God’s Will and Your God-Given Purpose are Not Interchangeable Concepts

God's Will and Our Purpose are not the same

God’s Will has been made out to be some elusive concept with no real answers to the question “What is God’s Will for my life?” I have read numerous books by authors who I will not name because I still have much respect for them. Also these authors are not incorrect, but just misleading to me (remember, I’m the woman in who needs complete understanding). I had been on the journey of finding God’s Will for my life for years in hopes that I would figure it out before I died. I read books and articles, listened to numerous sermons, and prayed. During one of my prayer times, God told me that I was looking for His Will desperately, but I was going down the wrong path. God said, “Just open your Bible and there you will find My Will.” I obeyed, and instead of using my previous discovery methods, I just read the Bible eagerly searching for answers. But I was still lost. One morning, after praying once again for God’s Will for my life, my oldest daughter asked me how she could figure out God’s Will for her life. And instantly God told me that we have been using the wrong terminology all along. See, what my daughter and I were seeking was God’s purpose for our lives, not God’s Will for our lives.
In that moment, the Holy Spirit gave me such clarity on God’s Will and my purpose. What was revealed is that God’s Will and my God-given purpose were not interchangeable concepts, but finding my purpose was dependent upon my obedience to God’s Will. God’s Will is found in scripture, and His will for me is exactly the same for all believers. God’s Will for our lives is for us to obey Him, acknowledge Him, and glorify Him with everything we do. Throughout the Bible you will discover passages that unearth God’s Will for His people. Here are just some of the many verses, but please let this list encourage you to study the Bible more and more:
  • Ephesians 5:15-20 15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18-give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3-It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality
  • 1 Peter 2:15-For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
These are just a few. The Ten Commandments are a high-level summary of God’s Will for man. But the only way to know and fully understand the Will of God is by reading His divinely inspired Word. Only once you understand and are walking in the Will of God will you find out your purpose. Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) states, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” The more you become obedient to God’s Will, the more He will show you your individual purpose. In John 15:1-5 (NLT) Jesus says, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
Remaining in Jesus (which is God’s Will) causes you to produce fruit. The fruit that you produce is linked to your purpose. So if you are like my daughter and I, on a constant search for your purpose, just follow God’s Will and your purpose will soon be revealed.
Much love and God’s blessings,

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