What IS God's will for Me?
How do we know what God wants for us? For each of us?
- To rejoice in ALL things. Not just the good times but in the hard times. In the trials and tests of life for this is living proof you BELIEVE and TRUST in God. Every day you can find something to rejoice about. You just have to look and ask God to show you if you do not. But it will be there. Rejoice and be Glad. I find that getting out my hymn book and singing even when ever fiber in my being says I do not want to sing, is more helpful for me than any other thing. Esp. if anger is welling up, you just can not stay angry and be singing joyful songs to God!
- Pray without ceasing. Do you know how to pray with out ceasing? This does not mean praying every minute of every day, but to be in prayer in your mind every waking minute. Even in your dreams! After all these years, I now have prayer when I need it even when I sleep. I have found that if a situation in my dreams causes me fear or anxiousness I am calling on my Lord ! I have woke up with my voice calling GOD and I am rescued! What a great thing to not have nightmares any more, and even if something dark does start, it ends quickly when my mind even at rest calls on Jesus. Also, during the day, downtown, working at home, any where at any time I am talking to God like He is right there with me. To me this is prayer without ceasing. Constantly aware of His presence, knowing 100 percent He hears my every thought and comment.
- In every thing give thanks. As in #A above, giving God prayerful thanks every day all through the day. For the food He gives us for today, to be able to walk or to see, for our family and friends. And yes, for our enemies who keep us close to God and are the sandpaper of our lives toward a better finish! Find all the things you can every prayer in morning and every prayer at night and give God the thanks. For nothing we have has not come from God himself. Even the health to earn a living is from God, every basic need, every blessing is from God. Go even further and Thank God for the trials and hardships He allows us to go through, for they are pruning us into diamonds of character to serve in the kingdom to come. They prepare us to work with more honor, more character to be like Christ and thus be a better witness to those who have yet to believe.