Finding God’s Will #1: The Word

Many Christians understand the importance of obeying God’s will and seeking his voice for direction in their lives but say sometimes it’s hard to know what he’s telling them in prayer.

I understand that. It’s hard for me too. But there are some principles to fall back on. But there were some principles I learned in a class taught by some missionaries on the subject time ago.

The first way to find what God wants for you is to keep yourself into the Word of God all the time.
“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). The more you study the word, the more you understand and the more it comes alive for you as you go about your daily business.

When you study the word with regularity, you understand the world better and the other way around works too. As you study the word, you grow in understanding about what’s happening around you, about current events, about the culture, about people. You learn how to love your neighbor better too.

There’s just too many good things to say about the word. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, all about the benefits and importance of it.

But for understanding what God wants you to do, or for testing what you believe God is telling you to do, or testing a revelation, the word of God is the gold standard against which everything else is tested for its truth content.

In other words, if something is stated contrary to the Word, then it’s false. If it agrees with the Word, it’s true. If it does not contradict the Word, then other considerations come into play. But even there, the Word also has examples of how to discern the will of God and recognize his voice in prayer.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

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