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Knowing God’s Will for Your Life: A Simple Equation

A Simple Equation

Is one of your causes for fasting to know God’s will for your life concerning a certain matter? Follow this equation and the will of God will find you:

“Presentation plus transformation equals revelation.” ~ Adrian Rogers

Presentation

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).

When we fast and pray, we present our bodies (and the meals we forfeit) to God as a living sacrifice, a memorial that forever remains before His throne.

Transformation

This passage in Romans continues:

“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).

Through fasting we disconnect from the world and through prayer we connect to God. The sensitivity to God’s voice that results helps us realize the ways we’ve been conformed to the world. We quickly become aware of areas of compromise and sin—of ways that we’ve ignored His convicting voice.

Transformation occurs by the renewing of our minds. A mind renewal should accompany our fasting and prayer. How does this take place? Through God’s Word. Our minds must be “washed by the cleansing of God’s word” (Ephesians 5:26). As we meditate on God’s Word, old thought patterns and perspectives are washed away and new ones are instilled.

Revelation

In his daily devotional, Adrian Rogers writes,

Some people say, “Oh, I’m searching to know the will of God.” Listen, it’s not your job to find the will of God. It’s God’s job to reveal His will to you. It is your job simply to present yourself to Him.

If you have been conformed to this world, you will not know the will of God; therefore, you will not do the will of God.

Most Christians need to be transformed into the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s the formula for knowing the will of God. Presentation plus transformation equals revelation.

You want to know the will of God? Present yourself to God. Let Him change you. Then you won’t have to find the will of God; the will of God will find you. [i]

Beloved, if you’re practicing fasting rightly, you’re doing your job. You’re presenting yourself to God. As you fast and pray and internalize God’s word, let Him change you. Then you won’t have to find the will of God; the will of God will find you!

Presentation + Transformation = Revelation

Question: Are you presenting yourself to God? Are you letting Him change you? If so, the will of God will find you!

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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[i] http://www.lwf.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=47685.0&dlv_id=53046

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