Discerning God’s Will for Your Life

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable, and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

                Discovering God’s will for our lives has been the goal of most Christians ever since we learned that God does, indeed, have a will for our lives. He not only wants us to know it, but He also expects us to walk in it daily. But how do we find out exactly what His will for our lives is? Even though God does not reveal all things to us, His will for our lives is not some unknowable mystery or some unsolvable riddle.

The Word of God gives many verses to help us discern His will. One of them is Romans 12:2. The word “prove” means “to recognize as genuine after examination.” When you refuse to be conformed to this world, its beliefs and values and systems, God begins to reveal His will for your life. When you are renewed by the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, and study of the Scriptures, God renews your mind so that you will recognize His working in your life and in the world around you. As a result, you begin to “recognize as genuine” God’s way versus your own way or the world’s way.

God is always working. Psalm 121:4 says that He never sleeps. In John 5:17, Jesus said that both He and His Father are always working. As you live in close fellowship with the Father, following Him becomes as easy as following the directions on your GPS. Continual refusal to be conformed to the world and continual transformation of a renewed mind results in living out the will of God. His will becomes a natural part of your Christian walk. You don’t have to ask for Him to reveal His will for your life because you are already living in it every day.

Ask God to transform you by renewing your mind so that you can recognize His good, acceptable, and perfect will for your life. As you reject conformity with the world and embrace transformation through Christ, you will prove the will of God in your life.

“Lord, please conform my heart to Your will. Conform my mind to Your will. Conform my priorities to Your will. Conform my words to Your will. Conform my spending habits to Your will. Conform my life to Your will. Amen.”

One Comment Add yours

  1. Lena Rae says:

    Helpful thoughts. I never thought about this before that knowing God’s will has some string attached,i.e., not conforming to this world and transformation of our minds.


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