Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? Have you needed to make a difficult decision and wondered what God wanted you to do in that situation?

We all struggle with questions about our future. Questions like: How can I know God’s plan for my life? Which job should I take? Is this the person God wants me to marry? Is this a good investment to make? Should I share the gospel with my boss? You probably have questions you could add to that list.

The greatest discovery made concerning how to know the will of God involves the following:

Fully surrendering my life to the Lordship of Christ Living a life of obedience in the power of the Holy Spirit Maintaining my first love for our Lord

Many Christians are trying so hard to discover the will of God that they lose the joy of the Lord and leave their first love for Him.

But all we need to do is abide in Christ, maintain our first love for Him, and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, and we will be in the will of God. So as you continue to walk in the Spirit, He will guide you in making the most important decisions of life. He will also guide you in the daily, moment-by-moment decisions and actions of your life.

Speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus says, “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth…and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). So the key to knowing God’s will is to be obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit of truth. If you are willing to trust and obey God and live a holy life, God will reveal Himself to you and direct your steps as a way of life.

Satan is the enemy of our soul. His mission is to keep us from being effective and fruitful in our witness. But although he wields great power, Satan can never defeat us if we are completely yielded and obedient to Christ

Some people are reluctant to trust God completely with their lives, fearing that He may want to make a change in their plans. Yes, He will change our plans. His plans are infinitely better than the very best we could ever conceive.

Is it not logical that the One who created us knows better than we the purpose for which we were created? And since He loves us enough to die for us, is it not logical to believe that His way is best (Romans 8:32- He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all— how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?)

Obedience is the true test of our love for Christ and the secret to discovering God’s will for our life.

Certain acts of obedience are necessary in order to benefit from the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood. There are things man must do to be forgiven of sins. Ater one first is forgiven, he must continue living in obedience to God’s will in order to remain in God’s favor. Yes, he will sill again. When he does, he must again go to God for forgiveness; but to be forgiven he must renew his determination and effort to obey God’s will. Or claim to accept Him as Lord is empty till you obey His teachings.

Hebrews 5:9 – He is author (source) of salvation to all that obey Him. To accept His salvation, you must obey. If you don’t believe you must obey, then you haven’t accepted the Savior in the way the Bible says you must to be saved eternally.

Romans 6:17,18 – People in sin must obey the teaching delivered, to be made free from sin and become servants of righteousness. When were people made free from sin? When they obeyed the teaching.

James 1:21-25 – The man who hears the word but does not do it has deceived himself. The man whom God blesses is the one who continues in the law of liberty, being a doer that works

If you think you have accepted Him, but you believe obedience is not essential, then as far as eternal salvation is concerned, you have never really accepted him at all. He will say, “Depart from me…”

Example of obedience:

Love

1 John 3:18 – “Let us not love in word, neither with the tongue, but in deed and truth.”

Love must show itself in our actions. We must obey God’s commands. If we don’t obey, we don’t really love. So obedience is essential to love. But love is essential to salvation. Therefore, obedience is essential to salvation. Instead of proving obedience is not required, the Bible doctrine of love proves the opposite – obedience is required.

Faith

John 3:23 – God commands us to believe in Jesus; we must keep this command to abide in Him. If we recognize the importance of faith, we must recognize the importance of obedience, for faith itself is a divine command we must obey.

Conclusion

What obedience is required? We must believe, repent (Acts 2:38), confess (Rom. 10:9,10), be baptized (Acts 22:16; 2:38; Mk. 16:16; I Pet. 3:21; Gal. 3:27), and live a faithful life (I Cor. 15:58).

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