Finding God’s Will #2: The Voice of the Word

The first place to look for God’s will is in his own Word. If it’s against his word it’s not God’s will. If the word says to do it, it is always his will. See the link:

Sometimes there’s not enough specifics for a given situation in the Word to give guidance, and one must apply other means to find his will. Everywhere you hear pastors and teachers tell you to get it from him in prayer, but there are some guidelines.

That brings us to the second way to find God’s will after the Word, and that is, what we call the “voice of the Word”. That just means that often in prayer or meditation, sometimes in concentration on the specific matter you want an answer to, or even thinking about anything else, a scripture comes to mind.

It may not even be about the topic directly of concern, in the context of the passage where it appears in scripture, but in the context of the situation or matter you’re praying about it is clear guidance on the matter.

You might be thinking about how to approach a neighbor to share the gospel with them, and you remember this verse:

Luke 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

That verse provides several approaches.

When some Jesus People missionaries came to speak to me, they asked me about what profession I had engaged in and shared passages about Matthew “the white collar worker”. I told them my history and the verses quickened to them pointed to the passage about the prodigal son.

Just remember though that everything must be measured against the general standards of what the word says. For example it is God’s will for you to be born again, saved from death and hell by the redeeming blood and healing body of the lamb of God, over all of which Jesus Christ has power as proven in the resurrection:

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Matthew 16:15 commands all the followers of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission, to be a witness and to tell the witness to all the world and “make disciples of all nations”, but where and how in your own life is something to get specific directions from God on.

As you get more and more familiar with the Word itself, also, you will grow in your ability to use the Word this way. As you study to show thyself approved unto God, what happens is that in the process of living your life and going through the day, you see more and more things as reflecting the truths in the Word. And you grow in understanding specific directions because of the word you’ve memorized from studying it. Meaning scriptures come to you for a moment of decision that guide you.

This is what is meant by the “hearing” in Romans 10:17:

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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