Know God’s Word, Know God’s Will

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VERSE:
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.         
— Romans 12:2
THOUGHTS:
It’s not wise to say “I want to know what God’s will for my life is” without the willingness to renew your mind with His word.  It’s amazing to me how confused people are when it comes to determining God’s will for their lives.  So many Christians who have never developed the discipline of daily renewing their minds with the Word of God have the bad habit of running their own lives and making their own decisions based off of what they think is best.  When things go wrong, they frantically seek out the advice of a pastor, or a friend or they’ll anxiously pray and try to find all of the scriptures that might apply to whatever they’re going through.  Some may even desperately pray over their bibles and randomly open it up to see if God will highlight a specific verse that has the answer to their situation.  
Renewing your mind with God’s word is not only the key to breaking conformity with the pattern of this world; it is also the key to testing and approving what God’s will is.  It’s foolish to do things without knowing if God would bless it, and it’s frustrating to hear people say that they’ll pray about things God has clearly spoken about in His word already!  There are so many decisions that you shouldn’t have to pray about because you should already know what God’s word says about it.    
APPLICATION:
Instead of asking the question “what should I do about _______”, start asking the question “what does God’s word say about _______?”  Renew your mind daily so that you would be able to test and approve what God’s will is. 
PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, I thank you that your will is not hidden from me, but you’ve revealed it to me in your Word.  I pray that as I renew my mind with your word that you would develop my ability to test and approve what your will is – your good, pleasing and perfect will.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!
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