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Knowing God's Will

Lesson Two
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Stephen Johns

on 16 March 2014

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Transcript of Knowing God's Will

Knowing God's Will
The Bookends of Believing the Word
Deuteronomy 18:9-14
Context is King
King Context and the 'Will of God'
Is it possible to be out of the will of God?
The Providential or Sovereign Will of God
The Moral Will of God
Lesson Two
Necromancers, Mediums, Fortune Tellers, Diviners
But . . . God's Prophet is coming
Deuteronomy 18:15
"it is to Him you shall listen"
The Mount of Transfiguration
Elijah
Moses
Shekinah Glory
The voice of God
Glory of Christ
2 Peter 1:16-21
The Mount of Transfiguration gave great confidence
The Word has the same authoritative witness
The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Does God care about even the smallest issues of life?
Was it God's will for Joseph to be sold into slavery?
Was it God's will for Joseph to become second to Pharaoh?
Was it God's will for his brothers to beat him, sell him, and lie about his death?
Genesis 50:20

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
God's works of providence are, His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing over all His creatures, and all their actions.
“The providence of God is like Hebrew words—it can be read only backwards.”
- John Flavel
God is in sovereign control over this world
Daniel 4:34-35
Proverbs 16:33
Revelation 4:11
Romans 11:33-36
God is in sovereign control over the smallest of issues
Matthew 10:29-31

“29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
God is in sovereign control over evil
Genesis 50:20

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
Potential Problems
Isn't it then impossible to be out of the will of God?

Doesn't this make God the author of evil?

Since we can't be out of His will, why does any of this matter?
God's Sovereign Will must not be abused
Must not dismiss prayer
James 5:17-18

Must not dismiss witnessing
Romans 10:14-15

Must not dismiss our responsibility for our sinful decisions
James 1:13
Responding to God's Sovereign Will
Produce Humility: Romans 9:20
Generate gratitude toward God:
Ephesians 1:11-12
Confirm God's love to His children: Romans 8:28
God's revealed commands in the Bible that teach people how to believe and live
In relation to believing and living
It can be violated
Romans 2:17-18

“17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law.”


1 Thessalonians 4:3

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality”
God's Sovereign Will
God's Moral Will
x Joseph's brothers assault
x crucifixion of Christ
x Joseph becomes Pharaoh
x Christ atones for our sin
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