Summary: Based on John MacArthur's book "Found: God's Will" How do I understand what God’s will is for my life? Have you ever heard someone say or maybe you, like me, have said these words… “I’m searching for God’s will”?
How do I understand what God’s will is for my life? Have you ever heard someone say or maybe you, like me, have said these words… “I’m searching for God’s will” When I hear this statement this morning, it sounds as if I believe the will of God is lost.
For some, God becomes some cosmic Easter Bunny who has hidden His will, like eggs, and expects us to search under every bush and rock to find the prize egg. He sits on His throne saying, “You’re getting warmer!”
Maybe you think God’s will comes through some dramatic experience. Let’s say that you’re walking down the sidewalk and you step in a left over banana sandwich and you say; “I hear You Lord. I am supposed to go to India and feed the hungry” Or you dream one night that you are planting a huge garden of chili peppers and decide, from the dream that God must be calling you to go to Chile as a full-time missionary.
Does God have a will for me and is there any way to understand the will of God for my life? Yes God has a will for you and if God has a will He must want us to understand it.
I want to look at the five steps of unquestionable will of God for your life.
1. God’s will is that I be saved: 2Peter 3: 9
There is no “will” unless there has been a salvation experience. It amazes me how many people want God to give them some kind of direction, yet they have never gone the direction of the cross. “It is God’s will that people be saved.
There are people who are stumbling around in life and tossing up some periodic prayers to God but have never come on your knees to the foot of the cross and met Jesus Christ. If this is you then you are not even in the beginning of God’s will.”
People will come seeking God’s will for their life yet they refuse to let go of their grip on this world.
The only thing I can tell you is that FIRST you must surrender your heart and life to Jesus. That is step number one.
John MacArthur says “There is a world out there that needs Jesus Christ. God wants them to be saved and you and I are the vehicles for the transportation of the gospel.” (pg. 18)
John 6: 37-40 “37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.””
1Thess. 5: 8 “8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”
1Tim. 2:3, 4 “3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
You say you don’t know what God’s will is. Above everything else in this world God’s will is NUMBER ONE that you come to Jesus Christ and be saved. Not only does God want you to know Jesus as Savior but he wants your neighbors to know Him as well.
Too many sit around dreaming of some far off land in the distant future yet they are not even willing to stand up and walk in His will in the here and now. God’s number one desire for you to be in His will is to be saved.
2. God’s will is that I be Spirit-filled:
MacArthur asked, in his book; “If we do not know the will of God, what are we? Uninformed? No. Searching? No. We are being foolish.”
Now you might think that statement is a bit rough and uncalled for but listen to what Paul says in Eph. 5: 17NIV “17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Do you remember the illustration I used last week, with the packet of green tea and a glass of water? I have often told you that when we ask Jesus into our hearts the Holy Spirit moves right in and this is true. So why do I so often find myself praying for God to send His Spirit to our services? How many times have I set in churches and heard sincere people pray or I have prayed myself, “Oh God, send Your Spirit, or God give us more of Your Spirit,” as if The Holy Spirit comes in doses”