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Understanding God’s Will
We usually look at this passage and talk about surrender...but surrender to what? The will of God in the end of v. 2! Or we talk about separation...but separation unto what? The will of God! And that should be the greatest desire of our hearts: to know and to do the will of God! Good news: God isn't playing keep a way with His will, and it isn't far off or hard to find.
1. We need to seek the will of God
God wants us to know His will even more than we want to know it. He said, “seek and ye shall find” / “seek me early and ye shall find me” / “draw nigh to Me and I will draw nigh to you.”
We need to seek God’s will in whom we marry/where we go to college and what we do with our lives.
Joke—Kimberly is the least selfish person I know on earth. Her folks overheard her praying one night before bed: “Dear Lord, I ask nothing for myself, but please, give my momma, a very handsome son-in-law!”
Seriously, it’s not your life…you belong to God…don’t settle for less than God’s best…seek His perfect will for your life!
You don’t have the right to just decide what you’re gonna be, and what you’re gonna do…seek His will! And we all should seek His will for all decisions, big and small.
2. We need to surrender to the will of God
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Jesus is the very epitome
of this. He knew God’s will for
the end of His life, and in the
3. We need to stand in the will of God
…that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Once we know His will, we need to surrender to it, and then stand firm in it, not drifting to the right or the left.
The will of God is exactly what we would choose for our lives if we had sense enough to choose it.
God loves us more than we love ourselves. He knows of greater possibilities and more success that we could achieve, if only we’ll seek and follow His plan!
God is more qualified to plot a course for our lives than we are. Just imagine the advantage you’d have if you hand crafted a person to your own design, and knew exactly what lay ahead for them throughout every moment of their future!
for fun-- Palindrome:
[a sentence spelled the same forwards and backwards]
A man, a plan, a
God in His Word has given us several markers that we can go by…and when they line up we have a better assurance of what God’s will is for our lives!
The first marker:
A. It’s Real
The first step is recognizing that God has a will for your life. It’s a very real thing we see throughout the Bible.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I can’t know all the details of God’s will for your life…but I know 1 thing: God does have a plan for your life! It’s a divine blueprint of you and your life, crafted by the One who designed the universe w/out any plans!
What a powerful and captivating thought, that God is so involved in something as small as little ole’ me!
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
A sparrow is so insignificant, and yet God has a plan for each of them! How much more w/ us?!
I wanted to know what a farthing is, so I could tell you today--so, I looked it up: it’s 1/10th of a drachma and 1/16th of a denarius! So…now you know! Evidently, it’s like a few cents at most in our economy.
God says, they are practically worthless, and God has a plan for them [deductive reasoning…arguing from the lesser to the greater] We are the highest of God’s creation…made in His image…It’s unthinkable that God would not have a plan for our lives!
“His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and you can know He’s watching you, too!
B. It can be Refused
God will not make you do His will. He has given us a free will to choose. He didn’t force Adam and Eve to obey Him, but gave them a choice, and it’s been that way ever since…why? Because God wants people to choose to love, obey, and follow Him, not slaves that do it by force!
You can choose to be saved or not. And once you do, you have another choice: Will you do the will of God?
A huge # of Christians today say they believe in God, but they choose to live their life their own way. He’s ok for their eternity, but not for their present! Some may even seem successful, making money, or famous, or “happy”…but if they aren’t in God’s will they are a failure!
The will of God is very real, it may be refused, but…
C. It’s always Right
…that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Young people, don’t wind up my age or middle aged or older and be found saying, 'I’ve done a lot, but not what was really important.' [it’s never too late to turn around, by the way!]
Ill.—imagine a guy who likes to play the violin…he turns on a CD of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and begins to play at the same time...but he’s playing Yankee Doodle. He can do that if he wants, but there will be a real mess…big time discord in that house!
God has arranged a great symphony for your life…don’t be found off in a corner playing Yankee Doodle…but pay attention to the great Conductor and follow Him beat for beat!
God’s will is real, can be refused, but is always right!
You must resolve in advance that once you know His will, you will do it. Don’t work “with a net”…God doesn’t work that way!
Ye are bought with a price, and ye are not your own! If you’re saved then you are God’s…you’re God’s twice: you’re God’s by virtue of creation and again by virtue of redemption. He made you, you rebelled, became lost in sin, and He bought you back!
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Being willing comes first, before the “doing.”
Why is this? I believe that sometimes if we knew what God had ahead for us it would scare us…we wouldn’t be ready to accept that He could really do such great things thru us.
Some people are afraid of God’s will…that it’s like Alka-Seltzer: it’s good for you, but not too pleasant.
[He’ll call me to
ill.—imagine a loving father w/ a teenage son. His son says, can we spend the whole day together Saturday? Do you think that father would say, “muahahaha…I’ve got him now, I’m gonna think of everything he hates and just fill his day with it…he’s gonna pull weeds and clean the gutters and scrub toilets, and he’s gonna eat brussel sprouts!”
No, a loving father says, “what a privilege that my son wants to please me and spend time with me…the least I can do is make it a wonderful experience, ‘cuz then, at the end of the day, he’ll love me even more!”
Let me go on record: Doing God’s will is “a wonderful life!”
Our God is not some evil personality/'cosmic killjoy' whose goal is to make you miserable…He loves you, and has a wonderful plan, and wants you to know it…He’s not masking it mysteriously…if you want to know it and are willing to do it [in advance], He’ll say, “I hear that request and I hereby answer it…my will is: ______________________.”
If God’s will is for you to go to Africa, then you’ll be happy with that…you’ll want to go there in a way you may not want to at this moment, and you’d be happier there than in America, and safer!
The safest place on earth is the middle of God’s will!
One day a grandfather told his grandson, “I’m leaving to run some errands, do you wanna come w/ me so we can spend some time together?” He asked, “Where are you going?” He replied, “If you want to be with me, then it doesn’t matter!”
God says, “Will you surrender to my will?” You say, “Well, what is it?” His reply, “It doesn’t matter!”
Recognize God has a will for you, resolve that you will do it…
When we walk in what light we’ve been given, God gives us more light. Some people don’t know God’s will for their future because they’re not doing God’s will right now! Why should He reveal His will about tomorrow if you’re not obeying Him today? He said, “If you’re faithful in least then you’ll be faithful in much!”
A statement: “The way to know God’s will tomorrow is to do His will today!”
Ill.—headlights on a car: they only shine a little ways, but guess what, once you travel that far, they reveal further down the road for you!
God doesn’t just lay it all out for us…the “steps” of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
God called me to be a pastor, but for years all He showed me to do was to run a bus route, work in Jr. Church, etc., and then, when I was ready, He took me to the next level, and the next!
I know a little about God’s will for you. That you pray and read your Bible every day, and be faithful to Him and your church, and be honest and hard working, etc. And I also know 1 more thing…if you don’t, you won’t find out what else He had in store for you!
If you don’t do the basics of His will, what makes you think He’ll send a smoking plane to write His will out for you across the sky?!
Another statement: “God is more concerned about your character than your career”
You cannot know God’s personal will for your life if you disregard God’s moral will for your life.
Being right with God comes before being “right in the middle of His will”.
If you have unconfessed sin in your life and you pray for God’s will and direction, it’s a mockery! You must walk in His moral will which you already know!
1 Thes. 4:3
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
Sin in the life cuts the phone line to heaven.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Pray a prayer like this: “Lord, I want to know and do your will…nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else! And if you'll reveal it to me I promise in advance to do it!”
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