Summary: Many have asked the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” and when God has answered they have chosen to ignore it, denied it’s God or even been to afraid to do it. But our relationship with God is the determining factor of whether we do God’s will
What is God’s Will for my life? - part 2
Thesis: Many have asked the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” and when God has answered they have chosen to ignore it, denied it’s God or even been to afraid to do it. But our relationship with God is the determining factor of whether we do God’s will or not. Our willingness to do God’s will is based on our love for God. Many have allowed the concerns of this life to silence the voice of God in their lives.
Video Illustration: From Sandlot
Overview from Group’s Blockbuster Movie Illustration:
Babe Ruth comes out of Benny’s closet to help Benny figure out how to get a lost baseball. Benny says he can’t just jump over the fence to get it. Babe tells him that everybody has a chance to do something great, but they’re either too scared or don’t even recognize the opportunity.
If only God would send a celebrity to me every time he wanted me to do something, I would never miss an opportunity. God has a will for each and every one of us, including some great opportunities to build his kingdom. Many times we are too scared to act or not in a position to hear God when he calls to us. Following God’s will requires a faithful heart and attentive ears (Belknap, pg. 62).
Don’t you wish that God would send a famous person to your house to clearly communicate what he desires you to do for him? It would make knowing God’s will so much easier and clearer. But God has sent a celebrity to us to communicate to you and me His will. His name you ask? Jesus Christ! Jesus showed us how to understand the will of God. He modeled it by showing that he trusted the Father’s direction for his life. He showed it by taking risks for the Father.
The reality is doing God’s will requires us to trust Him and to take a risk for Him. We need to abandon our desire to stay safe and allow God to work through us to accomplish His will. This is the moment of truth – this is where the rubber meets the road – it’s when we decide to follow the will of God or not. Blackaby notes (Page 157):
In many ways, obedience is your moment of truth. What will you do will:
1. Reveal what you believe about Him.
2. Determine whether you will experience His mighty work in you and through you.
3. Determine whether you will come to know Him more intimately.
4. (I add) Your willingness to obey God’s will determines whether you have a strong love relationship with him and a determination to do His will.
I wish I had a dollar for every time this question has been asked, “What is God’s will for my life pastor?” I know I would be a millionaire by now. I think this is the most frequently asked question by Christians. I believe it is a very important question. I sincerely believe that each of us needs to know the answer to this question, because the answer - the knowing and the doing will make all the difference in our lives. I know it will affect our joy, our happiness and our satisfaction level in this life
I Peter 4:1-2: 1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
T.S. - Therefore since the Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures- the Word of God- the Bible to speak to us and direct us and to enlighten us then we should learn how to use the Bible to discover the will of God for our lives.
I. The Bible reveals to us how God choose to be involved with men and women in their lives.
A. In searching the recorded events of God’s involvement with men and women of the Bible we discover that when God spoke to them they knew He was the one speaking. The key here is God’s always crystal clear when He communicates His will for our lives.
ii. In Exodus 3:1-22 – we discover that Moses knew he had met with God. It was clear and unmistakable.
iii. In Nehemiah 2:4, 5 - we see that Nehemiah knew he had heard from God. It was clear and unmistakable.
iv. When God spoke to me I knew it.