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HOW TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD FOR MY LIFE

George Muller (1805-1898) was a man of prayer and faith. He believed that God would supply all his needs even without telling any man what those needs were. He started his first orphanage with no money of his own but with child-like faith in the Lord. By the end of his life more than ten thousand orphans had been cared for in the orphanage homes which were built by faith. The following is from his thoughts on the subject of knowing God's will:

1. I seek to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in a given matter. When we are ready to do the Lord's will---whatever it may be--- nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome.

2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If I do so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

3. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with God's word. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Spirit guides us, He will do it according to the Scriptures, never contrary to them.

4. Next I take into account the providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God's will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me.

6. Thus, through prayer, the study of the Word and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgement according to the best of my ability and knowlege. If my mind is thus at peace and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. I have found this method always effective in trivial or important issues.

Just a few thoughts on knowing God's will....More about this on Monday...Have a wonderful weekend.....love mark Phil. 4:11

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