Lesson Seven

The Will of God

How Do I Find God's Will for My Life?

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. That is a very profound statement. The true measure of a man's success is not his social status, his bank account, his influence or his fame. it is simply 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, so he can begin to accomplish those things that god would have him accomplish.

What is the Will of God for My Life?

A.     Many people, including Christians, often ask or wonder about such questions in life as what should I do when I grow up, who should I marry, where should I live, etc.
  These are important questions, and as a Christian, it is important to have God's input in the decision making process concerning these matters.
B.     But how can you know what God wants for your life? This is not an unreasonable or foolish question, for as Christians we realize that  we are not our own, but are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God created us for a purpose and that purpose is found in Revelation 4:11. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
C.     There is, however, a difference between what God's will is and what His plan is for your life.
  1.   God's will is the same for every man, but His plan for each individual differs.
  2.   God is infinitely more interested in your being the type of person He wants you to be than in your doing for Him all the "mighty works." Be what He wants you to be, and He will show you what it is He wants you to do.

God's clearly Revealed Will is Found in His Word, the Bible

A.     God's will is no mystery. It is not something we have to wonder about; it is clearly revealed in the Bible, and He wants us to understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:17).
B.     God's will is:
  1.   That all men be saved - God is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). In fact God has commanded "all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30), because God "will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4).
  2.   Not only that all men be saved, but that all men should be Spirit filled. This means we should be yielded and controlled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:17-19).
  3.   That we be thankful in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Closely associated with being filled with the Holy Ghost is thankfulness (Ephesians 5:20).
  4.   That we be sanctified, that is , set apart for holy purposes (1 Thessalonians 4:1-7). We are not to be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2).
      .... When we live holy, sanctified lives, we are separated from evil (2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).
  5.   That we be submissive servants (Ephesians 6:5-8; 2 Corinthians 8:3-5; 1 Peter 2:13-15). First we are to serve God and then man from our hearts with pure motives. The Bible instructs us to be careful to maintain good works for necessary uses that we may be profitable, fruitful and able to put to silence the ignorance of foolish men (Titus 3:8, 14; 1 Peter 2:15).
      .... Remember, "ye serve the Lord Christ," (Colossians 3:24).
  6.   That we be ultimately conformed to the image of His dear Son. the Lord Jesus Christ is the one we are to be like (Romans 8:28-29; John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:13-15).
  7.   That we sometimes suffer (1 Peter 2:15ff; 3:17; 4:19). The following section covers this in detail.

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