Summary: We can be faithful to God's will be understanding what that will is and obeying God.
How many times have you asked the Lord or heard others ask, “God, what is your will for my life?” Have you ever asked God to show you His pleasant, pleasing, and perfect will for your life? Perhaps other than asking the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come into your life as Lord and Savior, the decision to know and do God’s will is of utmost importance in your life.
Truths Concerning the Will of God
Salvation is His will for your life. God has made that very clear in His Word that none should perish, but that all should come to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith. You never have to ask the Lord, “God is it your will that I am saved?” The Lord Jesus Christ has already done EVERYTHING necessary for you to become a child of God. Jesus lived a sinless life, died a cruel death on the cross of Calvary, shedding His life’s blood for you and me. He was buried and on the third day, Jesus rose from the grave – victorious over Satan, sin, death, hell, and the grave. You must be willing to receive salvation as a free gift by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Sanctification is His will for your life. Once you become a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, He begins a LIFETIME process of making your more like Jesus (Romans 8:28-29). Being sanctified means you are “set apart” from the world and into His service.
Scripture Centered It is essential for a baby to feed on milk in order to grow up. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ must feed on the Word of God, the Scriptures are essential to your spiritual walk and vitality in the Lord (Matthew 4:4, 1 Peter 2:2, Psalm 119:9-10). How long can you go without physical food and expect to stay strong? The Word of God is food for your soul!
Strong in the Lord Dr. Frank Page reminded us that God’s plan for your life is to be saved and strong. The devil’s desire is to keep your lost or at the very best, an extremely weak Christian (Eph. 6:10-18).
Serving the Lord and others The definition of joy is Jesus – Others – You! There is so much work to be done in our church and into this community. We are actively working on our Across GA 2010 – Every Christian caring – Every believer sharing – Every Georgian hearing. Are you involved in the harvest…or content to let others take your place?
Secure in God’s grip of grace. We do what we do for the Lord BECAUSE He has chosen us to work through (John 15). No amount of works or service gives us eternal security – rather, out of that secure relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, we do the good works He’s planned in advance for us to walk in (Eph. 2:10).
Lies from the Evil One Concerning God’s Will
There is really no need to turn from sin to the Savior
God made you this way, so you can’t help but sin
You deserve anything you want RIGHT NOW – don’t delay
God will simply wink at your sin – it’s no big deal
You are better than most people, you pray, give, attend church, etc.
The only sins that matter are the Big ones…sexual immorality, murder, hatred, pride, etc. Other sins such as gossip, un-forgiveness, jealousy, bitterness are simply not that big of a deal.
You are sufficient within yourself to defeat sin – no need for Bible study, prayer, accountability, etc.
Pleasing yourself is the highest priority of life – family, neighbors, church, etc. can take the back seat
God is not our for your good, but is really out to steal your joy
How to know and do the will of God
Dedication to the Lord – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 - I’ve got have a heart that is more set upon following Jesus Christ as Lord instead of following my own wisdom, plans, etc. The Lord Jesus Christ must be my ultimate authority in life!
Desire to grow As parents and grandparents, think of the sheer joy it brings to your heart as that child begins to develop new ways, habits, activities, etc. that are positive. Can you remember the first time your child brushed their teeth? Put on their own clothes? Made their bed, meal, etc. Ephesians 4:12-16, “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”