The previous post clarified that God’s will has some flexibility and is presented as a continuum. It ranges from perfect to acceptable, with good straddling in between.
This post explores the manifestation of God’s will. It is about how God communicates His will.
Manifestation of God’s Will
God Manifests His will by His Word
2Tim3:16 and Psalm119:105 shed light on the purpose of His Word.
His Word also can mean Scripture as per 2Tim3:16 reveals that – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
While Psalm119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
The Word, the will of Yahuah, is to give clarity to the immediate situation (lamp unto my feet) and guidance for moving forward in life (light unto my path) for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.
However, the Word is generic; there are about 780,000 words in the English Bible. Only some of the 780,000 words are relevant for any one circumstance.
How would one know which of His words are relevant?
The answer to this question has two parts.
a. Part of the answer lies in life circumstances and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
b. The remaining part of the answer lies in how one confirms God’s will, which is the focus of the 3rd post.
God Manifests His Will by Life Circumstances
Jam4:14 describes man’s life: “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
James describes man’s life as insignificant and enduring as vapor.
James then says this in Jam4:15 –
“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
James is implying that God’s will and life circumstances are intertwined.
The Lord Jesus (Yahusha) affirms Jam4:15 in Jhn5:19 – “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
The part in Jhn5:19 that says, “what He seeth the Father do” is what this post interprets as life circumstances. Abba Yahusha expresses His will in the form of life circumstances.
It is helpful to realize that one’s lifespan comprises the sum of all life circumstances over that lifespan.
It is also important to realize how one observes and interprets their life circumstances affect how they can or cannot see God at work.
The Carnal Mind and The Spiritual Mind
Broadly, there are two ways for one to interpret their life circumstances
- By carnal means, to love the world, seeking after the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life mentioned in 1Jhn2:16.
Such a person would indulge in the idolatry of Col3:5; of sexual immorality, extravagant excessive lifestyles, depraved unrestrained passions-cravings that God forbids, and the insatiable desire to have more.
Rom8:7 says such a person hates God’s will. The root cause of the carnal mind is the carnal-earthly treasures that reign in the heart (Mat6:21). The common carnal-earthly treasures are self-worship (pride), earthly possession, and earthly relationships.
A carnal mind cannot see God in their life circumstances as their carnality consumes them.
2. By the leading of the Holy Spirit. This person has a spiritual mind that prioritizes the will of God. This subject is elaborated as the 3rd category of the manifestation of God’s will.
God Manifests His Will by the Leading of His Holy Spirit
This leading of the Holy Spirit can take place as follows.
a. In the reading of the Word.
The Holy Spirit is also known as the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in Eph1:17. Eph1 says that the Holy Spirit reveals precise knowledge (in His Word) about Abba Yahuah and His resurrection power that raised the Lord Yahusha from the dead.
The Holy Spirit can offer comfort, instruction, and help in the Word (Jhn 14:26, 15:26).
b. In life circumstances.
The Holy Spirit can assist one to speak God’s will, and help and comfort in trials and tribulations according to God’s will.
Spirit-led Speech as per Mat10:18-20
“And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”
Spirit-led Trials and Tribulations as per Mat4:1–
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”
In trials and tribulations, the Holy Spirit can be a source of comfort (to bring to the remembrance of the hope of the resurrection and eternal rewards) and help (usually to endure to do God’s will) in life circumstances as per Jhn14:26 and Jhn15:26.
The help of the Holy Spirit can involve sensing where to go or not go (Acts21:4, 21:11).
1Co12 about the gifts of the Spirit will not be covered in this post as God decides what gifts to give as it pleases Him (1Co12:18).
The Holy Spirit leads only mature sons of God according to Rom8:14. Mature sons eat meat truths of the Word, discerning to do good and avoiding evil according to Heb5:14.
The Spirit-led mature sons of God can see God’s will in their life circumstances. Such will not be carnal (Gal5:16) and will produce the fruit of the Spirit of Gal5.
The Spirit-led man prizes God, His will, and eternal goals as their heart treasures.