How to Find God’s Will in Your Life

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Many people are seeking to find their purpose in life.  What is God’s purpose for them?  Frequently, the desires of our hearts are also the will of God.  How can you find out what God’s will is for your life?  The answer to these questions is of supreme importance, not only for believers, but for God as well.  God wants you to know His will for your life.  A good place to start is in prayer, reading the Bible, and in seeking counsel from Christian friends.

If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ and have not placed saving faith in Him, then you are out of the will of God for He desires that all to come to repentance and faith and to be born-again.  If you are not a Christian, then you will never truly find out what God’s will is for you.  For non-believers, God’s will is for you to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior – to repent and ask Him to forgive your sins.

How To Find God's Will
The Bible is clear about what God desires from Christians. God wants us to glorify His Son’s name, Jesus Christ.

Biblical Purpose for Your Life

The Bible is clear about what God desires from Christians.  God wants us to glorify His Son’s name, Jesus Christ.  He desires that we tell others about the good news of the Gospel.  Apart from these two obvious wills of God for us, what other Scriptures tell us what God wants us to focus on?

Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  When Paul says “I urge you” the Greek indicative is to beg or plead with the brothers and sisters.  The word “urge” is more like a desperate plea for your own sakes and in fact the word urge is from the root word for “urgent.”  This means it is of critical importance.  Also, notice in verse two that it says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  This renewing is the same Greek word that typifies the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-6).  This is where the Shekina Glory was revealed to Peter, James, and John.

So we know that God desires for us to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind by the Holy Spirit.  In Romans 1:2 it says, “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  It says that only then, that is after the renewing of the mind and not being patterned after this world, that we can know “his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”  That’s it! This is His perfect will!  God’s will for our lives is that we not be conformed to the world but allow the Holy Spirit to transform our minds and then we can “what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  How clearer can it be?  That is God’s will for our lives.  It is not for us to be rich, to never be sick, and to not suffer, but to conform to His will and His will is a “perfect will!”  Wouldn’t you expect to know where to find God’s will?  Naturally you can find it in the Bible, because God’s Word to us is the Bible.

So God’s will for our lives is to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, to not be conformed to the world, and maybe even to suffer.  Wait!  To suffer?  First Peter 3:17 says, “For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”  Jesus had to suffer more than anyone else in human history and just before Calvary Jesus “fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39).  There it is. Jesus wanted to seek and do God the Father’s will over His own. And what was God’s will for Jesus?  The prophet Isaiah tells us what God’s will was for Jesus just before the brutal Calvary: “Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand” (Is. 53:10).  Yes, this was God the Father’s will for Jesus.  His will for Jesus was to “crush him and cause him to suffer” and to make “his life a guilt offering” for those who would believe in Him.  It should not surprise us then that sometimes God’s will is for us to suffer and this suffering is for God’s glory!  I realize that for some who are reading this article about how to find God’s will for your life would not ever think about it being to suffer, but this is from the Bible and the Bible is God speaking to us from His Word (2 Pet. 1:20-21, 2 Tim. 3:16).

Seek Godly Counsel

Another way to find God’s will in your life is to seek the counsel of an adviser, a friend, a pastor, or teacher.  The Bible says that “in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 24:6b).  Proverbs 11:4b also says that “there is safety in having many advisers.”  The key word in these proverbs is many.  Asking your best friend may not help you find God’s will for your life.  It may be good advice but it may not be God’s will.

It’s not like God is trying to hide His will from us or that He will not help us find His will for our lives.  Just read Ephesians 1:11, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”  Everything will work out for our best and things in our life will be according to “the purpose of his will.” Romans 8:28 confirms “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Trust God’s Sovereignty

As we read in Romans 8:28, Christians can rest in the fact that God is sovereign over everything that happens in this life.  He directs events, He puts people in our paths, and essentially He enables us to be in the right place at the right time.  Proverbs 21:1 is one of my favorite Scriptures for reassurance when I am praying for God’s will in my life, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”  If God can direct the king’s heart to “wherever He wishes”, then surely He can direct you to the right employer, to the right woman or man, to the right ministry, or whatever His will is for you.  The key here is that your will must be aligned with His will or you will be frustrated.

We already know that God’s will is for us to not be conformed to this world, to be renewed in our minds by the Holy Spirit, and to seek godly counselors, but He also wants us to know that He is directing your life in His good and pleasing sovereignty for what is best for you (Rom 8:28).  He wants you to trust Him in this directing.  Proverbs 16:33 indicates that “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”  This clearly means that if we cast some dice, God not only knows where they will land, but what their sum total will be.  That “decision is from the LORD.”  The question is, will you trust Him with it?

Daniel 4:35 says “All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.  No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”  If God does what He pleases with the nations of the world, and “no one can hold back His hand”, then surely you must know that He can help you find your will for your life which will also be His will for your life.  An important lesson here is that God’s will for your life should be what you are seeking as your will for your life.  You do not want to seek your will unless it is also God’s will. To seek a will for your life that is different from that of God’s will for your life will be a continual frustration.

Aligning Your Will With God’s

The true joy in your life will be finding God’s will for it.  Anything short of this will not be pleasing to God and will not please you in the end.  God’s will for your life is also revealed in these Scriptures.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;  that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 John 2:17The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Matthew 28:18-20Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

God’s Will is Found in the Bible

God doesn’t want to frustrate us in seeking His will for our lives.  As it says in Deuteronomy 19:29,  “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.“  We can see that finding God’s will for our lives is found in the Bible.  His words to us are His Word in print – the Bible.  You will be amazed at how much of God’s will for your life will be plainly revealed to you by simply reading the Bible every day.  God is not trying to hide His will for your life.  That is not His way.  He wants you to know His will and the will of God are in the words of God – in Scripture.

Final Thoughts on Finding the Will of God

This is not an exhaustive list, but we can sum up some of the know will of God for your life:

  • Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world.

  • Be transformed by the renewing of your mind by the Holy Spirit.

  • Suffer for doing good.

  • Seek a multitude of godly counselors.

  • Trust in God’s sovereignty.

  • Abstain from sexual immorality.

  • Live a holy, sanctified life.

  • Being thankful to God for everything.

  • Read His Word, the Holy Bible.

God’s will for your life is much more than an occupation (a teacher, a janitor, a painter, an accountant, or a carpenter) – it is for you to live a life pleasing to Him, allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind, suffer for good, trust in Him, live a holy life, and read His Word.  This is the will of God for you and for every Christian’s life.

Now the question is, will you make His will for your life, your will for your life?

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PattyG March 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Matthew,
I too pray for Pastor Jack’s strength. Of course Godly people are targets of evil. But we are tested as Pastor Jack says and our armor is grows thicker. The Sword of the Lord sharper as our offense weapon. The more evil is against us the more the Lord notices and helps us. Praise the Lord! Blessings out to everyone in the fight to overcome evil with good.
PattyG

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PattyG March 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Matthew,
I too pray for Pastor Jack’s strength. Of course Godly people are targets of evil. But we are tested as Pastor Jack says and our armor grows thicker. The Sword of the Lord sharper as our offense weapon. The more evil is against us the more the Lord notices and helps us. Praise the Lord! Blessings out to everyone in the fight to overcome evil with good.
PattyG

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Matthew Angelo March 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm

So be it, Patty.

And I am also praying for all the spiritual leaders in the world. For additional task is given to them. And that is to nurture the souls that might grow astray. I personally believe that it is our responsibility to pray for our earthly leaders strength, as they help us grow closer with our Maker every step of the way.

Thank you for youor love and time. I really appreciate it.

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PattyG March 25, 2015 at 6:43 am

Matthew,

You bring up a very good point.

I wonder if Christians realize they are to pray for our earthly leaders because they do not pray themselves to the Father in the Name of the Son?

Pray for the leaders to obey God.

Pray for our Christian leaders to stand firm when man’s laws are against the Word of God and His perfect justice?

There is a great deal of difference between what are man’s laws and what is God’s justice. We are justified only through the Holy Spirit.

So next time we pray for our leaders both Christian and secular leaders we pray for them to obey God.

Consider a devotion I just received from In Touch Ministries of Dr. Stanley, Mar 25, 2015.

“… A Commitment to Obey

Read | Daniel 1:9-21

Years ago I made a commitment to obey the Lord regardless of the cost. Like everyone else, I have made mistakes, but my determination to follow Christ has remained unchanged. When difficulties occur, such a pledge helps a person to stand firm.

We’ll all encounter times when there’s a direct conflict between God’s way and what is being asked of us. Perhaps the boss tells us to misrepresent the company’s product to customers. Or a friend may be pressuring us to join her in some risky behavior. Or family members may urge us to lie on their behalf. Saying no could bring loss, rejection, or even the end of a relationship. On the other hand, saying yes could compromise our testimony or break God’s commands.

Daniel faced such a dilemma. He and his three friends had a clear choice—to eat food prohibited by Scripture, or to refuse and incur the king’s wrath, imprisonment, or even death. Daniel showed great courage when he proposed a different eating plan (Dan. 1:12). His words and actions demonstrated his allegiance to the Lord.

Daniel and his friends were rewarded by God for their faith and commitment (v. 17). Despite their adverse circumstances, all four men confidently trusted in the Lord’s sovereign care for them.

Daniel’s choice resulted in royal favor. Jesus’ obedience led to the cross and glorification. Paul’s trust in Christ resulted in hardship. When we obey, the consequences may vary, but two things are always the same: Obedience glorifies our Father and pleases Him. What could be better than that?” …”

We are to be God pleasers and not man’s pleasers in all we say and do.

In Christian love,
PattyG

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Matthew Angelo March 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

I strongly agree, my friend.

Let me share with you one of the teachings I have learned from a book written by a pastor here in the Philippines. Sometimes we are torn between doing what is good and doing what is not. If doing either one of these will put us in trouble, better do the right thing. People might be against us, but not God. He is pleased by our right choices, even at the expense of the world turning its back on us. Just in case we fall, His mercy and forgiveness is abundant for all of us. I am not using this as a justification though, or as a license to keep on sinning. He is generous enough to forgive us when we are sincerely sorry for our wrong choices.

I know that God is currently at work blessing us all. Let us keep the faith.

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PattyG March 25, 2015 at 8:39 am

Ah Matthew,

Again we are in agreement.
Great!

I have two favorite Saints from the Bible.
Saint Barnabas “The Encourager”
and
Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, “angel” of the Church of Smyrna installed by his teacher, Saint John the Divine. Saint Polycarp is known as The Heretic Fighter.”
I hope all investigate these loyal to the Alpha and Omega even unto their mortal deaths for His sake.

They surely now have their Crowns in Heaven and full white robes as part of the Great Cloud of Witnesses who will join Our Savior with His new name on His Great Day of return.

Temporary conditions on this earth for ” a little while ” are nothing to being part of the Host who worship He who is on the Throne in all of His Glory!

Read all of John 17. Jesus’ prayer to the Father for us right before He was glorified in Crucifixion and His triumphant Resurrection.

Praise His Holy Name, God the Son, Jesus Christ!
To Him be the glory forever and ever.

Join Christians in worship especially during Holy Week, the Week of Passion Resurrection, and the PASSOVER.

Let us put aside all pagan practices of “Easter” named for the fertility goddess.

Amen!

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Matthew Angelo March 25, 2015 at 11:35 am

I have another question.

I have a friend who was an unbeliever. Then after a couple of years we met. And he became a Christian. My heart was filled with joy for the sudden change in his life, because I invited him before to go with me at our church, but he never went with me. And it seems like he was given a gift of prophecy.

The last time we met and he tried to see God’s will for my life, he was able to give me an answer. He told me the vision that God has shown him. He said that he saw me entering a huge building. And based on his interpretation, God really has a spectacular and wonderful plan for me.

I am a little bit confused. I wanna trust his gift that seems to be God-given. And I know that His plans for me are really good. I believe it because I have seen his life before, and he is a completely changed person now. He is an active worker of their church. His advise is always Bible-based, as in he cites Bible verses everytime we speak. And our conversations always began and ended with a prayer. Jesus said that we can tell if someone is known by his works, or his fruits (I can’t remember His exact statement, I am sorry). And it seems to me that he is really a man of God because I can sense it by his words and action. What is your take about this? Thank you very much.

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Jack Wellman March 25, 2015 at 11:43 am

Matthew I would be very careful. Trust God and the Spirit of God and not someone else’s vision because it cannot ever be validated as true or not or who the true source is, whether from God or not. There is no gift that I see where someone has a vision about someone’s future. I knew a man who said his pastor told him after a vision, that he was supposed to break off the engagement to marry this very godly woman. Both ended up miserable and are still single to this day. Where in the New Testament church do we see someone have a vision where someone else is supposed to do this or do that? Why wouldn’t he go to church? The Bible says to not forsake the assembling of ourselves. There are no lone ranger Christians in the New Testament church. Every gift of God of the Spirit is given for the church to be built up and edified, not for speaking to one person about what they should or shouldn’t do. You said he based his vision on “his interpretation” and that concerns me. If we want to know God’s will for our live, obey the revealed will of God in the Bible and He will reveal what He wants you to do. I would just be cautious, that is all I can say.

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Matthew Angelo March 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm

I see. Even I myself does not completely rely with what he said. Not because I don’t trust his gift or God, if that ability of His really came from Him. There is still a part of me that says keep on seeking, for He is faithful enough to put me on the right track. I am thinking that God wants me to be the one to look for the answers for my own question, by living a holy and pleasing life in His eyes. Because to tell you the truth, I was an unprayerful person. I just read the Bible whenever I wanted to. I was very complacent with my life even if I was at my darkest hour. I was thinking that in His perfect time, He will just lead me to His perfect path for me without a very good relationship with Him. I was content that I am JUST a Christian. As long as I have Him, then that is fine with me. But I realized that I am more than that, for I know that I am gonna make a difference in this world, through His majestic power. He wants to do great wonders throgh me, and His plans will only take place the moment I start doing so.

As for now, I think I will listen to what he says. Since he is a man of God as well, and he is living a holy life, there are some things that I learn from him, and he also learns for me. When it comes to my future, I just leave it to my Maker. I know that He is already perfecting His will for me. And I won’t turn back. Not now.

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