How Do You Know God’s Will?
Posted on: March 20, 2013, by : Brandon Gilliland

There is a common question that encompasses many Christian’s lives: “How do I follow God’s will for my life”?  As Christians, we should desire to stay in God’s will for our lives. If we are truly following Christ, we should have the desire to please and serve Him.

If you are always questioning if what you are doing is within God’s will, then how can you serve Him to your best ability? The answer is rather simple, but it is hard to live it out: we need to keep our focus on God. This is easy to say, but it is not easy to live out on a daily basis. There are a few things that I have to remind myself of all the time to be able to be assured that I am living out God’s will for my life.

Pray

First off, prayer is important. If prayer is not an important part of your life, you can be certain that God’s direction will not be clear. If you are not on the same wavelength as God, you are not going to make the decisions that He wants you to make.

“Pray without ceasing…”

-1 Thessalonians 5:17

Keep the Main Goal in Mind

After prayer is established as an important thing in your life, you need to keep the main goal in mind. Obviously, this goal can not be set properly without consulting God first. When you try to set your own goals without consulting God, it is not always what God has in mind.

It is important to have the mindset of Christ. This only comes from spending time with Him.

 

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

-Colossians 3:2

Focus on the Small Things

Ultimately, it is essential to know God’s main goal, but it is not always beneficial to focus entirely on it. If you focus too much on the main goal, you can begin to drift. Instead, it is important to focus on the small tasks that lead you to the ultimate goal.  If you are doing everything that God wants you to do at every moment, you can be 100% sure that you are in God’s will for your life.

That is the problem though. We do not always pray. We do not always focus on God. We are not always on God’s wavelength.

This is the reason why we can stray from God’s will. He desires so much more for us, but sometimes we give up on the blessings He has for us.

This is so easy to write, but hard to live out. I wrote this post because I believe we all need to be reminded of this.

 

How do you make sure you are living God’s plan for your life? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

 

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  • I recently finished reading “Young and Purposeful” by Moyo Mamora, it talks about this very topic. It’s very enlightening. Even for those who “Think” they know their calling/purpose, this book is good to help keep ones’ focus.

  • Very well put, succinct and I am sure prayerfully thought out. Thank you!

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