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Summary: Helping people learn to recognize God’s will and direction in life.

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Today – We Will Refocus on the Series Derived from the Questions that Were Submitted by YOU

Looked at Salvation...Trinity...

TODAY – KNOWING GOD (HIs Will & Voice)

How He leads...Does he lead...

How far is God into that leading?

QUESTIONS

Scripture

Ps. 23

PRAY

I. Can I Know God’s Will

1982/3 – Found me in Tennessee attending college...

At a revival I gave my life to Christ...

I didn’t follow through with my commitment...

1985 – Found me in Great Bridge giving my life to Christ again - this time for good...

1991 – I was able to begin our church - FAM.

Funny thing is – I knew I was called into Ministry the very week after being saved...

It’s not that I knew "God’s Voice" as some would claim...Or that I was special – I JUST KNEW in my knower...

I Believe that God’s Will in 1982 & 1985 were the SAME – for me to pastor FAM

Over the PAST 16 Years – I have (Shawn & I) Sought to KNOW God’s Will for Our lives in MANY Instances...

AND Have Found His WILL...

His Voice...Insight...Spirit...& MORE

AT the SAME time – I haven’t Gotten up Every Day – Asking God to Tell me what to eat...Where to Shop...

Yet I Believe that He has Guided me in these very issues more than once.

I’m Saying – To Know God’s Will There has to be –

A VOICE (God’s WILL) that Guides me & an INTENT on my part to FOLLOW

PROBLEM is –

We don’t Understand how to Process that in to OUR lives – Functional...Working Truth...

KNOW THIS –

God Created YOU & Therefore He Knows Best How to:

Speak With You.

Guide You.

IN knowing God’s will:

1. Problems Abound

In the Church (Christians)

There are 3 Schools of Thought

· Constants – They seek God 24/7 for every piece of their life. They claim that God does call every shot in their life.

· Casuals – They Seek God on Special Occasions

Looking for a WORD on something.

· Care-LESS – They take it as it comes – seeing God as in Complete control or not really caring enough to find out

They aren’t sure that God will or does lead a person’s life...

TRUTH is Hearing God is a Dangerous Concept – Too often it’s used at times to keep people from asking...challenging...

Or it’s an idea that seems bigger than most

2 Questions

What if we are created to know God & his will for our life?

Isn’t living without it more dangerous?

Bible makes it clear that God is the Initiator of this Concept & is therefore More Interested in it than we typically are.

Therefore We can Expect it to be something that HE PURSUES & HELPS US UNDERSTAND

Why?

We will live & die on our own beliefs...Concepts...Faith...Insights...

Though at times God will transcend them – we will bring ourselves back into what we feel...believe...accept...

God will always be interested in us moving to different levels in understanding with him. –

Because he wants us to Experience our destiny – his presence...voice...direction...love...

NOTE – Hearing God is BUT 1 Piece of a Multi Faceted Relationship. Like any other relationship that you have – the speaking is but 1 small part of it.

You see – Hearing God can be void of knowing God.

i.e. We can hear God & not know Him. We can hear him & not listen to him. We can know God’s will & not be in it


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