How To Know God’s Will

by Adam Becker

Scripture  contains instructions as I call it on how to hear from God found in Rom  12:1-2. This can also be used to test if someone else is hearing from  God,

It reads;

Rom 12:1-2

12:1  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your  bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your  spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer 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.

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The text says to do three things on a regular basis in order to hear from God, they are

  • Offer your body      as a living sacrifice
  • Do not conform      to the pattern of this world
  • Be transformed      by the renewing of your mind

To offer your body as a living  sacrifice means you walk in the spirit and not after the selfish desires  of the flesh, you make sacrifices in your life for God. It may mean  staying after a Sunday service a little longer and being late for lunch.  It could mean giving to a needy family instead of spending the extra  money on that new car just so you can keep up with the Jones.

Do  not conform to the pattern of this world means that you no longer act  like the rest of the world, you no longer follow the worldly customs,  instead, you follow God’s, and you actually follow and do what Christ  teaches. This can be quite difficult as most Christians still act like  the world. There was a time when I encountered leaders of churches who  encouraged me to go to the bars and get drunk and do other things  contrary to scripture but is accepted by the world. Not conforming to  the world could be as easy as choosing to stay with a difficult spouse  instead of divorcing. Not conforming to this world is always a choice to  follow scripture instead of everyone else.

Be  transformed by the renewing of your mind has to do with reading your  Bible daily and putting Godly things into your mind and heart. Things in  our mind got there by what we focused on and what we chose to learn and  let in it. Things even get in our minds by watching television. So we  must make a decision on a daily basis to focus on the things of God and  put God’s word into our minds and close out all the other things that  are contrary to God’s word, examples include many TV shows, movies, and  even secular music.

If you do  the above you will be better able to know what God’s will is, you will  be able to hear from God, know his plan for you or others. You will be  more receptive to the things of God than you ever were if you just  follow the steps above.

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