In the Bible, in Romans 12:2, it states, And do not be conformed by the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and and acceptable and perfect will of God."
The journey towards this state of being has been the subject of many philosophers and spiritual leaders
A series of stages of faith development was proposed by Professor James W. Fowler, a developmental psychologist at Candler School of Theology, in the book "Stages of Faith."
Is this the journey that all people of faith ultimately make their intent?
I am often afraid that God may ask me to do something that is so hard that I will fail Him. I am sensing, though, that this is what God wants us to become in the end.
I don't know if I am saying this very well. I am sensing an inner demand in me towards more doing for others, and less for myself, for example. It scares me a little. How can I tell that this is truly God talking to me? Of course, it obviously matters to me that I do the Will of God. But it may not be true for other people. I really am not trying to "buy God's love." Rather, I am seeing that this may be the point of my own journey in life.
Please help me understand these things.
Blessings, "The Relentless Questioner" (LOL), Jaianniah
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answered 20 Dec '09, 22:04
It sounds like you're in Stage 4: "Individuative-Reflective" faith (usually mid-twenties to late thirties) a stage of angst and struggle. The individual takes personal responsibility for their beliefs and feelings.
God never gives you anything that you can't handle.
Perhaps that is God telling you to be a little less self-(ego)-centered.
You say that "I really am not trying to buy God's love." I say that you don't need to apologize to us, nor do you need our approval. And God does not judge you this way. God loves you just the way you are right now.
The answers to this question may shed light on your question. What is God's Will? and How do you follow God's Will?
answered 20 Dec '09, 23:24
I just came across this quote from Eckhart Tolle and thought it was fitting for the question I just asked and the one you're asking now.
"When 'my' and 'thy' merge, there is total surrender, your will is one with the totality."
I guess when we are in a place of no resistance but complete surrender we will know we are doing the "Will of God".
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