3 Biblical Steps to Knowing God’s Will for You

by | Oct 4, 2016 | Woman

Knowing God’s will is a big topic.

Books have been written, sermons preached and prayers prayed to help us know His will about our lives, circumstances or nation.

As believers, it’s helpful to remember that knowing God’s will is never separate from knowing Him. Truth is a person, the Man Christ Jesus (John 14:6), and He has a plan for your life.

Here are three key truths to help you discern God’s will for your life.

1. Ask God to reveal His plan for you, then thank Him for it.

Before God created you, He had a plan for your life.

Your eyes saw me unformed,
yet in Your book all my days were written,
before any of them came into being. (Ps. 139:16, MEV)

The Lord had already written a book all about David before forming him in the womb. This means God had a will and a plan for making him.

And the Lord was faithful to accomplish that plan, even though David stumbled many times. Only unbelief and unrepentance could have kept David from his destiny.

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers. (Acts 13:36, NASB)

David’s life wasn’t random—and neither is ours.

In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says that, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we should walk in them” (MEV).

The Lord had a plan before He made you. He had a plan before He saved you. He has prepared good works for you to do—to go and to bear fruit that will remain (John 15:16).

Simply believing this, thanking God for it, and asking Him to reveal it will increase our faith. Putting God above our circumstances—affirming that He has a plan and will for us, regardless of how things look at the moment—is a powerful tool in seeking His will.

2. Focus on Jesus, not the devil.

Jesus has this to say about Satan:

The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10, MEV).

Jesus did say we’d endure tribulation in this world, but promised perfect peace and comfort to those that abide in Him (John 16:33, Is. 26:3). In addition, David anticipated that “the Lord’s presence brings fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11).

If we are experiencing theft, destruction or death, we can ask Jesus to give us the abundance of life He promises. We will face many trials, but they aren’t to be our dwelling place. The Lord may highlight things that are causing the trial, give us peace to endure, and even help us find joy in the midst of them (James 1:2–8).

Our God loves to make rivers in the desert and call the things that are not as though they were (Is. 41:18; Rom. 4:17). Hold on to these promises and speak them back to God in faith.

In seeking Jesus, we will overcome as He overcame (Rev. 3:21). This is His will for us regardless of the circumstances we’re facing.

3. See yourself in the greater story.

Start to finish, Scripture tells an amazing story: God creates the world. Creation falls when man rebels against Him. The Lord sends His Son to suffer and die, taking our punishment. Now salvation is spreading around the world until Jesus returns to reclaim the Earth.

Our story is caught up in God’s story. He has a redemption plan and we’re all part of it.

In following Christ, we may suffer, as He did, but our suffering won’t be in vain.

For instance, when persecution arose against the early church as described in Acts 8, it actually propelled them to share the gospel outside of Jerusalem—doing what Jesus had commanded them before He returned to heaven (Acts 1:8).

The Lord is always working to accomplish His will—the spread of the gospel to all nations, the purification of His church, and the glorious return of His Son.

Each of our stories fits somewhere in that. We can ask God for revelation about what He’s doing in this season and how we can partner with Him. Knowing the greater context will give us hope and confidence, even when things are hard.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose … to be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:28–29, MEV).


God’s will isn’t nebulous or impossible to know. Jesus has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age (when things will be the most difficult), and He will comfort and guide us by the Holy Spirit (John 14:16).

As we press into Him, thanking Him for His plan and seeking our part in the greater story, we’ll experience peace, hope and joy—even the peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:6–7). That’s God’s will for us.

A Detroit native who was raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Adam Wittenberg worked as a newspaper journalist until 2012, when he moved to Kansas City to complete the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Afterwards, he earned a 4-year certificate in House of Prayer Leadership from IHOPU and is now on full-time staff in the Marketing department. Adam is also active in evangelism and has a vision to reach people everywhere with the good news of Jesus Christ.


Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Following are snippets of the top stories posted on charismamag.com over the past week. We encourage you to visit the links to read the stories in full. Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven? Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are...

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

This month we are entering a season which, in the United States, has been devoted to gratitude and thanksgiving for 400 years! While the Thanksgiving holiday has had a long and varied history within the United States, the practice of devoting sacrificial offerings,...

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

My frequent trips to developing nations always help me adjust my attitude. Just when I start to feel spoiled and entitled, I meet people from places like Congo, India and Honduras—and I realize just how blessed I am. This happened to me again last week during a trip...

The Power of Being Thankful

The Power of Being Thankful

One of the best ways to show God we love Him is to be thankful. When we express our deep gratitude to Him, it actually invites His presence onto our lives. Being thankful also neutralizes the enemy and brings victory into our situations no matter what the outcome....

Get Off Your Pew!

Get Off Your Pew!

As God’s clock inches closer to the final hour before His return, many people find themselves filled with angst, anxiety and despair. People are not sleeping well, many have fallen into depression and are feeling hopeless. These are the very days that we have been...

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

Read Time: 4 Minutes 28 Seconds While all of the stories we read in the Torah are meaningful, sometimes the events we read about can seem to hold more relevance, especially for those of us who are followers of Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah. One such event is the calling...


The Church’s Role in Preserving Freedom of Speech in America

Read Time: 3 Minutes 17 Seconds The controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving and his post of a tweet that claims the Jews in Israel are not the real Jews—that Black Africans are the real Jews—raises...
Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Read Time: 4 Minutes 42 Seconds Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away for U.S. Americans. It is a favorite holiday—perhaps only exceeded by Christmas—to gather with family and friends to watch parades, play (American) “football” and eat delicious food—often from...

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFbfS03JkKY&t=1s Read Time: 3 Minutes, 10 Seconds Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are murderers, pedophiles and cannibals walking along the streets of gold? We are taught in the book of Romans, "That if...

Pin It on Pinterest