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The Final Principle

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Introduction: God’s will is that you be saved, Spirit-filled, sexually pure, able to control your body, treat each other fairly, silence ignorance, boldly proclaim truth, and suffer for what is better. These things are God’s will for your life. You might be thinking, “Wait a minute! These things are so obvious! I thought you were going to help me figure out what job to pursue, who to marry, and where to live!” We’re going there today. I do, however, want to point out that these things are a prerequisite to figuring out these questions. Only when we have committed to live a life according to the truth we have been given can God bless us by directing our lives on a daily basis. Again, if you have not been saved, you haven’t even taken the first step towards God’s will for you. If you aren’t filled with the Word of God, you cannot expect that truth to help you make decisions. If you aren’t sexually pure, you aren’t even following God’s will for your body, how can God direct what you should do with your life? If you can’t control your body, how can your light shine before men and glorify God? If you don’t treat others fairly, how can the foolish critics believe you when you share the gospel? If you aren’t choosing to suffer for what is better you must then be characterized with the philosophy of the world and so the world leaves you alone.
Finding God’s Will For My Life

The Final Principle

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If you are faithfully doing all of the things we have already studied, the final principle of God’s will for your life is this.
Psalm 37:4 NKJV
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
The last principle is: If you are seeking to delight in God and in the things of God, God will place in your heart the right desires.
Example: Journey to Brookside
If you are being faithful to fulfill what God has revealed in His Word as His will for you, then in order to determine His will for you life ask yourself this question: What do I want to do with my life?
Wait a minute, I want to know God’s will for my life! Not my will for my life! But wait! Where do desires come from? Desires come from an attempt to please whatever god you worship. If you worship yourself, you will seek to please yourself. If you worship money, you will do what it takes to earn money. If you worship fame, you will do what you must in order to become famous. If you worship at the altar of video games, you will organize your schedule so you can play video games. If you worship God, you will first do what He commands (which is what we have studied). Second, because He is a living God, He will place the right desires in your heart.
Example: Journey to Brookside
How

Be Moving

Once you have the right desires, go for it! God is not going to use a couch potato.
Example: Missionary on food stamps
God likes to use people who are already moving.
Acts 9:32–35 NKJV
Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Genesis 24:27 NKJV
And he said, “Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”
After Paul had strengthened and encouraged the church in Galatia, he desired to go to Asia Minor.
Acts 16:6 NKJV
Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
Acts 16:6–9 NKJV
Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
Acts 16:6–7 NKJV
Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.
God wanted Paul and Silas in Macedonia the whole time. Paul was able to figure that out because he had a desire to do the will of God and kept at it until a door was open. God used him because he was in motion. Now the gospel would come to a brand new continent - Europe.
Acts 16:10 NKJV
Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
God will reveal His will for your life only when you are working towards what He has already called you to do in His Word. Primarily, God’s will for your life is not a place to live, or a person to marry, or a job to work. Primarily, His will for your life concerns who you are as a person. If you are the right kind of person you can then do what God has placed in your heart to do and you will be fulfilling His will for your life.

The Previous Principles Principle

Who should I marry?

Who should I marry?
Principle #1: Saved
Principle #2: Word-filled
Principle #3: Sexually pure
Principle #4: Able to control his body
Principle #5: Treat others fairly
Principle #6: Silence ignorance
Principle #7: Boldly proclaim truth
Principle #8: Suffer for what is better

What career should I pursue?

Principle #1: Saved
Principle #2: Word-filled
Principle #3: Sexually pure
Principle #4: Able to control his body
Principle #5: Treat others fairly
Principle #6: Silence ignorance
Principle #7: Boldly proclaim truth
Principle #8: Suffer for what is better

Where should I live?

Principle #1: Saved
Principle #2: Word-filled
Principle #3: Sexually pure
Principle #4: Able to control his body
Principle #5: Treat others fairly
Principle #6: Silence ignorance
Principle #7: Boldly proclaim truth
Principle #8: Suffer for what is better
Conclusion: In order to find the answer to the question “What is God’s Will For My Life?” we must first be the kind of person God would have us to be. By being the right kind of person, God gives us the right desires. Once we identify those God-given desires we can then whole-heartedly pursue them and trust that God will open the appropriate door.
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