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The Real Deal Concerning the Will of God

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A. Realization of God’s will — 4:13-17

— The will of God is not a matter of getting man’s will done in heaven but rather God's will done on earth!

Attitude toward the will of God — 4:13-17

• Disregarded it (planned without seeking God) — 4:13
• Disobeyed it (sought it but refused to do it) — 4:17
• Did it (simply said we will do what God says) — 4:15 Aspects of the will of God -
Preparation - (Paul said “I am ready”)
Persecution - ; (Paul was ready if need be to die for the will of God)
Person - (note: for the name of Jesus Christ)
— Definition: The will of God is a living relationship between Christ and the believer! (Wiersbe)

1. A Description of the Will of God -

a. it is perfect -
b. It is practical
c. it is personal;
d. It is pleasurable - ;
e. It is provable -

2. A Discovery of the Will of God -

a. Meditate - (soak in the Scriptures)

(1) Open your Bible

(2) Observe your Bible
(3) Obey your Bible
b. Dedicate - (surrender yourself)

(1) Say - We will do -

(2) Send - We will go -
(3) Speak - We will hearken -
c. Investigate - (spy out the situation)

(1) All Opportunities (possibilities)

(2) All Options (potentials)
(3) All Obstacles (problems)
d. lnitiate — ; (step of surrender)

(1) Prepared Way — (may know the way)

(2) Perfect Walk — (sanctify yourselves)
(3) Promised Wonders — (tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you)
e. Eliminate - (sin must be settled)

(1) Recognize sin —

(2) Repent of sin —
(3) Remove sin —
3. A Decision for the Will of God — ;
a. Decision to follow Him —

(1) Denial — Deny himself

(2) Death — Take up his cross

(2) Death — Take up his cross

(3) Daily — Do it daily
(4) Direction — Follow me
b. Decision to be faithful to Him —
c. Decision to finish with Him — ;
Five Rules when playing with God (Charles Swindoll)
Selfishly choose your own time and schedule.
Select the location that pleases you.
Limit your stay to please yourself.
Arrange your activities to work for your own benefit and pleasure.
Predict your profit and boast about it.
THE MOST CONTENT PLACE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD IS IN THE CENTER OF THE WILL OF GOD!
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