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How Can I Know God's Will For My Life?


Sermon shared by Jeff Strite

July 2006
Summary: What can I do to learn what God wants me to do with my life? Can I miss out on what God desires for my life?
Audience: Believer adults
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themselves FIRST TO THE LORD and then to us in keeping with God’s will.” 2 Corinthians 8:5

In other words… the churches in Macedonia were doing the will of God BECAUSE they put God first in the choices they made.

Let’s go back to the original set of questions I asked earlier
· Who does He want me to marry? (do they please God?)
· Where does He want me to live? (can I serve God there?)
· What does He want me to do for a living? (can I use that job to witness/ serve others)
· What kind of ministry can I do that would please Him? (what can I do right now?)

The churches in Macedonia were doing God’s Will BECAUSE they put God’s priorities 1st
And, because of that, God made use of them.

If you put God 1st in your decision making, God will Always find a way to use you. God will always find a way to reveal His will to you – so you can do it.

There are a lot of people who are afraid they might miss out on God’s will by being in the wrong place. They tend to look on God’s will as it were akin to a bus station. They essentially believe that if they’re not at the right bus station at the right time, God won’t be able to find them. And since He can’t find them He won’t be able to make His will complete in their lives.

Let’s get something straight here…
If God wants you or I to do something special…
Or wants to do something special in our lives…
There is NO CHANCE that we’ll ever miss the bus

Do you need proof of that?

ILLUS: Well, let me tell you the story of a man named Jonah. Do you remember what God told Jonah to do? God commanded him to preach to the city of Nineveh, to convict it of its guilt and bring it to repentance.
So, what does Jonah do? He gets on a boat headed for Tarshish which just happened to be on the other side of the known world.
Jonah didn’t want to preach to Nineveh. It was a wicked city and Jonah just knew that if he went and preached at Nineveh, the people there would probably repent and then God would spare their city. But Jonah didn’t want Nineveh to repent… he didn’t want them spared… he wanted them annihilated.

Jonah defied the WILL OF GOD.
He didn’t just miss God’s will… he actively refused to do it.
But, did he succeed?
No. In fact, God took him fishing and explained His will to him a little more succinctly.

My point is this: if God really wants you to do something… He can find you anywhere. There isn’t any place you can go to that you could even hide from God if wants you to do something.

The key thing is: always be available for God to use you.
THEN you’ll always be ready for God to do His will in your life.

God has a purpose for our lives… a destiny for us to fulfill.
And you know the really neat thing about this is that when God wants you or I to something, He will always prepare us for that deed.
Romans 12:6 tells us: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

In short, God prepares us for our tasks with abilities
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