By Pastor Dave
The formula for finding the will of God is W3CP2. I have used this to help me find the will of God for most of my 41 years as a Christian. I have never made a wrong career move in those years and it has helped me find the specific will of God in all the areas that I listed. I told you I learned it from George Mueller in his book 25,000 Recorded Answers to Prayer. In the back of the book there is a section on finding the will of God for your life. I learned it and tweaked it to be useful to me. I put it in this formula so I would not forget it. I used it and taught it to others and now I give it to you. It is made up of principles based on scripture to guide you in this process and I believe it is a process. The principles do not have to be used in order. They are there to guide you in different stages of the process but they may not fall in order but they are all true. Each one will serve its purpose in guiding you. I challenge you to take your hands off your life and let God guide your life through these principles like he has done with George Mueller and me and hopefully you. Please do not take them lightly for they are scriptural and in essence very simple. Using them when needed and even randomly but collectively will bring the guidance you need in your life to find God’s will.
W3CP2 = The Will of God
W1 – Word of God. God will never lead you outside his word to do his will. The two can never be contrary to one another. Even our Lord when he did the Father’s will, it was never contrary to his word but always fulfilled scripture. Think about that! The prophecy that Jesus fulfilled in the Old Testament was amazing. God leads through his word.
Our first step is to become a student of his word. The word of God is like a giant puzzle. You can not grab a few pieces and run with them. They interlock verse to verse and passage to passage. We must put it together and get the whole picture. This is why our pulpits need to have sound preaching and teaching. It may not always be flashy or exciting but it must be scriptural so we can grow strong and become mature Christians. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (Ephesians 4:11-16). If we are off on this area of knowing and understanding God’s word, how it applies to our lives and how he wants to communicate to us what he wants to do, we will flounder in finding his will. This may seem simple but when I see what people can do in the name of scripture it makes me realize we are missing something.
Early in my ministry I visited someone in the hospital. She informed me that God led her to a married man. I was shocked and responded by saying, “Do not tell anyone I jumped off the hospital roof today and went up in the air instead of hitting the ground.” She looked at me as if I was crazy and said that she did not believe me. I told her, “It is amazing you understand the law of gravity but you do not understand God’s spiritual laws. God would never lead anyone to a married man. It goes against his word.” True story! I was not being smart but trying to be lovingly honest.
On the surface we can be all about the Bible. The Bible has guidelines and boundaries and gives us instruction on how to act. Whether or not we understand the portions of scripture we are dealing with will show in our philosophy and how we make decisions of our lives.
Here are a few illustrations. I want out of my marriage because God wants me to be happy. Answer – You may be unhappy because you made a bad choice but what God wants is for you to be holy. I forgive my sister but I will never speak to her again. Answer – You have not forgiven your sister because if you did you would begin a renewed forgiven relationship. I am seeking God’s will but I have a secret immoral relationship in my dating. This happens more often than you think now days. Answer – You will never find God’s will when you are in an immoral relationship. It is contrary to his word. I am coaching and I loose it and scream at the referees. Afterwards I say “I have my rights.” Answer – Sorry but this is not in God’s word either. We do have a right to appeal in a Godly fashion but if we get our rights we would be in hell. I go to a Christian school that does not allow drinking but I sneak out and drink anyway. Answer – Going to a state school costs a lot less and if you are over 21, the money you save can be used to upgrade to a more expensive brand and still save you money. Seriously, you disobey your school’s rules and God’s word at the same time. Since when does the Bible have to conform to this culture just because we are in the 21st century?
His principles and his word have never changed through the centuries. Men can twist it to say what they want but the truth will stand and someone will come along and uncover it again and its purity will guide people again like in II Kings 22 when the book of the law was found by the priest and was read to Josiah in verse 11. He rent his clothes and had the priest go inquire of the Lord for him and the people and for all Judah concerning the words of this book that is found. The book never changed, but understanding the true meaning of it had been lost and brought revival. The people of Judah came back to a place of seeking his will.
Remember, God will lead us to do his will by using his word to speak to us but it will never go outside the boundaries of his word. It will never cause us to sin or be tempted of God. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man (James 1:13). Or that his wisdom is not good or will not guide us for today. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17). Or that we somehow have no choice but to sin. There hath no temptation taken you but such as in common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13).
Finding God’s will in God’s word is hard work. One of the projects you should start is a good scripture memory and mediation program. We are looking for the next new thing when we need to dig out the book of the law as in Josiah’s time. You say we have the Bible everywhere and Bible studies galore. Apply and work its principles into your everyday life. This will solve a lot of depression that is going around among believers today. Your talk talks and your walk talks but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.
It is easy to keep your temper when everything is going your way but when it is not, that will tell whether you understand “a soft answer turneth away wrath.” Moses lost a trip to the Holy Land because he lost his temper. Tell me that does not affect God’s will in your life. Finally, make sure all your decisions concerning God’s will are founded on God’s word.
To be continued ………………..