DISCIPLESHIP 9

Posted: 6 months Ago

Lesson Nine: The Will of God 

 
How can I know the will of God for my life?  
 
The world imposes many different measurements of success on people, such as social standing, health, or financial prosperity.
God has a very different standard for success in this life. A man that finds out what God wants him to accomplish with 
his life and then fulfills it is a successful man. This lesson is designed to help you see what the will of God is for your life, 
so that you can concentrate on fulfilling His will.  

 I.   Focusing on the Revealed Will of God 
     Many people get caught up with trying to find out the details of God’s will for their lives and miss out on 
     the obvious general aspects of His will as revealed in scripture.  

       A.   We should not look upon the will of God as a mystical or elusive set of circumstances over which to be
              confused or unsure about. Much of the will of God is absolute – it is not circumstantial or fluctuating; much 
              of it is uniform – it is the same for everyone; and much of it is revealed – it is spelled out plainly in scripture.  

       B.   On the other hand, God has a plan for the details and direction of your life that operates within your circumstances
               and includes options – the Lord will take into account your age, location, and talents and provide you with choices to
               make; this plan for your life is unique – it will be tailored specifically for you and differ from others; and this plan is
               unveiled over time – the Lord reveals these details and His direction gradually as He can trust you with it.  

 
 II.     The Bible Makes Much of God’s Will Perfectly Clear 
       God has revealed many things about His will for your life in the pages of scripture. Because the word of God
       never changes it is the absolute standard along which we must compare the decisions and direction of our lives. 

         A.   It is God’s will that all men be saved (2 Peter 3:9).  

                1.    This means that all lost people are out of the will of God.  

                2.    This also means that God expects us to be actively involved in preaching the gospel.  
 
         B.   It is the will of God for us live a holy life and abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:1-7). 

         C.   It is the will of God that we give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  

         D.   It is the will of God for us to submit ourselves to the ordinance of man (1 Peter 2:13-15).  

         E.   It is the will of God to redeem the time He has given us (Ephesians 5:15-17).  

         F.    It is the will of God to serve those in authority from the heart (Ephesians 6:5-8).  

         G.   It is the will of God for our minds to be transformed and that we not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:1-2).  

          H.   It is the will of God that we be conformed into Christ’s image (Romans 8:28-29).  

                1.    This begins with our salvation (1 Timothy 2:3-4).  

                2.    It continues with our sanctification (1 Peter 4:1-2).  

                3.    It will be completed with our glorification (Ephesians 1:3-14).  

 
      The will of God has much more to do with what we are than what we do. 

   III.  What About the Areas of God’s Will that I’m Not Sure About?  
 
         A.   The key to discerning the details of God’s plan for our lives is to obey the aspects of His will that He
                 has already revealed to us (John 7:17, Romans 12:1-2). You must begin by obeying what you know and as
                 you obey the light God has given you he will give you more light.  

         B.   Recognize the tools the Lord has given you to discern the details of His will for your life.  

                1.    The Holy Spirit guides and directs us as we submit to Him (Galatians 5:25, John 16:13).  

                2.    The word of God will direct our paths and confirm God’s plan for our lives (Psalm 119:105). This
                         is why it is critical to submerge ourselves in Bible reading and preaching.  

                3.    Other believers will be used of the Lord to give counsel and advice that will help you discern 
                        God’ mind (Proverbs 11:14).  

          C.   Recognize that God wants you to know and fulfill His will as much or more than you
                  do (Philippians 2:13, Ephesians 5:17, Colossians 1:9).  

          D.   Nevertheless, He chooses not to reveal all the details of His plan for our lives all at once. 

                 1.    If he did it would overwhelm us. Sometimes we’re simply not ready (John 16:12). 

                 2.    God wants us to be patient and walk by faith trusting him with what we do not understand.  

           E.   You can stand perfect and complete in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12), and the Holy Spirit is praying for that 
                   very thing (Romans 8:27).