Knowing God's Will
How can we discover God's will for the complicated decisions of time, money, relationships, education and career? How do we know which is best among a variety of "good" options? In this updated and substantially expanded edition, M. Blaine Smith shows how God unfolds his plan for our lives—through the Bible, prayer, reason, abilities, circumstances, desire and the counsel of others. He packs each chapter with stories which illustrate how he and other Christians have learned to make decisions that please God.
"As we move toward the next millennium, nothing will be more important than knowing and doing God's will. I have not only used Blaine Smith's work in this key area myself but recommended it to hundreds of others."
"Here is a presentation on knowing God's will that is carefully thought through, well-annotated, comprehensive, exceedingly practical and compellingly readable."
Part 1: First Considerations
1. A Critical Concern
2. Types of Decisions We Face
3. Seeing God's Will Dynamically
4. Step-by-Step Guidance in Scripture
5. The Promise of Guidance
Part 2: My Responsibility for Knowing God's Will
6. The Call to Responsibility
7. Are You Willing?
8. The Unique Role of Prayer
9. Searching the Scriptures
10. Thinking Things Through
Part 3: Exceptions and the Rules
11. Supernatural Guidance
12. The Place of Prophecy
13. Putting Out a Fleece
14. Inward Guidance
Part 4: Beginning to Decide
15. Considering Personal Desires
16. Evaluating Abilities and Gifts
17. Assessing Open and Closed Doors
18. Weighing the Counsel of Others
19. Finally Deciding
Appendix 1: Authority Relationships and the Will of God
Appendix 2: Does God Have a Will for Our Personal Decisions?