In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday May 5, 2005

Hindrances to Discovering God's Will

ROMANS 12:1-2

 

God tells us that His will is good, acceptable, and perfect in every way. To live life at its spiritual best, we need to discover His plans and desires for us, and then walk in them every day.

 

What things get in our way?

 

Self-will. Our biggest obstacle is "us." We come into this world with a fallen nature which likes to have its own way and be its own master. To follow God's plan, we need to surrender our rights to Him and embrace His ways. We must choose every day to let Him rule over our thought life, emotions, families, work, and decisions. Surrender to God means victory; clinging to our ideas brings defeat. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

 

Ignorance of God's principles. We are easily tripped up when we do not know what is important to God and what to avoid. Our minds can be changed from worldly to godly only with a steady application of Scripture. Without the light of biblical guidance, we will wander away from God's plan. (Psalm 119:105)

 

Influence of Others. People have lots of opinions about what we should do and how God would want us to behave. Unless we are extremely careful, we will act to satisfy them. Then we’ll end up out of God's will because we put others ahead of the Lord.

 

If we abandon ourselves to God's care, then "self" will be subdued, a hunger for His Word will grow, and we will live to please Him, not others. Have you given the "throne of your life" to Him?

 

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