WHAT IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU?
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.
FIRST THE KINGDOM
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.
VISIONS AND DREAMS
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.”
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.
A DIRECT WORD FROM
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.”
IN YOUR SPIRIT BY THE
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
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.
WHILE READING THE
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.
GIFTS AND ANOINTING
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.