**Originally Published 20 Jul, 2017**

“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”      Luke 22:42

Jesus told His disciples in John 6:38, “I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” He had a passion to accomplish the Father’s will for His life. So much so, that we find Him in much anguish in prayer in the garden of Gethsemane as He was sweating drops like blood. The thought of carrying the burden of the sins of the whole world upon Him was heavy and yet, He said, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

God has a purpose for each of His children. The Lord Jesus is more interested in us finding His will for our lives than we ourselves are. On many of the issues of our lives, God’s will is quite clear. Jesus said, “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life” (John 6:40).  It’s very straightforward that those who believe in Jesus will have everlasting life. Yet, what about other issues of life? How do we go about finding His will? I want to give you some important steps we can take toward knowing His will.

If you are going to know God’s will, it makes sense that you first know Him as your personal Lord and Savior. The initial step in finding God’s will is to be sure you know the Savior. Without a saving knowledge of Christ and His abiding life within, a person cannot discern the things of God. For Paul says these things are “spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 2:14.

The Holy Spirit comes into your life the moment you receive Him as your Savior. He is there with you and in you to empower you to know and do all the will of God. Paul said, in Ephesians 5, this is the will of God, “to be filled with Spirit.” The Spirit of God helps us to witness, pray, discern and serve the Lord Jesus on this earth. To be filled means to be controlled by His Spirit. He becomes our teacher to guide us in all the truth of God. Are you sensitive to His Spirit in your life?

We can’t know the will of God apart from the Word of God. The better I know the Scriptures, the more certain I will know the way in which to walk. The Word will never lead me to do something contrary to the Scriptures. That is why Paul exhorted the Colossians “to let the Word of God dwell in you richly, with all wisdom” Colossians 3:16. When we know Christ, when we are being controlled by His Spirit and when we are abiding in His word, the Psalmist said in Psalms 16:11, “He will make known to us the path of life”. The first step in really knowing God’s will is desire. God won’t call you to something and not give you a desire to do that very thing. Ask Him to give you His desire for your life. Then, may you join Jesus in praying, “Not My will… but Yours be done.” 

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