What Is God's Will?

By: Bill Bratt

Every day when we pray we probably use the Lordís Prayer as a guide. This model prayer that Jesus gave to His disciples and us is recorded in Matthew 6 verses 9 through 13 and in verse 10 we say, "Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven." So every day we pray that "Godís will be done!"

Let me ask a question, "What is Godís Will?"

The Ten Commandments

My first thought and reaction would be that we need to keep Godís Ten Commandments. This phrase "Keep the Commandments occurs 63 times in the King James Version of the Bible. It first occurs in Exodus 15:26 and the last place is in the Book of Revelation 14:12. The first place the word ĎCommandmentsí is used is where God is talking about Abraham and He said in Genesis 26 verse 5, "Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." The last place the word is used is in Revelation 14 verse 12 where it says: "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."

The idea of keeping the commandments can be amplified with the following verse, Matthew 4:4 says: "Jesus said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

Another thought to ponder is that there are 613 laws in the Old Testament alone. Now some of those laws and not applicable today since the Temple does not exist at this time.

The Prayer in the Garden

On the night of the Passover and after Jesus observed the Passover with His disciples, He went to the Mount of Olives. Luke records the following in Luke 22 beginning in verse 3, "Coming out, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. {40} When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." {41} And He went from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, {42} saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.""

Jesus was God in the flesh, and as a human He was dreading the idea of all of the pain and suffering that He was going to have to suffer, from the beatings and the crucifixion, but He knew it was Godís Will for Him to suffer and die as it says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Jesus Came to Do the Will of the Father

Jesus said in John 6 verse 35, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. {36} "But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. {37} "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. {38} "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. {39} "This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. {40} "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.""

The will of God the Father is that Jesus His Son is not to loose any of the disciples that God has called (John 6:44) and that Jesus is to resurrect them to eternal life.

Godís Will is for Us to Be A Living Sacrifices and to Be Humble

The apostle Paul said in Romans 12 verse 1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. {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. {3} For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."

Godís Will is that We Abstain from Sexual Immorality  

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4 verse 3, "For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; {4} that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, {5} not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; {6} that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. {7} For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.

Do Good

The apostle Peter had this to say about Godís Will, 1 Peter 2 verse 15, "For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; ......{18} Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. {19} For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. ....{20} .......when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. {21} For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps."

"For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil" (1 Peter 3:17).

"Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator" (1 Peter 4:19).

In Conclusion: Obviously a one page article on Godís Will is just to plant seeds and to encourage us to search for more Scriptures on this topic and to meditate on the Scriptures that we find.

Letís close with this verse, Jesus said in Mark 3 verse 35, "For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.""

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