PROVING THE WILL OF GOD!
How does one go about proving the will of God? Is it even possible to prove what the will of God is in a certain matter? If it is not possible to prove the will of God in a certain matter, then why would God tell us in scripture to prove the will of God?
Romans 12:1-2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.” (emphasis mine).
According to Bill Johnson, “The renewed mind has the responsibility and privilege – two sides of the same coin – to demonstrate, to illustrate, and to prove God’s will, which is: on earth as it is in heaven.”  (see last week’s post, CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK!)
The Greek word translated “PROVE” in Romans 12:2 is Strong’s “G1381 – δοκιμάζω – dokimazō – dok-im-ad’-zo – From G1384; to test (literally or figuratively); by implication to approve: – allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-) prove, try.”  W. E. Vines notes that dokimazō is translated both “prove” and “approve” defining it as: “…to test, prove, with the expectation of approving…i.e., approve after distinguishing and discerning.” 
I love the way Bill Johnson illustrated the meaning of this word. He began by saying, “The word ‘prove’ means much more, actually, to approve, to thoroughly examine until you come to the absolute conclusion that this is legitimate.” He then proceeded to illustrate this with the following story which I have paraphrased to some extent:
“Let’s pretend that I am a Van Gogh art specialist. In reality, a Van Gogh painting was recently discovered in an attic. The experts thought this painting had been lost forever. It was worth tens of millions of dollars. Now, let’s say you inherit an estate and you are going through the paintings in the attic and you find one that has a Van Gogh signature on it. You need to have this painting verified as a real Van Gogh, because if it is a real Van Gogh, it’s worth tens of millions of dollars. If it is a copy, it may be worth ten dollars.
You want someone who is an expert on Van Gogh to actually validate what you have, so you bring it to me. I have spent my life studying Van Gogh, his style, his brush strokes, the age and type of canvas he used, his use of colors and so forth. After several weeks of study and testing, I call you and say, ‘You may want to sit down for this, but I have incredibly good news! You have an authentic Van Gogh painting! The expert approved the painting, i.e., he proved you had an original.” 
APPLICATION TO THE WILL OF GOD
Bill continued his story: “Let’s say you have two really solid good friends who have dreams about you. – The first one calls you and says, ‘I had this dream about you last night and I felt like the Lord wanted me to tell you that you are going through a season where you have horrible disease in your body, but God is going to use it to build great character in you and He is going to use this disease to bring your family members together and bring healing to your whole family line.’ – And you hang up the phone – depressed of course with the gospel of the Good News.”
“Two or three days later, the second friend calls and says: ‘Hey – I had this dream and the Lord spoke to me and I felt like I was supposed to tell you that the Lord is releasing a new measure of anointing on your life where you’re going to see the most impossible situations you’ve ever heard or faced in your life. Everyone around you, they are going to come to you because of this anointing you have and you are going to see breakthroughs at a level you’ve never seen before.” 
INTERPRETING THE STORY
Bill continues: “What do you have? – You have just been given in the same week, two paintings. – And the renewed mind takes a look at these two paintings and then goes to the originals” – at this point, Bill picks up his Bible and opens it and says: “Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts. You look at every brush stroke. – You look at every word that Jesus spoke to an afflicted or tormented person. – You look at the end result – the end product – the finished work. The finished work of everything that Jesus ever accomplished. – And then you compare the two paintings that you were just given. – You look at them and you compare them to the originals – and you are able through a renewed mind to come to the conclusion – one is authentic and one was a nice try.” 
JESUS, THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF THE FATHER
Jesus declared in John 14:9: “…He that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” If you want to know how God the Father thinks and acts, look at Jesus. He came to make the Father known to mankind. It is through God’s Names that we know God’s nature and character, thus Jesus says in John 17:6a: “I have manifested thy Name unto men…” and John 17:26a:”…I have declared unto them Thy Name…” John 5:30: “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I SEEK NOT MINE OWN WILL, BUT THE WILL OF THE FATHER which hath sent me.” John 10:30: “I and my Father are one.” Colossians 1:15, speaking of Jesus, “Who is the image of the invisible God…” This thought is repeated in II Corinthians 4:4: “…Christ, Who is the image of God…” Are you beginning to get the picture? Jesus demonstrated the will of God for earth. Hebrews 1:1-3 sums it up: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; WHO BEING THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY, AND THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
CONSIDER THESE FACTS
No one ever came to Jesus for healing or deliverance that did not get it! He never told anyone, this is for your benefit or to make you a better person. In fact we are expressly told that every person Jesus healed was made sick by the devil! Acts 10:38: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and HEALING ALL THAT WERE OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL; for God was with him.” Jesus never encountered a problem that He did not have an answer for. He was never overwhelmed by the situation! Even when He was faced with feeding 5000 men plus women and children with only a few fish and a few loaves of bread, He knew what to do. (see Matthew 14:15-21).
Go to the originals, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Study the Gospels and Acts, learn the brush strokes, the colors, His attitude toward people. Discover and prove God’s will for your life!
Be Blessed, Tom and Jeanie Graves
 Johnson, Bill, Curriculum, The Supernatural power of a Transformed Mind, DVD Set, Disc I, Session 1, “How To Think From Heavens Perspective,” Destiny Image Publishing Inc., 2014
 Strong, James. The Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible. McClean, Va.: Macdonald, n.d.
 Vine, W. E. An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. New York: Nelson, n.d.
If you are interested in further study of this subject, the curriculum, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind which includes the 2 DVD set, a Study Guide, and the book by the same title is available from Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” at the following Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY2jBXTP448&index=2&list=TLG4KrwqBE8CI