Discovering the Will of God
If you knew that you’d meet God tonight, what would you dodifferently today?
Cf. the responses below:
A lady once asked John Wesley if he knew that he would die atmidnight the next day, how would he spend the intervening time.He replied, "Why, madam, just as I intend to spend it now. Iwould preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at fivetomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preachin the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I wouldthen go to Martin's house...talk and pray with the family as usual,retire myself to my room at 10 o'clock, commend myself to myHeavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in glory."
Once, while Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he wasasked, "What would you do if you suddenly learned that you wereto die at sunset today?" He replied, "I would finish hoeing mygarden."
Does God have a specific will for your life, a specific place and position picked our just for you?
Yes! cf. Jeremiah 1:4-5
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; andbefore thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctifiedthee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Mr. Bertou – “What does God want you to do with your life?”
How can you discover God’s will for your life?
Some things are obviously God’s will
is God's will for usA.Avoiding sexual immorality and impurity is God's will for us1 Thessalonians 4:1-8B.Wise living is God's will for us Ephesians 5:15-21C.Non-conformation, transformation, and renewal are God's will for us Romans 12:1-2D.Continual rejoicing, ceaseless prayer, and constant thanksgivingare God's will for us 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
is God's will for us John 6:38-40
is God's will for us Ephesians 6:5-9
is God's will for us 1 Peter 3:17; 4:19
How do we discover God’s will in the other, not-so-obvious areas?
A.Must be already committed to obedience
1)He won’t tell you so you can then decide whether to obey.You first commit to obey, and then He tells you!2)
> Us moving to PA – 1
considering on the drive northB.
Discovering His will is a
Dwight Morrow and his wife were in Rugby, England.After wandering through the streets they realized they werelost. Morrow stopped a boy and asked if he could tell themthe way to the station. "Well," the boy answered, "You turn tothe right there by the grocer's shop and then take the secondstreet to the left. That will bring you to a place where four streets meet. And then, sir, you had better inquire again."
This is an example that, when you’re not sure what to doexactly, at least start moving in the right direction.
2)For us moving to PA, God first arrested my attention with aquestion (“Maybe we’ve forgotten how to live by faith”),then details came a year later.2.There are generally acknowledged to be three ingredients todetermining God’s will:A.
The Word of God
– can’t contradict this!
B.The Peace/Leading of God
1)Very subjective but still important2)You can have more confidence in this when you’ve alreadycommitted to obedience3)Walter Knight told of an old Scottish woman who went fromhome to home across the countryside selling thread, buttons,and shoestrings. When she came to an unmarked crossroad,she would toss a stick into the air and go in the direction thestick pointed when it landed. One day, however, she was seentossing the stick up several times. "Why do you toss the stick more than once?" someone asked. "Because," replied thewoman, "it keeps pointing to the left, and I want to take theroad on the right." She then dutifully kept throwing the stick