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

asked 20 Dec '09, 21:30

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edited 20 Dec '09, 21:49

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From Illusions, the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah:

And [the Master] said unto them, “If a man told God that he wanted most of all to help the suffering world, no matter the price to himself, and God answered and told him what he must do, should the man do as he is told?”

“Of course, Master!” cried the many. “It should be pleasure for him to suffer the tortures of hell itself, should God ask for it!”

“No matter what those tortures, nor how difficult the task?”

“Honor to be hanged, glory to be nailed to a tree and burned, if so be that God has asked,” said they.

“And what would you do,” the Master said unto the multitude, “if God spoke directly to your face and said, ‘I COMMAND THAT YOU BE HAPPY IN THE WORLD, AS LONG AS YOU LIVE.’ What would you do then?”

And the multitude was silent, not a voice, not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood.

And the Master said unto the silence, “In the path of our happiness shall we find the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime. So it is that I have learned this day, and choose to leave you now to walk your own path, as you please.”


answered 20 Dec '09, 22:04

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I feel such freedom after reading this story! Thank you so much for taking the time with my question. As to where I am, I feel like I am walking towards a Great light that I see in the is pulling me. Jai

(20 Dec '09, 22:11) Jaianniah

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.

I am often afraid that God may ask me to do something that is so hard that I will fail Him.

God never gives you anything that you can't handle.

I am sensing an inner demand in me towards more doing for others, and less for myself, for example.

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.


answered 20 Dec '09, 22:00

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edited 20 Dec '09, 23:35

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

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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".


answered 20 Dec '09, 23:32

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edited 21 Dec '09, 00:10

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