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Making Godly CareerMaking Godly Career
Choices…Choices…
February 2013February 2013
IntroductionIntroduction
 Two Extremes:Two Extremes:
 ““I am the captain of myI am the captain of my
ship…”ship…”
 ““Le...
Does God really have aDoes God really have a plan for meplan for me??
 (Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the plans I have(Jerem...
If He has,If He has, does He want me to knowdoes He want me to know
about it?about it?
 (Isaiah 46:10) I make known the e...
If He does,If He does, how can Ihow can I
knowknow what His plan is?what His plan is?
There is no mystery inThere is no my...
Know first that GodKnow first that God’s will is’s will is
sovereignsovereign
 (Ephesians 1:11) In him we were also chose...
Know also that He reveals His will toKnow also that He reveals His will to
us in several ways:us in several ways:
 His Wo...
Know that His will is clear in HisKnow that His will is clear in His
Word:Word:
 Be SavedBe Saved – (1 Timothy 2:3, 4)– (...
 Be SubmissiveBe Submissive -- (James 4:7) Submit(James 4:7) Submit
yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and heyou...
 If you are Saved, Spirit-filled, Sanctified.If you are Saved, Spirit-filled, Sanctified.
Submissive, Suffering and Sayin...
How do I go about knowingHow do I go about knowing
what I wantwhat I want about my careerabout my career??
 Heed His Word...
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  1. 1. Making Godly CareerMaking Godly Career Choices…Choices… February 2013February 2013
  2. 2. IntroductionIntroduction  Two Extremes:Two Extremes:  ““I am the captain of myI am the captain of my ship…”ship…”  ““Let God and let go…”Let God and let go…”  Two ImportantTwo Important Tensions:Tensions:  God is sovereign and inGod is sovereign and in controlcontrol  Man has freewill andMan has freewill and choicechoice  Some bugging questions:Some bugging questions:  Does God really haveDoes God really have a plan for me?a plan for me?  If He has, does heIf He has, does he want me to know whatwant me to know what it is?it is?  If He does, how can IIf He does, how can I know what His plan is?know what His plan is?  How do I go aboutHow do I go about making decisionsmaking decisions about my career?about my career?
  3. 3. Does God really have aDoes God really have a plan for meplan for me??  (Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the plans I have(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosperfor you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hopeyou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.and a future.  (Psalms 57:2) I cry out to God Most High, to(Psalms 57:2) I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.God, who fulfills his purpose for me.
  4. 4. If He has,If He has, does He want me to knowdoes He want me to know about it?about it?  (Isaiah 46:10) I make known the end from the(Isaiah 46:10) I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still tobeginning, from ancient times, what is still to come….come….  (Proverbs 16:9) In his heart a man plans his(Proverbs 16:9) In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.course, but the LORD determines his steps.  (Philippians 2:13) for it is God who works in(Philippians 2:13) for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his goodyou to will and to act according to his good purpose.purpose.
  5. 5. If He does,If He does, how can Ihow can I knowknow what His plan is?what His plan is? There is no mystery inThere is no mystery in knowing the will of Godknowing the will of God
  6. 6. Know first that GodKnow first that God’s will is’s will is sovereignsovereign  (Ephesians 1:11) In him we were also chosen,(Ephesians 1:11) In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan ofhaving been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformityhim who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,with the purpose of his will,  (Isaiah 46:10) I make known the end from the(Isaiah 46:10) I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still tobeginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will docome. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.all that I please.
  7. 7. Know also that He reveals His will toKnow also that He reveals His will to us in several ways:us in several ways:  His WordHis Word  His WorkingsHis Workings  His WhisperHis Whisper (James 1:5) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should(James 1:5) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all withoutask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.finding fault, and it will be given to him.
  8. 8. Know that His will is clear in HisKnow that His will is clear in His Word:Word:  Be SavedBe Saved – (1 Timothy 2:3, 4)– (1 Timothy 2:3, 4) This is goodThis is good, and, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to bepleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  Be Spirit-FilledBe Spirit-Filled – (Ephesians 5:17,18)– (Ephesians 5:17,18) Therefore doTherefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads toDo not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Be SanctifiedBe Sanctified - (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4) It is God's- (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4) It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you shouldwill that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learnavoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy andto control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,honorable,
  9. 9.  Be SubmissiveBe Submissive -- (James 4:7) Submit(James 4:7) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and heyourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.will flee from you.  Be SufferingBe Suffering - (1 Peter 4:19) So then, those- (1 Peter 4:19) So then, those who suffer according to God's will shouldwho suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator andcommit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.continue to do good.  Be Saying ThanksBe Saying Thanks - (1 Thessalonians 5:18)- (1 Thessalonians 5:18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God'sgive thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.will for you in Christ Jesus.
  10. 10.  If you are Saved, Spirit-filled, Sanctified.If you are Saved, Spirit-filled, Sanctified. Submissive, Suffering and Saying Thanks,Submissive, Suffering and Saying Thanks, then…then… do what you want! You shoulddo what you want! You should be in the will of God!be in the will of God!  (Psalms 37:4) Delight yourself in the LORD and he(Psalms 37:4) Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.will give you the desires of your heart.  (John 15:7) If you remain in me and my words(John 15:7) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will beremain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.given you.
  11. 11. How do I go about knowingHow do I go about knowing what I wantwhat I want about my careerabout my career??  Heed His WordHeed His Word  Check the Word for anything that is expresslyCheck the Word for anything that is expressly against the career you are in or getting intoagainst the career you are in or getting into  Read His WorkingsRead His Workings  Check your circumstances, capabilities andCheck your circumstances, capabilities and passionspassions  Check out the counsel of Godly peopleCheck out the counsel of Godly people  Hear His WhisperHear His Whisper  Check your heart and listen to His leadingCheck your heart and listen to His leading

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