IN NORMAL TIMES WE SEEK GOD’S DIRECTION FOR THE “BIG DECISIONS” OF LIFE:
WE ALL WANT OUR LIFE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
1 Corinthians 2:16 ESV
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
John 13:34-35 NIV
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
HOW DID GOD LEAD HIS PEOPLE?
NONE OF THEM MISSED THEIR CALLING
WHAT IS GOD’S WILL FOR ME TODAY?
1. HE DESIRES FOR YOU TO BE SAVED
1 Timothy 2:1-4
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.
Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them.
Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
2. HE DESIRES FOR YOU TO SERVE
3. HE DESIRES FOR YOU TO SEEK GODLY WISDOM
Scripture / Observation / Application / Prayer on a regular basis
“Obedience to God’s commands results in revelation of God’s will.”
4. GOD INVITES YOU TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP WITHOUT KNOWING EVERY STEP
1 Corinthians 2:4-5
And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.
I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
5. FIND YOUR JETHRO
“This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him.
Exodus 18:20 and 23
Teach them God’s decrees and give them his instructions.
Show them how to conduct their lives.
If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”
GOD’S DECREES + WISE ADVICE + YIELDED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT = GOD’S WILL
“I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.
Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”