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Discovering The Will Of God

1.      What is the “will” of God?  His likes / dislikes - those things that are pleasing to him - Greek: thelema G2307.  Jesus said his food was to do the will of God.

34  Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.  35  "Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.  36  "Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  37  "For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows, and another reaps.'  38  "I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

John 4:34-38

2.      Is the “will” of God always established?  Evidently not, otherwise how could anyone be out of the will of God?  The will of God is His heart - His desire, His longing, His plan.  You could say that His ultimate plan will be established, but the day to day outworking of that plan is a battle.  The will of God was established in the case of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  He was the perfect revelation of someone who accomplished God’s will.

30  "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  31  "If I alone bear witness of Myself, My testimony is not true.  32  "There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the testimony which He bears of Me is true.

John 5:30-32

3.      In light of the attitude of Jesus toward doing the will of God, what should your attitude be?  Our chief goal it would seem is to come to the true knowledge of the will of God and then strive to establish it in our lives.

37  "All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  38  "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  39  "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.  40  "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."

John 6:37-40

4.      What is the first step toward discovering God’s will?

1  I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

5.      What is God’s will for you?  Can you know what is pleasing to him?  How?

15  Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, 16  making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  17  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  18  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20  always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21  and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

Ephesians 5:15-21

6.      What part does the Holy Spirit play in discovering the will of God?  He did not leave us as orphans, but has put his Holy Spirit into us as a guarantee of his promises to us.  We must learn to walk by the spirit in order to establish his will on earth as it is in heaven.

12  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.  13  "And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14  "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.  15  "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  16  "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.  18  "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  19  "After a little while the world will behold Me no more; but you will behold Me; because I live, you shall live also.  20  "In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.  21  "He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him."

John 14:12-21

7.      What further information does Paul give us about doing the will of God?  List the key ingredients we should be aware of as we seek to do the will of God in our lives.

12  So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13  for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  14  Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15  that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16  holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Philippians 2:12-16