It was Christ's sacrifice and suffering for sin that made our salvation possible. We are not to yield ourselves to worldliness as verse 2 states, but be wholly given to the Lord's service. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. In opposition to this, we are to present ourselves a living to be used in God's service. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” They us what is called "Christian Rock Music" in their services. Of course that doesn’t mean our desires are always wrong, and sometimes what we long for in our hearts is right on par with what God wants for us. If all would separate from the vices and follies, the amusements and gaieties of the world, Christ would be glorified. It there is any sin or unfaithfulness in our lives we are to confess it and in repentance turn from it unto the Lord. .”? The Catechism addresses the issue of God's permissive will succinctly: [Video 2 of 4 of The Church as a Window] Transformation and … When man rejects God's will, he freely sins. . Ear rings in men in America and may parts of the world today are symbols for homosexuality. Psalm 37:5 encourages us to commit our lives to the Lord, and He will act. The unsaved world lives in sin and seeks to satisfy the lusts of the flesh. Ecclesiastes 12:13 after looking at all the follies and short comings of man says, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.". When it is a spiritual trial, we learn to go into that test with this confidence: “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” ( 1 Peter 4:19 ). God tells us this in 1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.". The believer however, gives his body sacrificially to the Lord. In this verse the word clearly applies to the purity of our physical lives, that is, abstinence from sexual sins. This is the renewing of your mind. So the first step in finding God’s will for our lives is to understand that in Christ our own wills are radically recreated. As far as which way to go after this semester, or whether to take that job or move to that country, there aren’t any shortcuts to the mind of God. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Perfect - Is that which is free from defect, stain, or sin. Ask God for His wisdom. The verse uses three words to describe this will of God that will be accomplished. This means that we have to trust Him. When we saturate our lives and thoughts with the Word of God, then and only then will we know the will of God for our lives. Old Testament animal sacrifices were offered to the Lord and given to the worship of God in the Temple. This means it is not something unusual or some extra ordinary act, but that giving ourselves wholly and completely to the Lord is the normal way a believer is to live his life. If all Christians would obey this, our faith would be everywhere honored. They make the pulpit where the Word of God is preached and taught rather into a stage where they put on entertaining "talks and shows." I’m not claiming to have the … We do not need to know the future because it is in His hands. Do we consider that God’s calling on our lives may, in fact, lead us down a path that looks a lot like Paul’s? God tells us plainly how we are to worship Him in "Spirit and in truth" as John 4:24 says. The Two Wills of God. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him", Romans 6:13 says, "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Bowing before statues, crossing ourselves, chanting ritualistic prayers, wearing robes, etc do not impress God and are not to be done in worship nor allowed to be practices in our lives. In some ways, this is a mystery we can’t fully understand, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. You see, we are called to a relationship with Jesus.          There is really no mystery to the matter and the answer to all these questions is actually quite simple. It says this is to be a "living" sacrifice. God forbid. This is but one example of not conforming to the world. So the first step in finding God’s will for our lives is to understand that in Christ our own wills are radically recreated. And what if searching for God’s will like this actually misses the entire point of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus? A Christian is a new creation in the Lord. . Declared and demonstrated in our initial act of baptism, we have lost our lives in Christ, and we gladly surrendered our ways to his will” (130). ILLUS: We often hear of the "conversion" of some Hollywood movie star. You see dear friends....we are to be separated from the world. To renew something means to re-establish or give fresh life and strength to something. We are to pray seeking God's will and making ourselves available. The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years because their SIN angered God who disciplined them for it, they weren’t following His permissive will for their lives, they were walking in disbelief and sin and because of it, ONLY 2 of them were allowed to enter into the Promised Land. But the saved man, has a new nature, the very nature and indwelling of God. Often that is really what people mean...they want to know the future. A number of them claim they are Christians, and "born again." So He promises to guide and direct our lives...therefore we by faith accept that is what He is doing. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. The point is to walk with Jesus. This is the greatest discovery we will ever make – God has a purpose and plan for each human being; past, present, and future. But God does not want us to accomplish His will for us in the flesh and in our human power, but rather being dependent on Him....let Him bring about that will in our lives. God permits such sin, as a consequence of the freedom He gave man, but He would never ordain such sin. The Old Testament Temple and its furnishings were never used for anything else but the worship of the Lord. It says this absolute and complete giving of ourselves to the Lord is just "our reasonable service." All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. They are the moments when we remember that all our Father allows is for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28). We do not lift up church rituals and ceremonies to honor the Lord....but offer to Him godly lives, lived as a testimony to the truth of God's word and His life changing power. Here are 10 Bible Verses to help you understand more about God’s Will and the Christian believer. Clearly, when a person believes and received Christ as their Savior, their minds and thoughts are given a new way to think and strength that was not present before. It means we are to be a continuing sacrifice which God can use daily over and over. The Old Testament sacrifice could not be presented again. Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7 mentions that he asked God three times to take from him what he calls a "thorn in the flesh." In his new book, Follow Me, David Platt gets right to the core of our search for God’s will. Certainly we can have goals and work toward them, but in finding God's will for our lives God normally does not work this way. 1.          First let us deal with a false expectation that is often associated with seeking God's will. The Christian rejects such sensual and worldly clothes and instead wears modest clothes that honor the Lord. There are two clear and very different meanings for the term “will of God” in the Bible. God’s Word is perfect, and we can discover God’s plan for our lives through our study of it. The core of the Christian life is to learn how to know God’s will for our lives personally and intimately. At every stage of our lives we're faced with decisions, usually at a practical level but sometimes at a moral level. He is the One in ultimate control of all. The unsaved man only has a carnal nature and cannot please the Lord, because he does not believe in God nor worship Him. We need to address our lives and through self examination determine is how we are living is in accord with the Word of God. It corrects us when we are wrong and … If a person has the ability to teach and that was God's will He would provide the opportunity to use the gift. Our offering of ourselves to the Lord should not be constrained or forced on us by any means. The bible tells us in Matthew 7:21 that not everyone who calls themselves a Christian is going to get into Heaven ‘Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in … Matthew 16:24 records Jesus' words to those who wanted to be His disciples, "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Some people are given the ability to teach, but others are not. 1 Timothy 2:3–4. These things used in God's service were to be carefully kept clean and pure always and never allowed to be polluted or contaminated. Then we can express Him both individually in our daily lives and together with our fellow believers as the church. Certainly we would like to know what God wants for us in the future, but what is important is to know what He wants today! 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." If we want to fulfill our calling, we must develop our God-given ability. April 3, 2018 / As Christians we all struggle with knowing whether or not we are doing God’s Will. I mean, could there be a more pressing subject? Sadly they continue in the same way as they did before, making "R" rated movies, which show sinful acts. 4. In the Old Testament the when the Jew offered his sacrifice, he slew it, and presented it dead. So...in a nutshell, God's will is simply that we live today for Him, giving our lives sacrificially to Him, and He in turn gets us to where He wants us to be and uses us as it pleases Him. Sometimes they happen because of the fallen circumstances in which we live … God's answer was, ". That’s what happens when believers are made new in Christ. Certainly we can have goals and work toward them, but in finding God's will for our lives God normally does not work this way. If you’d like to understand more about God’s purpose and the church, we heartily encourage you to download our free e-book The Glorious Church here. That’s where we’re headed in this post. It means the Christians is to devote his life vigorously and actively to the Lord. Finding God's will comes when one lives his life daily for the Lord. In their lost state they live according to their carnal natures. Often they make statements like "I really do not know what God wants me to do.". This is what happens when a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ and is born again. Declared and demonstrated in our initial act of baptism, we have lost our lives in Christ, and we gladly surrendered our ways to his will” (130). Eph 1:11-12 – Even our salvation and our inheritance are a part of His eternal plan. Platt reminds us that this isn’t God’s design. . Instead, his ultimate concern is that you and I would know him deeply as we trust him more completely. If it is God's will...the door will open and the means to use our God given gifts will present itself. 1 John 4:4 explains this new status the believer has, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." So stuff happens in our lives under the sovereign control of the Lord who has intentionally given us free will and placed us in a difficult and dangerous environment. Following God’s Plan for Your Life: 1. The believer can have the victory over sin because God abides in him. Let us look at this matter of finding God's will for our lives in two categories:          God's present will for me and God's future will for me. What this means is, we need to put our plans and dreams for our lives in the Lord's hands. 2. 1 John 2:17 - And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for … It promotes a temporary emotional high and pleasurable feeling, but it does not feed the soul and spirit of man. Whatever God's will is for us....He will accomplish His will for our lives if we allow Him too.          That is putting the cart before the horse. . 2. Romans 6:1-2. ” So our focus today is on the meaning of the term “will of God” and how we discern it. God doesn’t want to frustrate us in seeking His will for our lives. I grew up in the 50s-60s when long hair for men was a sign of rebellion. We can rarely trace God’s working in our lives, for we are living by faith and not by sight. Then what is accomplished will honor the Lord and He will be able to use us to reach others for Christ. To renew our minds, we study God's Word to know Him better, to learn His laws and precepts. Further the sacrificed animals were the food which sustained the priests and allowed the work of God to continue. Today, the popular trend is getting tattoos, body piercing, spiked hair, sexy clothes, baggy clothes and makeup. We are then transformed into being … colder . God's hope for our future is about second chances, about choices and new beginnings. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. He has a general and specific purpose for each of us. 2. And if we walk with him, if our lives are swallowed up into his own, we’ll go the right way. “As followers of Jesus, our lives are subsumed in his life, and our ways are totally surrendered to his will” (128). 12:9). Then we wait ready for God to open a door or means to use the talent. God’s Revealed Will – This is God’s desires for our lives as revealed in His will. The word "holy" means "dedicated wholly to God's purposes without blemish or defect." God work requires sacrifice on our part.          We first must determine what the person means by their statement they are seeking God's will. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; … We are only able to do this by the "mercies of God." At its most basic, the will of God is to repent of our sin and trust in Christ. We cannot offer a polluted or tainted sacrifice to Him. This is an important point: We do not need to know a great deal about the future God has for us. Therefore God's will involves if we are living today for the Lord the future will take care of itself. We are not to allow any corruption to enter and if it does we are to a 1 John 1:9 says...confess it immediately to the Lord and let Him "cleanse us from all unrighteousness.". The word sanctification means holiness, consecration, dedication to God. His movie the "The Passion of Christ" was wholly unbiblical. Bob looks at several passages that reveal what God’s will is for our personal lives, our families, the church, how we treat non-Christians, and even how we treat our enemies. To serve the Lord, which is what being a disciple means, involves sacrifice on our parts....putting ourselves on the altar of God's will and letting Him use us as He purposes. Each day is filled with decisions, and every choice is an opportunity to ask the Lord what He would have us do. It was based on visions of Catholic nuns in centuries past. warmer . God's Purpose for Your Life The Father's greatest desire is for you to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. We’re drawn to the methods — whether casting a fleece or listening to “that still small voice” or looking for that door to fling wide open. Christians should not get caught up in every fad that comes down the road. He is a Savior more than a sergeant. Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51. Although we by faith acting on God's instructions give ourselves to Him, we cannot be successful if it is done in the flesh. Read and study God’s Word, the Bible. God gives us the abilities and means to accomplish He will. These gifts will enable us through our lives and allow us to bless others. Indecent dress is what the world wears and it is designed to accentuate that which is sexual. Note there are three specific statements which will accomplish "proving, that good, acceptable and perfect will of God. It has been well said that God never asks to do anything that He does not provide the means for us to do it. This bodily sacrifice is to be one that is "acceptable" to God. The revelation comes in an unexpected way – by showing you your mistakes, but because you are seeking to do God’s will, you use it to be transformed. To be “in Christ” means that we no longer live for ourselves “but for him who for our sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15). The Bible instructs believers to examine themselves, but does it tell us to what extent or how often we should question our salvation? It is this that is God’s will for us and His plan for our lives: that we to learn humility, that we learn how to live as a disciple. Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? . We know of a number of groups that do that wearing special clothes and speaking in a certain way. B. If we have not taken that first step, then we have not yet accepted God’s will. That which has all its parts complete, or which is not disproportionate. That is God's will...that we obey Him daily trusting in Him. To reiterate, the steps to know God's will for your life from the Romans 12:1-2 are: surrendering our lives, not conforming to what the world offers; and renewal of our minds so we will be transformed. God lovingly allows us to freely choose or reject His will for our lives. It means to replace something that is of no longer any value. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? I suppose we think if we knew the future we would know what direction to go and what to be doing now to prepare for it. A. Romans 12:1 begins with a simple but profound statement..."I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. If we knew the future....it would be our natural reaction to work toward accomplishing it. 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