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Finding the Will of God

Every believer at some point yearns to please God by doing His will. However, is His Will able to be known? If it is, how is one expected to know it?

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Finding the Will of God

1.0 What is God’s Will?

1.1 Will of Decree

1.2 Will of Precept

James 4:15 “If the Lord wills we shall live and we shall do this or that
1 Corinthians 4:19 Paul – “I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills”
Romans 9:18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

2.0 Finding His Will

2.1 Scriptural
2.1.1 Direct Commands
eg. 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?;

2.1.2 Illustrations

2.1.3 Principles
*Is It _______________?
Romans 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

*Is It ____________ to me?
1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.

*Is It _______________?
1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.

*Is It Consistent with _________ ___________?
1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence

*Is It __________ to Others?
1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

*Is It Consistent with _________ _____________?
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

*Does it _________ God?

*Does it compromise your ___________?

2.2 Subjective
2.2.1 Inner ______________
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

2.2.2 Inner _______________
John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me
Isaiah 30:21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

2.2.3 ________________ Guidance.
Acts 13:2 – While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

2.3 Circumstances
Judges 6 – Gideon
Luke 11:29 As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah.

Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
Hebrews 8:11 “And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, And everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ For all will know Me, From the least to the greatest of them.

Retirement Planning Part 2

This talk is the second part of a 2-part sermon.

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  1. Thoughts

Matthew 9:4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

II Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

  1. The Bible

Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

  1. Life

II Corinthians 8:5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.

Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

 

Retirement Planning Part 1

How best can we invest our current resources so that we would get the most benefit in the future? We look at 7 areas that we can invest in.

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Retirement Planning

I Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

  1. Money

Galatians 6:6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Isaiah 7.10

  1. Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

  1. Effort

Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Haggai 2:4 But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.

  1. Senses

Matthew 6:22,23 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Mark 4:24

This Means War

We are at war and our enemies are not those that are obvious.

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This Means War

Text: Ephesians 6:10–24

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

Ephesians 1:19, 3:20.

Philippians 4:13

 

  1. The Battle is Real. V. 11

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

 

  1. The Enemy is Wickedly Strong (and strongly wicked) v. 12

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

John 12:31 “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

2 Corinthians 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Ephesians 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

Isaiah 14:12–15 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.

Revelation 12:9   And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

 

Rev 12:3; Rev 5:11

Job 1:7   The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”

Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

 

Revelation 2:13

Daniel 10:20

 

  1. The Armor is Spiritual v. 13-20

13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

2Co 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

3.1 Truth

2Co 1:12; 1Ti 1:5, 18; 3:9.

 

3.2 Righteousness

2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;

3.3 Preparation of the gospel

16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

3.4 Faith

1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

1 Peter 5:9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

Rom 10:14

 

17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

3.5 Salvation. Phil 2:13. 1 Cor 9:27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified,

2 Ti 2:22

3.5 Word of GodMt 4:4, 7, 10 Ps 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.

3.6 Prayer

Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 

19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.

22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

Tychicus carried the letters to Ephesians and Colossians.

 

1 John 3:8b The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 4.4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.