“Do not conform 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.” (Romans 12:2, NIV)
We cannot discern God’s will with an earth-bound mind.
An earth-bound mind conforms to the will and the ways of our world. An earth-bound minds cares more about what pleases others than what pleases God. It is a mind that is squeezed and pressured from all of the forces outside of us; what we hear and see.
A transformed mind is also informed by other sources, but instead of coming from the outside-in; it comes from the inside-out — as true transformation always does.
We can (and do) change our actions without changing our mind; but we cannot change our thinking without — eventually — witnessing a change in our deeds. A mind that is informed, and transformed, by the spirit of God will always know the will of God. – Luther