God’s Will or My Will?


How do I know if this is God’s Will or My will? In talking with people, I hear this all the time and I have to say that I used to wonder this all the time myself. Step 11 says to pray for knowledge of Gods will and the power to carry it out. For a long time I had no idea of what Gods will was. I thought if things went well for me then that was God’s will and if they didn’t work out that it wasn’t Gods will…somewhat confusing to say the least because I never knew if it was God’s will or not until I saw the results. It was a sigh of relief to learn that I really could know Gods will and that God wanted everyone to know it.

As I sought God more, I learned that the meaning of ” Testament” is will or covenant. I thought about how when my daughter was born my husband and I decided to get our Wills made up. In case anything ever happened to us, we wanted to decide who would care for her. It was our will written down by a lawyer so that after our death someone could carry out our wishes. I learned that the Bible was Gods will written down by men so that we could know what He wants us to do. There is His Old Testament and His New Testament or you might say: His Old Will and His New Will. To learn God’s Will, I just needed to read the Bible but I had no idea where to start. I had heard that in the early days of AA, before there was a Big Book, that they read from the Book of James so I started there. I realized very quickly that a lot of what I was reading was principles I had learned and had already begun practicing in the rooms of AA. But, I still had that nagging question: How do I know if I’m really hearing God or if it’s just me. Then I was shown the answer.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 NLT

The Word of God, the Bible, is the way to discern whether or not it’s just me or its God. The Word is sharp enough to cut or divide between my soul and my spirit. My soul is my thoughts, my will and my emotions. My spirit is who I really am. I am a spirit with a soul and I live in a body. The Bible says that the word of God is so sharp that it can actually divide or cut between my soul and my spirit. If my actions and thoughts line up with the Word which are Gods thoughts then its God. If my emotions and thoughts don’t line up with the Word then it’s my will. Simple, yes. Easy..no. So now you might ask.. How do I know if my thoughts line up with God’s word? Well..that means that you must spend time reading it. You can read it by book or you can look up topics just like some of our popular meditation books. We don’t have to wonder whether something is Gods will or not we can go to His Will and look it up. He wants us to know His will so that we know what to do in EVERY situation we find ourselves in. God has something to say about everything we face..anger, loneliness, love, frustration, jealousy, relationships, sickness, money, family, children, employment etc.. You might try looking in your bible for topical references to find the scriptures that deal with what you need. If you need help, just message me and I’d be glad to help.

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3 responses to “God’s Will or My Will?

  1. Jesus pretty muched summed it up by saying to love God and Love Neighbor.
    The question I need to ask is if something is loving or not. I believe that God’s will is for for the wholeness of all of God’s creation. Am I contributing to the wholeness of others and myself and creation?
    Richard

  2. We moved to Oregon early 2012 due to my husband’s job relocation. It was a hard transition, leaving home, family, friends and our church. Plus, we had two kids ages 10 and 12 at the time. My husband was just offered a ministry position in another state, 2500 miles away. His dream has been to go back into the full time ministry. But we felt called here. Our kids are now 11 and 13 – another move in less than a year is daunting. How do I know if we are supposed to stay here, or move there? What if the job offer is just a carrot – a test? How do you know if you are called to be a full time minister? How do you know if it is wrong for you?

    • Thank you for writing! I understand your situation seems really uncertain. It reminds me of Abraham. Remember when he was told to leave his family and his home and to go to a place that God would show him? I can imagine the thoughts that must have gone through his mind…or Peter when Jesus told him to come to him walking on the water…or the time when Noah was told to build a boat because of a flood when he had never even seen rain….I can imagine all the uncertainty before they each made their final decision. But they all three made the decision to believe God to take care of all the details that can seem to entangle us and they stepped out in faith. Each time God was faith to his Word. If God has spoken to you through his Word then we know that He is faithful to always uphold it. Abraham, Peter and Noah all had a Word from God before they stepped out. Today we can judge the inner leading that we have from the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. If it is God, it will line up with His Word and won’t contradict it. I also know that God is the God of peace and order. God will give you peace about His will. Follow peace, there is a scripture that says we allow peace to be our umpire (decision maker). Father God, I thank you for being the Lord of our lives. I pray Father God, that you would give this family wisdom and peace. I pray Father that just as you led Abraham that you will lead and guide them…step by step according to your divine plan. We thank you that you have great plans for them and that their provision is already there. I thank you that they are in the right place at all the right times with all the right people. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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