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How to Know God's Will

How can we discern direction in life? What are reliable and unreliable sources of knowledge for Christians? How can Christian believers understand what God wants them to do? Using biblical insight, philosophical theology, and experience from over 30 years as a Christian believer, this lesson shares valuable truths about how to Know God's Will. Podcast: http://cardoza.link/PodcastGodsWill

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COMPASS
Finding Discernment and
Direction for Navigating Life
Freddy CardozaDr. Freddy Cardoza
How to Know God’s Will:
Finding Your Way Through Life’s Decisions
When we don’t know
God’s Will, we feel lost
Being Lost Brings Deep Emotions
Thousands of People Were Lost
in America’s Greatest Natural Disaster
How to Know God's Will

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How to Know God's Will

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  • 2. How to Know God’s Will: Finding Your Way Through Life’s Decisions
  • 3. When we don’t know God’s Will, we feel lost
  • 4. Being Lost Brings Deep Emotions
  • 5. Thousands of People Were Lost in America’s Greatest Natural Disaster
  • 25. Being Directionally Lost in Life Brings Danger and Intense Emotions, Which is Why We Need To Know God’s Will
  • 26. God Wants You To Feel The Relief of Finding Your Way to His Will Rescue of Solider Jessica Lynch
  • 27. How Do You Know God’s Will and the Joy of Finding It?
  • 29. TRUTH, REALITY, BEING, KNOWLEDGE, RIGHT AND WRONG, VALUE, BEAUTY, LOGIC, MEANING FROM GOD’S VIEW PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY
  • 30. PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY Content Area 1. Reason, Thought, the Use of Language/Argument & Validity 2. Truth and Reality; What is Real? - Being, Existence, Meaning 3. Beauty and Value 4. Right and Wrong; Good or Evil 5. Theory of Knowledge, “How Do You ‘Know?’” What are Valid Sources of Knowledge/Wisdom? Field 1. Logic 2. Metaphysics - Ontology 3. Aesthetics 4. Ethics 5. Epistemology
  • 31. To Understand “How to Know God’s Will” We Must Understand the Christian View of What God Says Constitutes “Reliable Knowledge” (biblical epistemology) Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge” 1 Tim. 6:20
  • 32. Things Falsely Called Knowledge Ouija
  • 33. Things Falsely Called Knowledge Crystals: Universal Planetary Consciousness
  • 34. Things Falsely Called Knowledge Tarot
  • 35. Things Falsely Called Knowledge Runes
  • 36. Things Falsely Called Knowledge Mediums or Psychics (aka “Psychos”)
  • 37. Things Falsely Called Knowledge Paganism and Witchcraft .
  • 38. Things Falsely Called Knowledge (Extrabiblical) Prophets, Gurus, & Meditation.
  • 39. Things Falsely Called Knowledge (Extrabiblical) Prophecy .
  • 40. Beware of False Prophets: 1 John 4:1-6 .
  • 41. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. ... 1 John 4:1-6 .
  • 43. 1. Properly Interpreted Word of God Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15
  • 44. The Scriptures Cannot Be Broken John 10:35 Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my Word shall never pass away. Mark 13:31
  • 45. 2. Sound Reason and Logic As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue and… reasoned with them from the Scriptures Acts 17:2
  • 46. 3. Discernment of the Conscience And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Isa 30:21
  • 47. 4. Holy Spirit’s Voice and Prayer A still, small voice 1 Kings 19:13
  • 48. 4. Holy Spirit’s Voice and Prayer “And he [God] said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he … went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? ” (I Kings 19:11–13)
  • 49. 5. Sound Counsel of Other People Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
  • 50. 6. Time and Life Experience Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps 90:12
  • 51. 7. Research, the Sciences, and the Observable Universe Ps 19:1; Rom 1:19-21; Acts 17:24-28; Acts 2:14-15 “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God…”
  • 52. 8. Life Consequences The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. c.f., Solomon in Eccl. 12:13
  • 53. These Are True Statements But There Are Three Caveats
  • 54. Caveat 1 1. Each of these sources has “rules” to follow or a person is subject to confusion & delusion Dr. Bart Ehrman Former Bible Believer
  • 55. Caveat 2 2. Sometimes God uses one source, sometimes more (to deepen our relationship by teaching us how to listen to His Voice)
  • 56. Caveat 2 There seems to be a hierarchy of sources regarding confirming God’s Will with God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and Our Spirit often seeming to be most crucial WORD HOLY SPIRIT OUR SPIRIT Mutual Agreement Seems To Be Paramount To Establishing God’s Will
  • 57. 1 Corinthians 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. Job 32:8 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. Proverbs 20:27 For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13
  • 58. Caveat 3 3. As one spiritually matures, God’s Will is often revealed by fewer & more covert ways