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How can I know the will of God?

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Intro

Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do with your life? Or in a particular moment?
How many people here are sure about what God wants you to do with your life?
Some things you’ve wondered about:
What should I study?
Who should I become?
What does God want me to do with my life?
The will of God: The intent and purpose of God, as revealed in Scripture
The intent and purpose of God, as revealed in Scripture
Does God reveal in the Bible what He wants us to do with our lives?
TONIGHT, you will walk away knowing what God wants you to do with your life. We are going to look at the whole Bible and look at every area where God says, “This is my will.” And by doing this you’ll know what God wants you to do.
And I’m not just talking “telling people about Jesus.” But seriously, you’ll find the answer to what God wants you to do with the years you have here on Earth.

#1 It is God’s will that you be saved

1 Timothy 2:3–4 ESV
3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9 ESV
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
What do you think God means when He says that he desires all to be saved?
What does God’s will for all to be saved mean for you?

#2 God desires you to be Spirit-filled

Ephesians 5:17–18 ESV
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph5:
What do you think this passage is saying?
It is God’s will for you to be “In control” … one of the fruits of the Spirit.
Psalm 37:3 ESV
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
God wants you to live a life that reflects Jesus’ life.
Galatians 5:22 ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
God isn’t condemning alcohol, but He is condemning drunkedness aka (losing your control)
To be “Sprit-FIlled” means to be like Jesus at all times.
Galatians 5:22–23 ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Why do you think God wants you to always reflect Christ?

#3 God wants you to be pure

1 Thessalonians 4:3–7 ESV
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
How many of us have this one down?
Why do you think this one is so hard to do?
God has called us to be pure all the time. He wants us to be Holy.

#4 God wants you to submit to authority

1 Peter 2:13–15 ESV
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
1pet2:3-4
What do you think this passage means?
God wants us to submit to those He’s placed over us. Even if we disagree.
Romans 13:1 ESV
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

#5 God wants us to suffer

Philippians 1:29 ESV
29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
2 Timothy 3:12 ESV
12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
What do you think God means in these passages?
How many of you have suffered for Jesus? How?
If you haven’t suffered for Jesus, what do you think that says about you?

#6 God wants you to do whatever you want

Psalm 37:4 ESV
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
What do you think God means in this passage?
God wants you to chase after the desires of your heart, because they aren’t really yours, but His.
“When you chase after God with all you’ve got and do all He wants, God will place His desires in your heart.”
HOWEVER, You can only do what you want after you’ve done the first 5. Only when you are saved, Spirit-filled, pure, submissive, and suffering, can you know what God wants you to do with your life.
How many of you feel like you can chase after your desires now and know without a shadow of a doubt that it is God’s will for your life?
Out of all six points, which is the biggest struggle for you? And why?
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