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What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
What Jesus said about God's Will
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What Jesus said about God's Will

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What Jesus said about God's Will Adapted from the series, “Jesus Said” by Michael Wiley …

What Jesus said about God's Will Adapted from the series, “Jesus Said” by Michael Wiley http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/what-jesus-said-about-gods-will-michael-wiley-sermon-on-gods-sovereign-will-131975.asp

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  • 1. John 6:35 NET Jesus said to them, "I amthe bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one whobelieves in me will never be thirsty. 36 But Itold you that you have seen me and still do not believe. 37 Everyone whom the Fathergives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away.
  • 2. 38 For I have come down from heaven notto do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. 39 Now this is the will of the one who sent me — that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up at the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father — for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
  • 3. The story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, "This is good!" One day the king and his friendwere out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king.
  • 4. The friend had apparently done somethingwrong in preparing one of the guns, for aftertaking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual, "This is good!" To which the king replied, "No, this is not good!" and proceeded tosend his friend to jail. About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of.
  • 5. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound himto the stake. As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, theynever ate anyone who was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way. As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend.
  • 6. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend. "You were right," he said, "it was good that my thumb was blown off." And he proceeded to tell the friend all thathad just happened. "And so, I am very sorryfor sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this." "No," his friend replied, "This is good!"
  • 7. "What do you mean, ‘This is good‘? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jailfor a year?" "If I had not been in jail, I would have been with you." (Sermon central)When we speak of finding God‘s will in our lives, we are looking for the good, right?
  • 8. When we give our life completely over to God, He says, Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by therenewing of your mind, so that you may testand approve what is the will of God — what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NET
  • 9. The point I want to get to is in the midst of a very serious teaching of Christ. I say it‘sserious because Jesus lost a few disciples from this. After this many of his disciples quit following him and did not accompany him any longer. John 6:66 NET So I don‘twant to miss the context of what Jesus said.
  • 10. Jesus was calling the people to believe in Him. John 6:30 NET So they said to him, "Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it iswritten, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. " (Ps 78:24)
  • 11. 32 Then Jesus told them, "I tell you the solemn truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but my Fatheris giving you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34 So they said to him, "Sir, give us this bread all the time!―35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and theone who believes in me will never be thirsty.
  • 12. A little diversion before we get to where weare going: Some people have the tendency to follow the clamor and hype, but whenthings get serious, they bail. Or, as long as the preacher says all the right things, and ―all the right things‖ are the things I agree with, then I‘ll be there every Sunday. But when I disagree, I‘m gone! We might call folks like that ―church hoppers.‖
  • 13. Now, if a church and or preacher are notteaching the truth, that‘s one thing. But here is what I want you to do—I implore you to do, when you listen to me or any otherpreacher, be of noble character, more open-minded, more willing to learn, check us out. How? Acts 17:10 NET The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea at once, during the night. When they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
  • 14. 11 These Jews were more open-mindedthan those in Thessalonica, for they eagerly received the message, examining thescriptures carefully every day to see if these things were so. Don‘t take my word for it, Check me out.EXAMINE THE SCRIPTURES! I do my best to teach what the Bible says. When the meaning isn‘t crystal clear I will generally give a disclaimer like, ―It seems to me,‖ ―AsI understand it,‖ or ―Here‘s what I find in my study of these verses.‖
  • 15. You can always find a link to my lessons at so you can revue & study their content more closely. After all of that, IF you think I‘m wrong, it is your duty to the body of Christ to talk with me so we can discuss & study the Scriptures together so we both will better understand.Jesus was teaching an unpopular message, and many disciples left Him.
  • 16. Before we talk about what Jesus said aboutGod‘s will in this text, lets spend a moment on God‘s will in general. The term, ―God‘s Will‖, is often used todescribe different things. We must examine the surrounding context to help us determine the author‘s original message. So when speaking of ―God‘s will‖ we may be speaking of one of three ―types‖
  • 17. Sometimes we‘re speaking of the Sovereign Will of God - God‘s predetermined, often secret, plan for everything that happens in the universe.To see how Gods sovereign will affects our decisions, there are at least four things we need to understand about it.
  • 18. It will be fulfilled. It will not be frustrated by men, angels, or anything else (Daniel 4:35).To Pauls challenging question: Who resists His will? (Romans 9:19), we are humbly compelled to agree, No one! (Romans 9:6-29).
  • 19. It is the ultimate determiner of all things(Ephesians 1:11), including which of our plans finds fulfillment (James 4:13-15).
  • 20. Man can only learn what it is after it happens (Deuteronomy 29:29). The only exceptions to this are statements of prophecy in which events are foretold (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and explanations ofthe destinies of the saved (John 3:16) and the lost (John 3:36).
  • 21. It is perfect in the sense that it will ultimately lead to Gods greatest glory. There never was another plan. (Ephesians 1:4) Though sin is contrary to Gods moral will, its presence is permitted in Gods plan partly because His conquest of it reveals His grace and power.
  • 22. God will be glorified for His holiness, for Hisdefeat of Satan, for His righteous judgment, and for His grace to redeemed sinners.(Revelation 5, see also John 12:32-33; Romans 5:20, 8:28-30; 11:15, 30-33) ―Used by permission, Garry Friesen.‖
  • 23. God‘s Sovereign will includes both good and evil It will ultimately lead to God‘s glory- it is perfect Some things are directly attributable toGod‘s Sovereign will like the creation of the universe (something wonderful) or like Judas betraying Jesus (something that seemed horrible but carried out his wonderful plan).
  • 24. The commands and prohibitions revealed in the Bible. God supernaturally revealed his moral will to the writers of the Scriptures. The Biblecontains principles and commands that we are all expected to discover, understand, and follow. God‘s moral will is not optional. But unlike His Sovereign will we can rebel against it.
  • 25. God‘s plan for each individual.God‘s individual will includes things like what college I should attend, what job Ishould take, who I should marry, where I should live etc.
  • 26. In the opening pages of his autobiography,―An American Life,‖ Ronald Reagan writes, I was raised to believe that God had a plan for everyone and that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan. My mother - a small woman with auburn hair and a sense of optimism that ran as deep as the cosmos - told me that everything in life happened for a purpose.
  • 27. She said all things were part of God‘s plan,even the most disheartening setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best. If something went wrong, she said,you didn‘t let it get you down: You stepped away from it, stepped over it, and moved on. Later on, she added, something goodwill happen and you‘ll find yourself thinking – ‗If I hadn‘t had that problem back then, then this better thing that did happen wouldn‘t have happened to me.‘
  • 28. After I lost the job at Montgomery Ward, Ileft home again in search of work. Although I didn‘t know it then, I was beginning ajourney that would take me a long way from Dixon and fulfill all my dreams and then some. My mother, as usual, was right. (An American Life by Ronald Reagan)
  • 29. In our text, Jesus is talking about God‘s Sovereign will John 6:35 NET Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me willnever go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But I told you thatyou have seen me and still do not believe. 37Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away. 38 For I have come downfrom heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
  • 30. Remember Jesus‘ model prayer: Matthew 6:9 NET So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name behonored, 10 may your kingdom come, mayyour will be done on earth as it is in heaven.This was Jesus‘ prayer too. He pointed outmore than once in Scripture that He was not here to do His will but, His father‘s will.
  • 31. 39 Now this is the will of the one who sent me — that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise themall up at the last day. 40 For this is the will ofmy Father — for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.‖ All of life, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 show‘s us that God loves us in spite of us. He lost His people in the garden and He wants His people back!
  • 32. Matthew 18:12 NET What do you think? Ifsomeone owns a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.
  • 33. Part of God‘s sovereign will is that mankind would have ―free will.‖ Using our free will,we rebelled against God. Man was createdto have fellowship with God; but, becauseof his stubborn self-will, he chose to go hisown independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
  • 34. People often accuse God of SENDING people to hell but that is as far from thetruth as you can get. God didn‘t even make hell for humans, He made it for Satan! Matthew 25:41 NET "Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, youaccursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!
  • 35. But if you decide to follow Satan‘s path,you‘ll follow him all the way to hell. God has given people a choice. He has thrown the doors of heaven wide open and shouted COME ALL. All who answer the call are welcome. But if you do not want to enter God will not force you. So, if you refuse to spend eternity with God by your own choice, it is you, not God who has determined your eternal future. So won‘tyou answer God‘s call and spend eternity in heaven.
  • 36. Through Moses, God gave the Israelites bread from heaven. Jesus said: I am theliving bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." John 6:51 NET
  • 37. Simon, the very one Jesus renamed Peter, taught by Jesus in the flesh, reminds us God‘s will is not for any to perish. He doesn‘t want to lose anyone, but it‘s their choice to return to Him. 2 Peter 3:9 NET The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regardslowness, but is being patient toward you,because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
  • 38. The Apostle Paul who wrote much of the New Testament instructs his protégé, Timothy, what is God‘s will at its core & through whom His will is carried out. 1 Timothy 2:1 NET First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, 2 even for kings and all who are in authority,that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
  • 39. 3 Such prayer for all is good and welcomedbefore God our Savior, 4 since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one intermediary between Godand humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing Gods purpose at his appointed time.
  • 40. Jesus said God The Fathers will, will be accomplished through Him, God The Son. John 6:40 NET For this is the will of my Father — for everyone who looks on theSon and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." Paul elaborates on Gods will to give us confidence & security. He shows us the collaboration of the trinity, Father, Son & Spirit, in fulfilling His will.
  • 41. Romans 8:24 NET For in hope we weresaved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, weeagerly wait for it with endurance. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
  • 42. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spiritintercedes on behalf of the saints accordingto Gods will. 28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 29 because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
  • 43. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he alsoglorified. 31 What then shall we say aboutthese things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 Indeed, he who did notspare his own Son, but gave him up for usall — how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things?
  • 44. 1. The Principle of OBEDIENCE: WhereGod commands, we must obey.2. The Principle of FREEDOM: Where there is no command, God gives us freedom (and responsibility) to choose.
  • 45. 3. The Principle of WISDOM: Where there is no command, God gives us wisdom to choose.4. The Principle of HUMBLE TRUST: When we have chosen what is moraland wise, we must trust the sovereignGod to work all the details together forgood. ―Used by permission, Garry Friesen.‖Are we making EVERY decision with God‘s will in mind?

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