Knowing the Will of God

KNOWING AND PRACTICING THE WILL OF GOD

(Pastor Lee Jackson, FFWC )

 I)   INTRODUCTION – Eph 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  (TEXT COLOSSIANS 1:9 – 14) APOSTLE PAUL WROTE LETTER TO THE FAITHFUL, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS A CHURCH OF COLOSSE INDICATING THAT HE WAS PRAYING FOR THEM CONTINUOUSLY SINCE HE HAD HEARD OF THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS CHRIST.   PAUL REALIZED THAT AFTER OUR SPIRITUAL BIRTH WE EITHER GROW OR WE DIE.   SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD INVOLVES KNOWING AND PRACTICING THE REVEALED WILL OF GOD.  I SAY REVEALED WILL OF GOD BECAUSE THERE ARE SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF HIS WILL PERTAINING TO US INVOLVES TIMING AND MATURITY   AND FOUNDATIONAL WILL OF GOD THAT APPLIES TO ALL CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE.  WE TEND TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT HE SPECIFIC WILL OF GOD IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT IT SEEMS GOD IS MORE CONCERNED THAT WE UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS OF HIS WILL SO THAT HE CAN REVEAL THE SPECIFIC.  WE THINK THAT WE ARE WAITING ON GOD, BUT IN FACT, GOD IS WAITING ON US.

II) PAUL WAS ASKING GOD TO FILL THEM WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS (GOD’S) WILL

A)       THIS IMPLIES THAT THERE ARE THOSE AMONG US (CHRISTIANS) THAT ALTHOUGH VERY SINCERE DO THEY NOT KNOW THE WILL OF GOD AND HENCE CANNOT LIVE ACCORDING TO IT OR ACT UPON IT

B)       THE ABILITY TO DISCERN AND APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WILL COMES THROUGH SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING APPLIED AND PRACTICED.  GOD’S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS NOR HIS THOUGHTS THE SAME AS OURS…   FAITH IS NOT RATIONAL NOR IS IT INTUITIVE OR EVEN REASONABLE AT TIMES.

C)       THE SOURCE OF THIS SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING IS THE BIBLE, GOD’S WORD BUT IT MUST BE PERSONALIZED, IT MUST BECOME A PART OF WHO WE ARE:  JESUS SAID EXCEPT YOU EAT OF MY FLESH AND DRINK OF MY BLOOD YOU HAVE NO PART IN ME …

D)       THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE REVEALS THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR US TO KNOW AND FOLLOW THE WILL OF GOD IN ORDER TO:

1)     PLEASE GOD (HOW CAN WE PLEASE GOD IF WE DO NOT KNOW HIS WILL?)

2)     BEAR FRUIT, SPECIFICALLY THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT THAT IS REVEALED IN GALATIANS 5.  GOD WILL FOR ALL OF US IS THAT WE BE FRUITFUL AS WE BECOME MORE LIKE HIS SON JESUS THE CHRIST, THE ANOINTED ONE

3)     GROWTH IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD TO THAT GOD WILL BEGIN TO REVEAL HIS SPECIFIC WILL FOR OUR LIVES:  WHO WE SHOULD MARRY, OUR VOCATION AND CALLING (GOD DOES NOT SEPARATE THE TWO), WHERE WE SHOULD LIVE…

4)     THERE IS NO POINT IN GOD GIVING US MORE KNOWLEDGE OF SPECIFIC WILL IF WE ARE NOT LIVING AND ACTING ON THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE HAS ALREADY GIVEN US

E)       PAUL ASKS THAT THEY BE STRENGTHENED WITH ALL POWER AT GOD’S DISPOSAL (THINK OF IT) THAT WE MAY HAVE GREAT PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE.  ANYONE CAN START A RACE OR A MINISTRY BUT THE PRIZE (REWARD) IS GIVEN TO HE THAT FINISHES THE RACE

1)     PATIENCE IS A THING OF THE MIND; PATIENCE IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH AND TRUST IN THE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF GOD.  IT IS A BY-PRODUCT OF A VITAL SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

2)     ENDURANCE IS INVOLVES THE MIND AND THE BODY.   PATIENCE IS A NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT CONDITION FOR ENDURANCE.   ENDURANCE SPEAKS OF PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL AND MENTAL STAMINA THAT COMES FROM DISCIPLINE AND FACING HARDSHIP, TESTS, TRIALS, OBSTACLES.

3)     NEITHER OF THESE ARE INSTANTANEOUS.   WE ARE TO WORK OUT OUR SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING.  WE ARE RUNNING A MARATHON, NOT A 100-YARD DASH.

F)         “2 TIMOTHY 3:7,8: “I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH.  NOW THERE IS IN STORE FOR ME A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, WHICH THE LORD THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE WILL AWARD ME ON THAT DAY – AND NOT ONLY TO ME, BUT ALSO TO ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE LONGED FOR HIS APPEARING.”

III) CONCLUSION – WE ARE ALSO TO BE THANKFUL BECAUSE GOD QUALIFIED US TO SHARE IN AN ETERNAL INHERITANCE THAT HE HAS FOR THE SAINTS, THE OVERCOMERS, HISCHOSENONES.   WE HAVE BEEN RESCUED FROM THE DOMINION OF THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS (AND CERTAIN SPIRITUAL DEATH, ALIENATION FROM GOD, AND ETERNAL SUFFERING) AND BROUGHT INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON, JESUS CHRIST.   WE ARE PART OF HIS ETERNAL PLAN AND PURPOSE BUT WE HAVE TO KNOW HIS WILL AND WALK IT OUT TO BE PART OF HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE.  “MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN…”

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