Christian Living Tracts
God's Guidelines (#310)
Bible version used: NIV
What are some helpful guidelines to discern God’s will?
SINCERE Christians seek God’s guidance. They depend on the word of God for daily direction. Often, however, situations arise that test the ability of the Christian to discern right from wrong or to make the better choice. Situations vary, but the word of God remains an absolute guide.
The following Scripture verses may shed light on your decision or situation and help you walk within God’s will.
1. Have you given your life to God?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God...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. Romans 12:1, 2
2. Can you ask god to bless it?
The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He adds no trouble to it. Proverbs 10:22
3. Are you willing to submit to the instruction found in the Bible?
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16
4. Is it to the glory of God?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
5. Will it cause others to sin?
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9
6. Will it hinder your work for God?
...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
7. Is it beneficial, and constructive?
“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23
8. Is it to please God rather than people?
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23, 24
9. Are you submitting to God and God ordained authority?
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men. 1 Peter 2:13
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. James 4:6, 7
10. Do I want to be doing this when Christ comes again?
So you must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:44