Summary: How many of you don’t always know the will of God for situations? In this sermon, we will be discussing discerning God’s will.
II Cor. 8:2,5
Macedonia church gave out of their poverty; they have a generous spirit to give.
If we give ourselves to God – then God has our money. The will of God in this matter of money will be an issue.
Once your heart is settled, you will only serve one.
The state of our inner being is where we can make the right choices. Our heart must be right with God.
His heart was not right. He did not have clear direction.
They ask Jesus guidance on:
v. 27 (also see Luke 20:38 -- … for all who live to Him)
Our soul purpose of life is to live for God.
If we are living for the Lord, we know the answer.
We are married to the Lord.
V. 27 – The moment we settle the issue of Jesus in our heart, the discerning of God’s will is clear.
Why is the heart such a crucial matter in discerning God’s will for your life?
Because you don’t have wisdom without it to guide you.
Wisdom – “leb” – heart
God is mighty and have the heart kind of wisdom.
God’s wisdom cannot function in a wrong heart. The wisdom is of the heart.
The foundation of all guidance lies in the condition of the heat.
Right heart – right wisdom.
Wisdom from God cannot be deposited in a wrong heart.
Prerequisite to know will of God lies in having right kind of heart.
How do we have the right kind of heart (v. 7).
Only when a heart is clean by blood can the will of God or wisdom of God be deposited.
Jeremiah said 18 times God refers to wrong condition of heart.
They were misdirected because of an unclean heart.
You must do right in your heart.
Once you understand the heart must be clean, you do not need a spectacular leading to understand the will of God or divine guidance in any situation.
Your own heart will have the answer because it is clean.
We must also pay attention to the tone of the heart.
Mourn v. 28 (heart was depressed)
Isaiah 16:11 The inner part (heart) can be like a heart.
When the heart is not in tune, we cannot properly discern the will.
Even in physical, if something is wrong in our heat, it has a murmur or does not beat properly.
When we have the song of the Lord in our heart, we are able to discern the leading of the Lord. That is why worship is so important to get our heart in tune.
Once our heart is in the right condition, then we are ready to follow the promptings or leading of the Holy Spirit.
One way to discern the leading of the Lord is by the desire of our heart!
Mark 11:24 – desire brings about the fulfillment of whatever God has in our life.
Job 31:25 wants the Lord to answer him
Desire is like a seed of revelation for the future. You must locate the right desire and have the right heart to know the right future.
i.e. plant orange seed get orange seed
Daniel 2 – King Nebuchannezer wanted to know the future
The right kind of desire is the seed of revelation for your future.
Through a desire, we are able to discern the will of God.
Judges 5:15,16 his heart was not right before the Lord.