4 Ways To Align Your Heart With God’s Will
God’s word throws light on His will whereby we may come to know it and apply it in our responses to situations we may find ourselves in or in a direction we think of moving along.
Here are a few Scriptures relating to help us get on the right track:
Alignment With God’s Will
Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Here we are told to bring the body, as it relates to the world, the mind, and the spirit into alignment with the known revelation of God’s will. You will notice that there are three levels that a man or woman can fulfil God’s will—the level of His ‘good will’, the level of His ‘acceptable will’, and the level of His ‘perfect will’. We should aim at God’s perfect will through which we glorify God.
The Sanctified Life
1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 – “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification ….”
The best way to grasp what sanctification means is to remember who we belong to:
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20); “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17).
This involves both body and spirit, the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit. Hence, “we walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7).
God’s word together with the Holy Spirit direct our movement according to God’s will: “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Involvement In The Gospel Ministry To The Community and the World
God’s will is that we be His ambassadors to the world: “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
These are but a few revelations of God’s will; the more we delve into His book, the further we discover His will, and this enables us to pray according to His will. God did everything possible to bring us in line with His will. He didn’t leave us to depend on our weak resolves, but provided His Holy Spirit to work His will in us, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
The Cherry On Top
When God sent Samuel to choose a replacement for king Saul, He told Samuel, “The Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
At the start of His relationship with the nation of Israel, God told them what He valued most, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4, 5). Before commissioning Peter, the Lord Jesus checked Peter’s heart by asking him, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” God told the Israelites, “Bring no more futile (worthless) sacrifices…Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear” (Isaiah 1:13-15).
God saw no love in spite of the ceremonials they kept observing. He saw no love in Cain’s heart. Praying according to God’s will will ensure that our prayers are being heard and answered, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14, 15).
What a blessing to be in such a prayerful relationship with a God who invites us to come to the throne of grace.