What is God’s Will for Your Life?

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In my years of service
as a pastor, many people have come to me with questions concerning knowing the
will of God for their lives. You may have questions about this as

You may ask, “Well, pastor, how do I really know whether this is my
will or God’s will?” What I always tell people is that the will of God is
following the desires of your heart.

You may respond to that by saying:
“Well, pastor, how do I know whether it is my desire or God’s desire? How can I
tell the difference between the desires I have and those that God gives me?” My
answer to that is, “If your heart is pure and you really desire to do the will
of God, you don’t have to worry about your desires being wrong.”

1:15 says, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled
and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled”

The only time you have to be concerned about your desires being wrong is
when you are in rebellion, disobedience, lust, or some other type of sin. Then
you have to be careful that you don’t confuse your desires with God’s desires.
People in a sinful spiritual state will twist or pervert God’s desires. But as
long as you are pure, sincere and open before God, you can trust your desires
because your heart is open to receive the desires of God rather than your

One of the primary ways God will lead you is by the desires of your
heart. For example. If you are supposed to have a teaching ministry, God will
give you the desire to teach. You will have a burning desire to teach. Jeremiah
had a prophetic ministry. He was called to give the word of the Lord, and when
he tried to suppress it, the desire to prophesy became like fire shut up in his

You need to judge your own heart. If it is found to be pure and
you are sincere, then follow the desires of your heart because God will lead you
by dropping things into your spirit (that is, your heart). I believe it is the
same for getting a rhema word from God.

As long as your heart is right
and your motives are pure, you don’t need to fear deception. God will always
answer those who are pure in heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they
shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). God will give you revelation, and He will show you
things to come.

Ask God to keep you pure of heart and able to discern a
false prophet. You will often know them by their fruits (see Matt. 7:16,20; Luke
6:44). Do not let the existence of counterfeit prophecy deter you from receiving
the real thing. That would be like deciding not to pay for purchases with dollar
bills because you have heard that people manufacture counterfeit

There have been many times when I went to a meeting confused about
the specifics concerning the will of God for my life. I just did not know how to
accomplish what I felt He was telling me to do. I needed to hear God speak to my
situation. But because the sermon was “general” in nature, an all-purpose good
message, I would leave in the same state in which I came, and I would not have
an opportunity to receive prophetic ministry, which is what I needed

It wasn’t until I started seeking a rhema word from God that I got
the direction I needed for my life. You will also get the direction you need for
your life if you open up your heart to the word of the Lord through personal
prophecy and go to local assemblies where the believers flow accurately in the
prophetic gift. Thank God for the gift of prophecy.

Adapted from God Still
Speaks by John Eckhardt, copyright 2009, published by Charisma House.
Building from a biblical foundation, Eckhardt incorporates his own experiences
and those from people in his church to help you understand how to hear and
receive the prophetic word of the Lord for you, your family, church and
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