Knowing God’s will

July 21, 2008

by Pastor Mike Newsom, Lamson Evangelical Free Church, Dassel

Romans 12:1-2: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The secret to finding the will of God is to turn life into worship.

Our entire life is to be a spiritual worship of God. In that worship we are to be expressing through our deeds and our words how worthy God is of worship. As we do this, we are led into His will.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;  that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,  not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God . . .”

These verses refer to God’s general will, which is His will for all of us. His specific will is His will for us personally. If we ignore His general will, we will not find His specific will, at least we will not find the best that He desires for us. This is where we must turn our lives into worship.

It has been a very rare experience for the people of God to have had an audible voice from God telling them what to do. God’s normal way of leading us is that as we follow His general will, He quietly and secretly is ordering our path.

Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a man are established by the Lord,when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”

Those who delight in the way of the Lord live their lives as a spiritual worship. Their steps are ordered by the Lord.

This won’t mean that those who live godly lives will never have trouble. Life has lots of troubles.

The Psalmist David paints a picture for us in Psalm 37 of a father walking along with His child, holding his hand. Those who have had children have all experienced this. Children stumble. They trip over the cracks in the sidewalk. As they hold the parents’ hand, even when they stumble, they are not going to fall on their heads because Dad or Mom will hold them up.

If we are following God’s general will, then we have both liberty and responsibility to make decisions in our lives. God secretly guides us, but sooner or later we will make a wrong decision. If God’s way is our delight, we can be confident that He will not let us be ruined by our errors.

We live by faith. Our confidence is that when we have no idea where we are going, the Lord is our Shepherd and He leads us.