God has given us everything we need to
perform His will
May the Lord…equip you
with everything good for
doing His will.
But what can you do
if you still haven’t
will for your life?
• What happened to the dreams that you laid on my heart all
those years ago and why have they stalled or apparently
• How come my circumstances dictate differently to what I
know you‟ve put on my heart to do?
• Why do I still not know the direction you want me to go?
Questions in the wilderness
1 John 4:1
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.
Thoroughly test your calling – get
Qualifications How well qualified was Paul?
He received excellent legal and theological
“…I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly
trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as
zealous for God as any of you are today…”
What was Paul’s prior
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put
confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the
eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of
Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a
Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for
righteousness based on the law, faultless.
He had excellent pedigree and had a proven track
record for being zealous!
How suited was Paul’s
ability to his role?
He was a man of many talents! – Including being
observant and creative
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your
objects of worship, I even found an altar with this
inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.
How did Paul’s personality
fit his role?
Paul was assertive – He did not ‘pull his punches’
when he knew he was right!
When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his
face, because he was clearly in the wrong.
How did Paul cope with
Paul was adaptable – he didn’t allow circumstances
to take his eyes off the Lord
I have learned the secret of being content in any and
every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether
living in plenty or in want.
How much your
How did Paul’s passion
match his role?
Paul was completely sold out to Christ!
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the
surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for
whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them
rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
How did the prophetic guide
… a prophet named Agabus came down from
Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul‟s belt, tied
his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy
Spirit says, „In this way the Jewish leaders in
Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will
hand him over to the Gentiles.‟”
Paul allowed himself to be guided by the prophetic
Peter declared that Paul’s knowledge of God was
so profound that he even confused him!
2 Peter 3: 15-16
…just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the
wisdom that God gave him…His letters contain some
things that are hard to understand,
Did anyone else confirm his
ability to perform his role?
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