Knowing the Heart of God | 5 Ways to Know His Heart and Live for Him

Is it possible to know the heart of God? Yes! As a believer, you are given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). You can know God’s heart, will, purposes, and desires through Jesus. Putting your trust in Christ, understanding who He is, and surrendering your ways to Him are the first steps to knowing the heart of God.


Trusting in Jesus

Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” (John 14:9). Jesus reveals the heart of God, which is to save you from eternal death as the consequence of sin (Romans 6:23). He offers the gift of eternal life, paying sin’s penalty that we all deserve (1 Timothy 2:6). It is up to you to personally receive this gift and accept Jesus’ payment on your behalf.


Once you receive this gift, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within you (John 14:16), revealing more of God’s heart to you as you “grow in grace and knowledge” (2 Peter 3:18) and “work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12).



Trusting Jesus for your salvation results in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, giving you access to knowing the heart of God and entering His presence.


Scripture to reflect on

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”—Hebrews 4:15-16



Understanding Who God Is

To know the heart of God, you must understand who He is. You can know about someone, but this differs from knowing someone personally. God’s heart is that you know Him intimately and personally through Christ. Understand who God is by reading about His character and heart revealed in His Word.


Through the Word, you find God is trustworthy and dependable, cannot lie, and is always faithful to His promises. Meditate on these truths, and the heart of God will be revealed to you.



Getting into and studying the Word of God helps you know His Heart.


Scripture to reflect on

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”—Hebrews 10:23



Surrendering Your Ways

Trusting in Jesus’ work on the cross and understanding God’s character reassures you so you can surrender your ways to Him. It is impossible to know the heart of God without a personal relationship with Jesus. God’s heart desires to guide yours. Yet He also honors your choice if you do things your way apart from Him (see John 15). He warns you of the outcome and allows you to decide. Choosing His ways over yours unlocks doors that set you on His path for your life


Jesus has made a way for you to know the heart of God, and His heart is for you to walk in your purpose. Ephesians 1 says God predestined you to be adopted by Jesus for a unique purpose, according to His good pleasure. Many are searching for their purpose in life. The only way to walk in your true purpose is to surrender your ways to God. His heart is that you know Him and live the life He created for you so you can impact others for His kingdom.



Surrendering your ways to the Lord unlocks your purpose and draws you to the heart of God.


Scripture to reflect on

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”—Proverbs 3:5-6



5 Ways to Know the Heart of God and Live for Him

Many ask, “What is God’s will for my life? How does God see me?” After understanding who God is, you must begin seeing yourself the way God sees you! Seeing yourself as redeemed, forgiven, blessed, adopted, predestined, treasured, sealed, accepted, and loved frees you to live for Him. The heart of God wants you to be free and empowered so you can reveal Him to others.


1. Read the Word

Read the Word to know the heart of God toward you. Start by reading Ephesians 1 and list everything He says you are and have in Christ. You can also read a psalm, such as Psalm 103, and meditate on His promises. You can discover more about your identity in Christ here.


Ask the Spirit to reveal God’s heart through the scriptures. Write down what He shows you. God wants you to know who He is and who you are in Him through the Word.


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”—Ephesians 1:3-6


Paper with repent and come to Me from God on wood next to a Bible and flower, showing the heart of God desires repentance.


2. Repent

Many things fight for your attention. God knows what they are and invites you to turn to Him to experience true peace. The heart of God wants you to experience peace no matter your circumstances, even when your circumstances beg you to be anxious. This is why repentance is so necessary. Repentance means “changing your mind or turning from one direction to another.” Confess to God the things that pull your attention away from Him. Romans 2:4 says it is the kindness of God that leads you to repentance. In other words, His heart toward you turns your heart toward Him.


Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any anxious thoughts. Confess them and lay them at the foot of the cross. Then meditate on the scripture below, believing you have the Spirit of God in you that reveals God’s heart to you.


“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”—1 Corinthians 2:9-12



3. Worship and praise

You are created in God’s image and made to worship Him. Worship isn’t limited to singing in Sunday’s church service. It includes living for Him in all you do. Think about it this way: Whatever task you are given at work, whoever you interact with in the Starbucks drive-through, or wherever you walk as you stroll your neighborhood, lift up words of worship and thanksgiving. Thank God for your blessings, where He’s placed you, and who He has placed in front of you.


The heart of God is that you live a sanctified lifeSanctification is “the process of being set apart.” God doesn’t expect you to live perfectly but rather to partner with Him in the process of being set apart. God’s heart is to have you think differently, which includes worshiping and praising Him in all things.


“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.”—1 Peter 2:15-17


“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”—Colossians 3:23-24



4. Ask Him, then listen and watch

God desires to reveal His heart to you. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). When you ask to know the heart of God, you can be sure He will answer this prayer because it is His will for you to know Him!


Because this prayer request aligns with God’s will, pay close attention to how He reveals His heart. Turn your attention toward Him, listen, and watch as He shows you more of His perfect character in your day-to-day life.


He will answer the prayer to know Him more when you ask with the heart to reveal His kingdom to those around you.


“Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”—James 4:2-3



5. Understand it takes time

In any relationship, getting to know someone intimately takes time. Extend grace to yourself as you embark on the journey of knowing the heart of God. God delights in your desire to know Him better. He is patient with you, so be patient with yourself, too. As He reveals Himself to you, He will heal wounds from your past, which are the broken places that need to be restored to receive all that He has for you.


God wants to see you healed and whole, but He also works within the confines of creation to bring to completion the work He started—in part so that you become a living testimony of who He is. Remember, He works all things out for the good of those who love Him. He has a purpose in everything, wastes nothing, and will use what the enemy meant for evil for good.


“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”—1 Thessalonians 5:16-24



In Summary

God’s heart is that you see Him as sovereign, holy, trustworthy, just, and full of love toward you and that you reflect who He is to others—to know Him and to make Him known.


Knowing the heart of God is possible and a journey that will grow your faith and unlock His predestined purpose for your life. The only way to know God’s heart is to receive Jesus’ gift of eternal life, trusting in His work on the cross for your salvation. The process of sanctification begins, and your relationship deepens as you seek the heart of God day by day.