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Title: How Do I Know Gods Will


1
How Do I Know Gods Will
  • Pastor Cook

2
Questions to Consider Concerning Gods Will

3
Does God have a specific will for us?
  • Scripture teaches that God works all things after
    the counsel of His own will.
  • Ephesians 111 In whom also we have obtained an
    inheritance, being predestinated according to the
    purpose of him who worketh all things after the
    counsel of his own will

4
Does God have a specific will for us? (cont.)
  • Old Testament saints believed in Gods specific
    guidance
  • David
  • Asaph
  • Solomon
  • Isaiah

5
Does God have a specific will for us? (cont.)
  • Christ stated His purpose to do Gods will.
  • New Testament Christians believed in Gods
    specific guidance.

6
Does Gods will cover all areas of our lives?
  • Does His will cover moral areas?
  • Does His will cover other areas that dont
    seemingly have a moral answer?

7
How does God lead us?
  • Christ was led by the Holy Spirit.
  • The Apostles were led by the Holy Spirit.
  • We are led by the Holy Spirit.

8
How does the Holy Spirit lead us today?
  • The Holy Spirit leads us principally through the
    Word of God.

9
Questions Recap
  • Does God have a specific will for us?
  • Does Gods will cover all areas of our lives?
  • How does God lead us?
  • Does the Holy Spirit lead us today?

10
Myths Concerning Gods Will
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Myth 1
  • Gods will is never joyful, but always difficult,
    characterized by suffering, pain and sorrow.
  • Denies the goodness of God.
  • Implies that being in Gods will is more
    difficult than being out of Gods will.
  • Implies that trials are bad and should be avoided
    at all costs.

12
Myth 2
  • Gods will is always the opposite of what I would
    naturally want to do.
  • Assumes that Gods will and my will are always
    opposite.
  • Denies the ability of God to change a persons
    will.

13
Myth 3
  • I find Gods Will by putting out a fleece like
    Gideon did.
  • Gideon did not use a fleece to discover Gods
    will.
  • Gideon used a fleece to confirm Gods Will and
    not to reveal it.
  • Gideon use of a fleece for confirmation is not an
    example we should follow.

14
Myth 4
  • I find Gods Will through circumstances through
    open or closed doors.
  • The Bible does use the door metaphor to refer to
    spiritual opportunities.
  • The door metaphor teaches us at least two key
    principles.
  • A sovereign God is in control of the
    circumstances in our lives.
  • No man is strong enough to close the doors that
    God opens.

15
Myth 4 (cont.)
  • Seeking to determine Gods will through open
    closed doors can be spiritually dangerous.
  • The Bible doesnt require us to go through every
    open door.
  • We cannot always read divine revelation into
    every daily circumstance.
  • Seeking to discern Gods will solely through
    circumstances is frequently limited only by our
    imagination.

16
Myth 5
  • I can find Gods Will from the presence or
    absence of peace.
  • Types of peace for believer.
  • The Bible does not instruct us to use the
    presence or absence of peace as an indication of
    Gods Will.

17
Myth 6
  • Before I can know Gods Will, I must know my
    spiritual gift.
  • Scripture teaches that all believers have a
    spiritual gift
  • The Bible never tells us to discover our
    spiritual gift.
  • The Bible never claims to provide an exhaustive
    list of gifts.
  • We can find our spiritual gift by asking
    questions related to what the gifts are meant to
    accomplish.

18
Myth 7
  • I determine Gods Will through the presence or
    absence of blessing.
  • Many people experience great prosperity and are
    clearly out of Gods Will.
  • Many people clearly are in the Will of God and
    have virtually no material possessions.
  • Faithfulness is the standard of measurement for
    the believer.

19
Steps to Biblical Decision Making In the Will
of God
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Biblical Decision Making
  • Follow Gods Word Identify every Biblical
    command and obey it.
  • Follow Gods Principles Identify Biblical
    principles and apply them.
  • Rely on Gods Promises Trust Gods promise of
    guidance.
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