Principles for Knowing God's Will for your Life
I hope you all had a chance to read my last devotional on “Listening to God's Spirit.” If you remember I will be discussing different Principles to help guide you in to hearing God's will for your life. Let’s review:
- We first must be walking with God
- You must surrender your will to God
- You need to obey what you already know to be God's Will
- Seeking Godly input
- Pay attention to how God made you
- Listening to God's Spirit
- Listening to your Heart
So my seventh principle in being able to hear God's Plan for your life is by listening to your heart. In Psalm 37:4-5 it says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you".
Have you ever wondered what taking delight in the Lord really means? Well, it means our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in Christ, scriptures say He will give us the longings of our hearts. To take the verse a little deeper, it is saying, when we truly rejoice or “delight” in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to parallel His and we will never go unfulfilled.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (the necessities of life) will be given to you as well.”
I love these verses, because it shows me that when I am walking with the Lord, He will actually let me do some really cool things in my life. When you are close to Him, He actually begins to shape your desires so that you desire the things that He has already called you to do.
With that in mind, I will be honest and tell you that I never could see myself writing devotionals each day. My desire was to do it for me so that I could spend more time with the Lord. Then my desire came quickly to share them with the men of the church. In my insecurity of Bible knowledge, writing skills, and the time to actual write devotionals, they all became my biggest concern in following my desire of my heart. I never want to say something that does not line up to the Bible. I never want to come across as a complete moron with my writing skills. And if I started this, I was worried that maybe It would not last very long. See, before I even started Satan was already attacking my mind, and putting doubts that I could not, and should not do this. What I have found is that I have a desire to do something for the Lord so that I may grow closer to Him. He has not allowed Satan to affect my heart. God has given me the desire of my heart so that I may continue to do His Will for my life. I pray that if God is speaking to you about doing something that you will allow Him help you, so that you may grow closer to the Lord. Like me, you may not be the best at what God called you to do, but be content in knowing you are being faithful to that call.
1 Timothy 6:6 says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
My last and final principle will be on “Taking a look at your circumstances”; to see if they line up to God's Will. I hope you will go back and review the other principles so that you will begin to understand why these are all in order.