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God's Will For Your Life



How do you know what God’s will and purpose for your life is?  Many Christians want to know what God’s will is for their life, just out of curiosity and entertainment.  The biggest crowds we ever had in our church came when we announced that a prophet was coming and he would tell you what God has in store for you.  It’s like going to see a fortune-teller or psychic.  Some have a morbid curiosity when it comes to knowing the future, but once they hear it, that’s it!  They have no intention to march forward with determination to fulfill God’s will in their lives.  Some just want others to know that they are special because a prophet said it.

Some years ago, I passed around sheets of paper and asked the membership to write down what they thought was God’s will for their lives.  I never saw so many apostles in my life.  I’ve been to a number of presbyteries in my life where a number of prophets speak over the entire local church and tell each one what God wanted them to do or be.  Seldom have I seen those prophecies fulfilled.  Many “evangelists” have not brought a single person to church for thirty years.  It doesn’t mean the prophet was wrong; it means that most Christians have no intention of obeying God.

Before proceeding, we need to point out that there is a general and also a specific will for your life.  The Bible tells us the general will for all Christians; however, you need to inquire of God for His specific will for your life in terms of serving Him daily.  For instance, Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”  It is God’s will for all Christians that we be not conformed to this world, but rather, be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  The rest of God’s general will for you is found from the Book of Genesis through the Book of Revelation.


Knowing God’s will for your life is dangerous if you choose to disobey and go your merry way.  Adam and Eve made the wrong choice.  Sometimes, it’s better not to know.  Assuming, however, that your intentions are noble, I’ll make the following comments:


True prophets can reveal God’s specific will to you.  The Bible is filled with incidents where this was so.  Samuel, the prophet, for instance, anointed David as the next king of Israel when David was but a young lad.  Keep in mind, however, that God doesn’t always tell you everything at once.  I use the phrase “true prophets” because not all prophets are true.  Some are a mixture.  That’s another subject.

God can use a prophet whenever He desires.  Years ago, I was in Singapore on my way to Sarawak.  I found out that my speaking engagement was canceled when the pastor was called to work over the weekend by the government.  A friend took me and my group to visit a large church of 1,200 members.  Unbeknown to us, there was a guest speaker that day by the name of Ulf Eckman, a prophet from Sweden.  Turns out that he was on the way to Australia and dropped in for a couple of days.  In the middle of ministering, he stopped, walked across the stage, stood in front of me and started to prophesy.  He gave me God’s answer to a question that was burning in my mind at the time.  His prophecy has come to pass and continues to do so. 


God can speak to you in visions and dreams.  But not all dreams are from God; some are from eating too much pizza.  Visions are harder to come by and are rarely accidental.  For instance, you can have a vision while you are praying or reading the Bible.  It is not likely that you will have a vision while singing at a karaoke bar, although anything is possible with God.  It happened to  King Belshazzar while he was imbibing: “They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.  In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Dan. 5:4-5.

I was driving along the seaside with my family when a vision appeared on my windshield as if I were looking at a television screen. 


God can speak to you directly and in an audible voice.  It happened to me early one morning while in a taxi cab traveling up a mountain from Dagupan City to Baguio City in the Philippines.  Everyone was asleep except me and the driver.  I was thinking of my sermon I needed to give that morning.  Suddenly, I heard an audible voice say, “I want My church back!”  I thought for a second that God was angry at me and wanted me to quit the ministry.  Then the Lord said directly into my spirit, “Men have taken My church and made it into man’s church.  I am no longer in it.” 


If you are filled with the Holy Spirit and have a new spirit from God, you have direct lines of communication with God.  Your spirit can become sensitive to the Spirit of God and will know things.  The urging of the Holy Spirit, the tugging or release, can be felt.  Ask God a question, expecting either a Yes or No, and you will know His answer in your spirit.  If it feels light and open and you feel a release, the answer is Yes; if your spirit feels heavy, troubled or burdened, the answer is No.

You just know that you know things in your spirit.  This may not be appropriate for all questions you have for God, and it is the Lord who determines when and how He will answer you, but it is good for daily guidance.  The Holy Spirit speaks all the time, but we often don’t have our receiver on.


The apostle Paul used the word “perceive” when he knew in his spirit what was going to take place.  In Acts 27:10, he was about to be sent on a ship to Rome:  “And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.”   The vessel was shipwrecked in a storm and the apostle was able to bring many to Christ because of it.  God showed it to him in advance.

It takes a bit of practice and lots of focus on the Holy Spirit, but it is available to all true believers of Jesus Christ.CIRCUMSTANCES

Sometimes, God doesn’t tell you or show you anything.  He just opens doors and shuts doors.  In 1 Corinthians 16:9, the apostle Paul said, For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”  He sensed that God had opened a door of opportunity and wanted him to walk through it.  A prophet friend of mine was asked to come to America and he prayed about it.  A few days later, he received an airline ticket for him and his wife to come and visit.  He sensed that God was opening a door of opportunity for him.  He ended up coming to America and becoming part of the faculty and official chaplain to the faculty of a large Christian University for over ten years before retiring.

God will open doors and sometimes will shut doors to prevent you from going in the wrong direction. 


Very often, God will speak to you through Scripture as you read the Bible.  That is why it is important to read the Bible as often as you can.  Scriptures will jump out of the pages and into your spirit, in answer to questions you may have, and will guide you according to God’s will.  Twice, scriptures on a bumper sticker on the car in front of me spoke to me in the spirit, when I was a new convert.  God can use many ways to get to you if you are sincere and have a great love and desire to serve Him with all your heart.


When God appoints, He anoints.  He would not call someone to be a healer of the sick without anointing him with the power to heal, or a teacher who cannot teach, or a prophet who cannot hear from God.  God provides the gifts of the Holy Spirit that such a person would need.  He also prepares them ahead of time.  Before I became an attorney, I was a quiet civil engineer who was not a public speaker.  So, He sent me to law school where I learned to speak before groups, judges and juries.  In due time, I became a preacher. 

What gifts of the Spirit has God given you?  It can indicate how God wants to use you.  The Bible says that every man has at least one gift from God.  What is it or what are they?  Remember, God doesn’t reveal everything at once.  He can call someone when they are very young, such as Samuel, the prophet of God.  He can also call you when you are old, as with Moses and Caleb.  When He knows that He can trust you with small things, He will trust you with bigger things.  Pray. Hh

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