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What is God's will?

"Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”  Mark 3:35

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  Romans 8:27

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 1 Peter 2:15

For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  1 Peter 3:16

Jesus talked about the will of God.  Paul in Acts 18:21, Romans 1:10, 5:22, Ephesians 1:1 talked about knowing and doing God's will.  So what is God's will?

RELATIONSHIP: God's will is that you love him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Matt 22:37).  That begins with a relationship through Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38).  God's desire is that we become adopted sons and daughters. (Eph 1:5)  That relationship with God continues into eternity where we will worship and be with God after death. (John 3:16)

OBEDIENCE: God desires that we live in obedience to what he says to us through prayer, his word and his commands.  God wants us to live sinless lives, do good works and be a light to our community.

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.  For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.  1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

HIS WILL FOR ME: Relationship and Obedience are God's general will for all people, but what about God's specific will for me and my life?  How do I know what God wants me to do with my life?

By keeping your relationship with God strong and obediently following his commands, God will begin to guide you to a school, a job, a ministry, wherever he wants you to go because you are LISTENING TO HIM and RESPONDING TO CIRCUMSTANCES.  Again, because you are in a close relationship with him, you are obedient to what he wants for you to do.

You will pray and hear the Holy Spirit.  If you tells you to do something, do it.  If doors close, be fine with that.  Seek counsel with other Christians and hear the common themes.  Follow your passions that God has laid on your heart.  Pay attention to experiences you've had in the past that God is using to minister to other people.  

This is a PROCESS that takes time and continues your entire life.  There is not just one thing God wants for you.  There are many things that unfold as he asks you to go somewhere, speak to someone, start something, end something.  The apostle Paul felt called to be a church planter and evangelist but every day he sought God's will as to what to do next.  God's will is a lifetime process.

So God's will for your life is to stay in relationship with him, live obediently and listen to what he wants you to do next.