This post is based on my notes from a message I heard from John MacArthur titled “Making Decisions That Honor God”.
According to the Bible, God’s will is that…
We are Saved (2 Peter 3:9). It is God’s will that we be a part of His family; that we be saved.
We are Spirit-filled (Eph 5). All Christians have the Holy Spirit present in their lives, but not all have Him dominant
We need to be filled by the Holy Spirit. — like the wind in a sail
Yielding ourselves in obedience to the Spirit of God in order that He can “fill” us
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is like living our lives in the presence of Jesus…always being conscious of Him
We are Sanctified (1 Thess 4:3). Pure, undefiled, blameless; set apart. Practically holy as well as positionally holy
Abstain from sexual sin…stay away from it; flee from it
Control our bodies so that they honor God
Don’t act like godless pagans…guided by our lusts and drives
Don’t take advantage of others or use them
We are Submissive (1 Peter 2:13). Obey the ordinances/laws of man…be a good citizen
Submit by cooperating with others in a spirit of Christian love…so long as not to violate a direct command of God
We are Suffering (1 Peter 3:17). Suffering is part of the growth of a mature believer
We don’t relish suffering, but we endure it for Jesus’ sake. Say what must be said no matter what happens
When we suffer for Christ, we are more intimate with Him; we can identify with Him better
We Say ‘Thanks’ (1 Thess 5:18). Do we give thanks to God for everything…including trials? Don’t gripe or be angry.
IF we are doing all of the above, then it is evidence that God is controlling our desires
If we aren’t following the above Scriptural mandates, then its evidence that our desires are just that…our own desires
IF we are doing all of the above, then God’s will for us is whatever we want.
We can move out based on the godly desires of our hearts.
But we must be careful to let God shape them and direct them…by His opening & closing doors
We need to be open to the circumstances that come our way
If something is truly God’s will, then He will manifest it in our hearts.
To God Be The Glory!