We’re continuing on the subject of “Knowing the will of God for our lives.” 1 main point that I want to quickly go over again is “Don’t force the will of God.” If you’re doing all that you should be doing, living right, seeking God’s face, worshipping Him and praying in the spirit, it’s God’s responsible to tell you, but in His timing.
I. Last week we ended with “Walking in the Light of God’s Word.”
A. We looked at 2 areas; 1 Walking in love, the 2nd area that we touched on was having a thankful heart.
1. (Ephesians 5:20) “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (KJV)
2. But I want to go in to some new material along these lines. Look at 1 THESS 5:18
a. Here we have 2 different Vs that tell us that the will of God is to “Give thanks in all things.”
i. Not for the bad things, but we can give thanks to God even while we’re going through different test and trials.
ii. Not grumbling, complaining or murmuring.
b. If your murmuring and complaining you’re headed for defeat, you’re not in faith.
i. You’re on the negative side.
c. But if you give thanks; not only for the things that God has done in the past, but also for the things that He is doing and for the things that he will do; then you’re in faith and can move ahead with God.
3. JAMES 1:2
a. You need to count it all joy when you are going through different test and trials.
i. Start rejoicing with an attitude of thanksgiving to God.
ii. That’s when you are in faith and that is when the situation is going to change.
b. If you want to follow the will of God and be in the will of God, count it all joy.
B. Back in (Ephesians 5:21-22) It says, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (22) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” (KJV)
1. Another mark of someone fulfilling the Will of God and living a Spirit filled life is walking in humility.
a. In (21) Paul says that the believer should submit to one another, and in (V 22) he says that the wives should submit to their own husbands.
b. Some people take these 2 Vs and try to make them say something that it really isn’t saying.
i. That doesn’t mean that you are to be the boss over someone else; and it doesn’t mean that the husband is to be the boss over the wife.
c. In the Greek the words “Submit yourselves” means “To yield to one's admonition or advice.”
i. It’s a voluntary attitude of giving in, or cooperating.
2. If someone gives you a word, whether they think that it’s from God or not, It’s your responsibility to pray about it and if you feel that it’s not what God wants you to do, don’t do it. (Don’t submit to it.)
a. When it says in (V 22) “Wives submit to your husbands.”
i. The word “Submit” means the exact same thing.
ii. If the husband tells you or asks you to do something that you feel in your spirit is wrong, don’t do it.
iii. It’s the same thing if the husband tells you to do something that is not in line with the Word of God.
b. Ladies, the Word of God comes before the word of your husband.
3. Now don’t go off the deep end on the other side.
a. “I’m not going to listen to anyone or do what anyone one says, I know it all.”
b. God wants us to remain teachable, we’re to give in if it’s right.
i. We are all to walk in love one to another.
ii. (1 Corinthians 13:5) From the (RSV) says, “Love does not insist on its own way.”
c. God wants us to obey His Word 1st and foremost.
i. He says in (Isaiah 1:19) “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” (KJV)
ii. Willing and obedient to God, then you will eat the good of the land.
II. Turn with me to Matt 26:36-42
A. Here we see Jesus in His prayer life praying the prayer of dedication.
1. He was dedicating Himself to do the will of the Father.
a. In (V 39) Jesus said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.”
i. Jesus knew that the cross was set before Him, that He had to go to the cross to pay for our sins.
ii. I’m convinced that Jesus didn’t want to go to the cross, at least in His flesh. Why else would He say, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me?”
b. But Jesus went on to say in (V 42) “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” (KJV)
i. Not my will but your will.
2. God is looking for believers that will dedicate themselves totally to fulfill God’s plan for their lives. (Just as Jesus did.)
a. Not my will, but your will be done.
3. 2 Chronicles 16:9
a. “(Whose heart [is] perfect toward him.)” (KJV) The NIV says, “Whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
4. We should pray this prayer of Commitment and dedication often.
a. “Father I surrender all to you, all that I have is yours’, all that I am is yours, and Your will be done, not mine.”
B. Sometimes we lack that dedication to Him, We say, “Father your will be done, if it’s not to hard, or doesn’t interfere with my plans.”
1. Be willing to do anything for God. Anything He tells you or reveals to you.
a. Sometimes we think that this can’t be God. God can’t be leading me in this direction.
b. In (Isaiah 55:9) God says, “For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (KJV)
2. The natural mind can not figure out God.
a. (1 Corinthians 2:14) Says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.” (KJV)
i. The only way that you’re going to find out God’s will for your life is to find our from Him. (Presence)
ii. And be willing to do whatever it is that He tells you.
III. 1 of the most important things that we need will ever need in finding God’s direction for our lives is to be led by the Spirit.
A. (John 7:38) Says, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (KJV)
1. 1 translation says, “From within him shall flow rivers of living water.” (ASV)
a. Another translation says, “Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” (RSV)
b. (JOHN 16:13) Says that the HS will guide you into all truth.
i. Quite often the Bible uses the word “Perceive” to describe the leading of the HS. That inward witness.
2. God will show you His plan for your life by His Spirit.
a. You will hear His voice in your spirit and you’ll have that inward witness to his will.
B. Other than the Word of God, 1 of the greatest ways that God has given to us to find out His will for us is to pray in tongues.
1. (1 Corinthians 14:14) Says, “For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (KJV)
a. When you’re praying in an unknown tongue it’s your spirit praying.
i. Your spirit is in direct communication with God.
b. This is so important in us getting God’s direction, As your spirit communicates to God it receives God’s direction.
i. Then as we listen to the voice of the spirit (sometimes that still small voice) we learn God’s will for our lives.
2. Turn with me to 1COR 14:2
a. As you seek the Lord for guidance and direction, the HS will help you pray out the mysteries of God’s plan for your life as you pray in other tongues.
b. You can even be praying for the doors to be open and other door to be shut, and for His will to be done in your life.
IV. There are some things that can hinder you from knowing God plan for your life of being able to walk in it.
A. MARK 11:24-26
1. Unforgiveness is going to hinder your prayer life.
a. It’s going to put an obstacle right in front of you that is going to hinder you from receiving God’s direction, and in praying in His perfect will.
B. In (1PET 3:7) Paul uses the phrase “That your prayers be not hindered.”
1. That is in reference to that the husbands need to treat their wives as “Heirs together of the Grace of life.” Joint and equal heirs of the kingdom of God.
a. This same thing goes for everyone.
i. It’s a matter of walking in love.
2. Another area of hindrance is having things in our lives that weigh us down.
a. (Hebrews 12:1) Says, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us].” (KJV)
i. Sin is going to hinder us from hearing from God and from us walking in what God wants us to do.
C. Turn with me to 1 last V. ROM 11:29
1. The calling that God has on you will not go away.
a. He has called us all to do certain things for the Gospels sake.
i. Maybe you walking in it right now and don’t know it.
ii. Maybe there is something else that God wants you to do.
b. But I’ll add this, If God calls you to do something, He will also equip you.
i. I’m not talking about natural ability. I’m talking about His ability.
ii. Sometimes we have to learn how to flow in the spirit or how to flow in that anointing.
iii. If He has called you, His ability is there to get the job done.
WOLCC Sun AM 3/19/95