|How to Know God's Will For Our Lives|
Wie wir Gottes Willen wissen können||
Seeking God's Leading Daily
The Doing God's Will Acid Test
The Dangers of A Diluted Gospel|
How to Spot a Diluted Gospel
Building on the Sand
How the old is made new|
If a young person would come to you and ask you, `How can I decide which school to attend? I have three choices, but how do I decide which one to choose?'
Or another may come and say, God told me to do this . . . But, pastor, what do you think I should do?
How are we to know how to make choices in our lives? That is the topic we want to study using the Word of God.
Our first text gives us a hint which will help us to build our decisions on. Reading these texts we should remember that each word, each concept is important.
The first thing we need to have is "trust in the Lord." Like you trust your keys to open doors for you, just the same we can trust the Word of God.
However the trust we have must be a trust with all our heart or mind - without reservations. At the same time we must not lean on our own understanding, our own wisdom or cleverness.
Because the Lord knows it all. The true Lord God, our God of agape love, only He knows the future.
Oh, some may say, I would like to be able to trust the Lord like that, but I have never done it. I do not yet know the Lord. Is this subject then for me?
Yes it is. You have read this far and that shows that your heart, your mind is still seeking answers. It means you have not closed your mind to what God can do for you. With that you have already taken the very first step to learn to "trust the Lord" and not merely want to "lean on your own understanding." You have acknowledged, that there may be some help for you in this topic and if you heed the next verse where it says,
When you follow that exactly, you can be sure you are on the right path. To strengthen this view and fortify it in our mind let us just read some additional statements for they help us to be certain, knowing that we do not do things in vagueness.
Since we know that faith in God comes by hearing about Him and seeking Him with all our heart will result in finding Him (Rom. 10:17; Jer. 29:13), let us read the next text which has a reason to exercise caution in it,
As you can see, if you look at both of these texts, they are repeated twice in this book of the Bible. They must be important.
That young man, trying to find out how to decide which school to attend, will he by now have an idea how to decide? Reflecting on what is presented, he certainly can realize the route he should take. But we ought not to hurry on too fast quite yet. Let us read a few more admonitions.
Here is the next which is also an important cautionary text.
These last few verses emphasis the point already made `not to lean on our own understanding.'
One reason why, is because our "heart is deceitful above all things".
In other words, we have perhaps lived a long time without God ruling in our lives. We have not heeded His Word and not acknowledged Him as our God. But today we have come to the place where we want to consider another try since we realize that in these days, the rich, the billionaires throw their life away when problems come which tells us that riches are not the ultimate answers to what we really want.
We may agree that Adam was the richest man who ever lived. He was given the whole world in its perfect state before sin. So any of the rich people today are paupers in comparison. Adam was a child of God. We too are children of God. God cares about each one of us just the same as He cared about Adam. So let us not waver in this knowledge.
Therefore these words are for us,
We read here that God wants us to make a commitment to trust Him - always. The next citation helps us to see why we should always trust God.
The underlined sentence is the key for all of us to know God's Will For Our Lives.
Those who without reservation will not do anything to displease God, will receive not only wisdom, but also strength to succeed.
It may not always be the choice that you would have made without God leading you, it will be that choice which God, who knows it all, directs you to make.
Having read this far you must also realize that prayer, much prayer, much fervent prayer and reading His Word is the key to the heart of God. In the beginning you can pray these very Bible verses we just read until you discover more of God's truths in His Word.
Consider also the following statement,
Read this as many times as you must, to make it your start out guide to Know God's Will For Your Lives.
O, Heavenly Father, I come before You to learn Your will for my life. I want to learn to lean on You with all my thinking mind and not lean on my own understanding. I want to acknowledge you as the great God who alone is mighty to know and direct our paths so we can live in peace and hope for the future. Lord, Father God, help me overcome my unbelief. Help me not to go back to do what seems right to me for I now believe what You say in Your Word, that leaving Your side leads to death. Lord God, You know my sins and how deceitful I was, please uncover them all for me to realize the depth of my need for You. Please, God, I come to the foot of the cross realizing Thy Only Son died because of my sins. Please forgive me all my sins, and create in me a new heart with no wickedness left inside. Please strengthen me this minute, this moment to never leave you out of my sight again. Dear God, help me to resolve not to do the wicked deeds but cleanse my soul, my house of all that separates me from You. Help me to be willing to make You my All. Help me guard the entrances to my soul from sin so I will choose Jesus and not the wicked deed. Help me to see You save sinners into heaven instead of the woes of the world. Thank you for hearing my prayer. Amen.
Seeking God's Leading Daily
Like Jesus, we should just plan to live God's way one day at a time, "... as your days, so shall your strength be." Deut.33:25b. Like Jesus we should start out each day by praying our own private prayer, "Rising very early while it was still dark ... he went out ... and prayed.", Mark 1:35; "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.", Matth. 6:33. Believing God is with us we should cease worrying for worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our heavenly father has a thousand ways to provide for His faithful followers, of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of God supreme will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet.
For it is trueOne day alone is ours, and during this day we are to live for God. For this one day we are to place in the hand of Christ, in solemn service, all our purposes and plans, casting all our care upon Him, for He cares for us. On that day you get out of bed like you did never before in joyful vigor. You shout out your joy and happiness and kiss your wife as never before as you thank God for all your blessings. You locate your children and greet them with a smile and the invitation for breakfast. You prepare the breakfast table, take the Scriptures and read a passage for the edification of the family. You pray a prayer of humble thankfulness and glorify God who is able to provide sunshine on a dreary day. You take the kids to school and wish them a happy day, you pick them up or meet them in the evening and sit with them and talk as never before upholding God's way of life. You call your family together and read,
"I know your thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." "In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 30:15.
By what means, then, shall we determine whose side we are on?
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