Knowing God's will is crucial. "Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother," Jesus stated, referring to those who know and do the Father's will (Mark 3:35). The chief priests and elders are rebuked by Jesus in the parable of the two sons for failing to accomplish the Father's will; especially, they "did not repent and believe" (Matthew 21:32). At its most basic level, God's will is for us to repent of our sins and place our faith in Christ. We have not yet accepted God's will if we have not taken that first step.

We become God's children when we accept Christ by faith (John 1:12), and He intends to lead us in His path (Psalm 143:10). God is not attempting to conceal His will from us; rather, He desires to disclose it. In reality, in His Word, He has already given us a plethora of instructions. "Give thanks in all situations; because this is God's will for you," we are to say (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We are to carry out excellent deeds (1 Peter 2:15). "It is God's will that you be sanctified: that you avoid sexual immorality," says the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

God's will is both discernible and demonstrable. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world," says Romans 12:2, "but be changed by the renewing of your mind." Then you'll be able to put God's will to the test and approve it—His good, acceptable, and perfect will." The child of God refuses to be conformed to the world and instead enables himself to be transformed by the Spirit, according to this verse. He can know God's complete will as his mind is restored according to the things of God.

When seeking God's will, we must ensure that we are not considering something that the Bible forbids. For example, the Bible expressly prohibits stealing; because God has spoken clearly on the subject, we know it is not His desire for us to be bank robbers—we don't even need to pray about it. Also, we must ensure that anything we are considering will glorify God and assist us and others in spiritual growth.

Knowing God's will can be challenging at times since it necessitates patience. It's natural to want to know God's will in its entirety at once, but that's not how He normally operates. He exposes things to us one step at a time, each move a step of faith, and we are free to trust Him. The key thing is that we be busy doing the good that we know how to accomplish while we wait for more instruction (James 4:17).

We frequently expect God to provide specifics—where to work, where to live, whom to marry, what automobile to buy, and so on. God allows us to make decisions, and if we surrender to Him, He can protect us from making poor decisions (see Acts 16:6–7).

If we are living intimately with the Lord and sincerely desiring His will for our lives, God will put His desires in our hearts if we are truly desiring His will for our lives. The secret is to desire God's will rather than our own. In the words of David, "Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will grant you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4).

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