Important Decisions and God’s Will For Your Life

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:17)

How does God make known His will to us? He revealed His will to Joseph in dreams, warning him to flee into Egypt with Mary and the child Jesus; and again, after the death of Herod, God instructed him in another dream to return to Palestine.

God spoke directly to Samuel during the night, and to Moses from a burning bush, importing to them revelation concerning His will and purpose. God revealed His plan for the redemption of the Gentiles in a vision to Peter, and sent an angelic messenger from heaven to Zechariah announcing the birth of John the Baptist who was to be the forerunner of Christ.

In answer to the prayers of the Church at Antioch, the Holy Spirit made known God’s will concerning the apostolic ministry of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13), while he confirmed His purpose to Gideon through the use of a fleece.

God continually imported, both to Israel and the Church, revelation of His will and purpose through His anointed prophets, while the Scriptures themselves, as seen for example in Paul’s epistles to the churches, were intended as a divinely inspired revelation of God’s will for the believer.

In these and other ways, God has unfolded His will and purpose in the past, and continues to do so to the present time. God has a plan for the life of every believer; and it is His desire, by one method or another, to reveal His will to you.

Be assured that there is no need to stumble through life bewildered and confused. On the contrary, the Scriptures not only declare over and over God’s willingness to make known His will to us, but also tell us that He has provided the means whereby we may ascertain it.

God’s plan and purpose for your life did not begin the day you were born, it did not begin when you were born again, it did not begin at the time you received the baptism in the Holy Ghost (Spirit), but the Scriptures declare that you were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, and have been called to fulfill His purpose in you (Rom. 8:28-30; Eph 1:3-6).

You will find that God many times has been working in the circumstances of your life months or years before He reveals some aspect of his purpose for you.

One basic cause for much of the sickness, worry, anxiety, frustration, and failure of the child of God is directly related to a lack of knowledge concerning God’s will, and as a consequence, we find our self compelled to live much of the time in a state of confusion, disharmony, and defeat.

How then can we learn God’s will and put an end to frustration and failure in order to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our lives?

The answer?

Basically, God’s will for every believer is Pentecost!

While God’s will and purpose for the individual Christian will vary, inasmuch as no two individuals are alike in their needs, spiritual maturity, understand, obedience, or their function in the Body of Christ, nevertheless, God’s will is the same for every believer in three important areas, which are a vital and necessary part of the Christian experience, as well as in the fulfillment of God’s will in our lives.

Upon coming to God a man or woman is expected first of all to: Receive the Promise of Pentecost.

And being assembled together with them, he commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost……(Acts 1:4-5).

It is not without significance that immediately after the Apostle Paul admonishes us in Ephesians 5:17, saying, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the lord is,” he then informs us how this is to be accomplished saying, “be filled with the Spirit” (5:18).

Rev. Dan L. Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Warsaw, Indiana, and Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.
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