I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
As I said on a previous posting, we are LIVING sacrifice….. because every day we CHOOSE to “die for Jesus”…… this means that we put His wishes above our own when confronted with choices.
Bur how can we know His wishes on a moment by moment basis ?
Although sometimes we may not be totally sure….. REPEATED obedience (on the occasions that we ARE sure) will help us to “know” His will more and more, day by day.
Repeated disobedience to His guidance makes it harder and harder to know His will…. because after a few promptings, He withdraws and leaves us to do whatever we wish.
The “promptings” of the devil (and his demons) are much more insistent and demanding… precisely because they do not care about “free will”… and readily use own own weakness (lusts and desires) to sway our decision in their favor.
So how do we “renew our mind” ?
If we are serious about serving God then He will be above everything and everyone in our lives…… and we will spend quality time in Prayer, Praise, Thanksgiving, Worship and Adoration…. and we will give everything to Him, our time, money, thoughts, etc.
If this is our attitude to Him… then He will direct our ways by gently communicating His wishes to us… in any one of the following ways (or in ways that I have not even experienced as yet)
1. Verses of the Bible that “pop” into our mind…. (this can only happen if we READ it diligently every day so that we know what is in the Bible)
2. Feelings and desires to “do something”…. these must always be TESTED, to decide if these feelings/ideas are REALLY coming from God…. if you know God’s character as revealed in the Bible, you will find it easier to decide whether the “prompting” is really coming from the Holy Spirit or another source…. because God does not lead you CONTRARY to what He has stated in the Bible.
3. Still small voice in your head….. God can speak with many different sounding voices….. BUT SO CAN THE DEMONS, lots of “serial rapists” and “mass muderers” heard “voices” in their heads….. if you are living a life dedicated to God and not HARBOURING known sin contrary to His commandment, then He may speak to you by a voice on occasion…. BUT you must never get to EXPECTING HIM to talk to you this way because HE chooses how to communicate His wishes to you… and if you are EXPECTING a “voice”….. satan (or any one of his demons) will certainly be happy to oblige and give you one.
Finally…. you have to be committed to God to hear His communication, but even if you fail occasionally….. He “has your back”, He is the Great and Loving Shepherd…. He will NOT let you stray too far from the fold…. “ALL things work together for GOOD to them that LOVE GOD…. to them that are called according to HIS purpose”