Understanding the Will of God (Part 5) When Following God’s Will ain’t Easy

Understanding the Will of God (Part 5) When Following God’s Will Ain’t Easy (Philippians 1:29)

Theme: Sometimes God’s Will involves our suffering for His sake

Introduction: We all hate it when our faith gets tested! None of us like to find ourselves in a situation where we actually have to put our faith in God into practice. However, times of suffering are definitely among those times. And no one would suggest that we think on these times as anything to be joyful or excited about. But (perhaps alarmingly) in our text, Paul suggests these are to be viewed as privileged times! …Remember, we are talking about the will of God for our lives; that is, His purpose, plans and desires for your life. Could it be true that sometimes God’s will for my life is that I suffer? Yes. And I will be very honest and transparent with you, it is in those times “When Following God’s Will Ain’t Easy!” Because of this truth, I want to conclude our series “Understanding the Will of God” with a discussion about the “why and how” can suffering be a part of God’s purpose and plan in our lives.
There are five questions we need to ask and answer to help us understand this issue.

Listening Guide Understanding the Will of God Part 5 When Following God’s Will ain’t Easy

May 29, 2022 Service and Sermon When Following God’s Will Ain’t Easy

 

Understanding the Will of God (Part 4) How Does Knowing God’s Will Help Me?  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Theme: God’s Will is always personal, and meant to build us up in our faith

Introduction: Population scientists tell us that there are over 6 billion people upon the face of the earth. This is a number that is almost beyond our comprehension. You may feel that among a number that size, you are a pretty insignificant person. You may feel that the Lord doesn’t have time for someone like you. Maybe you even believe that the Lord is too busy looking after the universe and maintaining this thing to have time to be concerned about you. Yet, the Bible teaches us that God knows everything there is to know about each of the six billion humans upon the face of the earth today. The truth is this verse that we have read today teaches us that He does think about you.

Now of course, (in context) this is a word, which was spoken to the people of Israel concerning their Babylonian captivity and the promise of their safe return to their homeland. However, there is application here for the church and every person under the sun and sound of my voice today. In this passage God makes a statement that ought to encourage every child of God today! Because it reveals God really does have a personal plan for every life! Remember, when we are talking about the will of God, we’re talking about His purpose, plans and desires for your life. So, this passage should lead us to ask one question as it pertains to will of God for my life. “How Does Knowing God’s Will Help Me?” Knowing God’s will for our life will encourage us in our faith and strengthen our walk with God in three ways!

Conclusion: How does knowing God’s will help me? It helps me know, when God thinks about me, He does so with love and great plans He has for my life.

Listening Guide Understanding the Will of God Part 4 How Does Knowing Gods Will Help Me

May 22, 2022 Service and Sermon How Does Knowing God’s Will Help Me?

 

Understanding the Will of God (Part 3)  Do I Have a Choice in God’s Will? (Luke 18:1-8)

Theme: My attitude in toward God’s will is as important as my actions

Introduction: There is a kind of philosophy nowadays which teaches that it is a very healthy exercise to pray, because it teaches us submission. “God doesn’t change His plans for us; we won’t get anything more by asking, but then just ask, it is healthy exercise!” You may be saying, “Now that’s ridiculous!” But I want you to know, that it’s a fair illustration of the way some people would have us look at prayer. So, let me ask you, “Can we actually pray “Thy will be done” and still have a choice in the matter?” Of course, I can both positively and negatively. I can help God’s will be done or I can refuse to do God’s will. But are those the only choices I have?

You’ll recall when we are talking about the will of God, we’re talking about His purpose, plans and desires for your life. Well, the Bible teaches prayer changes things and that is true even as it relates to the will of God for my life… We certainly want God’s will for our lives so to get it…

Conclusion: When it comes to God’s will, I always have a choice and a part in the matter?

Listening Guide Understanding the Will of God Part 3 Do I Have a Choice in Gods Will

May 15, 2022 Service and Sermon Do I Have a Choice in God’s Will?

 

Understanding the Will of God (Part 2)  Why Should I Seek the Will of God?  (Eph. 1:3-5)

Theme: Knowing and doing God’s will makes me one with Him

Introduction: What would happen in each of our lives if we, rather than concentrating on the trials of life, we would fix our attention upon God’s blessings. As the Psalmist says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits” (Psalm 68:19). The Apostle Paul in our text says, God our Father is to be praised because He has blessed us with all (or every) spiritual blessing!

We are talking about knowing and doing God’s will for our lives. We know God has a will for our lives And He wants us to know it and walk in it. But why should I seek the Lord’s will for my life daily? Paul says, because it’s so much a part of God’s blessing on us! Webster defines “Blessed” as, “Of or enjoying happiness. Specifically enjoying the bliss of Heaven.” It carries the idea of that which “brings pleasure, contentment, or good fortune.” Simply stated, it is that state of being that we all want to enjoy. However, the word “blessed” Paul uses here when he says God (“…Who has blessed us…”), is the same word used 400 times in the Old Testament to show God bestows benefits to His children (whom we are who are in Christ). And it is by God’s will that He wants to (desires to) have us know and enjoy and walk in those blessings. So, I want to give us three reasons why We should daily seek out God’s will for our lives.

Conclusion: The main reason I should daily seek God’s will for my life is because when I do, I become one with God. This leads to enjoying all of His blessings, a more confident Christian life, and an assurance I am honoring and glorifying God in my daily life and helping others to do the same.

Listening Guide Understanding the Will of God Part 2 Why Should I Seek God’s Will?

May 1, 2022 Service and Sermon Why Should I Seek God’s Will?

 

Introduction: Is everything that happens on earth God’s will? Not according to Jesus. When He was teaching the disciples how to pray, He taught them to pray, “[That] the Father’s will, would be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This statement alone assumes that God’s will is not always done on earth. Let me be clear, Gods will is always done in heaven. But it is not always done on earth! So, Jesus tells us we should pray for God’s will to be done on earth just like it is done in heaven. But more than that, did you know God has a purpose, a plan and desire (a will) for each of us. Just let that sink in for moment: The God of heaven, the creator of the earth and the universe, has a purpose, plan and desire or will for your life. Most people think God is too busy with worldwide events and affairs to be concerned with little ol me. But when we are talking about the will of God, we’re talking about His purpose, plans and desires for your life. Jesus stressing that we should pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, shows us three things about the will of God.

Conclusion: As we grow in our understanding of God’s overwhelming goodness we will naturally give him our hearts and desire to know and follow His will for our lives.  May we each be stirred by His unconditional love of us to do just that.

Listening Guide Understanding the Will of God Part 1 What is God’s Will?

April 24, 2022 Service and Sermon What is “God’s Will?

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