Summary: Foundation Principles For The Will Of God. I. To Know Him II. Nurture Your Faith III. Discover His Will
- Future Plans – Then What
They measure your ability to acquire a skill or do a particular type of work.
- These are the type of tests employers typically use to screen candidates for employment.
Tests are available on just about every topic. There are tests to determine whether you have an aptitude for sales or for firefighting
- You can even take a Circus Aptitude Test to find out if you should run away and join the circus!
What Is God’s Will for My Life?
Men have learned to communicate with each other by means of language, signs, signals, symbols, gestures, expressions of the face, attitudes of the body, through characters, pictures, tv, Radio, Internet
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idea of testing and proving something's value as being genuine
To know beyond doubt what I ought to do
Genesis 12:1–4 (AV)
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee……
4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him……
Genesis 15:1 (AV)
1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Jeremiah 29:11 (AV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Lamentations 3:26 (AV)
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
What Is God’s Will For My Life?
How do I find out what God wants me to do with my life?
You start with him not us
Matthew 10:39 (AV)
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Hiker orients the map to north to begin his journey
Orient our life with Christ to begin our journey
- Question: Not what is my purpose but what will bring glory to Him
Foundation Principles For The Will Of God
I. To Know Him
II. Nurture Your Faith
Give care, feed & protect
Through daily reading. Prayer,
Through worship – Private & Public
People want God to tell them specifically what to do—where to work, where to live, whom to marry, etc. God rarely gives people information that direct and specific. God allows us to make choices regarding those things.
III. Discover His Will
1. Depend On His Word
God will never ask us to do something contrary to his Word
Psalm 119:105 (AV)
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
2. Devote Time To Prayer
Jesus taught the disciples to pray
Matthew 6:9–10 (AV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
3. Draw Encouragement from Godly People
Proverbs 15:22 (AV)
22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
Rehoboam lost the kingdom because of poor counsel - 1K. 12:6-19
4. Discover Your Gifts & Abilities
- Age does not matter –
- Different periods of our life give opportunities
- Solomon raised in court procedures – Given Wisdom
5. Desire of the Heart
God is not out to make our life miserable
A living vibrant relationship with God brings delight to our lives
Psalm 37:4 (AV)
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalm 34:8 (AV)
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
6. Decide to Be Obedient
- Fear hinders our discovery
- Saul with the Goliath – No Action
Romans 8:15 (AV)
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
2 Timothy 1:7 (AV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
His Will is Good & Perfect
Romans 8:28 (AV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.