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Knowing the Will of God

Lesson 8

Stephen Johns

on 4 July 2014

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Transcript of Knowing the Will of God

Four Initial and Continuous Steps
1. Be Right with God
Get Counsel
Make a Decision
Robert E. Lee
Luke 19:20-21

“20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.”
Will of God

Finding the way forward
4. Pray
2. Eliminate any options that violate God's moral will
3. Get information
One of the markers of fools is that they do not listen to, pursue, or heed counsel
Proverbs 1:22, 25-26, 29-30

“22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. “
There is safety in counsel
Proverbs 15:22

"Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed."
God uses authorities and their counsel in our lives to give direction at times
Hebrews 13:17

“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

Titus 3:1

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,”
Those with expertise

Those who know the Word

Those that know and love you

Those that love God
Do they know in any way in which these choices violate the moral will of God?

Do they know anything about you which would help to shine light on your potential motives?

Do they know any facts about this situation or decision which you might not know?

Do they have any counsel regarding these choices?

What do they think about the timing of this decision?
“We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.”
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