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     For the last 2 weeks we’ve been on the subject of knowing God’s will for our lives. As I said before, I can not tell you specifically what it is that God wants you to do, but there are many things from the Word that tells us what God’s will is for you and there are many things that show us how to find out the specific things.

     I. Turn with me to LUKE 12:32.

              A. Jesus said that it is the Father’s will to give you the kingdom. Our Heavenly Father wants to give you the very best. Giving you the kingdom means that He wants you to reign as kings.

                        1. ROM 5:17

                                  a. The Amplified Bible says, “Reign as kings in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

                                           i. As we are truly serving the Lord, we will be blessed.

                                           ii. You are the only 1 that can answer that question, “Whether or not you are TRULY serving the Lord.”

                                  b. Turn with me to PRO 10:22

                                           i. The wordBlessing” can also meanProsperity.” The word “RICH” it meansRich, or Wealthy.” Prosperity that comes from a source other than God is going to have a lot of sorrow with it. The word “sorrowmeanspain, hurt, toil, sorrow, labor, hardship or grievous.”

                                  c. There is only 1 way that we are to reign and prosper and that is by or through the Lord Jesus Christ.

                                           i. Any other prosperity is going to add sorrow, pain, hurt, and hardship, and it is going to be grievous.

                                           ii. But when God blesses, it comes with no sorrow.

              B. In (2 Corinthians 2:14) Paul said, “Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.”

                        1. God wants us to have victory in life, but we don’t always get the victory. Why?

                                  a. 1 reason is that we are not always looking to Jesus for the answer.

                                           i. (Hebrews 12:2) Says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith.” (KJV)

                                           ii. The word “Finisher” in this V meansPerfecter.”

                                  b. The only way that our faith is going to beperfected” is by us looking to Jesus.

                                           i. In other words, the only way that were going to have God given victory is to look to Jesus. (Without taking your eyes off of Him.)

                                           ii. When a person begins to look at the problem again OR begins to look somewhere else for the answer, they limit God, even to the place that where their life ends up in failure.

                        2. We already know about Peter that he started to walk on the water, but got his eyes on the storm, on the problem, and started to sink.

                                  a. Getting your eyes off of Jesus and on the problem can cause failure.

                        3. But also looking to or trusting in another source can also cause failure.

                                  a. Saul is a good example of that.

                                           i. Saul was God’s chosen man, and anointed by God.

                                           ii. But after time he began to look to his power, his ability, and his wealth, instead of looking to God as his source. His life ended in failure.

                        4. MATT 19:16-24

                                  a. This man would rather trust in riches before trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ.

                                           i. Jesus is telling us that trusting in anything else before the Lord can lead to the worse failure, being lost.

                                  b. (Proverbs 3:5) Says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (KJV)

                                           i. The word “Understanding” can also meanWisdom or Knowledge.”

                                           ii. We are to trust in the Lord and not in our own wisdom and knowledge.

                        5. A good example of someone that looked to the Lord all his days, was David.

                                  a. Even though there was a time when he really blew it, when he committed adultery with Bath-sheba and had her husband killed. (2SAM 11 and 12 reap what you sow.) (Nathan)

                                  b. David got his life back on track. He kept his eyes on the Lord. He trusted in the Lord that He would always make the difference.

                                           i. David was very blessed, all the days of his life.

                                  c. God’s will for you is to have the best, but that will only come about when you continue to look to him.

     II. Some have clamed that God brings sickness or disease upon His people to teach them something or even to develop their character. They say that this is part of God’s will.

              A. But (JOHN 10:10) Says, That it is the thief (Satan) who comes to steel, kill and to destroy.

                      1. Sickness is part of Satan’s work.

                                b. That same V says that Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly.

                                c. MATT 10:1

                                          i. It’s God’s will for you to be healed.

                                         ii. If you’re not sick, then it’s his will for you to have divine health. (Free form sickness)

             B. Some have thought that DIVORCE and SIN disqualifies people from Christian service.

                        1. Divorce is not the unpardonable sin.

                                a. MATT 12:31

                                          i. Jesus said that all manner of sin shall be forgiven you.

                                b. But somebody always asks about Blasphemy of the HS. and they wonder if they have committed this unpardonable sin. (The only unpardonable sin.)

                                          i. HEB 6:1-6

                                          ii. Here Paul is saying that it is impossible for this group of people to come back to the Lord. But what group of people are we talking about?

                                                   a. 1st of all it’s those that were once enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift. THAT’S TALKING ABOUT SALVATION.

                                                   b. 2nd it those were also partakers of the Holy Ghost. That is talking about being filled with the HS.

                                                   c. 3rd They have tasted the good word of God.

                                                   d. And 4th they also have tasted of the powers of the world to come. This is the gifts of the spirit.

                                          iii. Let me read Vs 4 and 5 to you from the Phillips translation.

                                                   a. When you find men who have been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift and received the HS, who have known the wholesome nourishment of the Word of God and touched the spiritual resources of the eternal world.”

                                                   b. This is the person that has known God and has said in their heart that they never want to have anything to do with God again.

                        2. Well, Weather it’s divorce or any other sin, we have (1JOHN 1:9) which tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us {our} sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

                                a. If you confess your sins to God and turn away from those things then they’re gone, just if you never sinned.

              C. Some even have the idea that God is indifferent about the hurts of people

                        1. HEB 4:15

                        2. Jesus does feel what we are going through, He knows those hurts that we have.

                                a. (1PET 5:7 AMP) Says, “Casting the whole of your cares- all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all - on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully.”

                                b. God feels all your hurts, and He’s reaching His hand out to help, but you need to trust Him with all your heart, put your faith and trust in Him.

    III. We’ve been talking about some of the wrong ideas about God, but what are some of the RIGHT thoughts and ideas about God.

             A. In looking at some of the wrong ideas, we talked about the Right ideas; Like;

                        1. The Lord Jesus Christ does care about the things that your are going through.

                        2. and That if you do repent from sin God has restored you totally. He chooses not to remember them.

                        3. We also found out that Jesus came to give us that “Abundant life.”

                                a. and that by His strips we are healed.

                        4. We also looked at the patience of God.

                                a. The patience of God leads people to repentance.

                                b. That even goes for us.

                                          i. God is still patient with us who know better. Just so that we would repent God is patient.

             B. Let’s look at another right attitude about God. LUKE 9:56

                        1. Jesus didn’t come to destroy but to save.

                                a. 6 or 7 times in the Word it says that God is slow to anger.

             C. Look at JOHN 3:17

                        1. Some have the idea that God has come to condemn them.

                                a. But God sent Jesus not to condemn, but to save.

                        2. (ROM 8:1) Says, “{There is} therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

                                a. If anyone is condemning you, it’s either you or it’s the accuser of the brethren, which is Satan.

                                b. God will convict someone of sin, and you will fell that conviction so that you will repent. (JOHN 16:8)

              D. Another area of right ideas 3JOHN 2

                        1. God wants you to prosper.

                        2. 2COR 8:9

                                a. Rich” means “full supply.” Not lacking anything.

              E. Look with me to one last scripture. ACTS 10:38

                        1. Jesus went about doing good.”

                        2. (JAMES 1:17) says that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.”

                                a. God comes to you with good, He gives you the best.

                                b. God’s will for you is good.

wolcc Sun AM 2/19/95

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