Small steps in faith

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"God Has A Will For Your Life- Really??"

These are my notes from Apex this morning.
Worship was great. Loved the David Crowder songs but especially loved the words for the Phil Wickham song "Safe"

To the one who's dreams are falling all apart
And all you're left with is a tired and broken heart
I can tell by your eyes you think your on your own
but you're not all alone

Have you heard of the One who can calm the raging seas
Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet
With a love so strong and never let you go
oh you're not alone

You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
'Cause the hands that hold the world are holding your heart
This is the promise He made
He will be with You always
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms

Colossians 1:9-10

True North..what is our true north?
Rob tells us 3 story situations of people who ponder God's will

1 A couple who don't know if it's God's will that they get married
2 A guy in politics who finds God and wonders if it's God's will to go into ministry
3 A man who is accused of a crime who is innocent and faces capital punishment

What does God's will mean and do we know it?
You are filled so much with God's wisdom that it will show in your actions.
God's will..what God desires to do and the means he uses to accomplish these desires

Understanding the will of God is important because:
1. It bends the ear of God ( John 9:31 ; 1John 5:14)

2. Provides extravagant benefits (Ephesians 1:11)

3. It helps us discern God's excellencies

( John 7:17 ; Romasn 2:18)

4. It is the difference between being wise and being a fool (Ephesians 5:17)

5. We need to be spiritually equipped for it (Hebrews 13:21)

6. It is an indicator of true salvation ( John 9:31 ; Ephesians 1:5; 2Timothy 2:26 ;1John 2:17)

Three levels of understanding God's will

1. God's sovereign will
God doesn't consult us..It is just going to be done

2. God's moral will.
Know his word. the Bible.

3. God's specific will
You and me as individuals
Ideal detailed plan for each believer

Does God have a specific will for your life?
Yes..(but you normally will not know it until you look backwards)

God's specific will that we can know is for our lives to think, desire, and act like Jesus.

We often put this after choice of spouse, career,where we live, etc.
Conformity to Christ is your most important life direction ( 1 Thessalonians 4:3)

The 3 stories
1. The couple ...Pastor Rob and his wife Angela. He didn't "get a sign" that Angela was the right one but he knows she is because he is married to her.

2. The politician...William Wilberforce..he stayed in politics and abolished slavery

3. The third man...Jesus.."your will be done"

Christ dying on the cross wasn't Plan B. It was the plan the whole time.


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