Well if this is a question that brings much confusion and frustration to your life I will give you the answer. Are you ready? Well let me start with some things first. We have always heard that if its God’s will it will happen brother, well that’s not completely true. We have to cooperate with the will of God. Let’s look at one scripture that shows us how to cooperate with God’s will.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1)

So when we submit our bodies to God as living sacrifice and renew our minds in the Word of God only then are we able to test the will of God for our lives. So the who notion that whatever is happening to your life in the moment is God’s will is a lie. Only in true submission are we able to discern His will.

Now I want to talk about the Three Wills of God.

  1. God’s prescriptive will    

          God promised Abraham and his children Canaan as their inheritance. He told them to remain there and take dominion over the land and His offspring would be as numerous as the sand beneath his feet. Gods command to Isaac in Gen 23 was to remain in the promise land and not to turn to Egypt. Gods will is that they would prosper in everything so this is his good will.       

  1. God’s permissive will

In God’s Permissive will we find as we step out of his grace into our pride or self-reliance we find that God allows the enemy to sift us. James 4 says that God resist the proud but pours out grace upon the Humble. Abraham’s descendants failed the test of famine and left the inheritance for the land of Egypt. God allows us to walk out of His perfect will and create our own messes. I want you to remember that even in our mess his banner over us is love and he turns all things too good for those who seek him. Remember the words of our savior that God hates divorce but because of the hardness of man’s heart he permitted it.

  1. God’s providential will

We must also speak of God’s providential will. In spite of Israel’s failure to claim and live in the land, God’s sovereign purposes for them could not be frustrated. God’s prescriptive will was that they not go to Egypt. His permissive will was to allow them to go to Egypt.  But eventually God’s providential will was accomplished when he declared ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’ (Hos. 11:1).

I want to mention one other Will of God. It’s called the perfect will. This is what I call the New Covenant will of God or the Spirit lead will of God. So are you ready to discover God’s perfect will for your LIFE? Here it is;

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all in every circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT)

Wow! There it is. The will of God for your life is to walk in His joy and maintain a life of humility. In this lifestyle you’re abiding in the vine and resting from your works. Do not be like our fathers before us who die in a wilderness with the evil heart of unbelief. Abide in the vine of Jesus as rest from your works and allow Holy Spirit to fill you with the fruits of his Spirit. Only Believe saints and rejoice again rejoice!

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