WILL OF GOD.
"Try to find out what would please the Lord; take no part in the barren deeds of darkness, but show them up for what they are... Use the present opportunity to the full, for these are evil days. So do not be fools, but try to understand what the Will of the Lord is." (Eph 5:10,11 & 16,17 NEB).
HOW TO DISCERN THE WILL OF GOD.
'How can we come to perceive this direct
leading of God? By a careful looking at home, and abiding within the gates of
our own souls. Therefore, let a man be at home in his own heart, and cease from
his restless chase of and search after outward things. If he is thus at home
while on earth, he will surely come to see what there is to do at home,
"He who has God for his Father listens to the words of God." (From John 8:47 NEB).
"…you should be made new in the force actuating your mind, and should put on the new personality which was created according to God's Will in true righteousness and loyalty." (Eph 4:23,24).
"You need endurance, if you are to do God's Will and win what He has promised... 'and by faith My righteous servant shall find life; but if a man shrinks back, I take no pleasure in him,' But we are not among those who shrink back and are lost; we have the faith to make life our own." (From Heb 10:36-39 NEB).
OBEDIENCE TO THE WILL OF GOD.
'If he falls into some error, he does not
fret over it, but rising up with a humble spirit, he goes on his way anew
rejoicing. Were he to fall a hundred times in the day, he would not despair,
"'Anyone who wishes to be a follower of mine must leave self behind; he must take up his (torture stake), and come with me. Whoever cares for his own safety is lost; but if a man will let himself be lost for my sake and for the Gospel, that man is safe." (From Mark 8:34,35 NEB).
"Therefore since Christ suffered in the flesh, you too arm yourselves with the same mental disposition; because the person that has suffered in the flesh has desisted from sins, to the end that he may live the remainder of his time in the flesh, no more for the desires of men, but for God's Will." (1 Peter 4:1,2).
SUFFERING IN HARMONY WITH THE WILL OF GOD.
'Let your will be one with His Will, and be glad to be disposed of by Him. He will order all things for you. What can cross your will, when it is one with His Will, on which all creation hangs, round which all things revolve? Keep your hearts clear of evil thoughts; for as evil choices estrange the will from His Will, so evil thoughts cloud the soul, and hide Him from us. Whatever sets us in opposition to Him makes our will an intolerable torment. So long as we will one thing and He another, we go on piercing ourselves through and through with a perpetual wound; and His Will advances moving on in sanctity and majesty, crushing ours into the dust.' (H. E. Manning).
"So, then, also let those who are suffering in harmony with the Will of God keep on commending their souls to a faithful Creator while they are doing good." (1 Peter 4:19).
"…as slaves of Christ, do wholeheartedly the Will of God. Give the cheerful service of those who serve the Lord, not men. For you know that whatever good each man may do, slave or free, will be repaid him by the Lord." (From Eph 6:6-8 NEB).
SUBJECTING OUR WILL TO THE WILL OF GOD.
'How does our will become sanctified? By conforming it unreservedly to that of God. We will all that He wills, and will nothing that He does not will; we attach our feeble will to that all-powerful Will which performs everything. Thus, nothing can ever come to pass against our will; for nothing can happen save that which God wills, and we find in His good pleasure an inexhaustible source of peace and consolation.' (Fénelon).
"We can approach God with confidence for this reason: if we make requests which accord with His Will He listens to us; and if we know that our requests are heard, we know also that the things we ask for are ours." (1 John 5:14,15 NEB).
'There are no disappointments to those whose wills are buried in the Will of God.' (F. W. Faber).