How do I know what God’s will is

 Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to live and to please God, even as you are living, that you excel more and more.  (2)  For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.  (3)  For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,  (4)  that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor,  (5)  not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who do not know God;  (6)  that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.  (7)  For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.  (8)  Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given his Holy Spirit to you. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 NHEBJE)

Many Christians ask the question

“How do I know what God’s will is for my course in life?”

God’s will is the same for all His people – sanctification. So the question follows

“What is sanctification?”

God’s will for all His people is that they should be holy, and this is similar to Hebrews 12.14 which tells us that we must strive for that holiness without which we cannot see the Lord.

 It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  (8)  But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not children.  (9)  Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?  (10)  For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.  (11)  All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby.  (12)  Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,  (13)  and make straight paths for your feet, so that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.  (14)  Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord, (Hebrews 12:7-14 NHEBJE)

Sanctification is not possible without Jesus, his life in us by the Holy Spirit is the only way to God and through that process we become like him.

Read what DN has to say about it in the bible study monthly: God’s Will for Us

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This article was first placed on July 5, 2010 at 9:12 am at Bijbelvorsers, Vereniging voor Bijbelstudie 541 views up to 2014 December 10

Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Hoe weet ik wat Gods wil is

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Sanctuary of Senhor Jesus da Pedra (Lord Jesus of the Stone), Óbidos, Portugal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice
  2. Creator and Blogger God 9 A Blog of a Book 3 Blog about Prophecy
  3. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High
  4. Let us not forget it was God who chose us
  5. Glory of God appearing in our character
  6. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  7. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  8. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity
  9. Being Religious and Spiritual 1 Immateriality and Spiritual experience
  10. Being Religious and Spiritual 3 Philosophers, Avicennism and the spiritual
  11. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  12. United people under Christ
  13. How Many were Bought
  14. Position of the Bible researcher
  15. God make us holy
  16. God won’t ask
  17. Heroes and saints
  18. How we think shows through in how we act
  19. Be holy
  20. Honesty beginning of holiness
  21. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  22. Old age
  23. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 5 People, souls and saints in the news
  24. All Souls’ Day
  25. Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2
  26. Shabbat Pesach service reading 2/2
  27. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
  28. Object of first woe
  29. Purify my heart

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