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Title: Discipleship Lesson 7: The Will of God

Discipleship Lesson 7 The Will of God
  • How Do I Know Gods Will For My Life?

  • Introduction A famous preacher once said that a
    successful man is a man who finds out what God
    wants him to accomplish with his life and then
    fulfills it.

  • This is a very profound statement. The true
    measure of a mans success is not his social
    status or bank account, or his influence and
    fame. It is simply in doing what God wants him
    to do.

  • The purpose of this lesson is to give the
    individual a clear understanding of what the will
    of God is, as revealed in the Bible, and to
    motivate him/her to begin living out that will
    (plan) on a daily basis.

  • I. What the will of God is NOT

  • A. The will of God is not physical, but
  • 1. It is never connected with a set of rules, a
    geographical location, or a specific ministry.
  • 2. Although the physical is part of you, He is
    going to take care of you if you take care of the
    spiritual (Matthew 633).

  • Matthew 633
  • But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
    righteousness and all these things shall be
    added unto you.

  • II. There are two aspects to the will of God His
    permissive will and His directive will.

  • A. The permissive will of God

  • 1. It must be clearly understood that God
    occasionally allows things to happen He does not
    necessarily desire in order to accomplish some
    larger purpose.

  • 2. Examples are abundant, both in and out of

  • 3. Occasionally, things happen in a Christians
    life which do not appear to be good at the time
    or under the circumstances.

  • 4. God will allow suffering in the lives of His
    children to perfect them, although He would
    usually prefer that they did not have to suffer.

  • I Peter 317-18
  • For it is better, if the will of God be so,
    that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil
  • For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the
    just for the unjust, that he might bring us to
    God, being put to death in the flesh, but
    quickened by the Spirit

  • I Peter 510
  • But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto
    his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye
    have suffered a while, make you perfect,
    stablish, strengthen, settle you.

  • 5. From lesson one we learned that our Heavenly
    Father will never make a mistake in His dealings
    with His sons.

  • 6. It has often been said, He is too wise to
    make a mistake and too loving to be unkind.

a) Romans 828 says, And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to his purpose.
  • 7. God usually allows men to make their own
    choices in life, both good and bad (though He
    always gives ample direction to help them choose
    the best way).

  • a) Pauls trip to Jerusalem Acts 214-14. God
    warned them three times not to go but then
    allowed him to make the choice to go, even though
    it meant being beaten and imprisoned.

  • Acts 214-14.
  • Act 214  And finding disciples, we tarried there
    seven days who said to Paul through the Spirit,
    that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
  • 5  And when we had accomplished those days, we
    departed and went our way and they all brought
    us on our way, with wives and children, till we
    were out of the city and we kneeled down on the
    shore, and prayed.
  • 6  And when we had taken our leave one of
    another, we took ship and they returned home

  • Act 217  And when we had finished our course
    from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the
    brethren, and abode with them one day.
  • 8 And the next day we that were of Paul's
    company departed, and came unto Caesarea and we
    entered into the house of Philip the evangelist,
    which was one of the seven and abode with him.
  • 9  And the same man had four daughters, virgins,
    which did prophesy.

  • Acts 2110  And as we tarried there many days,
    there came down from Judaea a certain prophet,
    named Agabus.
  • 11  And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's
    girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and
    said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the
    Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this
    girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of
    the Gentiles.
  • 12  And when we heard these things, both we, and
    they of that place, besought him not to go up to

  • Acts 2113  Then Paul answered, What mean ye to
    weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not
    to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem
    for the name of the Lord Jesus.
  • 14  And when he would not be persuaded, we
    ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

  • b) DavidGod is certainly not in favor of
    adultery. But he allowed David to make his own
    choices, the consequences of which were bitter
    and painful.

  • c) Man has a free will. God offers salvation and
    lays down the principles for a godly life but
    if a man exercises the free will God has given
    him and rejects salvation, God permits that mans
    will to be exercised, and the man suffers the
    eternal consequences of his choices.

  • Galatians 67-8
  • 7  Be not deceived God is not mocked for
    whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • 8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the
    flesh reap corruption but he that soweth to the
    Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

  • B. The general or directive will of God.
  • 1. There are certain things God specifically
    desires for every person.

  • II Peter 39God is not willing that any should
    perish. All lost people are out of the will of
    God regardless of what else they may do.
    (Therefore the converse of this is that it is
    Gods will for all men to be saved).

II Peter 39 The Lord is not slack concerning his
promise, as some men count slackness but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to
  • I Thessalonians 518We are to be thankful in
    everything. In everything give thanks for this
    is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning

I Thessalonians 518 In every thing give thanks
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you.
  • I Peter 213-15We are to submit to the
    ordinances (laws) of human government.

1Pe 213  Submit yourselves to every ordinance of
man for the Lord's sake whether it be to the
king, as supreme 14  Or unto governors, as unto
them that are sent by him for the punishment of
evildoers, and for the praise of them that do
well. 15  For so is the will of God, that with
well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of
foolish men
  • Romans 121-2We are not to be conformed to this
    world, but be transformed by the renewing of our

Romans 121-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God.
  • I Thessalonians 43-7God desires our
    sanctification (setting ourselves apart unto
  • 1Th 43  For this is the will of God, even your
    sanctification, that ye should abstain from
  • 4  That every one of you should know how to
    possess his vessel in sanctification and honour
  • 5  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the
    Gentiles which know not God
  • 6  That no man go beyond and defraud his
    brother in any matter because that the Lord
    is the avenger of all such, as we also have
    forewarned you and testified.
  • 7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness,
    but unto holiness.

  • Ephesians 65-8Our service is to be from the
    heart, with pure motives, as if we were serving
    Jesus Christ.
  • Eph 65  Servants, be obedient to them that are
    your masters according to the flesh, with fear
    and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as
    unto Christ
  • 6  Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers but as
    the servants of Christ, doing the will of God
    from the heart
  • 7  With good will doing service, as to the Lord,
    and not to men
  • 8  Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man
    doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord,
    whether he be bond or free.

  • Ephesians 516We are to redeem the time. Quit
    wasting time! Make use of the small amount God
    has given you. Redeeming the time, because the
    days are evil.
  • Eph 516  Redeeming the time, because the days
    are evil.

  • C. Summarizing Gods will for your life
    Ultimately, the will of God is the same for every
    person on earth, to be conformed to the image of
    His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ

  • Romans 828-29.
  • Rom 828  And we know that all things work
    together for good to them that love God, to them
    who are the called according to his purpose.
  • 29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did
    predestinate to be conformed to the image of
    his Son, that he might be the firstborn among
    many brethren.

  • III. How Can I find Gods specific direction my

  • Three things must be functioning in the life of a
    Christian for him to fulfill Gods will and
    receive His direction.

  • A. The Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit which
    indwells every believer must have free course in
    your life to direct you.

  • I Corinthians 29-10
  • 1 Corinthians 29  But as it is written, Eye hath
    not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
    into the heart of man, the things which God hath
    prepared for them that love him.
  • 10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his
    Spirit for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea,
    the deep things of God.

  • B. The Word of God. The Word of God is your
    absolute authority in every detail of your life.
    You must learn to saturate your mind with Gods

  • Philippians 25 says, Let this mind be in you,
    which was also in Christ Jesus

  • C. The local church. The local church is
    organized to equip Christians for ministry.

  • 1. Ephesians 411-12 says, And he gave some,
    apostles and some, prophets and some,
    evangelists and some, pastors and teachers Fore
    the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
    ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

  • 2. Maintaining a right relationship with the
    church (i.e. membership, active participation and
    support, etc.).

  • 3. Exercising spiritual gifts in needed areas of
    service and ministry.

  • IV. How does God give His direction in details of
    my life?

  • A. You must be in conformity to the general will
    of God before He will direct you in the specifics
    of life. Your priority should be to fulfill the
    general will of God in your daily life, and then
    trust Him to guide you in the detailed plan, step
    by step.

  • B. God is infinitely more interested in your
    being the type of person He wants you to be than
    in your doing for Him certain deeds and works.
    Be what He wants you to be, and He will show you
    what to do, as well as enable you to do it.

  • V. Basic Questions

  • A. Why doesnt God reveal all of the details of
    His direction for me now?

  • 1. It would overwhelm you before you got started.

  • 2. You may not be equipped to handle it yet.

  • 3. You may not be the type of person God wants
    you to be yet.

  • 4. God will reveal what you can handle when you
    can handle it, to equip and empower you to do it.

  • 5. This is illustrated by the old question asked
    of children, What do you want to be when you
    grow up? If all the five-year olds in America
    were surveyed on this question, then forced to
    stick with their answer, in 20 years there would
    be nothing but firemen, policemen, and nurses.
    As time goes on and you grow spiritually, your
    interests, talents, and desires will grow and
    change. Be patient and wait on God while
    fulfilling His specific will for your life.
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