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Knowing God's Will

Knowing God's will for our lives: When is it scriptural to pursue "knowing" God's will? At what point can that turn into walking by sight rather than by faith and therefore turn into an idol?

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 ---daphn8897 on 12/29/06
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The question read "...for our lives:". Must be refering to the
command to love neighbor...
---Nana on 12/4/07

It turns into a fleshly pursuit the second you attach, '...for my life?' The question is, 'What is God's will?' You need to remove self comepletely.
---Ryan on 12/1/07

Keep the lines of communication open with God and keep asking Him, Is this your will? Should I do this? It turns into an idol when you want it so badly, that it blinds you to the truth of God's will for your life. Like when a woman wants a husband, she prays and prays and doesn't realize God is saying, "I want to be your husband, for your maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name."
---Donna9759 on 1/3/07

Wow, what a question. I have often thought something was God's will and it didn't end well. So I just try and do everything in Love, my daily life, my church and bible activities, my relationships with others.
One sermon at church recently was how much we do seeking God's will...building a new church, having activities, fund raising when Jesus said Go out in the world and spread the Good News.
---Virginia on 1/2/07

Besides the obvious, such as prayer, Bible Study, etc. There are at least 3 things a person has to consider: 1. Make yourself available. (No conditions.) 2. What are your interest for the position you'd want? 3. Move out - God will 'open' and 'shut' doors as you move. As a retired missionary of 33 years who didn't want to be a missionary, if you don't move, it's not likely God can use you at 100% of your potential.
---wivv on 1/2/07

good stewardship is a way to continue walking in faith. it will prevent "God's will" from becoming an idol.
---JaeR on 12/31/06

not to discourage you personally. but it seems people who read the bible don,t understand whats written there.
---tom2 on 12/31/06

It helps to now God's will when we know what He doesn't want. He doesn't want us to neglect or walk away from our responsibilities. Or hurt people so we can serve Him better. Or break vows so we can have a closer relationship.
If "knowing" what God's will is includes these harmful things you may want to wait for some confirmation and discuss it with some reputable people whose lives show the fruit of the Spirit.
---john on 12/30/06

You've asked a good question, Daphn. Jesus said IN SO MANY WORDS that devotion to the Bible can get in the way of having a relationship with Him ("You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life...").

If all that was needed to know God's will was to "look it up in a book", Judaism would have sufficed. Christianity would have degenerated into the same kind of scholastic legalism Judaism became. (It's well-headed there in many places.)
---Jack on 12/30/06

Part 2:

As you said, and as Jesus warned in John 10, anything that gets between the believer and Him is an idol indeed.

This is why He said He would send us the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth.

All you can do is pray, confer with others whose counsel you trust--and walk by faith.

(This is the context, btw, in which Luther said, "Sin boldly.")
---Jack on 12/30/06

I'm trying to understand your question, Daphn. Exp: Are you talking about people who might put out a 'fleece' to see if a particular dream is from God? Fleecing God, to see if a man/woman someone has their eye on really is the 'one'. Forcing your will, and pretending you really did hear from God. Forcing God's hand. Looking for signs along the path that you can interpret to fit your prayer? The type of 'idol' that get yourself all worked up over in the flesh, then tell yourself it's God?
---Cindy on 12/29/06

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