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Our Journey Online - March 5, 2012

  • 2012 Mar 05
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Let’s Think about God’s Will

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. —Colossians 1:9-10

I’m sad to say that I believe much of our understanding about the will of God is wrong. This has been true in my life, too.  I now realize that what I was taught growing up about what is God’s will and how to discover it—the Bible doesn’t teach that. It takes time and attention to Scripture to unlearn what we learned.

Throughout this month I want to give you four reasons why we need a study of God’s will. And the first reason bears repeating; there’s a lot of misunderstanding in the body of Christ about God’s will. So what exactly is it? And how does a person discover it?

To begin, we’re going to take a test. I’ve got seven statements for you. Maybe you’ll get them right. Or maybe this will illustrate my point. Mark each true or false:

1.      God has a specific plan for my life which I am to discern (figure out) and follow. T or F?

2.      God’s will can be divided into two categories, God’s perfect will and God’s permissive will. T or F?

3.      Little hunches or promptings I feel are God’s way of revealing His will to me. T or F?

4.      A key factor in making Godly decisions is if I have peace about it. T or F?

5.      It is wrong to use a fleece (a little test) in determining God’s will. T or F?

6.      When faced with two good alternatives, I must be careful not to make the wrong choice. T or F?

7.      Some people are called to be in vocational ministry. Most people are not called. T or F?

The first point I’m making is there’s so much misunderstanding on the subject. The answer to all of those statements is false.

Now you may say, “No, I don’t think so. I think some of them are true.” Well, that’s all right. You can search the Scriptures for yourself and confirm or correct your suspicions. I think as a result of this month’s devotions, you’ll at least understand biblically why I believe the answer to all of those questions is false. At least you realize why we need to study what God says about His will! – James MacDonald

Journal

·         Which of the false statements above was most surprising to me? How did I come to think it was true?

·         What do I usually do when I find something in God’s Word that contradicts the way I’ve been taught?

Prayer - Father, I acknowledge that Your Word remains true even when those who seek to teach it sometimes get it wrong. Help me to understand better from Your Word what You want me to know about Your will and then energize me to live by it! Thank You for the challenge to pray each day as Your Son did, “Not my will but Yours be done.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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