“…that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2b
Sometimes in our zeal to seek God’s will, we can make it much more difficult than it really needs to be. The first step is to continuously die to our selfish flesh, that God’s Spirit may move in us and through us. George Muller laid it out quite simply, but powerfully:
“How I Find The Will of God”
I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with the people is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little while to the knowledge of what His will is.
I seek the will of the Spirit of God through and in connection with the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures, and never contrary to them.
Next I take into account the providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright. Thus through prayer to God, the study of the Word and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly.
In trivial matters and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.
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