Gods Will

* Asking for God’s guidance is asking for Gods will for you

The Israelites traveled and camped as God guided, they followed Gods will.  When you follow God’s guidance, you know you are where God wants you, Gods will, whether you’re moving or staying in one place.  You are physically somewhere right now.  Instead of praying, “God, what do you want me to do next?” ask, “God, what do you want me to do while I’m right here?”  Direction from God is not just for your next big move.  He has a purpose in placing you where you are right now.  Begin to understand God’s purpose for your life by discovering what he wants you to do now! (NLT)

Numbers 9:23 – So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.

* God wants you to help carry out his will for you

God told Moses how to build the Tabernacle, and Moses delegated jobs in order to do it.  God allows people to participate with him in carrying out his will.  Your task is not just to sit and watch God work, but to give your best effort when work needs to be done. (NLT)

Exodus 40:16 – Moses proceeded to do everything as the Lord had commanded him.

* Can’t change Gods will 

Balak took Balaam to several places to try to entice him to curse the Israelites.  He thought a change of scenery might help change Balaam’s mind.  But changing locations won’t change Gods will.  We must learn to face the source of our problems.  Moving to escape problems only makes solving them more difficult. Problems rooted in us are not solved by a change of scenery.  A change in location or job may only distract us from the need for us to change our heart. (NLT)

Numbers 23:27 – Then King Balak said to Balaam, “Come, I will take you to yet another place.  Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them from there.”

* God works his will through people

After the decree to kill the Jews was given, Mordecai and Esther could have despaired, decided to save only themselves, or just waited for God’s intervention.  Instead, they saw that God had placed them in their positions for a purpose, so they seized the moment and acted.  When it is within our reach to save others, we must do so.  In a life-threatening situation, don’t withdraw, behave selfishly, wallow in despair, or wait for God to fix everything.  Instead, ask God for his direction, and act!  God may have placed you where you are “for just such a time as this.” (NLT)

Esther 4:13-14 – Mordecai sent back this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed.  If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die.  What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?”

* Seek Gods will first

It is human nature to make our own plans and then ask God to bless them. Instead, we should seek Gods will first.  by constantly thinking about the Lord and his way of living, we will gain insights that will help us make right decisions and live the way God desires.  Communicating with God allows him to counsel us and give us wisdom. (NLT)

Psalm 16:7-8 – I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.  I know the Lord is always with me.  I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

* Gods will our true purpose

Jesus did not work independently of God the Father, but in union with him.  This should give us even more assurance of being welcomed into God’s presence and being protected by him.  Jesus’ purpose was to do the will of God, not to satisfy Jesus’ human desires.  When we follow Jesus, we should have the same purpose. (NLT)

John 6:37-38 – [Jesus said] “However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.  For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want.”

* Praying for Gods will 

When we pray “May your will be done,” we are not resigning ourselves to fate but praying that God’s perfect purpose will be accomplished in this world as well as in the next.

The emphasis here is on Gods will, not our will.  When we communicate with God, we don’t demand what we want; rather we discuss with him what he wants for us.  If we align our prayers to his will, he will listen; and we can be certain that if he listens, he will give us a definite answer.  Start praying with confidence!  (NLT)

1 John 5:14-15 – And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will.  And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.

* Seeking Gods will for your children

The mother of James and John asked Jesus to give her sons special positions in his Kingdom.  Parents naturally want to see their children promoted and honored, but this desire is dangerous if it causes them to stand in the way of God’s specific will for their children.  God may have different work in mind for them–perhaps not as glamorous but just as important.  Thus, parents’ desires for their children’s advancement must be held in check as they pray that Gods will be done in their children’s lives. (NLT)

* Prayers must be in line with  Gods will

This verse is not a guarantee that we can get anything we want simply by asking Jesus and believing.  God does not grant requests that would hurt us or others or that would violate his own nature or will.  Jesus’ statement is not a blank check.  To be fulfilled, our requests must be in harmony with the principles of God’s Kingdom.  The stronger our belief, the more likely our prayers will be in line with Gods will, and then God will be happy to grant them. (NLT)

Matthew 21:22 – [Jesus said] “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

* Gods will comes from God’s Spirit in us

There is life in the breath of God.  Man was created but did not come alive until God breathed into him the breath of life.  God’s first breath made man different from all other forms of creation.  Now, through the breath of Jesus, God imparted eternal, spiritual life.  With this in breathing came the power to do Gods will on earth. (NLT)

* What to do when seeking Gods will 

We don’t know how the Holy Spirit told Paul that he and his companions should not go into Asia.  It may have been through a prophet, a vision, an inner conviction, or some other circumstance.  To know Gods will does not mean we must hear his voice.  He leads in different ways.  When you are seeking Gods will, (1) make sure your plan is in harmony with God’s Word; (2) ask mature Christians for their advice; (3) check your own motives–are you seeking to do what you want or what you think God wants?–and (4) pray for God to open and close the doors as he desires. (NLT)

Acts 16:6 – Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had told them not to go into the province of Asia at that time.

* Must accept all that comes with Gods will 

Paul knew he would be imprisoned in Jerusalem.  Although his friends pleaded with him to not go there, he knew that he had to because God wanted him to.  No one enjoys pain, but a faithful disciple wants above all else to please God.  Our desire to please God should overshadow our desire to avoid hardship and suffering.  When we really want to do Gods will, we must accept all that comes with it–even the pain.  Then we can say with Paul’s companions, “The will of the Lord be done.” (NLT)

Acts 21:13-14 – But he said, “Why all this weeping?  You are breaking my heart!  For I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but also to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.”  When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The will of the Lord be done.”

* God lets us choose against his will 

These people chose to reject God, and God allowed them to do it.  God does not usually stop us from making wrong choices.  He lets us choose independence from him, even though he knows that in time we will become slaves to our own rebellious life-style and lose our freedom not to sin.  Does life without God look like freedom to you?  Look more closely.  There is no worse slavery than slavery to sin.

People tend to believe lies that reinforce their own selfish, personal beliefs.  Today, more than ever, we need to know what the basis is for our beliefs.  With TV, music, movies, and the rest of the media often presenting sinful life-styles and unwholesome values, we find ourselves constantly bombarded by attitudes and beliefs that are totally opposed to the Bible.  Be careful about what influences you use to form your opinions.  The Bible is the only standard of truth.  Evaluate all other opinions in light of its teachings. (NLT)

Romans 1:24-25 – So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired.  As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.  Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies.  so they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever.  Amen.

* Gods will may be for you to stay where you are

Undiscouraged and undefeated, Paul wrote powerful letters of encouragement from prison.  Paul did not ask the Ephesians to pray that his chains would be removed but that he would continue to speak fearlessly for Christ in spite of them.  God can use us in any circumstance to do his will.  Even as we pray for a change in our circumstances, we should also pray that God will accomplish his plan through us right where we are.  Knowing God’s eternal purpose for us will help us through the difficult times. (NLT)

Ephesians 6:19-20 – And pray for me, too.  Ask God to give me the right words as I boldly explain God’s secret plan that the Good News is for the Gentiles, too.  I am in chains now for preaching this message as God’s ambassador.  But pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

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