The first passage of the New Testament that tells us what God’s will is for our lives is the following:
Let your hearts be turned from sin; for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Breaking this simple statement apart, there are three things we want to know about his Will.
In order to have the strength and power to turn from sin we have to “let” our hearts do so first. When we get into situations where it is possible that we will sin (and quite often we put ourselves in those situations, knowing exactly what we are doing) we must pray to have the strength to let our hearts be changed.
Second, we need to know what sin is. I personally believe that sin is the opposite of God. If God is love, then sin is the absence of love. If we in all moments choose to act from a place of love, then we would not sin. We know how hard that can be at times, and we really don’t have the strength in our selves to not at times act in fear, anger and selfishness, which is why we need a relationship with God who is the only one that help us get better in those areas.
The kingdom of heaven is near is a statement that may puzzle those who haven’t studied the Bible. What this is referring to is God’s promise in the Bible that Jesus is going to come back to this earth to claim his rightful position and take with him only those people who have acknowledged him and thus received the Holy Spirit. Of course, people have been reading this for hundreds of years wondering when that will happen and believing that they may be alive to see this happen. God isn’t moving on our timetable though.
with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day