"God's will" is a phrase commonly used among Christians. The reason is because the Bible says a lot about the will of God. The Bible also speaks of God's will from different perspectives.
The Bible speaks about something we term God's "sovereign" or "supreme" will. Ephesians 1:11 teaches God is the One "who works all things according to the counsel of His will." Job 42:2 affirms, "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted." Romans 8:28 states that God's will works for the good of believers: "We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
God's will for us is very clear when it comes to the essentials. The Bible says that if you don’t understand it, you are not wise (see Ephesians 5:17). God's Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible, telling us in 66 books what God's will is for us. Then God sent His Holy Spirit to live inside the converted. God gives us a lifetime to get to know Him personally and He guides us into His will throughout our lives. We know that God wills that all men repent of their sins, trust in Jesus Christ, have a relationship with Him, and are saved from dying in their sins.
One key verse is Romans 12:1-2: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."This verse is saying that we need to be transformed to prove what is God's will. This only happens when we essentially "die to self and live for Christ." Then we develop a relationship with Christ and His Spirit guides us into all truth and leads us in paths of righteousness.
Another verse that makes God's will for us very clear is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
God's will also includes groups of people, nations such as Israel, Ninevah, Macedonia or Sodom. There are numerous books in heaven, incuding one for our destiny (e.g. Psalm 139:16; 2 Timothy 1:9), books for other "peoples, nations, tongues, and kings" (e.g. Revelation 10:8-11), books of our deeds (e.g. Malachi 3:16-18; Psalm 56:8) and even Jesus has a book (Psalm 40:6-8; Hebrews 10:5-7). The will of God is recorded in each of these books for all of us. It is God's will that you know God's will, and obey and follow that will for the rest of your life. The Bible, The Holy Spirit living in you, your church and other believers, as well as this site will help you discover what that is.
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