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Six Principles of Knowing God's Will

Updated on April 27, 2018


Six  Principles  of Knowing God’s Will



During my earlier years as a Christian, knowing God’s will is one of my favorite topics in Christian living. I was so intrigued with this topic because as a young people  I was so excited about to know God’s will regarding who will I marry or what will be my profession.


A Christian should always be concern that he is living in the center of God’s will. It is just important for a Christian  to know God’s will in all aspects of his/her  life   may it be concerning his/her marriage, career or ministry.


During my first few years as a Christian  I was not so keen in knowing God’s will because I was carnally minded. I was so concern with those things that were appealing to the flesh, so I was not discerning enough to know God’s will then.


In this hub I included six principles of knowing God’s will I learned from Zac Poonen and Terry Edwards . As I mature in faith, I apply these principles and enjoy my Christian life.



Principle Number One : Build A Strong Spiritual Life


“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God “


                                                                 Romans 12:2


 A strong spiritual life is the best qualification for being able to hear from God. We  must not make compromises with the world  and reject being conformed to its ways. Our minds must be renewed daily by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.


We must develop our spiritual life if we want to be sensitive to the leadings of God. A life of obedience, commitment, daily prayer, daily meditation of the Word, Bible study, worship will give way for its development.



Principle Number Two : Unconditional Yieldedness


“Therefore I urged you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -  this is your reasonable act of worship.”


                                                                    Romans  12  :1


We are exhorted to present our bodies  to God, once and for all  a living sacrifice, even as a burnt offering, which was wholly offered to God symbolized the  the offerer’s  utter dedication to  Him. When a man offered a burnt offering he received nothing back. God could do whatever He liked with that offering. It was symbolic of Calvary’s cross  where the Lord Jesus offered himself completely  to the Father saying ,‘Father not My will but by Thine be done. ‘  This is what it meant to present our body as a living sacrifice  to God : we must die to our own self-will and must be willing to bid goodbye  to all our choices and desires, as to how and where our body  should  be used by Him. Only in doing so, we can know His will.


Lack of such yieldedness  is usually the main reason why we are not capable of ascertaining God’s will.



Principle Number Three :  The Witness of the Holy Spirit


“The Spirit Himself bears with our spirit that we are children of God.”


                                                                   Romans 8:16


We are able to discern God’s will  and Word by the same means it was first revealed which is by the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit  now lives in a believer to be his guide. When seeking  God’s will, we need to ascertain what the Holy Spirit  is saying to us in our spirit. We need the affirmation of the Holy Spirit. It is just  essential  that we seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit.


Throughout His earthly life, the Lord Jesus was governed and guided by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit. He never made a decision out of human coercion or advice.


The Holy Spirit  speaks to us through an inner pressure on our spirits rather than through an audible voice. He urges us inwardly either to take or not take certain course of actions. Normally, this is the result of much time spent in prayer. The Holy Spirit may also give us sudden urge at times to go somewhere or to do something.(Zac Poonen, 1971)


But sudden impulses to do something ridiculous  can come from the Devil too or from ourselves. So we must be careful.The Holy Spirit will never lead us contrary to the teachings of the Bible.


The sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit was demonstrated among the early Christians. In the Acts of the Apostles , we read Philip acting on an inner urging of the Holy Spirit , joined the Ethiopian Eunuch in his chariot (Acts 8:29). Peter obeying the inner voice of the Holy Spirit , went to preach the Gospel at Cornelius household which resulted to the salvation of Cornelius and his entire household (Acts 10:19, 20)



Principle Number Four : The Written Word (The Holy Bible ).



“All scripture is given by inspiration  of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,

for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”


                                                                 Timothy  3 :16



The Bible is the clear declaration of the mind and will of God. Many of our decisions can be answered  through the clear  statements of Scripture.(Terry D. Edwards, 1984).


For an instance, if we have signed a contract or a bond with any firm or institution, there is no need to seek God’s will on whether we can break the contract, when a more attractive vacancy offers it elsewhere. The Bible tells us that the person  who dwells with God ‘keeps  a promise even if it ruins him’  (Psalm 15:4) and also that ‘God loves those who keep their promises and hates those who don’t.‘ (Proverbs  12:22 LB).


Similarly, if we see a brother in  material need, the Bible clearly teaches that we are to help him. The Bible is filled with precepts and principles that give us wisdom and guidance. In making decisions.



Principle Number Five :  Circumstances


“But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great  and effective door was opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”


                                                                I Corinthians 16 : 8, 9


We see from the above passage that Paul made a decision to remain in Ephesus because existing circumstances indicated that a great door was opened for the Gospel.


God is a God of Providence. He can control our circumstances and thereby indicate His will. He allows certain things to befall us to confirm the guidance we have received from God through the inner witness of the Spirit or to stop us from taking a wrong step. (Zac Poonen, 1971)


We must also keep in our mind  that Satan too  can order circumstances to some extent to lead us astray. Many have been deceived in choosing a life partner through being guided  by circumstances ordered by the Devil to trap them. Circumstances must be considered with much prayers. We must be extra careful when making circumstances the only  indication of God’s will. Other indicators such as presence of godly counsel or an inner witness of the Holy Spirit should also be present. It must also comply with the Word of God.


Some of world’s greatest missionaries were guided to their fields field by circumstances. David Livingstone initially felt led to go to China and took medical training in preparation for mission in that land. When he was ready to go , China was “closed “ due to the opium wars. The London Missionary Society suggested West  Indies. He turned it down on the grounds that there were many doctors there already. Finally through contact with pioneer missionary Robert Moffat, Livingstone went to Africa.


God may prevent us  from going into paths He has not chosen for us by putting us on a sick bed or by making us miss  a train , an appointment  or an interview, Disappointments can be his appointments for us if we live under His Lordship.(Zac Poonen, 1971)


When we do not obtain  something we greatly longed for and prayed for we can be sure that God has something better  in store for us  as long as we are living in the center of His will.



Principle Number Six : Presence of Godly Counsel


“The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds  counsel is wise.”


                                                                       Proverbs    12:15


One of the most important steps in knowing the will of God is to seek counsel from other Christians.


We should choose godly counselors  that  have a reputation for wisdom. We should refrain from seeking  counsel from those who will tell us things we want to hear rather things that will give us godly instruction.


Spiritual leaders have been set in the church to help instruct and guide the people of God.

They should have a special counseling role in any major decision which we face. (Terry D. Edwards, 1984)


The advice of other godly men  will be invaluable in helping us to look at the decision we are taking, from different angles.  This is particularly important in making major decisions in life such as marriage and profession.







Finding God’s Will   by Zac Poonen


Knowing God’s Will  by Terry D. Edwards.










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      Oni Blessme 

      6 years ago

      I love ur msg infact it moves me inother 2 b happily married

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Thank you blue shey for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your comment is an encouragement. God bless you too.

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      blue shey 

      9 years ago

      hi cristina, i like your spiritual advise...keep it up.. i want to hear more from you.... you will help lot of people.... god bless more!!!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah K. Organs ! It is nice to hear from you. Your comment is a great encouragement. Best regards.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago


      Wonderful hub,

      You have made some excellent points.

      Very Inspiring


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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Hi skye2day it is nice to hear from you. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your comment is a great encouragement to me. I will also vsit you hubs. Remain blessed always. Regards.

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      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I am grateful to know you. cristina. You write wonderful words of truth. The word of God is his will for us. Many do not understand how to interpret. You did a very nice job. I was lifted up. I loved the HOLY Spirit secton. He moves like the wind touching everything before me, around me, on me. The world does not know him. I pray for salvation for the lost.We have much to do. Check my hubs we are on the same page friend.

      With Love May God Bless you richly.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Thank you James for dropping by. Your comment is an encouragement.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago


      This is wonderful Spiritual advice. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you for very much. All of your words are edifying.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Hi Philipo it is nice to hear from you again. I am happy to know that you find this hub inspiring. Thanks for paying a visit. God bless you.

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      9 years ago from Nigeria

      This is very inspiring. I hope I will remember to come back to this hub.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Hi Carl Jean thank you for taking time to read this hub. I am happy that you are fine now after your sad experience with your business. Praise God you remain trusting Him no matter what. I will be praying for you. Remain blessed always.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Hi jayb23, it is nice to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by I hope you are blessed. Regards.

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      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      These are some great things to know when seeking God's will for your life. I feel like I am constantly seeking His plan for my life. At one time, I really felt that I was living the life God called me to live with having my own business but that came crashing to a halt with having a special needs daughter. My husband and I had to close our business and move so her medical needs could be met. It really threw me for a loop but through everything I gave gained a deeper faith and have learned to trust God no matter what. Thanks for the great Hub!

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      9 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing that info cristina. I wasnt even aware about such things. Keep up the good work


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