Five main principles for finding the will of God are outlined in a small book by John Macarthur called, “Found:God’s Will.” I found these principles, thought provoking and very interesting.
God’s will is:
1. That you be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth – 1 Tim 2:3-4
2. That you be Spirit filled, controlled by the Spirit – Eph 5:18
This means a Christ conscious life, saturated with the things of Christ; His Word, His person
3. That you be sanctified – 1 Thess 4:3-7
This means that you live a life that is pure and holy, not controlled by your passions
4. That you be submissive – 1 Pet 2:13-18
This means that you submit to authority; the law, the King, your boss
5. That you suffer for the Name of Christ – 1 Pet 4:13-19
This means that you suffer as a Christian who is godly – Phil 1:29 – “to suffer for Christ’s sake”
2 Tim 3:12 “all who desire to live godly (in an ungodly world) will be persecuted.”
If you are doing all five basic things, God will give you the right desires in your heart which will then lead you into His perfect will. God will give you the desires of your heart because they will be His desires.
Romans 12:1-2 “I urge you – by the mercies of God, to present your bodies, a living and a holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Thess 5:18 -give thanks for happenings in your life “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
He’s using the experiences in your life to shape you into His will.