25 Apr 2015

How can you know God's will

Submitted by Stephen Winters


1 Peter 2:15 For it is God's will that by doing good you

Many people agonize and struggle of trying to know God's will for

What are you good at? What do you spend your time thinking about and dreading about? What do you like to do? Can you do it with honor and integrity? Can you do it while fulfiling your responsibilities and obligations?

One could say that it is God's will that we do the things that we enjoy and that we are good at PROVIDING that we can do those thing with honor and integrity, while fulfilling our other responsibilities and obligations.

Every good gift is from above. God has given you your gifts for a reason.

Do you enjoy farming and want nothing more that to be a good farmer? But you heard a missionary or preacher speak about getting more missionaries in foreign lands. Now you feel guilty that you are not a missionary. I ask you, do your really and truly want to be a missionary? If you would really do what you wanted to do and enjoyed, would you rather be a farmer? Then put aside all your guilt about not being a missionary, and be the best farmer that you can be, with complete honor and integrity. That is God's will for you.

Do the other mature adults in your life agree with your desire?

Is your spouse in full agreement with your desire?


1 Peter 2

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[e]

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[f] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.





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