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     We’re going to continue on the subject of knowing God’s will for your life.

     I. 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.

    II. 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. Last week we 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 knows 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 at 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.

     III. Turn with me to EPH 5:17-21

              A. In these Vs you can see several things which is the will of the Lord.

                        1. Many Christians struggle in life wondering what the will of God is for their lives.

                                  a. God does impart specific direction to His people concerning His plans and purposes for their lives.

                        2. But even in those times when God doesn’t seem to be saying anything specific to them about His plan, believers can know and do the will of God in their everyday lives by being a doer of the Word.

                        3. But notice what (Eph 5:17) Says again, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].” (KJV)

                                  a. 1st of all, he says that we would be unwise if we don’t know what the will of the Lord is.

                                           i. I’m glad that when God tells us that we can be doing something wrong, He also tells us what to do that is right.

              B. He goes on to say in (Ephesians 5:18) “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” (KJV)

                        1. It is God’s will for believers to be filled to overflowing with the Spirit.

                                  a. Sometimes people say, “Oh, I was filled with the spirit years ago.”

                                           i. God wants us to stay filled with the Spirit.

                                  b. D. L. Moody once said, “Living on past experiences is living on stale manna.”

                        2. The phrase “But be filled with the Spirit,” is in the special Greek tense called a “Present Imperative.”

                                  a. Let me give you the definition of a “Present Imperative.”

                                           i. The “Present Imperative.” means a command to do something in the future which involves continuous or repeated action.

                                  b. In other words we are to be continually filled to overflowing with the HS.

                                           i. To back up this same point, Paul was writing to the Christians at Ephesus.

                                           ii. These Christians were already filled with the Spirit.

                                           iii. He wasn’t telling them to receive the baptism of the HS, they already were fill, but he was telling them to remain filled or stay filled.

                        3. In (Romans 12:10-11) Paul said, “[Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; (11) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”

                                  a. The Weymouth translation says, “Having your spirits aglow.”

                                  b. Revised Standard Version says, “Be aglow with the Spirit.”

                                  c. The Moffatt’s translation says, “Maintain the glow.”

                                           i. I like that, “Maintain the glow.”

                                  d. Another good translation of this V is from the Goodspeed translation which says, “Be on fire with the Spirit.”

                                           i. This is God speaking to us and He says, “Be fervent in Spirit, Maintain the glow, and Be on fire with the Spirit.”

              C. If you’re Maintaining The Glow people will know it and see it.

                        1. ACTS 6:1-3

                                  a. In (V 3) it tells us that there were 3 characteristics the disciples were looking for in a person to help them in the ministry.

                                           i. They had to be “Of honest report,” “Full of wisdom,” and “Full of the Holy Ghost.”

                                           ii. The disciples told the people to find men with these characteristics.

                        2. When someone is full of the HS, you can see it.

                                  a. Go back to EPH 5:18-19

                                  b. The 1st characteristic of someone staying full of the Spirit is that they are “Speaking to themselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in their heart to the Lord.” (KJV)

WOLCC Sun Am 2/26/95

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