“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform You into a new person by changing the way You think. Then You will learn to know God’s will for You, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Have you ever wondered what prevents God’s will from manifesting in our lives? While there may be a number of factors contributing to a delay in experiencing God’s will, Romans 12 gives us some important insight.
We can’t act how the world acts.
Are our values, standards and practices aligned with Scripture or do we determine if something is right or wrong based on what’s popular right now? How do we “show-up” with the people we interact with on a daily basis? From the biggest to the smallest, are our actions in-line with our profession of faith? Because we are human, we will always fall short in some way, but if we routinely sin and justify our actions, it could impact our ability to receive God’s good, acceptable and perfect will.
We have to allow God to transform our thinking.
This is a biggie to me. Our brain is like a computer and our thinking is wired based on past experiences and how others have influenced us. Based on our life experiences, we begin to “hard wire” our thought processes and believe them to be true. If we are not careful, our mindset can be so rigid that we do not allow God to fully reveal His truths to us.
We have to learn how to perceive (know) God’s will.
This can be another challenge. I hear so many women sharing how they have been praying for months, sometimes years, to know God’s will about a certain aspect of their life. I know have personally been there many times. What’s interesting is that Romans 12 indicates that perceiving God’s will is a learned behavior, which means it takes practice. As we overcome situations and gain understanding about where God is leading us, we become more astute at recognizing how He reveals His will to us.
As we draw near the end of the fast, I offer the following prayer: