Summary: We looked at how to miss God’s will, now here is how to find it.
August 7, 2005
Dakota Community Church
Understanding God’s Will
Week Two: How to Know it.
Last week we looked at four ways people try to find the will of God that don’t work.
- Circumstantial evidence.
- Bible roulette.
- Prophetic Words.
This week I want to look at tried and true methods for finding God’s will.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
1. Search the scriptures.
2Timothy 3: 16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming.
1Peter 1: 25
For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
God’s word is God’s will.
- Find all the word has to say on the subject you are wondering about.
- Use a concordance or the internet.
- Don’t feel guilty when you don’t do it. Do you feel guilty if you don’t eat?
- The word is described as water, milk, meat, and bread.
- It is just a fact that you will grow spiritually faint if you starve yourself of the word.
Don’t fall into the paralysis of analysis. You have a mind, you have freedom, you are empowered by God to prayerfully direct your life.
Is it God’s will for you to prosper?
Is it God’s will for you to suffer with some torment like Paul?
Are you a modern Job?
Doesn’t the bible say the Lord gives and the Lord takes away?
This is a process that takes time, effort and the acceptance of responsibility.