Posts tagged ‘god’s will’

About Those Open and Closed Doors…

Remember that while we don’t have access to God’s sovereign will for individual decisions, He has clearly revealed his moral will to us and has promised to give us wisdom if we ask. So as long as you aren’t violating his moral will, then ask for wisdom, read the Bible, talk to wise people, consider your personal preferences (i.e., don’t be a martyr) and then choose with freedom.

Continue Reading November 14, 2019 at 12:03 PM 2 comments

Strength to Strength or Emotion to Emotion?

You may feel great one moment, then eat something that doesn’t settle with you and all of a sudden, you’re feeling yucky. Is God speaking to you or is it just your food? This happens to me because of my food allergies/sensitivities. If I used those feelings to determine God’s will while praying about something, I would literally end up being “tossed to and fro” not only by every wind of doctrine, but by every feeling that I feel.

Continue Reading November 1, 2019 at 4:08 PM

Lack of Discernment is Becoming the Norm

God gives wisdom to those who ask for it and it often doesn’t come with any type of ecstatic experience. It’s just knowledge born of wisdom and discernment. It’s very “pedestrian” compared to the antics that are on display at too many meetings and churches today.

Continue Reading September 30, 2019 at 11:47 AM 4 comments

Nathan Was Wrong, Then He Was Right

Nathan did not deliberately lie to David about building God’s house. He honestly thought that it was a great idea and said so. It was along the lines of someone encouraging someone else to do something that sounded like a great idea at the time. Should Nathan have known better? Yes, but if we read the text carefully, he was simply telling David that God would bless him (David) if that was God’s will. After God actually spoke to Nathan, revealing His will, Nathan went back to David and clarified things perfectly.

Continue Reading April 30, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Knowing God’s Will: The Rest of the Story

Waltke says that to know God’s will, sometimes, we must seek the counsel of other Christians. He notes that when he has done this, it is almost as though the Lord has prepared the other person’s heart for the meeting. Waltke is not saying (like those in the signs and wonders movement), that you seek the counsel of another Christian so that they can give you a “prophetic word” or “word of knowledge.” Sometimes, simply having another mature Christian provide their biblical opinion helps to flesh out God’s will for us. We should all have someone we can go to for wise, biblical counsel. If nothing else, they can hear us and pray for us.

Continue Reading December 20, 2017 at 8:16 AM

Knowing God’s Will: Context Means a Great Deal

Taking this verse out of its natural context, it’s not difficult to see how it can be twisted to mean something it does not mean. The idea here is that meditating on God’s Word will pave the way to success and prosperity, so we’re told. But is this what Joshua meant when he spoke those words? Hardly. The context fleshes out the full meaning.

Continue Reading December 15, 2017 at 8:39 AM 4 comments

Knowing God’s Will: Living It!

God’s clearly wants Christians to be loving, especially to one another. How often is the exact opposite of this on display to the world? God wants us to refrain from all forms of sexual immorality. God wants us to no longer lie, cheat, steal, or commit other crimes. If we are not faithful in obeying these things, how can anyone think God would be willing to live other aspects of His will in and through us? It won’t happen.

Continue Reading December 11, 2017 at 12:02 PM 1 comment

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