“God's Will, Lost or Found?”

     For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother,and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:35 
     For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13 

As to the will of God, it falls under a twofold consideration of His secret andrevealed will. The distinction is found in that Scripture: “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but these things which are revealed belong unto us”Deuteronomy 29:29. The first is the rule of His own actions: the latter of ours. 

     This revealed will of God is either manifested to us in His Word, or in Hisworks. The former is His commanding will, the latter His affecting or permitting will.    John Flavel 

How to know God’s will for your life; 
     Five principles which if heeded will change your life forever. They will make you joyful, loving and kinder, gentle and meek, full of peace and faith, temperate in all things and thereby give the world something to sit up and take notice of. 
     Do not be deceived if there “principles” sound simple, and really they are,according to John “. . . his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3. But because if our polished, structured kind of preaching they have become harder, and that because the preaching most of us sit under is so often nothing more than warmed over psychology or a “teaching” ministry which doesn’t reach the heart, or even attempt to, but ministers so eloquently to the mind. 
     The principles are there, all we need do is obey them and we can know God’s will for our lives as surly as anything.. But we must be honest in following these principles. Read through the principles, in some ways they are tough but follow them and you will have the “key” to knowing God’s will for your life in every area.
#1 Principle: SALVATION
“. . . Ye must be born again.” John 3:7 
     Receive Christ Jesus the LORD and make Him your LORD and then beginwalking as children of the light. In as much sincerity and integrity of heart as possible. 
#2 Principle: SPIRIT-FILLED
     “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9 
   As you are walking, walk as Spirit-filled children of the light, being saturated with the things of Christ, with His Word and His Person.
#3 Principle: SANCTIFIED
     “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, . . . That every one of you know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; . . . For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 Be pure inyour walk, talk, actions and dealings with your fellow man.
#4 Principle: SUBMISSIVE
     “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of hem that do well. For this isthe will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:” 1 Peter 2:13-15 
   That God wants us to be the kind of citizens in the world who will draw the attention of the world. Hence we need to be different. We need to have the qualities of salt and light, That involves submission, which is clearly commanded inthe Scriptures.
#5 Principle: SUFFERING
     “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 If you are not suffering, check your condition. A non-suffering Christian doesn’t seem to be in the New Testament.
     We’ve set down five principles that are revealed as God’s direct will. Will you obey them?? If you will then you can always know you are in the center of God’s will for your life, I will explain in a moment. I nor does the Word demand sinless perfection form His people before He will reveal Himself and His will to us. David is of course the classic example to us of our Heavenly Father’s care and forgiveness that He so wonderfully gives us. For David did awful sin before God and man, and yet God said he was a man after God’s own heart. Does that mean we have license to sin and still expect God to reveal his will to us and give to us? . . . NO, NO, NO!! You only have to read of David’s life and read the Psalms he wrote to know how complete and thoroughly his heart was broken because of his sin, and how completely his desire was to repent and know his God. This is what God desires of us, He knows we cannot have a completely sinless life here (1 John 1:9,10), but that we have a heart that seeks after His heart, just as the hart pants after the water brook. A deep longing to know Him, whom to know is life. That was David’s secret. 
     I told you, you would have the “key” to always knowing God’s will and you do, it is: Be Saved, Be Spirit-filled, Be Sanctified, Be Submissive, Be Suffering. Now hold on, if you are honest and are living according to the revealed will of God as shown in His word then anything you do will be God’s will for you! That’s right you cannot be saved, and filled with God’s Spirit (which is remember, according to Paul, synonymous with His Word), be submissive to those in authority over you, and suffer for the truth of the Gospel and not be in God’s will. 
     Someone may say, “I really am striving to do all of this, but I want to do this or that or go to such and such a place or school, or marry this person. That is just my self will. - Wait a minute my friend what makes you think that is self will? You just said you are doing all the above, that means the Spirit of God has complete rule and reign in your life, HE is the one that put that desire there not you yourself. GO! God can steer a moving vessel much easier than a stationary one. 
     God Bless you my friends as you live the principles set forth in God’s Word and revel in the joy of doing His will. 

     Excitement, Exuberant Jubilation! — It’s been found! And by faith we can have it. It was never lost, it never needed to be found. It was there all the time, we needed but to live it. Christianity is not man’s religion, but rather our Father’s way of life. And the power to live that life is by the Holy Spirit given us as a Comforter by our Brother, Christ Jesus the Lord.