This week we continue to dive into Will - I Am, discovering God's will for our lives.
Six keys to God's will:
- God's plans are worth finding out.
- Discovering His Will is not an exact science; it requires practice.
- God has more time, resources and ideas than we can imagine.
- Discovering God's will is a process.
- Sometimes God gives us options.
- God's will brings life.
1. God speaks through the Holy Spirit in prayer.
In John 16:13, Jesus says, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth "
The Spirit will guide us into truth. The truth is what we need, though many times we may not like it.
The Spirit will guide us into truth. The truth is what we need, though many times we may not like it. You've probably heard the phrase, "The truth will set you free." These words of Jesus from John 8:32 tell us that if we know and accept the truth, we can build on that, make the right decisions, and live a better life.
Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will tell us the truth; we just have to listen. Pastor Miles pointed out that the voice of the Holy Spirit will not be like the clouds parting and James Earl Jones shouting what is to be. Rather, it is soft and quiet, so we have to listen carefully and seek Him out.
2. God speaks through creation.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
God's invisible attributes are revealed through what He made. Right now in New York, the tallest building in the world is being constructed. Like all great structures, the Freedom Tower involved a lot of planning to ensure its stability and functionality. Pastor Miles pointed out what a miracle the physical body of a human is. Think about just the small organ of the eyes and how incredibly they work! Our bodies are a lot more complicated than the Freedom Tower. That isn't a mistake or a coincidence-it was by a masterful design that only God could have engineered. The question is: are we using ourselves (God's creation) in the way He intended for us to be used?
3. God speaks through godly counsel.
Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22
That pretty much speaks for itself, but here is an interesting example: If you owned the Freedom Tower, would you want to design the water system? Electrical? Air conditioning? Probably not. Unless you were an expert yourself, undoubtedly you would need to go to those experts and seek their counsel. But whose counsel are we seeking about our marriages? Our children? Our salvation? We should seek the highest counsel, as these are the matters that are most important.
Develop relationships with godly advisors who can help you discover God's plan for your life!
4. God speaks through visions/dreams.
Miles was quick to point out that not all of our dreams are God speaking to us (which is good, cause I had no idea what that going to work in the underwear thing was all about). However, God can speak to us this way.
5. God speaks through His word, both written and spoken.
God's will never contradicts His Word. Neither does His voice. We need to remember that the enemy can talk to us, too. So can our own selfish desires! If we ever get information that doesn't sound right, we must go to His written Word. It's important to remember to verify what you hear with Biblical truth. Seek out His counsel. The answer is there; we just need to ask the question.