Sermon preached on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Garden Valley Chapel during our morning worship service based on Psalm 37:4-5.
For several weeks we have endeavored to know the will of God for our lives. It has been about answering the enduring question –
What does God want from me?
This really describes the heart of any believer.
I trust God that it is the reason why we come to the study of God’s Word not only on Sunday morning but any given day of the week.
You and I seek to see life through the lens of God’s eyes for the rest of our days – not wanting to argue with Him, but seeking to understand what His will is for our lives with a deep desire to obey Him.
We looked at this phrase at some length in Eph 5:10 [our walk] -
10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
This is our primary focus. This is our mindset - testing everything in life to what would please the Lord. It is praying like our Lord taught us to pray, “You will be done, On earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
Our Lord Himself summed up His goal during His earthly ministry in John 4:34 -
34 …“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
This is the underlining mindset of any believer.
Paul, though speaking to slaves, writes a summary statement that also applies to all believers. It is found in Eph 6:6 -
6 …doing the will of God from the heart.
Not reluctantly, not by mere externalism, but from the heart.
That is where we begin, with the primary focus, the underlining mindset, to do the will of God from the heart. Amen?
But to do so we must turn to the Scriptures and find direction and help. We would be lost without His Word.
Moses declared so long ago in Deut 8:3 -
3 “…man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
Job understood this and so proclaimed in Job 23:12 -
12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
That is why we pay close attention to His Word. That is why we treasure His Word, His truth.
Most recently I have prayed -
“Lord, I want the truth whatever it costs me! Instruct me in the way I should choose. Not my will but your will be done.”
I’ll admit that sometimes we don’t want to know the truth, we don’t look to His Word. Dare I say it, we sometimes are too reluctant to give up our will, but we go nowhere with that mindset.
It is not surprising then that we read this in 1 Pet 4:4 -
2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
And so in opposition to the flesh, we begin with a most honest, penetrating mindset - “to do the will of God from the heart.”
Now there is so much confusion about God’s Will – mainly because we seek some mystical experience that will never come or misinterpret occurrences in life and put some kind of God-sighting that are outside of what is written. There is slew of reasons.
To avoid such confusion, I propose that we seek no further than His Word. For it is in His Word that we find clear statements as to His will for our lives.
And so I ask you my beloved:
Are you willing to do the will of God from the heart whatever it involves? Do you want the truth whatever the cost?
In our study we have uncovered six principles to know God’s Will for your life. What are they?
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act. (ESV)
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