Summary: Our Father has a will for our lives but how can we achieve that which He desires of us? How do we know what His will for us is?
Last week it was announced during our announcements that I have been working on a new talent, “Mind Reading”. Now, this is not completely true, what I have been working on is the fine art of broadband broadcasting with my thoughts with my mind.
This morning I am ready to give it a try but I am looking for a few good receivers. Who knows, maybe one of you have the gift of mind reading. Let’s give it a try. I need everyone to work with me here and stand if you will. Now what I need each of you to do is to concentrate really, really hard when I tell you to go. I will tell you that I will be thinking of a number between 1 and 10. Concentrate on what I am thinking. Ready set Go!
(Wait a few minutes) Okay, who guessed 1? Nope that wasn’t it, have a seat, (so on and so on until I get to the number.)
Wow, you really must have the gift of mind reading! You know what? Maybe there might be one other possibility to consider. It might be that no one really read my mind at all. Maybe everyone only took a guess at what they wanted me to be thinking, and some of you simply guessed correctly. Raise your hands if this was the case.
You know, unfortunately, most of us approach the idea of discovering our Father’s will with the same kind of random guessing that we used during this fake mind reading exercise. But Scripture tells us that we don’t have to live our relationship with our Father in heaven this way.
1 Corinthians 2: 10-16 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[a] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
With God’s Holy Spirit helping us we can discover our Father’s will as it’ revealed through the pages of the Bible.
Today is Father’s Day!! A day in which we can honor our Father’s for all they have done for us.
Illustration: I think back to my youth and how I desperately wanted to please my Dad. It was almost instinctively imbedded into my very being. I am blessed today to still have my Dad living, he lives down in Texas and even though we don’t see one another much or even talk that much, I still to this day have that strong desire to please my Father in all I do. Nothing beats hearing Dad say, “Son, I sure am proud of you”.
Whenever I let Dad down and did something that didn’t please him, all he had to do was look at me and say, “Son, son, son” while shaking his head. This just really seemed to crush me as I knew that I did not please him, I didn’t do my Father’s will.
As I think back to my life and my desire to please Dad, I feel God has led me to a powerful message in which He wants me to present to you today.
The million dollar question for us is: What can we do to keep ourselves more in tune with the will of our Heavenly Father?
I truly believe that in order for us to be in our Father’s will we need to,
I.We are to attend church regularly
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
A. I want to encourage you to not give up on church. Whether it is our church or another church, just don’t give up on church. Because our Father not only desires us to continue meeting with one another, he desires to give us His instruction as we gather within His presence.