A huge question facing people today is, “How can I discern God’s will?”
There are three ways I see God’s will discussed in the Bible.
I. God’s Sovereign Will
II. God’s Revealed Will
III. God’s specific Will
Sometimes we get so enamored with God’s specific will that we lose sight of his sovereign will and his revealed will.
Let’s look at some passages dealing with God’s sovereign and revealed will.
1 Thessalonians 4:3
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality
1 John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
2 Corinthians 7:9-10
As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
God’s revealed will for you and I today is that we would be sanctified, separate from the world, have godly sorrow over our sin, and that our lives would be a living sacrifice.
Chad Hampsch is the Vice President of the Kanakuk Institute and graduate of Greenville College.