Discover the will of God for you (21)
7. Receiving. When we obediently seek the will of God, we can be sure that he’ll hear us and give us the wisdom we need to make the right choices (Mt 7:7-8; Jas 1:5). And once we know his will, we have a responsibility to embrace his direction and obey him completely.
You will find great peace and confidence in knowing that you are making choices based on God’s guidance. Perhaps no one else will understand or agree with your decision—but you will have heard from the One who matters the most.
Making Choices In Sensitive Issues. I Corinthians
If I choose one course of action:
• Does it help my witness for Christ? (9:19-22)
• Am I motivated by a desire to help others to know Christ? (9:23; 10:33)
• Does it help me do my best? (9:25)
• Is it against a specific command in scripture, and would it thus cause me to sin? (10:12)
• Is it the best and most beneficial course of action? (10:23, 33)
• Am I thinking only of myself, or do I truly care about the other person? (10:24)
• Am I acting lovingly or selfishly? (10:28-31)
• Does it glorify God? (10:31)
• Will it cause someone else to sin? (10:32)
All of us make hundreds of choices every day. Most choices have no right or wrong attached to them—like what you wear or what you eat. But we always face decisions that carry a little more weight. We don’t want to do wrong, and we don’t want to cause others to do wrong, so how can we make such decisions?
Our willingness to do God’s will when it is shown to us a prerequisite to knowing it.
“… Grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Ps 51:12)
• Our willingness to do God’s will when it is shown to us is a prerequisite to knowing it.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Ps 51:10)
Create in me a clean heart. All believers need God’s Spirit to create in them a pure heart that hates iniquity and renewed spirit that desires to do the will of God. Only God can make us a new creation and restore us to true godliness (John 3:3; 2Cor 5:17).
Ps 51:10, because we are born as sinners (51:5), our natural inclination is to please ourselves rather than God. David followed that inclination when he took another man’s wife. We also follow it when we sin in any way. Like David, we must ask God to cleanse us from within (51:7), clearing our hearts and spirits for new thoughts and desires. Right conduct can come only from a clean heart and spirit. Ask God to
create a pure heart and spirit in you.
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