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The Waste Places Shall Be Restored,Isaiah 58:12
Now What? Day 7, How Can I Know The Will Of God?
TODAY'S BIBLE READING: John 19, 20, and 21
How to know the will of God--that's a big enough subject to rate a book in itself. And it's important.
After all, if Christ is now your Master, and you want to obey Him, you must know what He wants you to do.
WHEN IT'S A MATTER OF CONDUCT
It's obvious the Bible doesn't cover every detail of modern-day living. Matters of everyday activity now were unknown when the Bible was written. But of one thing you can be sure: the Bible contains principles which cover every situation. I'll mention some which you will find helpful. Look for others and make a note of them.
But Seek Ye First, The Kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33
SOME CAN, OTHERS CANNOT
This does not refer to acts of sin, of course. But in matters about which the Bible is silent, remember God deals with people as individuals. Don't expect everyone to fit into your mold.
Some things which you find acceptable might cause another Christian to fail. Paul once said that if acting a certain way would cause another Christian to stumble, he'd be willing never to do it again, even though he saw no wrong in it himself.
IS IT GLORIFYING GOD?
You are now Jesus' representative in the world. You should do nothing to bring shame or reproach upon your Lord or His cause.
There are many principles, of course, but the most important is to be guided by your love for Jesus. Above all else, ask yourself, "Will this be pleasing to the Lord?" If you make that the ruling question in your decisions, you won't go far wrong.
WHEN YOU MUST DECIDE WHICH WAY TO GO
There will be times when you just do not know which course of action to follow. (I'm talking about life decisions now, not matters of conduct.) How can you decide?
A Bible verse states, "He that believeth shall not make haste." Learn to wait on God until He indicates His will to you. Time has a way of working things out. Don't be rash. Don't make a move until the path is clear.
SEEK THE ADVICE OF OTHERS
Don't be a "loner." Let your pastor or some other mature Christian be your confidence. Someone who is not involved in the problem can see the various angles of the problem more clearly than you can.
COMMIT THE MATTER TO THE LORD
A famous Christian used this method: He would list the reasons for and against a certain course of action and prayerfully consider the matter for a time. Then he would decide to move in a certain direction. He would decide to move in a certain direction. He would remove from his mind as much of his own desires as possible, then ask the Lord to block his path if it were not God's will. Over a period of fifty years he found this approach successful, judging by the way matters turned out.
GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS
Getting along with others is one of the most important aspects of Christian living. If you haven't learned this yet, you will soon discover that Christians are not perfect. As in your case, God is trying to develop their characters, to make them like Jesus.
Some people you will like instinctively; others will not be particularly attractive to you. Just remember this: there are traits in you also which may not be especially attractive to some.
The most important gift you can ask from God is the gift of love--for God and for others. Love includes all the other traits God wants to develop in you. Love will keep you walking close to the Lord. Love will make you want to win others to the Lord. God can even give you a love for the unlovely.
Bible Study For Today
- John 19:7-8, Why was Pilate afraid?
- What phrase, repeated in John 19:24, 28 and 36, shows that Jesus' death was planned?
- John 20:7, What item did Peter notice particularly in the tomb?
- John 21:15, What important question did Jesus ask Peter?
- John 21:22, How did Jesus answer Peter's curiosity?
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