Walking in the Will of God

Walking in the Will of God

 

Ephesians 5:17 (ESV) ~ Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

  • Unwise/Foolish – senseless, crazed, as a madman
  • Understanding – grasp, perceive

 

John 15:16 (ESV) ~ You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

 

  • We have been ordained to:
    • Go and bring forth fruit
    • Produce eternal works
    • Get answers to our prayers

 

  • True Ministers Must Be:
    • United to the vine
      • John 15:5
    • Chosen by God to the work
      • John 15:15
    • Ordained by God for the work
      • John 15:15
    • Laborers to bring forth fruit, not idlers
      • John 6:27
      • John 15:16
    • Goers to the work, not waiters for the work
      • Matthew 28:19-20
      • Mark 4:35-38
      • Acts 1:4-8
    • Preservers of their fruit, not destroyers of it
      • John 15:16
      • John 6:27
    • Prayers that get results
      • John 15:16
    • Lovers of all men
      • John 15:12-17
      • 1 John 3:4-18

 

Psalm 37:23 (ESV) ~ The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;

  • Ordered – prepared, established
  • If God has ordained a way for men to walk in, it is the height of folly to walk in any other way.
  • If God orders our ways, step by step, it becomes us to take heed to the details of our lives.
  • If God orders each detail of our lives, ought we not to get great and solid comfort from that fact.
  • It becomes us to fall in with God’s order, and to attach to the separate steps the same importance that He does.

 

Can we know the will of God for our live?

Ephesians 5:17 (ESV) ~ Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

How Can You Know the Will of God?

  1. Get to the place where you really want to know His will and are willing to do it.
    1. Many times we have preconceived ideas as to what we should do, and we want God to agree with us.
    2. Come to the place where you can freely say, “Lord, I want Your will even if I do not want it.”
  2. Find out what the Word of God says about the matter.
    1. God’s will is revealed in His Word.
    2. It is never God’s will to go contrary to His Word.
  3. Look for and yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised, “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
  4. Recognize the providential leadings of the Lord.
    1. Sometimes the Lord will lead through circumstances.
    2. Wait until the Word, the Spirit, and circumstances are in agreement.
  5. Be patient.
    1. This is one of the most important principles.
      1. Isaiah 30:18 (ESV) ~ Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
    2. If it is not clear what you should do, do nothing. “Be thou there until I bring thee word” (Matthew 2:13).
  6. Have confidence that God will lead you, not merely others.
    1. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27).
    2. These are the words of the Shepherd, not the sheep. Ask Him to prove it to you.

 

The Importance of Walking in His Will

 

Speaking of the wicked man, the writer of Proverbs says, “He speaketh with his feet” (6:13). The ungodly tell what is in their heart by the way they walk. Likewise the Christian reveals, by his walk, just what kind of life he has.

  1. If two are going to walk together, they will both have to go in the same direction.
    1. This means yielding ourselves to the will of God.
    2. God is certainly not going to change the direction in which He is going.
  2. If you are going to walk with God, you must keep step with Him.
    1. You cannot say you are walking with God if you lag behind.
    2. If you are going to walk with God, you are going to have to learn to take big steps.
  3. If you are going to walk with someone, you have to be in agreement.
    1. This is more than following God—it is walking with Him. This means fellowship.
    2. You must be in harmony with Him. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
 
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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