God Will Show You His Will
Charles F. Stanley
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11-13
I.The Lord has a plan for our lives. And if necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will (Life Principle #10). Fully understanding this truth is essential to discovering the Father’s plan and purpose for you.
II. Why can we trust God to reveal His will?
A. To follow the Lord’s plan for our life, we must know what He has called us to be and do. It would be out of character for God to hide His will and still expect us to walk in it.
B. The Bible also promises His guidance—all we need to do is ask Him (Prov. 3:5-6).
C. The apostle Paul indicated that it’s possible to know the Father’s will (Col. 1:9).
D. The Lord is faithful to reveal “the path of life” to those who seek it (Ps. 16:11).
III. How can you discover God’s plan for you?
A. The Bible: Apply scriptural truth so you won’t drift away from God’s will (Ps. 119:105).
B. Prayer: The Lord promises to guide us when we pray according to His will (1 John 5:14-15).
C. Circumstances: For a child of God, there is no such thing as coincidence. .
D. Godly counsel: Before taking advice, make sure the person counseling you leads a righteous life. Ask, “What do you think the Word of God says I should do?”
E. Your conscience: It is the moral filter of your life. Develop a godly conscience by saturating your mind with the Word of God, and your decisions will become more Christlike over time.
F. Restless spirit: Dr. Stanley has always felt restless before major life changes. When this happens, it’s wise to ask God, “What are You saying to me?”
G. Unusual manifestations: The Lord sometimes reveals His will in unusual ways (Ex. 3:2; Acts 16:9).
IV. What are some hindrances to discovering God’s will?
A. Self-will: If you have already made up your mind, it will be difficult to hear what the Lord wants you to do.
B. The influence of others: They may comment that God wouldn’t expect you to make such a large sacrifice—and thereby discourage you from obeying.
C. Ignorance of God’s Word: The next generation knows almost nothing about the Bible. Children need to sit in the worship service with their parents—even if they don’t understand everything.
D. Doubt: Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find.” Don’t second-guess God’s promises will (James 1:6-8).
E. Unworthiness: Don’t believe the lie that you are undeserving of the Lord’s guidance or grace.
F. Busyness: If your life is too full to pray, you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
G. Fear: When revealed, God’s will can seem impossible or foolish. But remember, the Lord can bring good out of every situation (Rom. 8:28).
H. Known sin: If you are determined to live a rebellious life, the Father will not fully reveal His will to you.
V. How can you know for sure that you’ve heard Him correctly? Ask yourself these questions:
A. Is it consistent with the Word of God?
B. Is it a wise decision?
C. Can I honestly ask the Lord to help me achieve this?
D. Do I have genuine peace about it?
E. Does this decision fit who I am as a follower of Jesus? Does it fit the Lord’s overall plan for my life?
F. Will this decision honor God?
VI. A Personal Example: During Dr. Stanley’s senior year of college, he saw two falling stars that confirmed his call to preach. The Father graciously revealed His guidance for Dr. Stanley’s life. He will do the same for you.
VII. Conclusion: If you will faithfully apply biblical principles, you can know God’s plans for your life. Once you know His will, don’t let doubt, fear, or willful sin keep you from obeying Him. Your own plans can’t compare to the good things the Father has in store. The wisest thing you can do is obey God, and leave all the consequences to Him.