Do you have something you’re on the fence about? Have you come to a crossroads in life and are at a loss as to what direction God wants you to take? Discerning the will of God doesn’t have to be difficult.
It becomes clear as you pray, and God reveals it to you by His Spirit, His Word, and His people. Here are 19 Bible verses that reveal the will of God for your life.
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19 Bible Verses That Reveal the Will of God
Bible Verses that Reveal Salvation is the Will of God
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
If you have yet to become a Christian, then that’s where you need to begin to be in God’s will.
Because of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, we are each born altogether in sin. (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) It’s in our very nature at birth. God is holy and we are separated from Him by our sin. The penalty for sin is death, and an eternity in hell, surrounded by darkness and isolated from God. (Rom.6:23)
By his great love for us, God has made a way for lost sinners to be reconciled to him. (Rom.5:8) He sent his only Son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins on the cross, and redeem us by his blood.
Jesus died on that cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day. (1Cor. 15:1-8) He is alive today and seated at the right hand of the throne of God interceding on the behalf of believers. (Heb. 8:1, 12:2)
Saved by His Grace
The Bible says that by God’s grace, through our faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ, we are saved. (Eph. 2:8-9) There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. We must be born-again, and that new birth comes from believing the gospel and surrendering our hearts and lives to Jesus Christ. (John 3:3)
God loves you and desires to have an intimate relationship with you. He wants you to be with Him for all of eternity. Eternal life begins the moment you obey God’s will for you to be saved. (John 3:16, 5:24, 17:3; 2Cor.5:17)
If you haven’t repented of your sins and placed your faith in Jesus yet, I encourage you to do that today! It is the most important decision you will ever make, and one you won’t regret. There is nothing that compares to the awesomeness of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40)
Bible verses that reveal the will of God is our Sanctification
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
After salvation, God begins the process of sanctification, setting us apart for His plan and purpose. Sanctification is the means by which God conforms us to the image of Christ.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)
God has given us His word to reveal His will for our lives as followers of Christ. John 17:17 says that it is the truth of God’s word that sanctifies us.
Your decision making will become so much simpler when you put your choices up against God’s word. The option that leads you closer to the Lord and makes you more like Christ is God’s will for you.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
Submission is the Will of God
Submitting to authority is God’s will for every believer. This may be tough if you’re underneath the authority of an obstinate, obnoxious, or overbearing person at home, church, government, school, or at work. But God wants us to be humble like Jesus and obey our earthly authorities, because it draws the lost to Christ.
Submission requires humility, meekness, and spiritual discipline. Our flesh won’t like it, but God has given us His Spirit to be able to obey His word, for His glory.
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. (1 Peter 2:13-15)
If we want to be in God’s will for our lives, we have to obey His word, walk in His ways, and surrender our own will. And we must do that with the right heart attitude.
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. (Ephesians 6:6)
Suffering is the will of God
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17)
Contrary to what the world will tell you, it is not God’s will for you to be completely comfortable. Suffering is part of the sanctification process of the believer.
There are many examples in scripture of God’s people suffering affliction and oppression. They faced adversity and persecution to further the gospel. Think of Jesus and all he suffered as he obeyed the will of God. Nothing we face will ever compare to that pain.
“For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” (1 Peter 3:17)
“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:1-2)
“Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. ” (1 Peter 4:19)
It may be painful, but the Lord wants us to thank Him in all circumstances because He is worthy.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
It’s a blessing to have articles that compile the verses on a topic for you. But it’s an even bigger blessing to dig into the word yourself. So look up these verses that reveal the will of God, and read the surrounding scriptures to get the context. Doing so will give you a better understanding of salvation and sanctification.
Jesus spoke on the will of God several times in the Gospels. If you’re looking for something to study, that would be a great one. I like to use Blue Letter Bible to study the scriptures, but there are several other Bible apps to choose from. You could also use a Bible Concordance in book form.
No matter what you choose to study with, God’s word will encourage, enlighten, and equip you to accomplish God’s purpose for your life.
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:17)
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Annie McGuire is a Bible teacher, ministry leader, pastor’s wife, and mom of four. She is the writer behind the website Daily His Disciple. Her ministry goal is to encourage and equip women to know, live, and invest the word of God. Annie writes devotions, bible studies, and for other websites. To connect with Annie visit: www.dailyhisdisciple.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.