Knowing God’s Will by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
I’ve often been asked, “How can I know for sure what God wants for my life? I know that I am to lead others to Christ and to live a Christian life, but how do I know exactly what my special plan or purpose is?”
Jesus gave us the answer to this question – Ask, Seek, and Knock.
Matthew 7:7-11 (KJV) “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
The Scriptural setting in Matthew 7 presents Jesus continuing His teaching the multitude and His disciples about the heart of God and how we are to possess and present that same heart’s attitude to the world. Why do we need to do this? It is necessary so that the Kingdom of God can be fulfilled in us (in earth) as it is in heaven (heavenly beings and things) – Matthew 6:10.
Jesus just finished teaching about spiritual discernment – not sensorial (judgmental, self-serving criticism, etc.) condemnation of a brother, sister, or situation. To do this, Jesus taught us, would require a sincere examination of oneself: Matthew 7:5 (KJV) “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Emphasis Mine).
How can this be done effectively? We must come to an understanding of some principles about our own heart and how it appears before God…
- We are not able to “know” our own hearts.Jeremiah 17:9
(KJV) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
- God must reveal our hearts to us.Jeremiah 17:10
(KJV) “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
- We must “Ask” God to reveal our hearts to us.Psalms 139:23-24
(KJV) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Emphasis Mine).
The request that David expressed in Psalms 139 is no different than what Jesus taught in Matthew 7 – Ask, Seek, and Knock. In this Psalm David was asking God to Search, Try, and Lead.
The Hebrew words used in this Psalm mean…
Search = to penetrate; hence to examine intimately.
Try = to test (especially metals); generally, and figuratively to investigate: —prove.
Lead = to guide; —bestow, bring, govern, guide, lead (forth).
As you can see, David was asking God to Examine his heart intimately, Prove the worth and quality of his thoughts and abilities, and Guide him in the way he should (pre-ordained/planned) go.
We too must…A.S.K.
- Ask God to reveal our heart to us. This includes revealing our Purpose, Plan, and God-imaged Personality.
- Seek to Discern our Position in the Body of Christ, Discover the Presents (Gifts) we’ve been given that make us unique and valuable in the fulfillment of the Great Commission, and Develop a Christ-like Passion that pleases God.
- Knock on all the doors of opportunity God presents us to find the “Right Fit” for the fulfillment of our destiny. This requires us to be Patient in Circumstances, Persistent in Conflict, and Practical in Conduct.More simply stated, we must Preserve an “Attitude of Gratitude” in every situation of life, Present a “Never Say Die” determination when faced with adversity (that is – be committed), and Project an “Here am I” willingness whenever something needs to be done and someone is needed to do it. In all of this – YOU WILL FIND YOUR CALLING!
Now,you might be thinking: “Is there a different plan for everyone?”
God has the same “Desire” for all of us…
Micah 6:8 (KJV) “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
John 3:16 (KJV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4 (KJV) “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
BUT, God has a specific “Design” for each of us…
- God had a specific design for Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV) “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Emphasis Mine).
- God is no respecter of persons.
Acts 10:34 (KJV) “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” (Emphasis Mine).
- God has a plan for you.
1 Corinthians 12:18 (KJV)“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (Emphasis Mine).
- God’s plan for you is unique for you.
1 Corinthians 12:14 (KJV) “For the body is not one member, but many” (Emphasis Mine).
Note: Read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 12 for a better perspective of “uniqueness” in the Body of Christ.