044: How To Recognize God’s Will

Devotional On Romans 12:1-2

How To Position Yourself To Recognize God’s Will

One of the questions I’m asked fairly often is, “How do I know if this is God’s will for me?”  I’m usually asked this by someone who’s trying to make a big decision.  And, I get it, I ask the question myself sometimes.  I can’t give a unique word from God just for you, but I can help you figure out how to recognize God’s will for yourself.


In Romans 12:1-2 we learn How To Position Ourselves To Recognize God’s Will


I know this passage is really talking about worship.  But, honestly, how else do you think you’re going to find confirmation about God’s will?  Worship is exactly what we need to be engaged in (which includes engaging with the Bible) when trying to recognize God’s will.  With the head and heart of a worshipper, do these four things…


1.     Change your focus

I am way too self centred.  I think about myself all the time, and do things for myself without a second thought of anything outside of myself too often.  Does that sound familiar?

I need to rethink this mindset.  I need to choose to transform my thinking so that I’m intentional about choosing to love God first and love others second.  My mind can’t be consumed with me. My focus needs to be on Jesus.

What about you?  If you’re trying to recognize God’s will you’re going to need to stop hearing from yourself so much.


2.     Assess your patterns 

I think that I’m a simple guy, but I’m probably too complex to change in a day.  So, I first need to do an assessment of myself and change myself a little at a time, as I become aware of changes that are needed.

You’re a complex person, too.  If you’re trying to enable yourself to recognize God’s voice, there are probably some patterns that you’ve conformed to that need to be thought through.

If you really want to recognize God’s voice, then it’s time to start assessing your activities and discern if they’re actions that help move you closer to Jesus or hurt your closeness with Him.


3.     Change your patterns

As I discover negative patterns dominating my lifestyle, I need to give them up and begin to do things differently.  This is sometimes referred to as repentance and renewal.

If I can’t recognize or respond to Jesus’ request to turn away from the things that hurt the friendship, how am I supposed to be able to recognize His more complicated communications?

Changing your activities so that you are pursing the friendship instead of hurting the friendship will help you recognize God’s voice.


4.     Test for clarity

With a mind that is focused on God first and others second, and with an active effort to assess and change my patterns to come into alignment with the heart of God, I put myself in a better position to recognize God’s will and to put it into practice.  Simple obedience is how we test God’s will. As we do that, the promise is that we’ll find it to be good, pleasing, and perfect.

While your mind is being transformed by coming into alignment with Jesus, and while you are rejecting patterns that would pull you away from God, you will be in a better position to recognize God’s will – to test it and approve it.


How To Position Ourselves To Recognize God’s Will

Like Paul writes, become the kind of worshipper that offers Him all that you are.  If you will train your focus onto God, and change your pattern so that you actively pursue your friendship with Jesus, then you’ll be in a better place to recognize God’s will.


What about you?

What do you do when you’re trying to discern what God’s unique will is for you?  Do you find that taking on the mindset of a worshiper is helpful for you?

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  1. Christ came to give us freedom. Religion came to take that freedom away from us and place us back in bondage under it’s control, squeezing us into conforming to it’s mould if we are going to fit in. But Scripture warns us not to be contaminated by that kind of stuff:

    “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.” Rom 12:2