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Mind Matters: Week 2 | Better and Better

"Discovering God's Divine Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide from Colossians 1:9-12"

In the journey of faith, one of the most profound and often elusive desires is to discern the will of God for our lives. We seek guidance, purpose, and clarity amid life's complexities, decisions, and challenges. It is in moments like these that the timeless wisdom of Scripture offers us a guiding light.

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.” ~ ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬-‭12‬
1. Prayer (James 1:5)
Begin with prayer. Just as the Apostle Paul prayed for the Colossian believers, start by seeking God's guidance through prayer. Approach Him with humility, asking for His wisdom and understanding regarding His will for your life.

2. Study the Scriptures (Psalm 119:105)
The Bible is a primary source of God's revealed will. Study the Scriptures regularly to understand God's character, His principles, and His commands. The more you immerse yourself in God's Word, the better you'll discern His will.

3. Listen to the Holy Spirit (John 14:26):
Colossians 1:9 highlights that it's through the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives that we come to know God's will. Pay attention to the promptings and convictions of the Holy Spirit in your heart. The Spirit often guides and confirms God's will in your life.

4. Seek Wise Counsel (Proverbs 15:22)
Seek guidance from mature and spiritually mature Christians, such as pastors, mentors, or trusted friends who can provide biblical wisdom and discernment. They can help you see things from different perspectives and offer valuable insights.

5. Reflect on Your Circumstances (Romans 8:28)
Sometimes, God's will becomes evident through circumstances in your life. Look for patterns or doors that He might be opening or closing. However, be cautious not to rely solely on circumstances, as they can be misleading.

6. Godly Desires and Passions (Psalm 37:4)
Consider your own desires and passions. Often, God places specific desires in our hearts that align with His will. If you have a strong, persistent desire to serve in a particular way or pursue a certain path that is in line with biblical principles, it may be an indication of God's will.

7. Peace and Confirmation (Philippians 4:7):
When you are walking in God's will, you will often experience a sense of peace and confirmation in your heart. This peace is a reassuring sign that you are on the right path.

8. Be Patient (Psalm 27:14)
Finding God's will may not happen overnight. It often requires patience and perseverance. Continue seeking God diligently and trust that He will make His will known to you in His timing.

9. Obey and Take Steps (Proverbs 3:5-6):
Once you believe you have discerned God's will, take steps of obedience. Put your faith into action and trust that God will guide you as you move forward. God's guidance is often revealed as we step out in faith.

Remember that discovering God's will is an ongoing process. It requires a deep and growing relationship with God, a commitment to studying His Word, and a willingness to surrender your own desires and plans to His sovereign will. Colossians 1:9 encourages us to seek God's will with wisdom, understanding, and persistent prayer.

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