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The Will of God
Been born again does not means you automatically know the will of God. You need to study and understand His word, be no longer conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Finding the will of God is a multifaceted subject and at same time multifarious and requires personal study, determination and dedication to God. It is necessary to know that while God often uses circumstances and the experiences of others to communicate His intentions to us, the Bible is the final authority.

God has a personal interest in our lives - a "perfect will" or plan for us. He is concerned about our well-being and our future. More important, He has a wonderful plan for our lives.

God's will can never be frustrated, nothing happens that is beyond His control, He can do all things and for Him nothing is impossible.

I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. - Job 42:2

He usually keep most of His will a mystery but gives us the freedom of decision and He will not interfere in our decisions. But God's ways are truly superior.

God gives us, for example, a free will to accept or reject Him, to obey or disobey Him. Nevertheless, And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. - John 6:40

The will of God can be classified as follow:

1. Decretive or Hidden Will: God's special plan for each believer.
2. Preceptive or Revealed Will: God's laws concerning lifestyle and righteous living for all Christians.
3. Permissive and Perfect Will: That cannot be thwarted or stopped by anything.

Decretive or Hidden Will of God
This is God's "ultimate" will.
It focuses on the fact that God sovereignly ordains everything that comes to pass and these are often hidden from us until after it comes to pass. In other words, there is nothing that happens that is outside of God's decretive will.

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. - Ephesians 1:11

The decretive will of God does not imply that He causes everything to happen but He must at least permit or allow whatever happens to happen after His acknowledgement. Even when God passively permits things to happen, He can always decide to either permit or stop the actions, because He always has the power and right to intervene.

Then Satan answered the LORD. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. - Job 1:9-12.
Job lost his children, wealth, and health. His wife was of no comfort and his friends were highly critical of him. But God had a special plan for him.

It was the hidden will of God to bestow Love, Mercy, and Grace to Nineveh so He chose Jonah for the task to preaching repentance to the people. But Jonah was not willing to bestow any Grace toward the Ninevites so he fled to hide himself in a ship. God did not interfere with his decision to run away because he had the full freedom. Jonah's action was not in line with the plans, purposes, and pursuits of God's hidden will. Yet God had mercy on him and spare His life. God loves all of His people; even the people we hate. He is a merciful God and is ready to forgive us if we repent.

As part of the God's hidden will for Jephthah, he has to be thrown out of his father's house by his own brothers and go on exiled for him to be made captain and ruler over his people - Judges 11:1-3.

There are various reasons why God will not reveal His will to mankind such like glorifying His name, getting someone to look to Him for Salvation, necessity to putting us through some things for the purpose of making us stronger and tougher, using suffering to teach us patience - like Job, equipping us to able to comfort others etc. Sometimes He will even use the tragedy of one to bring OTHERS to Christ.

I am personally a good example. God uses the tragedy of a lame woman to bring me to Him.

Nebuchadnezzar didn't fear God until God humbled him by making him spend seven years of his life on his hands and knees like an animal (Dan. 4:30-37).

Joseph had to face a lot of problems, trials and tribulations before he can reach God's decretive will for him. At the appointed time, God caused Pharaoh to have a dream that none of the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men can interprete (Genesis 41: 1-8). God uses the tragedy of Pharaoh to bless Joseph. Genesis 41:40-45.

When Moses became concerned about the Hebrews, he killed an Egyptian and was exiled. It was forty years before God revealed to Moses His plan of freeing the Hebrews. I'm sure during those forty years there were times when Moses felt like a failure. As he lived in exile, he probably felt like he had blown the opportunity that God had given him. He had a high position in Pharaoh's court, and because of a moment of rage, it was over. He could no longer be of help to his people. For whatever reasons, God chose to wait forty years to reveal His plan to Moses. If Moses had his heart and priorities right, his forty years in exile were successful in the eyes of God.

God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts differ from ours. He always knows what is best, and He never makes a mistake.

Preceptive or Revealed Will of God


The preceptive will of God is God's declared will concerning what we should or we should not do and is revealed both in His Word and in our conscience. God's revealed will tells us those things He considers inherently good. And He sets certain parameters and rules within these boundaries there are often many godly paths we can take.

Mysteriously, the Lord in His hidden decrees often ordains something that He hates according to His preceptive will. God does this not because the evil deed is desirable in itself, but because He uses sin to bring about the higher benefit of our ultimate good and His final glory (Rom. 8:28; 9:14-24). And He does this without ever being responsible or liable for evil (Job 42; Luke 22:22; James 1:13).

Scripture is to guide us in our daily activities, our decision making - choice of spouse, vocation, place of residence, and so on. Of course, the Word of God does not tell us whether we should be an engineer, a tailor, a doctor or a lawyer, but it does tell us the Lord has given us certain gifts (1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4:1-16) and to seek out wise counselors (Prov. 11:14). Similarly, the Bible does not tell us whom we should marry, Rita or Bridget, but Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the godly wife, and so we should look for someone that embodies such qualities.

The laws of God, whether found in Scripture or in our hearts, are binding upon us. We are accountable when we disobey them.

Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, paid with their life for lying and hypocrisy - Act 5:1-10.

Because of the revealed will of God, we can know that it is God's will that we should not steal, lie, backbite, gossip, abstain from immorality, not repay evil for evil, not to bear false witness, that we love our enemies, that we repent of our sins, that we fear Him, and that we be holy as He is holy. His precepts tell us that He hates wickedness.

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. - Proverbs 6:16-19

We have the power and ability to disobey God's commands, like Saul (1 Samuel 13:14, 1 Samuel 15:22-23), Adam & Eve, but we do not have the right to do so. The price and consequences of disobedience is high.

Remember King Saul lost the establishment of his kingdom over Israel for partial while Adam and Eve were cursed for disobedience (Genesis 3:16-20).

Naaman on the other hand was told to dip into the river Jordan seven times to cure himself of leprosy, he was angry. He felt there were other rivers that were far superior to the Jordan (2 Kings 5:11-14). However, after he completely obeyed, he was cured.

Permissive and Perfect will of God
This describes God's attitude and defines what is pleasing to Him and is revealed in the many verses of Scripture indicating what God does take pleasure in and what He does not. It is His ultimate goal and perfect will that people should accept Him as king and obey Him.

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? - Ezekiel 18:23

God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4 ) yet it is God's decretive will that "no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44).

But, as the image of God is inbuilt in man and makes him to operate his freewill, God never compels man for anything. God never penetrates into man's free will. Unless and until he submits his freewill upon the alter and confesses "Let it be according to your will Lord, not according to my will", he does not interfere in his life.

Though we act against God's will and God's plans, He never let us down because He is a merciful God. He always makes an alternative arrangement because He loves us deeply and abundantly. That is Permissive Will. Though we are pulled by our self- desire and select a way which is contrary to the best plan which God has set for us, He never gives up. Even when we decide to do what looks good to us, His loves never lets us down.

God's Perfect Will is contrasted with His Permissive Will, i.e., that which falls outside of what He Perfectly Wills for us, but which He permits to happen. God's Perfect Will is seen as the goal for Christians, and finding it and living within it lead to blessings, while not seeking it or finding it leads to living inside God's Permissive Will and missing out on blessings.

Conclusion
Our responsibility is to obey the revealed will of God, desire to know and live according to the will of God as revealed in His word and not to speculate on what His hidden will for us might be. The more we live in disobedience, the farther we move from God's perfect will.

We should NOT be preoccupied with finding the will of God for our lives rather live according to His revealed will by immersing ourselves in the written Word of God, saturating our minds with it, presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, improving our relationship with the Lord, having faith in Him no matter the challenges, be obedient to His laws, rearrange our priorities so our primary motivation is to glorify God, seek God's wisdom and guidance in everything you do, and praying that the Holy Spirit will lead us to righteousness and transform us through the renewing of our minds, so that the result is what is good, acceptable and perfect will of God.



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