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A Bible Study On Knowing God's Will

1. God Has A Plan

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."


2. God's Plan is Perfect

God wants His will to be perfectly accomplished in our lives:

Colossians 4:12 “That ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”


3. Jesus Always Did His Father's Will

John 4:34 “My meat is to do the will of Him who sent me.”

John 5:30 “I seek not my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

Luke 22:42 "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."


4. God Will Give Wisdom

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Psalm 32: 8: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”


5. True and Enduring Happiness Comes Doing God's Will

Prov. 16:20 “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.”

John 13:17 “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

Ps. 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

Ps. 119:1,2 “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!”

Ps. 128:1 “Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways.”

Rev. 22:14 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”


6. Unreserved Surrender is Needed

We must be completely open to whatever God wants. To do so, it is best to have no will of our own on the matter:

Luke 9:23 "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me."


7. God Always Leads According to the Bible 

Isaiah 8:20: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” 7. God will providentially direct us by opening and closing doors:

Proverbs 3:6: “In all you ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”


8. God Prepares and Directs

We may not understand all the steps, but God will both prepare and direct us for whatever He has in mind—like He did for Daniel who didn't always understand what was going on:

2 Sam. 22:33 “God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.

Heb. 13:20-21 “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”


9. God's Peace Will Rule

When God is leading, His peace will rule in our hearts. Lack of peace is an important indicator that what we are pursuing may not be God's will, or that it is not yet God’s time:

Col. 3:15: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”


10. Seek Counsel

It is often wise to share God’s leadings with a mature and surrendered Christian, to ascertain if we are correctly understanding God's leading:

Proverbs 11:14 “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.”


11. God Often Leads One Step at a Time 

Isa. 30:21 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand whenever you turn to the left.”


12. Seek Confirmation Through a fleece

Judges 6:37 “Look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 


13. Obedience Will Bring Blessings.

Isaiah 48:17-18 "Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;
I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:"