Discerning the Will of God

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Discerning the Will of God

  1. 1. discerningthe will of Goddr. ken boa and bill ibsen
  2. 2. "How can I discoverGods will for my life?"
  3. 3. "How can I be sure of Gods guidance in my decisions?"
  4. 4. "God, what do you want me to do?"
  5. 5. God’s will:a way of life
  6. 6. God’s will:a way of life
  7. 7. God’s will:a way of life
  8. 8. 1. the priorityof God’s will
  9. 9. why make God’s willa priority?
  10. 10. why make God’s will a priority?obligation to God
  11. 11. why make God’s will a priority?obligation to God self
  12. 12. why make God’s will a priority?obligation to God self others
  13. 13. 2. the practiceof God’s will
  14. 14. Should I marry this person?
  15. 15. Should I accept this job offer?
  16. 16. Should I move to this city?
  17. 17. process
  18. 18. process≠ program, 1technique 2 3or formula 4
  19. 19. who we are
  20. 20. who we are what we do
  21. 21. ≠ how-to-do-itmanual
  22. 22. ≠ how-to-do-itmanual = who-to-know guidebook
  23. 23. "Th e stepsesta of a m blished by th deligh an are e Lord; ts in h is way.and He
  24. 24. "W hen hhe w e falls, ill not be hur e the L led hea ord is dlong; the Onebecaus hand"w ho hol ds his P salm 3 7:23-24
  25. 25. nually" am less I contiNeverthewit h You; right hand. en hol d of myYou h ave tak
  26. 26. ill gui de me, el You w"Witha Your nd afte couns rward receive me to glory" P salm 7 3:23-24
  27. 27. “just tell mewhat to do”
  28. 28. “just tell mewhat to do”“just approvewhat I want to do”
  29. 29. divine/human process
  30. 30. ≠ end
  31. 31. ≠ end= means
  32. 32. a subtle voice
  33. 33. mes jaun ceyja
  34. 34. “ er burg larizesGod nevt he hum an will. mes jaun cey ja
  35. 35. “ er burg larizesGod nevt he hum an will. nd help, ng to co me in aHe may lo ross the picket ” he will never c but gness. e of our unwillin lin mes jaun cey ja
  36. 36. illip yanceyph
  37. 37. “D oes GodYes, guide? I believe that he does. illip yancey ph
  38. 38. “D oes GodYes, guide? I believe Most t imes, I that he believe, does. n subtle ways, h e guides i into our minds, b y feedin g ideas illip yancey ph
  39. 39. illip yanceyph
  40. 40. agging“ ing thro ugh a nspeak issatisfa ction,sensat ion of d illip yancey ph
  41. 41. agging“ ing thro ugh a nspeak issatisfa ction,s ensat ion of d ter than s to cho ose beti ns piring u e done, wise wo uld hav w e other illip yancey ph
  42. 42. illip yanceyph
  43. 43. hidden“ g to the surfacebringin tation,dangers of temp umstan ces. . . .circ illip yancey ph
  44. 44. hidden“ g to the surfacebringin tation,dangers of temp umstan ces. . . .circ y rearr anging and pe rhaps b ircumst ances... c ertain c illip yancey ph
  45. 45. illip yanceyph
  46. 46. pply re al help,“God s guidanc e will su illip yancey ph
  47. 47. pply re al help,“Gods gbu o uidanc t in way verwhe e will su s that w lm my fr ill not eedom. ” illip yancey ph
  48. 48. a way of life
  49. 49. God’s will isa way of life
  50. 50. God’s will isa way to be a way of life
  51. 51. God’s will isa way to behave a way of life
  52. 52. God’s will isa way of life
  53. 53. God’s will is≠ crisis experience a way of life
  54. 54. 3. prerequisitesfor guidance
  55. 55. relationship
  56. 56. relationship≠ program,techniqueor formula
  57. 57. relationship
  58. 58. convers ion
  59. 59. convers ion committment
  60. 60. convers ion committment fes sionc on
  61. 61. once rn cconvers ion committment fes sionc on
  62. 62. once rn cconvers ion committment fes sionc on comp lianc e
  63. 63. er si onco nv
  64. 64. ceived Him,"But as manto the ecome y as re m He g ch ave th e right ildren o f God in His name,to b who b elieve even to those
  65. 65. not of blood,"wnno ho wer or of t e born he will r of th of the e will o flesh, f man,but o f God" John 1:12-13
  66. 66. me nt m ittc om
  67. 67. re, bre thren,"I urgb e you t y the m resent herefo ercies of God, your b odies a living to p ly sac rifice, and ho
  68. 68. which is your"acceps table t piritua o God, l servic e of w orship" Roma ns 12:1
  69. 69. initialact
  70. 70. initial ongoingact process
  71. 71. formed" do not be con And t o this w orld, tb e trans formed ind, bu wing o f your m by th e rene
  72. 72. formed" do not be con And t o this w orld, tb e trans formed ind, bu wing o f your m by th e rene u may prove that yo God is, wh at the will of ch is go od and th at whi erfect" acc eptabl e and p Roman s 12:2
  73. 73. “the fear of the Lord”
  74. 74. fears th e Lord?" is the m a n who ay he shouldWho ct him in the wHe wi ll instruchoose." Psal m 25:12
  75. 75. " et of th e LordThe secr r Him, r those who feais fo ke themand He will ma is cove nant" know H Psa lm 25:14
  76. 76. fes si onc on
  77. 77. ellowsh ip with"If weHim an say t d hat we yet w have f alk in t do no he dar t pract kness, ice the truth; we lie and
  78. 78. " but if as we wal He Him k in th self is e light in the light,
  79. 79. " but if as He we wal Him k in th self is owship e light in the light, with o ne another, weh ave fell esus H is Son the blo od of J and ll sin.” ses us from a clean 1 Joh n 1:6-7
  80. 80. on ce rnc
  81. 81. as You will...”"ye tnot as I will, but
  82. 82. as You will...”"ye tnot as I w r will b ill, but e done”“You tthew 26 :39, 42 Ma
  83. 83. olish,"So then do nbut undth erstan e will o ot be fo d what f the Lo rd is” Ephesians 5:17
  84. 84. li an cec omp
  85. 85. obedience
  86. 86. are we disobeying inareas He has made clear?
  87. 87. availability in advance
  88. 88. "Thaacce t which is goo ptable and pe d and rfect" Roma ns 12:2
  89. 89. our plans= our bestinterest
  90. 90. our plans threats= our best to ourinterest happiness
  91. 91. multiple choice prayers
  92. 92. the miseryof God’s will
  93. 93. the happiness the miseryof our will of God’s will
  94. 94. scr ooge
  95. 95. n Son," spare His ow e who d id not us all, H ed Him up for but deliver
  96. 96. n Son," spare His ow e who d id not us all, H ed Him up for but d eliver ith Him freely He no t also w h ow will s all th ings?” give u Roma ns 8:32
  97. 97. l, O my God”" I de light to m 40:8 do Your wil Psal
  98. 98. her for good”" work togetall things to Roma ns 8:28
  99. 99. 4. principles forguidance
  100. 100. at ion mu niccom the t do y? wha s sa ipt ure scr
  101. 101. mp to m y feet,"Ta hy wor nd a lig d is a la ht to m y path" Psalm 119:105
  102. 102. "ever y good 2 Ti work" mothy 3 :16-17
  103. 103. God will never lead us to do anything that is contrary to His Word.
  104. 104. ill of G od is," prove t wha hat wh and p t the w ich is g erfect" ood an d acce ptable Roma ns 12:2
  105. 105. willingness todo whateverit says
  106. 106. willingness todo whateverit sayscontentwithoutconviction
  107. 107. willingness todo whateverit sayscontent self-without deceptionconviction
  108. 108. c ien ce co ns sion deci od t h i s fo r G oes loveh ow d my oth ers? f fe c t and a
  109. 109. aintain always" Ia lso do m a blam y be eless before st to m conscie men” nce both befo re God and Act s 24:16
  110. 110. sensitiveconscience
  111. 111. seared sensitiveconscience conscience
  112. 112. pr éste nse
  113. 113. hine be done,’ nd not T“‘My will, aturned paradis e into a desert. pr éste nse
  114. 114. hine be done,’ nd not T“‘M ‘N y will, aturned paradis ot my w e into a ill, but desert desert. Thine b into pa e done,’ radise, tu rned the pr éste nse
  115. 115. hine be done,’ nd not T“‘M y will, aturned paradis e into a ill, but desert. Thine b e done,’ ‘N t ot my w urned t and he made G desert into pa ethsema radise, ne the gate of h eaven. ” pr éste nse
  116. 116. sen se mmonco sion deci ood this ct g d oes ref le gme nt? jud
  117. 117. d judg ment"" to have soun thin k so as Roma ns 8:3
  118. 118. ans his way,"T he mbut ind of the Lo man pl rd dire cts his steps" Proverbs 16:9
  119. 119. higher" For tha as the n the e heave arth, ns are
  120. 120. higher" For tha as the n the e re My heave arth, ways h ns are igher so a n your ways, tha
  121. 121. higher" For tha as the n the e re My heave arth, ways h ns are igher so a n your ways, tha My th oughts and ghts" th an yo ur thou Isaia h 55:9
  122. 122. s tan cescirc um e of stat is s my t o t h doe late how rs re ion? af fa i d ecis
  123. 123. the cou nsel of after"woH rks all is will.” things E phesian s 1:11
  124. 124. her for good""all things to wor ns 8:28 k toget Roma
  125. 125. her for good"" to work togetall things Roma ns 8:28
  126. 126. di Go re d’s ct io n
  127. 127. finances aptitude di Go re d’s education ct io experience n family spiritual gifts occupation
  128. 128. id livin gst onedav
  129. 129. mortal“I am imunti is l the wi accomp ll of God lished. ” for me id livin gst one dav
  130. 130. id livin gst onedav
  131. 131. in the h eart of ther be“"A I had ra frica in the will of God id livin gst one dav
  132. 132. in the h eart of ther be“"A I had ra frica in the will of God rone of England ” than o n the th he will o f God. out of t id livin gst one dav
  133. 133. higg inbo ttomsam
  134. 134. safety o utside“A place ofGod s will higg inbo ttom sam
  135. 135. safety o utside“A place ofGodis t s will oo risky a place of God ny child ” for a to conte mplate. higg inbo ttom sam
  136. 136. artin lut herm
  137. 137. n the will of God,“IfId it were i plant an oak tree today, artin lut her m
  138. 138. n the will of God,“IfId it were i even plant an oak tree if Chris t were today, coming tom orrow. ” artin lut her m
  139. 139. ou ns el c y g o d ly do m ut this w hat abo sion? nds s ay d e c ifr ie
  140. 140. idance,"Wth here there is e peop le fall, no gu
  141. 141. idance,"Wth here t e peop here is le fall, dance no gu of cou nselorsbut in abun re is vi ctory" the P roverbs 11:14
  142. 142. "Theis ri way of ght in a fool his own eyes,
  143. 143. "Theis ri way of ght in a fool his own e man eyes,bu t a wis s to co unsel" is he wh o listen P roverbs 12:15
  144. 144. "Wipl thout c ans are onsult frustr ation, ated,
  145. 145. "Wipl thout c ans are onsult frustr ith ma ation, ated, ny coun selorsbut wthey su cceed" P roverbs 15:22
  146. 146. "teachone an ing and other" admo nishing C olossia ns 3:16
  147. 147. instructive+ corrective
  148. 148. instructive+ correctivefrankness≠ flattery
  149. 149. scripture : first and foremost influence
  150. 150. scripture : first and foremost influence we are ultimately responsible
  151. 151. ul si onc omp e my t ar es? wha esir ow n d
  152. 152. "Ab ll who y the are be Spirit o ing led f God,
  153. 153. "Ab ll who y the are be Spirit o ese are ing led f God, sons o f God"th Roma ns 8:14
  154. 154. n you,"It i s God w ho is at work i
  155. 155. n you,"It isb God wh oth to o is at will an work i d to wo asure" rk for His g ood ple P hilippia ns 2:13
  156. 156. communication
  157. 157. communicationconscience
  158. 158. communicationconsciencecommon sense
  159. 159. communicationconsciencecommon sensecircumstances
  160. 160. communicationconsciencecommon sensecircumstancescounsel
  161. 161. en n t+ tm tio ten maconnfir o av e a s e n sa n c e c h e of ur do i and ass sion? pe ace his deci abo ut t
  162. 162. PEACE
  163. 163. PEACE supplemental
  164. 164. PEACE supplemental not sufficient
  165. 165. option
  166. 166. option
  167. 167. optiontiming
  168. 168. 5. poor conceptionsof God’s will
  169. 169. i must pray about each decision i make.
  170. 170. Gods will isoften contrary to human reason.
  171. 171. To submit to Gods will,I must give upmy happiness.
  172. 172. If I follow Gods will,my problems are over.
  173. 173. If I stray too far from Gods will, He wont beable to use me again.
  174. 174. If I commit my life to God, He will want me to go to seminary.
  175. 175. I must have special confirmationbefore making important decisions.
  176. 176. God wants me to respond to every need.
  177. 177. 6. closingthoughts
  178. 178. r ank laub achf
  179. 179. “As for me,I neveI was ha r lived, lf dead, a rottin g tree, I was r ank laub ach f
  180. 180. “As for me,I neveI was ha r lived, lf dead, a rottin g tree, I was he place u ntil I re ached t w here I w holly, utter ho nesty, with r ank laub ach f
  181. 181. r ank laub achf
  182. 182. esolved“resolvetha d and t t I would hen re-r find Go d’s will r ank laub ach f
  183. 183. esolved“resolvetha a d and t t I would nd I wou hen re-r find Go ld do th d’s will at will said no, ery fibe r in me th ough ev battle I would win the and i n my th oughts. r ank laub ach f
  184. 184. r ank laub achf
  185. 185. e deep artesian“It wwe sou as ll as thou had bee ls and s gh som n struck trength in my s came f oul of orth... r ank laub ach f
  186. 186. e deep artesian“It wwe sou as ll as thou had bee ls and s gh som n struck trength in my s came f oul of orth... w away I shall s oon blo Y ou and fr om our bodies. r ank laub ach f
  187. 187. r ank laub achf
  188. 188. rty, opp osition,“ y, prais e, poveMone rence, e make no diffeth es like be forgotten r they w ill all afo years, in a th ousand r ank laub ach f
  189. 189. rty, opp osition,“ y, prais e, poveMone rence, e make no diffeth es like be f orgotten r they w ill all afo years, in a th ousand omes to a mind is spirit which c but th ous sur render, continu s et upon thi s spirit - Pra is timel is P cticing H resence ” ess life. ach fr ank laub
  190. 190. bl aise pas cal
  191. 191. “Whe ith perf lp me to sis ect con receive nner of tency o events. f mind,all ma bl aise pas cal
  192. 192. “Whe ith perfect con lp me to sis receive nner of tency o events. f mind,all ma to ask, know no t what t ratherFor we sk for o ne even and w ec annot a presum ption. nother without than a bl aise pas cal
  193. 193. bl aise pas cal
  194. 194. “ specifi c action cannot desire a judge,We to be a out pre sumingwith bl aise pas cal
  195. 195. “ specifi c action cannot desire a judge,We to be a out pre sumingwith nsibility ssumin g respoand a ur wisd om Youfor wh at in Yo hide fr om me. may bl aise pas cal
  196. 196. bl aise pas cal
  197. 197. e thing,“ , I know only onO Lord is good to followan d that i s that it d You. wicked to offenYou and bl aise pas cal
  198. 198. e thing,“ , I know only onO Lord is good to followan d that i s that it d You. wicked to offenYou and s, I do n ot know Bey ond thi s good f or me, what i bl aise pas cal
  199. 199. e thing,“ , I know only onO Lord is good to followan d that i s that it d You. wicked to offenYou and s, I do n ot know Bey ond thi s good f or me, what i lth or si ckness, whet her hea es or po verty, rich e in this world. or anyt hing els bl aise pas cal
  200. 200. bl aise pas cal
  201. 201. passes“Thisb knowle oth theand of dge sur wisdom angels. of men bl aise pas cal
  202. 202. passes“Thisb knowle oth theand of dge sur wisdom angels. of men secrets s hidden in theIt lie r provi dence, of You bl aise pas cal
  203. 203. passes“Thisb knowle oth theand of dge sur wisdom angels. of men secrets s hidden in theIt lie r provi dence, ” of Youwhich I adore, y open. ll not da re to pr and wi - Penseés bl aise pas cal
  204. 204. the end
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