“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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 12:1-2 (NIV)
What do you do when you’re faced with multiple doors of opportunity and you don’t know which one to choose? Maybe there is only one door open before you and you aren’t sure you should walk through that one. Just because a door is open doesn’t necessarily mean it is the will of God for your life.
How do you know for certain the will of God? This is the most common question pastors are asked. Is the door before me divine or destructive? If you’ve ever asked these questions, you are in good company. The good news is that God is not trying to hide His will from you or confuse you with what He wants you to do. When you turn to the counsel of His Word, He can turn the cloudiness into clarity. In Romans 12: 2, Christ followers are challenged to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. How do we do that? What is the test to see if a door is divine or destructive? Can we really know before we open it? This week, we’ll examine five decisive tests to apply before choosing which door to walk through in your life. These tests are 100% accurate in determining the will of God. Here’s the first one:
WHAT DOES GOD’S WORD SAY?
This is the principle of obedience. In Romans 12:2, the Bible says,
“Do not conform to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Every decision you make will either be conforming or transforming. If we’ll choose first to find out what the Bible says regarding a decision and choose to obey it, God will make known His will with clarity. Too often, though, we think our circumstances are an exception to what the Bible is clearly saying. Over 90% of God’s will is revealed already in His Word. The problem is we don’t want to obey it. We rationalize our behavior to justify our decisions because, at the time, they feel right. The Bible gives a warning about that kind of decision making. Twice in Proverbs the Bible says,
“There is a way that seems right to a person, but in the end it eventually leads to death.” Prov. 14:12, & 16:25 GW
The bottom line is that God’s will never goes against God’s Word. Before making a decision, check out what the Bible says and determine ahead of time that you’ll obey it even if it is contrary to how you feel or what your flesh wants to do. This is the principle of obedience, and it honors God! It will always lead to blessing. Obedience brings blessing!
In Ephesians 5:17, the Bible says,
“Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.”
If you want to make the best use of your time and live with confident assurance, then decide now to firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God and do it.