While saying the Lord’s prayer, we come across God’s will. The Bible says, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Mathew 6:10 Doesn’t that get you curious as to what God’s will might be? Children of God ought to know and do the will of their Father in heaven. “Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17
In this article, we look at some scriptures on God’s will. Knowing God’s will informs how you live your life. You will also know what is in it for you when you live according to God’s will.
Maybe you are wondering who the children of God are and would like to become one of them. If that is you, check here so that you too can begin to live according to God’s will.
What is God’s Will?
“Jesus said to them ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.’” John 4:34 One cannot survive for long without eating food. He will get weak and eventually die of hunger. In this scripture, we see that doing God’s will was very important to Jesus, that He equated it to being His food!
As a human, doing God’s will is what motivated Jesus to keep going to the point of a painful and degrading death. That shows you how precious God’s will is and why you too should embrace and treasure it.
“Even so, it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Mathew 18:14 God loves all people so much that He would want to see everyone enjoying everlasting life. But, unfortunately, or fortunately, God gave us free will, so He cannot force us to do things against our will.
The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, going against God’s will has severe consequences, despite our free will.
Scripture says, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:38-40
God’s will took Jesus Christ’s leaving His glory in heaven to become human. God went into all this trouble just so that we all might be saved from death. All you have to do to be saved is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 16:31)
When you believe in Jesus Christ, though your body dies, Jesus Christ will raise you on the last day. Actually, the dead in Christ shall rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men….” 1 Peter 2:15,17 Therefore, focus on doing good things to the glory of God.
“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:27 Isn’t that amazing?
How to live within God’s will
Now that we know what God’s will is and how paramount it is, we want to see how to live within His will.
The scripture says, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2b. In this verse, we learn to be mindful of our thoughts. To live God’s will, you will need to stop entertaining evil thoughts that you used to before believing in Jesus. Begin to think about whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely things. (Philippians 4:8)
Another thing that you will need to do to live in God’s will is keep away from sexual immorality. Stay away from sex if you are not yet married because sex before marriage is fornication. Married people should avoid adultery.
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust…” 1Thessalonians 4:3-5a
Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners will not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9a-10)
The good news is that when you believe in Jesus Christ and repent of your sins, you become washed by the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross. In addition to being washed, you are sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11b)
The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, believe in Jesus Christ and let go of your ungodly ways so that you can live in God’s will.
1 Peter 4:2 says, “… that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.” The flesh of the lusts includes being promiscuous, unhealthy passions, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
Benefits of doing God’s will
Doing God’s will comes with the following benefits:
You will enter the kingdom of God when the time comes. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Mathew 7:21
Jesus will call you His family. “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” Mathew 12:50 Wouldn’t you want to be part of Jesus’ family?
Get the ability to identify and avoid false doctrine based on your knowledge of God’s doctrine. “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” John 7:17
Every time you pray, you are confident that God has heard your prayers. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14
God will give you the ability to continue doing His will. The scripture says, “…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.” Hebrews 13:21
You will still be around long after the world has passed away. “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17
God’s will is mainly for all people to believe and accept Jesus Christ. Check here if you have not yet accepted Him. After we accept Jesus, we then live a life pleasing to God.
The scriptures articulate what we need to stop doing and what we should do to live within God’s will. We have covered some of those in this article for you to get started. All scripture references are from the New King James Version of the Bible.
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