"If any man will do His will, He shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17)
There is an overriding principle taught in Scripture that will help us know and prove the will of God. It is the principle of surrender.
Many of us are absolutely afraid to pray, "Here I am. I am taking my hand off of my rights to my life ... my desire to be married, have a family, live in a nice house, get a good job. I give it all to You." We don't come to God and say, "Lord, show me You will, then I will make up my mind whether to do it or not."
You'll never know God's will that way.
Is there anything you would not do if you knew Jesus wanted you to do it? Is there any place you would not go if you knew Jesus wanted you to go? Is there anything you would not say if you knew Jesus wanted you to say it? Is there anything you would not e if you knew Jesus wanted you to be it? Is there anything you would not give if you knew Jesus wanted you to give it?
Rededicate yourself to God today. Surrender your rights. Humble yourself. Then hand God a blank sheet of paper, sign your name at the bottom, and say, "Lord, You fill in the details."
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:4-15)
A father came home one day and walked in on his two children who were in the midst of a fight.
When the little girl looked up, she knew she was in trouble. Right away, she turned on crocodile tears, and said, "Daddy, I'm so sorry. We shouldn't have been fighting. Forgive me. I love you, Daddy."
She was in her daddy's arms and he thought, 'She really has a good spirit about this.' But, out the corner of his eye he saw her and she was sticking her tongue out at her little brother. Her father said, "You can't hug my neck and stick your tongue out at the same time."
Do you have that kind of heart today? You're playing a game with God and holding a grudge against somebody. Do you think God receives your worship? Friend, it's time to get it right. Your unforgiving spirit is going to do more damage to you than it will ever do to the person you refuse to forgive.
If there is someone who has sinned against you, forgive them. If there is someone who has something against you, go to them and reconcile. Then, spend some time in worship.