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Finding and Doing the Will of God, pt. 2

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Sermon shared by Jerry Shirley

May 2004
Summary: pt. 2
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Finding and Doing the Will of God, pt. 2
Prov. 3:5, 6

The question I am most often asked above all others is: How do I know God’s will?
Let’s look at what the world’s wisest man said, under inspiration…(read)

How many want to succeed, say amen? How many know that true success is finding and doing God’s will?
How many want your steps to be ordered by the Lord? How many want God to direct your paths?

In order to be in the will of God, I have to find and know the will of God…and the only way to find and know it is God’s way…which is:

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart (entire)
2. Lean not unto your own understanding (exclusive)
3. In all your ways, acknowledge Him (inquire)

#1—What does it mean to trust God entirely?

--to acknowledge His Lordship in every area of my life
We can divide God’s will into 2 parts:
God’s personal will for my life
God’s moral will for my life
It is impossible to zero in on God’s personal will for your life if you are living in rebellion to His moral will for you!

In other words, it’s more important what you are than what you do…and what we are is much more important than where we are (physical location)

God’s moral will for us is oftentimes spelled out for us in His Word:
I Thess. 4:3
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification…
After salvation comes sanctification…it is God’s will that we live holy lives!
God’s personal will for your life will allude you until you get that nailed down…and some Christians will go to the grave, never having let God do spiritual surgery on their life after salvation: “well, that’s just how I am/like it or lump it/I ain’t changin’!”
You will never be able to zero in on God’s personal will for your life as long as you are harboring sin, and living in rebellion in a certain area of your life.

This means we must acknowledge His Lordship over every area of our lives…not talking about sinless perfection/not saying we’ll never stumble and fall…but that we have no sin we’ve grown comfortable with/nurturing/harboring/no habitual sin/too familiar with.

And one of the biggest mistakes a Christian can make is to try to make a decision regarding God’s personal will for your life, while you knowingly and willfully have sin in your life.
Here’s why: because the channel of communication has been short-circuited (sin does that).

You see, God does not reveal His will to us that we might consider it (tho’ that’s what we want…freedom to consider if we like His way)…but no, it doesn’t work that way.

God reveals His will for us when He knows that we are ready and willing to obey!
And why in the world would God reveal His personal will to you, when you are blatantly and repeatedly violating His moral will?
Why should God direct your paths when you’ve purposefully avoided doing what He’s told you to already…maybe when you cross the first bridge He’ll show you where the next one is!

Are you rebelling against God in some area of His moral will?
Tithing/morality/fornication/faithfulness/unforgiveness/
Priorities/pride/dedication/service/attitude/bitterness/gossip/prejudice/s.s./daily devotions/lust/bad friends/wrong associations?
If you want to know His personal will, you must first obey Him in His moral will.

“Trust in the Lord with ALL thine heart.” That’s the 1st step in finding the will of God.
Ill.—picture a wheel
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