The Ministry of the Spirit in Discerning the Will of God (J. I. Packer)
"The Holy Spirit is given to all Christians to transform them by his teaching, making them into God-focused thinkers and equipping them to discern his will and make decisions accordingly. They do this by rational reflection on their life-situation, helped by wise and godly advice, within the parameters that the Word of God establishes. The idea that the superior path in matters of guidance is to wait passively before God for direct promptings to action to come into one’s mind is a mistake. So is the superstitious notion that failure to discern the specifics of God’s vocational guidance sentences one irrevocably to a second-best life, with no restoration possible."
This quote is a good starting point to understanding the will of God for your life. The one thing even Christians fail to understand is that the will of God for each person's life is in the Bible. A biblical walk in the Lord is the first step. Too many times people are looking for the next step out of trouble that their own worldly wisdom put them in and not from the trials and troubles of life.
Christians do not just study the Bible for worship. God understood the world is a troubled place and His word is full of everyday advice. You just need to know the whole Bible. The next time you say that you do not like Bible study; you are saying I do not want the life that God has planned for all of His children.
Published on Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ 4:47 AM CDT