familiar with, conversant with the Word
of God. The way I know right and wrong is from studying the Bible. This is the source
of truth. You remember those people in Berea scrutinized
the Scripture to see if those things were true that were being said to them. Everything
you need to know about God is found in the pages of the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All
Scripture is breathed by God and it is useful to teach what is true and make us realize
what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.
It is God’s way of preparing us in every way fully equipped for every good thing God
wants us to do.” I bring this up because people will say, “I
have a new revelation from the Lord. You won’t find it in the Bible. This just came to me.”
Well it didn’t come from the Holy Spirit buddy. Because listen. If it is true it is
not new. And if it is new it is not true. We don’t need new revelations. We need to
take everything so-called revelation, every teaching and compare it to what the Scripture
clearly says. We need to realize how precious this Bible is. I am holding my grandmother’s Bible that
was just given to me by my Aunt Willie who has had it for years. As you can see the front
cover is gone. It is held together by tape. And I am going to get it recovered. But as
you open it up. This is the Bible she took to church with her. And she wrote in the names
of her children when they were born. I was looking through it. It is falling apart as
I hold it. But she has the name of my aunt here. And here is my mom’s name. Born in
1928. Here is my brother. Born in 1945. Here I am. She writes down. Gregory. Born December
10, 1954. I was very excited when I read that because my birth certificate says 1952. That
means I am two years younger according to my grandmother Mama Stella. But I actually
think she got the date wrong because I do have the birth certificate. But this was her
Bible. Look at how it is falling apart. I like to see a Bible that is falling apart.
It has been said, “A Bible that is falling apart is usually a good indication of a life
that isn’t.” What if we treated our Bibles like we treat
our cell phones? Think how important cell phones have come to us. Have you noticed how
everyone has them now? Even younger kids have them. In fact a recent study pointed out that
66% of kids now own a cell phone. Even my granddaughter has a cell phone. She is only
three. Now it is not functioning. It is a Dora the Explorer cell phone. But it is really
quite impressive. You push a button and Dora talks to you. “Hi. How are you? What are
you doing?” And then she says, “You are my best friend.” And then she says, “Have
to go. Bye.” And I actually kind of got involved in the conversation with Dora the
other day. And, “Hi. How are you?” “I am really good. How are you?” “You are
my best friend.” “Well thank you Dora.” And I started like to share a secret like
friends do. And she said, “Got to go. Bye.” Kind of blew me off. Kind of hurt. But then
I realized I am talking to a computer chip. Actually Dora herself is a drawing. But still. You know everyone has cell phones now. And
believe it or not I read an article where they are actually making cell phones now for
dogs. I am not kidding. It is shaped like a bone. It hangs around their neck. It has
a two-way kind of speaker on it. So if your dog runs off you can call him. And he hears
you through the speaker. You know. Sit. Poor dog. Come home now. Runs home. They don’t
make them for cats. Cats wouldn’t even listen. I was out with some friends the other day
and we all had our cell phones. We sat down. We are waiting for the server to come. And
everybody was looking at their emails or their texts. And I am sitting there looking at everyone
on their phone. So I texted everyone simultaneously. “So when are we going to eat?” They all
looked up at me you know. I was like can we put the phones down for a moment. I mean phones have become so essential to
all of us now. All the things they can do. Of course they check emails. You can play
video games. Take photos. Take videos. Update your Facebook page. Tweet people. They even
make phone calls. Not very well. Some of them. I have a phone. I won’t say who my carrier
is. But it drops calls all the time. AT&T. And it drives me crazy. Because you know you
are telling someone, “So the thing I really want to say, and I really need your reaction
is,” And you say it and there is no answer. What? What? You haven’t been talking to
them for three minutes ok. You have been. Because the call was dropped. But someone raises this question. What if
we treated our Bibles like we treat our cell phones? This is not original to me. They said,
“What if we carried our Bible around like we carry our cell phone? In our purse or our
pocket. What if we flipped through our Bibles several times a day? What if when we realized
we forgot it at home turned back and got it? What if we used it to receive messages from
the Lord? What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it? What if we gave it as gifts
to our kids? What if we used it when we traveled? What if we used it in case of emergency? One
more thing. Unlike our cell phone. We don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected
because Jesus already paid the bill. And no dropped calls.” I like that. How precious is the Word of God to you? “Greg
I have my Bible on my cell phone.” Ok. Fine. Don’t mess my point up. Ok. I have my Bible
on my cell phone too. That is good. But there is something about opening up the Word of
God and saying, “Lord speak.” But then some people you know will come up
with the wackiest things from the Bible. “God just told me to do this. I read it in the
Bible.” How did you do it? “I just held it up and the wind blew it. And I said Lord
what is Your will. And I read it. And Judas went and hanged himself. It is in the Bible.
And I said but Lord how does that apply to me personally. And I held my Bible up again
and then the wind blew the pages. Go thou and do likewise. Oh no.” Are you an idiot? Walk into this right now.
What is wrong with you? Read verses in context. What is said before it? What is said after
it? Does that jive with other passages of Scripture? God is going to speak to you through His Word.
This is where He will give us our primary truth. But then believing something is the will of
God I ask for confirmation. God also speaks to us through circumstances where He will
confirm His Word to us. The Lord spoke to Gideon. But he asked for confirmation. In
Gideon’s case he asked the Lord to demonstrate it in a tangible way and he said, “Lord
now have a fleece, which is an animal skin, and I am going to put it out on the ground
in the morning.” Normally of course there would be dew on the ground. But so Gideon
said, “Lord if You have told me this I am going to put this fleece out and if there
is dew on the fleece and the ground is dry I will know it is You speaking it to me.”
Interesting request. Gets up the next morning. It is just as he
asked. So he reverses it now and wants dew on the ground and he wants the fleece dry.
And again the Lord confirms it. I am not suggesting we ask God to do all of
these little tricks to know His will. But I do believe that when I have seen something
in Scripture I believe is the will of God that He will open the doors for me. Ok. And
it will confirm that I am doing the right thing. A good example is the story of Philip who
was directed by the Lord to go to the desert. And the Lord didn’t give him any more information.
He just said, “Go to the desert.” And so Philip is standing out there in the desert
waiting. Lizards are standing around. Lizards. Lizards. I wanted to see how she did lizards.
I am watching the girl sign. Lizards. Lizards. Lizards. Lizards. Lizards. Snakes too. Snakes.
Snakes. And lizards. Hot sun. Nice. Nice. She is good isn’t she? She is good. Very
nice. So do the lizard again. I want to learn that. Do the lizard. That’s cool. L. Are
you call me a loser? It doesn’t mean that. Anyway so he went out there and he waited.
And then along comes a man from Ethiopia who had been searching for God and didn’t find
Him. Confirmation. He was in the will of God. So first Lord lead me through the Word of
God. Operating on biblical principles. The Lord opens the doors and confirms things through
circumstances. And then there is that work in your heart.
That peace of God sealing the deal if you will. Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace
of Christ rule in your heart, since as members of one body, you are called to peace, and
be thankful.” Or as another translation puts it, and I think quite helpfully, “Let
the peace of God as an umpire settle with finality all matters that arise in your heart.” You know there might be something that seems
to be biblically sound and it seems as though the doors are opening. But inside of your
heart there is a sense that this just isn’t right. I have learned to listen to that. Sometimes
the Lord gives you discernment about things that are happening that you can’t see outwardly
but are indeed happening. Lord give me your peace on this situation. Scripture says, “You
will go out with joy and be led forth with peace. The mountains and the hills will break
forth before you into singing.” God will lead you with His peace. When you are in the
will of God there will be joy and peace as a result. Fourth and lastly there is the issue of God’s
timing. Sometimes we have the right idea but our timing is way off. Like old Moses man.
I mean he had the right idea that Israel should not be captive to Egypt. But man he went about
it in the worst way imaginable. Murdering that Egyptian who is beating a Hebrew. He
had the right idea to get the Israelites out of captivity. He was just way too early. And
he was exiled for 40 years. And then in God’s timing he went back and did what the Lord
called him to do. Moses spent 40 years in Pharaoh’s court finding out he was a somebody,
40 years in the wilderness finding out he was a nobody, and then 40 years finding out
what God can do with a somebody that realizes they are a nobody. Timing is everything. The Bible says, “God
makes all things beautiful in His time.” Listen. If the timing is wrong, God says slow.
If you are wrong God says grow. If the request is right and the timing is right and you are
right God says go. So I want to get that timing right. The will of God. He wants to reveal it to
you. The will of God. He has a plan for you. So we need to say like young Samuel said,
“Speak Lord, Your servant is listening. I want to hear your voice.” And the reason I can have this kind of relationship
with God, the reason I can call Him Friend is because Jesus tangibly showed His love
for me by dying on the cross. And then He told me to remember what He did in something
we call communion or the Lord’s Supper. We receive these elements that are symbols
of His broken body and His shed blood to be reminded of the great sacrifice of Christ.
When He called His disciples in the upper room He took that broken unleavened bread
and He took that cup and said, “Take, eat, drink in remembrance of Me. Do this to remember
what I have done for you.” There is nothing mystical in these elements.
But they represent a holy God who has made a tremendous sacrifice for us. When we come
to the communion table we are told to do a little self-examination before we receive
the elements. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:27, “If anyone eats this bread or drinks
this cup of the Lord unworthily or literally in an unworthy manner. That person is sinning
against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before
you eat the bread and drink from the cup.” So before you receive the elements examine
yourself. Communion is not for everyone. It is for believers
only. Not for perfect believers. Otherwise none of us could partake. It doesn’t say
that you have to be worthy to receive communion. It says don’t receive it in an unworthy
manner, which means don’t disrespect what it represents. The elements are not holy but
the God they represent is. So I look at my life and I say am I where
I need to be spiritually. Remember back in the Garden of Eden how God asked Adam, “Where
are you?” Did God ask that because He was oblivious to the whereabouts of His boy Adam?
No. God asked Adam that question because He wanted him to come clean. Because He asked
him after he had sinned. “Adam where are you?” “Well Lord I am actually hiding.”
What Adam needed to say was, “And I have sinned against You and I have disobeyed You.”
But of course we all know how Adam blamed his wife. “It is the woman You gave me.” So here today God might be asking some of
us, “Where are you?” Not where are you physically. You are at a pew at Harvest Christian
Fellowship or sitting outside. Wherever you are on our grounds. Or listening on the radio
or sitting at home watching a computer screen. I don’t mean where are you physically. Where
are you spiritually? Where are you at right now in your walk with God? We have talked a little bit about the world
squeezing us into its mold. Is that a description of you? Have you been allowing this culture
to mold you instead of the Word of God? Or have you been being conformed to this world
which means you have been trying to appear to be something you really are not. Then maybe
a recommitment is in order. But there might be some of you here that aren’t
believers yet? You haven’t yet put your faith in Christ. You haven’t asked for His
forgiveness. I said at the beginning of the message God’s will for you is that you be
saved. I mean that is number one. And if you have not yet asked Christ to come into your
life I am going to give you an opportunity to do that as we now pray before we receive
communion. You do not want to receive these elements if you are not a believer in the
Lord Jesus Christ. But if you are not yet a believer and you want to become one why
don’t you pray with me right now. Let’s bow our heads. Father I pray for any that
have joined us that do not yet know You. Help them to see Lord the words we have shared
today are true. They are Your words. Help them to come to You now and be forgiven of
their sin we pray.

100 thoughts on “How to Know the Will of God

  1. @SmokeWeedLikeOxyen Well-said; one thing to do—let THEM play with the explosives…..on the Autobahnn….after all, they ARE blessed. Peace

  2. @SmokeWeedLikeOxygen PEOPLE perished bec.of lack of knowledge,,,that is what GOD said thru the bible,,, bible GOD written word…It was written by MOISES,PROPHET,JESUS DECIPLES and APOSTLE according to their experience how GOD'S moved into their lives…common man wake up…don't let satan deceived you,,,, satan deception in ur life make it enough..JESUS LOVES YOU…JEREMIAH 33:3

  3. From my viewpoint, it is criminal to propagate religions. Priests, pastors, gurus, any religious AUTHORITY should be either treated for mental illness or incarcerated for mass fraud.

  4. @FreddyFuFu It's coming. Predicted in the book of revelation Oh we will bre killed for our faith as well. Hey, since you have the spirit why don't you sign up for the job? It's OK my friend, I will pray for you while you pull the trigger.

  5. The logical moral conduct of a catholic is to commit mass murder just after a mass confession in order to send everyone at the same time to Heaven. No one has time to miss their family this way. Wait! that is what the crusader did! They would actually give out the last sacrament at a distance to the ennemy before every massacre. Great religion.

  6. @rybizz24 bibles are faity tales. It says that angels had sex with women and they gave birth to heroes before the flood. I bet you do not believe that one. Genesis 6.1

  7. @rybizz24 Daniel 8 is the report of an hallucination that even Daniel admits do not understand and some guy tells him it about kings. Nowhere is Alexander or macedonians mentioned. Cyrus was not predicted by name hundreds of years in advance by the Bible and the nation prediction was not a miracle but a desire and a plan justified by a supposed promess from God.

  8. @rybizz24 Daniel 8 is the report of an hallucination that even Daniel admits do not understand and some guy tells him it is about kings. Nowhere is Alexander or macedonians mentioned. Cyrus was not predicted by name hundreds of years in advance by the Bible and the nation prediction was not a miracle but a desire and a plan justified by a supposed promess from God.

  9. @FreddyFuFu. Read Daniel 8. It speaks of Daniel having a vision of a ram and a goat. You are right, he doesn't understand, and the angel explains it to him (8:16). He explains the ram represents the Medo-Persian empire and the two horns (8:3) reprents the Medes and the Persians. The goat represents the Grecian Empire (8:21) and the horn represents the King (8:21). In the vision the ram is running west, north, and south, and no animal can stop him (8:4) However, then he is approached by the

  10. @FreddyFuFu. goat who tramples the ram (8:7). The goat's horn breaks and 4 new horns grow (8:8). These horns represents the 4 kingdoms that will arise out of the first kingn (8:22). History has shown that has indeed happend as Cyrus the Great (the ram) was conquering and could not be stopped until he was defeated by Alexander the Great (the goat). When Alexander the Great dies (the horn breaking) he is succeded by his 4 generals (the 4 new horns that grew). All of this happened exactly as

  11. @FreddyFuFu. this book predicted, history tells us this. Cyrus IS predicted by name in Isiah 45:1-7 and 44:28. Scholars agree this book was dated 150 years before Cyrus was even born. And as for genesis 6, it was fallen angels (demons) that mated with humans and produced a half man half demonic race. The Bible refers to it as the Nephilim. This was a primary reason for God sending the flood. Though is is subject to debate, I personally hold this view because other scripture supporyts it

  12. @DrownedAtLakeBodom What I know is that there is a God who's son is Jesus Christ. Jesus is not hanging on a cross because He is risen and alive right now. He was born of a virgin and died on the cross to pay the debt of all mankind. Was buried and rose again on the third day blessing us with salvation from our sins, from your sins. He returned to heaven blessing mankind with the Holy Spirit. You can be freed from the anger you always have inside of you. You know God exists. Its why you resist.

  13. its funny how someone who does not study the scriptures will just go ahead and make false statements in the form of questions. It a slick way of saying their unbelief of God. Just like the "slickness" of the serpent in the garden….. check it out @vatiz93.
    Have a nice day?

  14. @berner One verse: John 3:16. I think you can handle reading one verse. You don't even need to have a Bible. Just do a search. I only share this because you seem to be conflicted, and I hope it helps you. Peace!

  15. @abvgdejziukl That's not irony, that's human…just like you! Christians are humans…just like you! Who make mistakes and miss the mark…JUST LIKE YOU! If you are perfect, the Christ and Christianity are unnecessary! I'm not perfect, but at least I realize it, thus I need Jesus.
    Bless You

  16. @babyjdad comments are a part of critical thinking you have too hear as many opposing sides as possible and decide for yourself who is right…if I released a video that said "The bible says that prayer is sinful" and then I disabled comments I would have a bunch of people believing that it was a sin too pray 😐 that's why I don't watch videos without comments 🙂

  17. @abvgdejziukl Where in the bible does it say that the world is flat!

    GO to JOB 26:7 He stretches out the north over empty space; he hangs the earth on nothing. (Written about 1500 years B.C)

    GO to ISAIAH 40:22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. ( Written about 700 years B.C)

    My friend don't make the biggest mistake in your life.

  18. @beerbu you don't have to live with it. if your creator is real then ask Him to show you if He is real. God proves Himself in many different ways but more importantly He is the only one who can truly answer the question is God real. i believe God is real and you believe God is not real both are unproveable. i can't prove to you, and you can't prove to me but God can prove to us both. i did ask and i recommend anyone who is truly curious and not set in their ways should ask too. its easy proof:)

  19. @FreddyFuFu excellent point. may i ask how many times you've heard anyone stand up and say yes the crusades were right? and can i ask where in the Bible it is found that mass murder is a Christian thing? ill help its not there. Jesus spent a good portion of His time scolding "religious leaders" about how they got it all wrong. I'm glad you were able to point out a post Jesus event that is another example of "religious leaders" getting it all wrong. religion isn't God

  20. @abvgdejziukl When you learn to distinguish between Christianity and Catholicism, then you will find a clear answer to your question. Please read more, especially the book you are criticizing. The earth there has been a sphere for thousands of years. There are the basics for string theory, matter-time, and much more…

  21. i'm sorry if this comment is going to offended anybody but you see i think this is a bit boring or at least for my age i'm only 20 so if you see anymore comments that say this is boring please send them to the skit guys there the funniest best men i've every seen there the reason i believe in god know even thought i can spell 🙂 *looks down*

  22. Saying that the WHOLE concept is a mistake without providing some reasons for it is silly. Many scholars claim it to be true. I am not making a claim that it is a Bible-based concept, but that there are some reasons to consider it. To the best of my knowledge, the string theory is still only a theory. There are many other scientific facts the Bible foretold that one can leave the string theory without a headache. Still learn to distinguish between Catholicism and Christianity, they differ a lot!

  23. It is NOT by works that we are saved.You contradict yourself. Either Jeshua ONLY saves, or YOU have to DO sth to EARN salvation. If she really were a disciple of Christ, she'd've made it to Him, no matter what. One may lose the reward, but where your heart is, you'll be. If she gave her life to Christ, the Only way to God, then she'll be with Him, just like David who sinned, but still made way to God's heart… Many people of God failed in daily walk with God, but succeeded anyway. Maranatha!

  24. Thank u for be a soldier for god .we r growing stronger everday because of soldier like u we will always keep the faith . to the non believers tried to read the bible more then a second tried to look through and read chapters more then a second and find yourself in it……… U WILL if u read more then a second. bless to all

  25. God and jesus are not real if they was they wouldnt make some people assholes jerkoffs and faggits and they wouldnt be such a fucking bitch to not let us see him, keep worshipping nothing dumb asses

  26. Jesus or God is a philosopher…do unto others what you would have them do to you….that's a great way to lead a life….its the traditions and the fundamentalists that fuck up ANY religion…and lead to for a lack of better words Mind control…Humans can be moral without God…jesus said it already

  27. Yes I will keep the faith. To answer your question he give u free will to be a "ahole f-up " but no body is perfect . And he still love u . So read the bible more then a second…… maybe U WILL find yourself and real feel like u want to feel …..BEST HIGH EVER ….GOD bless u bro… IN JESUS NAME

  28. Why did u click on here to said stupid comment in what u don't believe…….THAT ridiculous…but that your right …. So deuces I am done with u people …… But I'll pray for u people been fun ….GOD BLESS

  29. Logic? Critical thinking? Reason? Of who yourself? Haha who r you? A mere man that's no better thats no better than anyone else? Haha You not perfect so it's gonna be hard to understand something that is so stop using your own knowledge to understand something you clearly incapable of. Give up man the one way to live you live is with God it's not gonna hurt you or kill you so why are u being such a girl about it? Your think we're weak cuz we believe in God? Who's the real weak person the perso

  30. I dont understand how some of you can be so quick to judge on something you know very little about, God is real read the bible go to church find out about Him. Your all so ignorant and selfish just to say something is flat out fake and wrong when you dont know crap about it. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is the bible and everything that ever existed. God bless you all.

  31. @Liive4Jesus yes of course. Atheists are the ones who live in a bubble. I'm sorry, but I don't see the point of wasting my Sunday sitting in a pew with a bunch of maniacs while we listen to a child molester read a 5000 year old book of fairytales. By saying that we need to believe god exists to meet him, is like saying that my dog doesn't talk, but if I believe he can talk, then he will. Get real you Braindead sheep.

  32. @Liive4Jesus When it comes to evolution, who are you going to believe? The scientists who spend their entire life studying and learning, and are dedicated to solving the mysteries of life. Or some book that was written centuries ago. Religion is not logical, and has been proven wrong time and time again. But to you crazies, you only see people as believers, or devils who lie. So you're going to say that scientists are working for Satan. You know that the average atheist actually has a higher iq

  33. @xxba01 you know why atheists argue against religion? It's not because we try to make them feel bad. It's because the people who run most of the countries in the world are idiots who believe this Jesus crap, so when the people who make our laws are brainwashed we want them to understand what's true and what's not. I still see a huge difference between the Intelligence of the religious videos comment section, and the atheist video one. It's amazing to be how gullible you are. And everyday, more

  34. Saulo u dumb shit? Every1 was arrogant when they started using a.d as a fucking timeline. That arguement is invalid. Dumb fuck. Tell me the proves that shows that god exists? All the books are written to human BY fucking human.

  35. Wow kingkissiable, sounds like you've had a rough life haven't you? How do you know everyone was arrogant at that time? Were you there? Or did you read that from a book written by man? I can't provide solid proof that God exists just like you can't provide proof that he doesn't. Either way, sounds like you need serious help since all you can do is use incorrect grammar and hurl diatribes over the internet. Hope your life gets better buddy.

  36. a will will find a way!first know what is the God on the earth!the day is the father of all alives on the earth,the night is the mother of all alives!whom did you like?mother or father?we wake from rising of the sun,we felt to take a rest in the night,know the GOD at your door step!ithout the god wiil we not able to take breath,to live without air is the top possition of GOD will!start the excercise!the hunger is the GOD will on the earth!

  37. there are reasons for those points you know. for example women are treated less because eve tempted adam in the garden so god says women are less because they tempted man

  38. I have been asking this question about how to know the will of God in my life and what can I teach others about the perfect will of God. This time I have known it. Thank you for this video about how to know the will of God.

  39. "I dissolve in trust
    I will sing with joy
    I will end up dust
    I’m in heaven"
    this video came out when I wrote the lirycs..weird

  40. John 17:25 KJV -O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
    Of course the world would respond in the way they have on this video and all other religious videos because they are still of the flesh. We understand because we are not of this world. We are Kingdom people. Let's continually pray and spread the word to the lost instead of arguing with them. Thank you Pastor Greg!

  41. Why do you bother to watch if this is how you feel.I think that in your corrupt heart you really want what is being offered.May GOD open your eyes to his love.

  42. my friend if you do not like this why are you here watching and reading so you can act clever? all im saying if you don't want anything to do with god or the bible then go away but if you want to learn and understand god then listen to what is been said no good been a fool showing off no one likes it god bless and take care

  43. "God can be said to be a mind or will that manifests as life and the physical universe, everything real. Our goal is to know this mind completely, know what it does and why it does it. To know it so well we become part of it, become it. God's will becomes our will; his mind our mind. We become the hand of God and do God's will."- M. Smith. You have to become one with God/life. Do you want to receive true life? Go to the truthcontest website and open the present (with religion).

  44. Beware of Greg Laurie! Extreme false teacher and false prophet. Get a pen and paper and write down all these heretical beliefs and denials: Greg denies the Biblical doctrine of predestination, he denies the doctrine of election (God chooses in salvation), Greg denies the particular subsitutionary death of Christ for His elect people and replaces it with a "universal potential" atonement heresy. Greg teaches the heresies of JN Darby which are many and severe. The pre trib rapture also. BEWARE!

  45. Beware of Greg Laurie! Extreme false teacher and false prophet. Get a pen and paper and write down all these heretical beliefs and denials: Greg denies the Biblical doctrine of predestination, he denies the doctrine of election (God chooses in salvation), Greg denies the particular subsitutionary death of Christ for His elect people and replaces it with a "universal potential" atonement heresy. Greg teaches the heresies of JN Darby which are many and severe. The pre trib rapture also. BEWARE!

  46. You need to learn what is fundamental in Christianity… Calvinism is not fundamental there are God fearing Christians on both sides of that debate… Why don't you go study the Bible and figure out how you ought to treat your weaker brother who has a hard time excepting predestination. Hint its in Romans 14… So please don't blast someone when you yourself are acting extremely unchristian. May God grant for you to find a place in your heart for those who disagree with you in secondary things.

  47. part 1 read all parts to get full information.
    Romans 8:29

    English Standard Version (ESV)

    29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

  48. opportunity, God predestine a plan to help men have a chance to experience life with Him just like the angels. This Chance could only be possible thru Christ His Son, If men reject His Son then they just like the angels would have to be separated from God and His Son.

  49. part 2
    Personal note: I believe, since God is all knowing He has always known ahead of time what was going to happen once he started all His creation including men.
    I believe that his plan for creating men was decided before He created angels.
    If God would had created men first, men would still had sinned and would still had needed a savior.
    Why is this, since God makes everything perfect and without sin.


  50. part 3God knew that if they would take their eyes of Him they would fall to wrong thinking and evil desires. That is what satan did.
    Each angel is a creation of God they are not born like men. Angels unlike men know what it is to live with God they all ready have what men does not yet have which is a life eternally with God. But satan in his pride rejected God and took one third of the angels with him, they unlike men they have no redemption since they are already spirit.

  51. part4
    God first created angel giving them eternal life with Him, God did not destroyed satan because His love and justice toward all creation. If God would had sent the rebellious angels to hell, then His mercy and grace would not be understood. God knew satan would also cause men to rebel against Him. God wanted to give each individual a chance to live eternally with Him just like He did with angels, but since men didn’t yet have the

  52. Jesus knows the Father that's why He believes the Father. If you don't know Jesus you will not believe He will answer your prayers. When you know Jesus you know He does not lie and what you ask in His Name you will receive that the Father will be glorified.

    When I was in bible study in church some of the people told the bible study teacher they used the bible too much. This is the reason why most people in the church love their sin they do not read God's Word for direction and correction. We're created to change the world. To pray that God through Christ Jesus changes the mindsets of people. God who is Jesus and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The Spirit who raised Christ Jesus dwells in us. We have power over the devil and all evil. These disobedient angels that torment non-believers fear the Spirit that dwells in us.

    These are the last days the Bible is true how people having a form of godliness but denying its power. I've watched too many videos of those who say they believe God denying His Power. It doesn't matter what non-believers do or think we have the power of The Holy Spirit to pray the Father through Christ Jesus to rebuke the evil in humans so they will no longer be in bondage by the devil.

    Use your power stop fearing humans and start changing the world with your words. God supplies our needs no one needs to please people to get money God will provide not the government or your jobs.

    John 15
    5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

    John 8

    54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. 55 Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

    57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

    58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

    Matthew 7

    21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

    John 6 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

    John 6  40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

    Romans 12: 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    Galatians 1: 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

    1 Thessalonians 4: 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

    2 Timothy 3

    3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

  53. Thank you pastor Greg. I always like your sermons. I've watched for last 25 years. You get to the point and tell it like it is as God wants us to be. You are not a cookie cutter pastor you teach the word of the Bible into everyday world. We listen with peace in our hearts. People that are offended by your sermons and don't like it are not listening to the Only God and not The Holy Spirit. These are the people that need to wake up and listen to pastor Greg. You are going on the wrong path if you don't know way of the Lord and The Holy Spirit.😁

  54. Pastor Greg, there was a bit about worldly influences when you mentioned Halloween and that you celebrate Halloween. Can you enlighten me as to history of Halloween and its influences on the Christian community?

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