by: Grace Ogbomo
- Share a story of a time you obeyed your parent’s and did their will and was rewarded, and/or a story of a time when you went against your parent’s will and was punished for it?
- Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for a specific area of your life? How did you resolve that question?
Introduction: We are created in the image and likeness of God to be His representatives here on earth. God created us for His purpose, and He has plans for our lives. We are also given freedom by God to love Him and to accept His will, plan and purposes for our lives. Freedom is an amazing gift of God to humanity, but Satan exploited that freedom the Garden of Eden and deceived humans to question God and choose different paths than what God desired and desires for us. The search to know God’s will may appear complex in many situations, it is refreshing and reassuring to know that God has His will written in plain sight for us to read, meditate on and to obey. The means to know God’s will is within reach, and not an elusive mystery to be solved.
Two aspect of God’s will —(Sovereign will and Revealed will).
- God’s Sovereign will – Also knowns as secret, hidden or decretive, absolute, or determinative will. This refer to the fact that God is sovereign and rules over all. Nothing happens outside of His perfect will. It is “hidden” or “secret” because it is not for us to know. People are susceptible to deception when they take desperate measures to search out what God has chosen to conceal.
For example, Jesus said:
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Mark 13:32)
Note: Over the years many have predicted dates of the second coming of Christ through numerology, astronomy, and other means, and they proved to have been deceived.
Discussion Question: Why do you think people are pulled to seek mysteries and secret things?
The second aspect of God’s will by contrast to God’s Sovereign is…
- God’s revealed will (also referred to as His prescriptive will)- this refers to what he has made known already, or prescribed to us in scripture.
29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
The revealed things are not secret, because they are written in black and white. Every truth we need to live our lives by, is already revealed will is God’s Word. We are to diligently study and seek to understand God’s revealed will.
- What are examples of revealed things?
- Why don’t people always obey what God’s word says?
- How can the revealed will of God help us fulfill God’s plan for our lives?
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
We are to surrender our lives completely to God’s will. God’s will is God’s Word.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
How to know God’s Will
One way to know God’s will when faced with diverse situations is to:
1. Meditate on God’s Word
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
The Word of God is the guide on how we live our lives, and the decisions we make.
In Psalm 119:9-16
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. 14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:9-16)
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. (Psalm 1:1-3)
- Study God's word daily: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2:15
To know God’s word is to know God’s will.
- Serve: "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." - Joshua 24:15b.
We are created to serve God’s purpose. Join us this Sunday for SHAPE Class.
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- Summit to God's word: Conduct yourself in humility and wisdom. "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. - James 3:13
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- Praise Report from this new series or anything else
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:10).