Preacherís Pulpit     Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Psalms 37:23

SUBJ: Knowing The Will Of God Through The Scripture

Introduction:
Does the Bible teach how a person is to know the Will of God?

Can a person really know the Will of God?

What do we mean by the Will of God according to Scripture?

ďIt is that Holy and Stated purpose of Father God to make His children (born again) as much like Christ as possible.Ē

Without doubt the most important step in finding Godís Will is the Bible itself.

God does not speak in a loud voice nor through visions, but through Scriptures.

(Heb 1:1-2 KJV)  "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, {2} Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"

Notice:

I. The Will of God from Scripture:

A. First, Scriptures declare that God has a definite Will for our lives.

(Psa 32:8 KJV)  "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."

(Psa 37:23 KJV)  "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way."

(Eph 2:10 KJV)  "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained    that we should walk in them."

(Heb 12:1 KJV)  "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"

B. Second, God desires us to know His Will for our lives.

(Eph 5:17 KJV)  "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."

C. Third, Godís will does not start at 30 years of age nor is it different for teenagers, young adults, middle age or senior citizens.

(Isa 58:11 KJV)  "And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."

D. Fourth, Godís Will is specific.

(Isa 30:21 KJV)  "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."

E. Fifth, Godís Will is always profitable.

(Josh 1:8 KJV)  "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

(Psa 1:1-3 KJV)  "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. {2} But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. {3} And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

II. The Four Aspects of Godís Will Which Apply To Every Christian.

A. It is Godís Will that we learn more about Him.

(Col 1:9 KJV)  "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;"

B. It is Godís Will that we grow in GRACE.

(1 Th 4:3 KJV)  "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:"

C. It is Godís Will that we study His Word.

(2 Tim 2:15 KJV)  "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

D. It is Godís Will that we witness to others.

(Acts 1:8 KJV)  "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

(1 Tim 2:4 KJV)  "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."

(2 Pet 3:9 KJV)  "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 repentance."

Conclusion: What is the Will of God for Me?

(Rom 8:29 KJV)  "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."

How much of the image of Christ are you presenting?

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