It appears you would like to know God's will almost like having a crystal ball to know the future. Sorry, that isn't going to happen. Not even prophets new the future clearly, they spoke about the visions they received from the Lord.
Sorry, if I was unclear, but it appears you misquoted me above, I never stated that you cannot know God's will at all, in fact, Romans 12:1-2, tells us how to test and approve what his will is. However, it requires us to live lives of sacrifice and obedience. Unfortunately, we are fallen creatures and fall short of this most times. Thus, most of the time God's will will be unclear to us.
Romans 12:1-2 (New International Version)
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
You have a relationship with God based on the promises he has made in Scripture and the revelations of his character. You invest time in that relationship by reading the bible and praying. You worship God alone and in communion with other believers. Yes, at times, you will feel God's presence, at other times, you won't. Even when you don't feel his presence, you KNOW from the Bible, that God is there and that he will meet your needs. There are numerous Bible verses relating this. I know of no such promises that Arnold has made regarding a relationship with him. Do not get caught up in your senses or feelings, get caught up in the promises of the Bible.
Ps 32:8, "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
Ps 50:15, "And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
Is 41:10, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
Is 41:13, "For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."
Jer 29:13, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Jer 33:3, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
Ez 34:15, "I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD."
Ez 34:16, "I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment."
Ez 34:26, "And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing."
Hos 14:4, "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him."
JESUS SAID:Matt 6:31-33, "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Matt 7:7-8, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
Matt 11:28-29, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
Matt 17:20, "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
Matt 21:21-22, "... Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Mark 9:23, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
Mark 11:23-26, "...whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."
Luke 6:38, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
Luke 11:9-10, "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
John 5:24, "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
John 6:37, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
John 14:12-14, "... He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
John 14:18, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."
John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
John 16:15, "All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
John 16:23, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."
Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
James 1:16-17 ESV
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights
With God's help...Mens sana in corpore sano
Last edited by Commander; 07-05-2010 at 05:06 PM.