Q83 ” how do I find God’s perfect will for my life ?”

I have often heard Christians speak of being in the perfect will of God, as if there is a pathway God has laid out for us that we must follow carefully or risk stepping out of His best for our lives. All sorts of doctrines have arisen about this subject from – Perfect Will v. Permissive Will v. Sovereign Will.

It seems that the perfect will of God has become something of a superstitious compulsion with some Christians,  they fear that if they get it wrong their life will be destabilized and they will find themselves in spiritual no-mans land.

Considering this is a subject that is so firmly lodged in the consciousness of many Christians, there is actually very little written about it. It is as though a doctrine of ‘The perfect will of God’ has entered the Christian culture – but we are not too sure how it got there.

The main reference is Rom 12:2 “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”. This scripture doesn’t actually say that God wants us to find out His will so we can live in it, it simply says that we will be able to test and approve it.

To get this right we need to go back to basics and ask; “what does a renewed mind know?” The answer is that a renewed mind knows primarily this; “Jesus came and fulfilled all righteousness on my behalf, so that I could become His righteousness, and my reception of His righteousness has brought me into perfect and intimate union with my Heavenly Father”

It follows then that the perfect will of God for me and you is that we would be ‘in Christ’. As we place confidence in this union we automatically live in the perfect will of God, it is also called ‘walking in the Spirit’. It is not a process of checking with God for every move we make, rather it is resting in the fact that Christ is in us.

Our union with Christ is a 24/7 thing that was established on the cross. It is not switched on and off according to whether we are getting the Christian walk right or wrong on a given day, it depends on just one thing, have we accepted as true, that; because of the cross – it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. In other words, “God’s perfect will has come and made His home in me”.

As I walk in the Spirit I become a living daily tester of His perfect will, daily tasting the Lord and discovering that He is indeed good.


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Married to Angela (very happily), 4 grown-up kids, 3 grandkids. Christian blogger with a focus on "renewing the mind" Building designer by trade, writer by some crazy notion. From near Melbourne, Australia.
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1 Response to Q83 ” how do I find God’s perfect will for my life ?”

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

    What is His pleasure? that all come to repentance and come to know Him whom to know is life and He influences us to bring all to repentance as seemeth best to Him. .
    God shows His will by His Word and Spirit and work in us. He influences us but we decide to do His good pleasure . We can will and work in harmony with the Divine will, or we may reject to our damnation.

    The evidence that a person is in the centre of God’s will whether he is in a storm or calm must be the peace of God within him. John 14:27″ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

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