Here is a short and clear sermon on KNOWING GOD’S WILL. I’m not a preacher, but I know stuff and love to share. So, to all those who truly want to know God’s will, for themselves in any situation, here’s how.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove (to yourself) what the will of God is, that which is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Knowing God’s will is important.
The hard part, for us, is having our mind transformed when there are so many distractions. We each carry our own version of worldly thoughts and ways when we enter God’s kingdom. Isaiah’s words enlighten us to the changes that are needed to be made. “Let the wicked forsake his way, (that’s us)and the unrighteous man his thoughts; (that’s us too) let him return to the LORD, (repentance) and He will have mercy on him; And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (forgiveness) (Isaiah 55:7)
We cannot know God’s will, “His good, well-pleasing and perfect will,” without a life of repentance. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”‘ (Isaiah 55:8-9) Can you see that as His children we have much to learn from our Father?
God will teach us His thoughts and ways if we do more than just mentally agree. We must experience and “prove” His perfect will by doing as we have been taught. That is how we are “transformed.” The abundance of God’s kindness, tolerance and patience leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4) and obedience. Jesus was sent that we might know His Father’s will.
Distractions, a world full of them.
So, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Lord, You have placed us in Your church with others just like us, learning Your thoughts and ways. That requires us to be kind, tolerant and patient, as you are with us. Help us, and forgive us when we fail. You are teaching us to love as You do. And that is Your good, well-pleasing and perfect will for us in all things. To love as You do. Thank you.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers (and sisters) to dwell together in unity.” (Psalm 133:1)