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What Does My Future Hold?

How to Know the Will of God
Acts 9:1-6

If Jesus Christ were to meet you face to face, literally, bodily, appearing in your room, and you could ask Him a question, what would it be? Suppose He said, “What do you want to know?”  What would you ask Him?  

I think most of us would ask, “Lord—what does the future hold? What’s going to happen in my life—and what do I do?

Essentially, you’re asking, “God, what is Your will for my life?”

Someone we’re all familiar with in the New Testament had that very opportunity—to know exactly what God wanted him to do.

1. Turn in your Bible to Acts chapter 9 and read verses 1-6.
a. What direction in life had Saul chosen for himself? (v. 1-2).


Somehow the phrase “being God’s little helper” comes to mind when we see what Saul was bent on doing.

b. Specifically, what plans did Saul have for any Christians he might find among the Jews in Damascus?


Saul had authorization from religious higher-ups to take Christians, put them in chains and bring them back to Jerusalem to be persecuted. But his plan was interrupted.

c. (v. 3) Where did this interruption comes from?

d. What word does Saul use in v. 5 that tells us for certain Saul suddenly knew without doubt Heaven itself was stopping him?

e. (v. 5) What question does Saul immediately ask the person he cannot see but whose voice speaks to him directly from Heaven?


These are the two greatest questions anyone could ever ask at any time:

1. WHO are You, Lord?
2. WHAT should I do next?

The Apostle Paul spent the rest of his life obeying the answers to those two great questions: just who Jesus is and what Jesus had for him to do. 

We should be asking these same questions today. Our culture has been described in an age of guided missiles as a generation of misguided men.  We are clever creatures who have lost our way in the darkness. 

As an illustration, there’s a true story of a young ensign who had made his first trip across the ocean on a destroyer.  He had impeccable training, so he was assigned to take the destroyer out of the harbor and bring it back to the United States.  It was his first endeavor to do such a thing, and he wanted to do it right.  He was very bright, a quick and eager learner. In a moment the deck was buzzing as he barked commands here and there. Though treacherous, everything was moving like a Swiss clock as that destroyer made its way out into the harbor. They were on their way in record time when someone came to the young ensign and delivered a radio message from the captain. That’s strange, he thought.  But he read the message: “Young man, you've done an excellent job.  You've done it with great speed, right according to the book. But you overlooked an unwritten rule.  Next time, make certain the captain is on board.” He’d cleared the harbor but left the captain back on shore!

No matter how wise your plans are and how capable you are, before you set sail anywhere, you'd better make certain your Captain is on board—that you’re in the will of God. 

2. Turn to Jeremiah 10:23
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is______ in man that walketh to direct his steps.

      “Man that walketh” means any person on two feet. We don’t have it within ourselves to know—without divine guidance—the will of God for our lives.

You must understand 3 truths about knowing God’s will for your life. You must get these 3 truths straight right now. I pray the Holy Spirit will emblazon them on your heart:

TRUTH #1: GUIDANCE IS PROMISED

God has promised to guide.

3. Turn back to Acts 9 and look at the last part of v. 6:
And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and___  ___  _______
___  ________  ______  ________  ______  _______  ___.

I don't think Jesus could have given him a better promise than that one right there.  It will be told you.

Are you thinking God would do that for Saul but not for you?

4. Turn to Ephesians 2:10.
10 For we are His workmanship, ____________ ___ Christ Jesus ______ good works, which God hath ____________ _________________ that we should walk in them.
What does that mean in plain English? For every believer (“created in Christ Jesus”), God has a plan He has ordained for your life. It is logical—it stands to reason—that if He’s ordained it for you, He’s going to show you what that plan.

5. Turn to Psalm 37:23
The ________ of a good man are _______________ by the Lord and He delighteth in his way.

In other words, the steps of a good and righteous person are directed and established by the Lord, and the Lord delights in his way and blesses his path.

6. Turn to Psalm 32:8—a wonderful promise from God to every believer:

I will ______________ thee and __________ thee in the way which thou shalt go.  I will __________ thee with Mine eye. 

7. See Isaiah 58:11 How often? Off and on?

And the Lord shall guide thee ________________. 

8. Proverbs 3:5-6 Listen to this one.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and ______  _____ unto _________  _____   understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall __________ thy paths.

Friend, guidance is promised in the Word of God.  How blessed those of us are who know the Lord.  We have the

  • Father above us controlling all things  
  • Savior beside us, directing our steps
  • Spirit within us impressing our hearts

…so we can know the leadership of our Lord.  We can know His will for our lives.

Now that we have that settled, if it’s His desire for us to know it, how do we go about learning what His will for us individually is?

First, we need to understand that there is not just the “will of God” for our lives, but there is
His Sovereign Will
His Moral Will
His Particular Will—His will specifically for your life and my life.

We must understand this about “His will.” How are they different? What sets them apart?

His Sovereign Will

God's sovereign will is always done. 
You can't stop it.
In this area, God is God, and He accomplishes what He has determined to do because there is none who can withstand the Lord.  

A CLOSER LOOK AT GOD’S SOVEREIGN WILL
For example, it was His sovereign will that Jesus Christ be born of a virgin and live to become the sinless sacrifice for all persons.
  • Satan couldn’t prevent His birth.
  • Herod’s murderous rage did not get the Lord Jesus as a young child caught up in it, because God sent Joseph and Mary into Egypt until danger had passed.
  • Satan couldn’t tempt Jesus to sin by worshipping him in the wilderness temptation (Matthew 4).
  • Pilate tried to offer Barabbas as a substitute. No deal.
God’s sovereign will was going to be accomplished.
(By the way, just as it was for His 1st coming, so it will be for His 2nd Coming. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory and set up His millennial kingdom. Hell can’t stop it. The prophets foretold His 2nd coming just as they did His first.

For some examples of His sovereign will,
9. Turn to Deuteronomy 29:29.
God's sovereign will is mysterious.  It is unknown.  I can't know it.  You can't know it.  It is known entirely to God alone.

The secret things _______________ unto ____  ________  ______  _____.  But those things which are revealed belong unto us and our children forever. 

The secret things belong to God.  Friend, you'll be a happy person if you'll just resign from being God and let God be God. 
There are certain things you will never understand until you get to heaven—if  you understand them then!  “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.”  That's God's sovereign will. Not a blade of grass moves without His permission. Because we are not omniscient and are limited by the earthly restraints of time and space, we cannot know what the future holds, we cannot understand fully why certain thing happen.

His Moral Will

God has a moral will.  Certain things God says are right; certain things are wrong.

For example, it is wrong to commit adultery. To steal. To commit  murder.  It is wrong to lie.  Pride is wrong.  All these are wrong. 

Certain things are right:  Love is right.  Righteousness is right.  Honesty is right.  Kindness.  Consideration.  This is God's moral will. There is a fixed standard of right and wrong because God has said so.  That moral will is found in the Word of God.  That's it.  God says, this is right and this is wrong.  That is the will of God.  He's not going to change it for you.  He's not going to change it for me.

His Particular Will

This is God's specific will for you and me. 
10. God had a particular will for Saul.  For example, look in Acts 9:15-16,

And the Lord said unto him [Adanais], go thy way, for he [Saul] is a _________ vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.  For __  _____  ______ _____ how great things he must suffer for My sake.

God had a very special plan for this man…to be a apostle to the Gentiles.  God chose him.  God has a special, particular will for each one of us.

A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW THIS WORKS OUT IN OUR LIVES

For example:
Sovereign Will: It was God's sovereign will that the man named Adrian Rogers is a part of the elect of God.  Hallelujah, I don't understand it, but I rejoice in it.  That's God sovereign will.  God sovereignly set His love upon me and saved me.  I thank God for that.
Moral Will: But then there was God's moral will that I marry a Christian.  The Bible says “not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” I knew God had a moral will that if I got married, I should marry a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Particular Will: But God had a particular will also, and her name is Joyce.  You see, God's sovereign will worked in my life. God's moral will was in my wife.  I knew I wanted to marry a Christian. But when I would walk Joyce home after a date, or after we'd been to church or after we'd been to some high school function or football game, I would walk home and pray, “Oh God, let Joyce love me. One day, I want to marry that girl.”  And I believe with all my heart, God answered my prayer because it was in His will. I believe God gave me that wonderful, special girl. God has a plan for your life. God has a particular will for your life.
Why God would be interested in you or me? It just shows His great love.  We're just a fleck of spray in an ocean of existence, and yet God knows us.  He knows our going in, our coming out, when we sit down, when we rise up.  The very hairs of our head are numbered. Friend, God cares.
God loves—not  all of us—God loves each of us. He knows your name.  Of the billions of people on planet Earth, every one of them is precious to Him.

Six Myths about the Will of God

Take these out of your mind forever.  These myths need to be destroyed.

MYTH 1. God will give you a roadmap for your life.

He does not do it.  He didn't do it for the apostle Paul here in Acts 9, and He won't do it for you. God's will for you is not a roadmap.  It is a relationship.  How did He lead the children of Israel through the wilderness?  Did he give them a map? No, He gave them a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire (His presence) and said, “Follow that. Just stay in a relationship with Me.”
Many of us would like a map to say, “We're going to go from here to end up there.”  But God won’t do that and I'm glad He doesn't. That would take the romance and excitement out of it.  We would have fear and apprehension if we knew what tomorrow holds for us.  I'm glad we don't.

A PERSONAL STORY

When I was a college student, another preacher boy sat down beside me one day and said, “Adrian, guess what I did last week?  I went through Memphis and stopped in to see Dr. R.G. Lee.” 

Dr.R. G. Lee, one of the former pastors of this church, was one of the greatest, finest, most godly, gifted ministers ever on the face of the earth. “How,” I wondered, “could this young neophyte have the nerve to stop by and go in to see Dr. Lee? How did you get in? Why would he waste his time with you? Boy, I sure would like to do that.”

That absolutely astounded me. It'd be like saying, “I went through Washington and stopped in to see the President.” 

And so I said, “Well, tell me about it.”  He told me how he had an outer office, and he asked the secretary if he could go in and see him. She said, “Yes, you can go in for a few minutes.”  I thought, “How would she know who he would see?” I tried to conjure up that office. I asked, “What did you do?”  “Well, we talked awhile and he prayed for me.” 

That was very interesting. I tried to imagine the whole scene.

The years came and went.  Subsequently, I became the pastor of this same church. I happened to be sitting in that same office, sitting behind the same desk, when my secretary buzzed on the intercom and said, “Pastor, Dr. Lee's out here and wants to know if he can come in and see you for a few minutes.”  I replied, “Of course. Ask Dr. Lee to come in.”

You know, I’m so glad that as a college student I didn't know that. I'm glad! It would have blown my gaskets!  I would never have ever been able to get anything done the rest of my life until that time. 

God's will is not a roadmap.  It is a relationship. 

Myth 2. God is some sort of celestial kill-joy.

If you do the will of God, that's the end of your joy.  Many people don't want to know the will of God because they’re afraid of what they might find out: “If I told the Lord I'd do anything He wants, no telling what He might do to me. 

If you’re a parent, suppose you have a 14 year old son. He comes to you and says, “Dad (or Mom), I'm convinced you're a good person—a godly, wise person—and  I've just decided from now on, whatever you want me to do, I'll do it. I want to do what you want me to do. Your wish is my command.”  Now, what would you do as a parent?

Would you go to your spouse and say, “Did you hear what he said?  Now let's see what we can do to make his life miserable. He'll be sorry he ever said that.  What is the meanest, worst thing we could make him do?” 

Friend, don't be afraid of the will of God.  The will of God is what you'd want for yourself if you had enough sense to want it.
God is a good God.  God loves you.  God is not a cosmic killjoy.

Myth 3. God only speaks to a certain category of persons.

That God has a will for pastors, missionaries and ministers, people who work on church staffs, but God does not have a will for ordinary person.

I want to say to every mother's child reading this: God has a particular will for you whether you be a missionary or a ditch digger.  Whether you be a pastor or a plumber. God has a will for every life. Don't believe God's will is for a particular type of people.

Myth 4. When God shows you His will for your life, it's going to be some dramatic experience like the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. 

     Now, it may be that way, but it may not be that way. 

11. Turn to 1 Kings 19. The prophet Elijah is on the run from the murderous Ahab and Jezebel. Exhausted up in the wilderness mountains, he collapses to rest. Pick up the story in verse 8. A word comes to Elijah that God is going to speak to him.
a. First came _________.
b. Followed by __________________.
c. Then came ________________.
d. Was God speaking yet? _____
e. Then came a “______, ________  ___________.” And in that, God spoke.

It doesn’t have to be a flash of light where you’re thrown off your horse, like the apostle Paul.

Now, God sometimes does speak in earthquakes.  Sometimes God does speak in fires. But let God be God in your particular life. Some folks are Quakers and some folks are earthquakers. God speaks quietly to some folks. For others, He has to get our attention.  But don't buy into the myth that you must have some sort of a dramatic earthshaking experience.

Myth 5.  God shows His will to young people but not to older people.

We tell young people, “Oh, you’ve got to find the will of God for your life because your life is before you.” 

Whether you're 9 or 99, you ought to be seeking the will of God every day of your life. If God were finished with you, He'd take you on to Heaven.  God has a plan for your life. 

You say, “Well, God called me to be a preacher, God called me to be a missionary, when I was young.  I missed it.” So what?  Find God's will now

12. Turn to Joel 2:25. God says,

And I will ____________ to you the years that the locust hath eaten,

It does not say if you are a young person I’ll do this for you. In fact, in context, it requires this to be someone regardless of age who bypassed God’s plan the first time around.

Myth 6. Somehow God hides His will so that we must find it. 

Back to the 14 year old boy again. He's standing in front of his dad, and this time, the dad says, “Son there’s something I want you to do, and if you do it, I'm going to reward you handsomely. But, son, if you don't do it, I'm going to carry you to the woodshed.”

Boy says, “Dad, since you explained it that way and you really want me to do this thing, what is it you want me to do?  Dad says, “I'm not going to tell you.  It's up to you to find out.”

What kind of father would do that?  Friend, God does not hide His will from us. All these scriptures I've given you say that God wants to reveal His will. That God wants to show His will. The will of God is not some sort of an Easter egg hunt. 

In the truest since of the word, you don't find the will of God, the will of God finds you when you're walking in the Spirit.
God is not hiding His will from you.  Guidance is promised.

TRUTH #2: GUIDANCE IS PROVISIONAL

Certain provisions must come into play before you can know God's guidance.  For example,

  • Willingness.  Look again at Saul on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:6

                                 6 And he trembling and astonished said, “Lord,_____ wilt Thou have me to do?”

This tells us Saul was willing to do what God wanted. Many people want to do their will and have God rubber stamp it. Some folks come to an architect asking him to design them a house, but what they really is for the architect to design what they have in their mind. That's alright in building houses, but not alright in building a life.

Some of us say, “Lord whatever You want me to do, I'm willing to do it.”  But it's a lie.  We don't really mean it. Do you have willingness?

  • Meekness.  When Saul said, “Lord what will Thou have me to do?” he’s saying, “You are in control.  I'm not in control.”  Meekness means you are teachable.  How many teachable people are here today? 

13. Turn to a key verse, Psalm 25:9

The _______ will He _________ in judgment; and the meek will He _________ His way.”

Are you meek? If you're not willing and you're not meek, you won't know God's will.

  • Openness.  He sought the will of God.  He's praying, “Lord, show me Your will.  Have you been open to the will of God? 

Don't just simply say, “if God wants to show me, He can.”

Have you earnestly, sincerely, prayed and said, “Oh God, I want to know Your will.  Do you report for duty?  Do you think it's up to God to put His hand on your shoulder and snatch you and turn you around, or after you've met the Lord Jesus, are you going to be like Paul and say, “What is it, Lord, You really want me to do?

You've been saying,” I've been stumbling around.  I can't find the will of God.  I don't know the will of God.”  May I ask you a  personal question?  How much time are you spending alone with God?  WIth your Bible in a quiet time, reporting for duty? 
God may be speaking, but you're just not listening. Even when you pray, you're not listening.  Rather than saying, “Speak Lord, your servant hears you, you're saying, “Listen, Lord, I'm talking.”  And you're just praying and telling God something.  There must be openness. 

  • Yieldedness.  He sought the will of God.

14. See verses 8 and 9 of Acts 9.
a. After his encounter with the Lord Jesus on the Damascus road, how did Saul get to Damascus?

From bearing legal papers in hand to imprison others, Saul is now reduced to being led by the hand. That is being yielded. First he said it (“Lord, what would You have me do?”) then he did it: completely yielded. He did not seek out the first eye doctor in Damascus. He went to a private residence.

b. How long did Saul have to sit and ponder his situation in silence?


Saul is now docile as a lamb by the time Ananais arrives with God’s help for him.

c. Who else needed to be yielded? (vv. 11-17)?


For God’s plan to work, two men needed to be yielded. Now, had Ananais not been yielded, God would have just chosen another man to do His will. Remember, there are certain things that are in God’s Sovereign will that are going to take place, and no man can stop them.

  • Had Saul not yielded, God would have chosen another to be the great apostle and bring the Gospel to the Gentile world and write the truths of the book of Romans and much of the New Testament.
  • Had Ananais not been yielded, God would have gotten it done through someone else. But oh, the glory and reward of being the human instrument to bring about His Sovereign will! Stop and ponder that—it has great significance for your own life. 

Are you yielded to God?  Don't claim to want to know the will of God for your life if there is not willingness, meekness, openness and yieldedness.

TRUTH #3: GUIDANCE IS PRACTICAL 

God has given some very practical ways that you can know His will. They're right here in this Acts 9 passage. I want you to look at them.

◊ By miracles.  I would be dishonest if I left this out.  Look in verse three. 

And, as he journeyed, he came near Damascus and s_______________ there shined round about him a light from ____________, and he fell to the earth and heard a ___________ ______________ unto him “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” 

God may speak to you in a vision.  God may speak to you in a dream.  God may speak to you with a audible voice.  God may speak to you and guide you with a miracle.

 I hasten to say, He does not normally guide this way. But He does sometimes. Now, since we have the New Testament, and the Bible is completed, these kinds of miracles are not greatly needed today. That is not God's normal way. But I mention that because it's here in the Word of God.  God may speak to you that way…but if you have  a vision, miracle, dream or whatever, you certainly better check it out by the other things that I'm about to give you and see if it squares.

◊ Through His Word

  Now, did God guide the apostle Paul with His word?  You better believe it. 

  • Saul was a rabbi, steeped in the Word of God, the Old Testament.
  • Saul had just heard a sermon by one of the greatest, most anointed, Spirit-filled men of God who ever lived: the martyr, Stephen. When God appeared to Saul, he said, “It's hard for you to kick against the pricks, that is, the goads of God's Word.

Saul was loaded with the Word of God and it is the Word of God that guides. 

15. Turn to Psalm 119:105.

          Thy _________   is a _________ unto my feet and a light unto my ________. 

Much of the will of God for your life you are going to find in the Bible. 

Now, for example, I said it's not God's will that you marry an unbeliever.  If you're dating a person and that person is not saved, then why date somebody you couldn't marry if you fell in love with them.  You know God's will many times from reading the Bible.  And, and you say well God is leading me to divorce my wife and marry somebody else.  That's a lie.  It's a lie.  It's right here in the Word of God.  And it is sheer arrogance for you to pray and say, God show me your will when God has already shown you His will.

◊ By His people, the people of God. 

16. Look in verse 10.

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias and to him, said the Lord in a vision, “Ananias,” and he said, “____________, __ ____ ______, _______.”  And, the Lord said unto him, “Arise and go into the street which is called Straight and inquire in the house  of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold he prayeth And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.  Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I've heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy Saints at Jerusalem.”

Every word Ananias said was from his heart and was true. God said, “You’re going to go down there and speak to this man.”  “Whose going with me?”  “You're going by yourself, Ananias.” Ananais continues:

 “14 And here he hath authority from the chief Priests to bind all that call on thy name, but the Lord said unto him, Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto Me.”
17 And Ananias ________ his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

17. Check off the tests Ananais passed:
_____ Willingness 
_____ Meekness
_____ Openness 
_____ Yieldedness

When God told Saul, “I'm going to show you My will,” God also took a man named Ananias and used Ananias to confirm the will of God. 

18. God will do that. Turn to Proverbs 24:6.

By wise counsel thou shalt make thy war and in ________________ of _____________ there is safety. 

When God is speaking to you about something, God will often confirm it to someone else. 

This is important. God has said it more than once:

  • But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Matthew 18:16
  • This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2 Corinthians 13:1

Never be so proud or arrogant that you avoid the counsel of others—most importantly within the Body of Christ. Oh, friend in a multitude of counselors, there's wisdom.

The Bible teaches that we're going to know the will of God in the context of other things round about us.

◊ By the Spirit of God. 

19. Back in Acts 9, look again in v. 17:

And Ananias went his way and entering into the house and putting his hands on him said Brother Saul, the Lord even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, has sent me that thou mightiest receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 

The Spirit of God from that time on was leading Saul, now to become the great Apostle Paul.

It was this same man who wrote in Romans 8:14,
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 

And Galatians 5:18
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

20. Turn to John 10:27. The Spirit of God will lead you. 

My sheep _______ My _________, and I know them, and they ___________ me:

You will hear his voice.

Let me tell you how the Holy Spirit leads.  If you ever see a person being forced to do something, they're probably being driven by the devil.  God does not shout and shove. God whispers and God leads.  He leads His sheep.  He's not driving them to the slaughter.  He is leading them to the pasture. 

You had better get sensitive enough that you can hear the Spirit of God and know the voice of God.

◊ By the Wisdom of God. 

God will lead you with sheer wisdom. Acts 9:20-22—

And straightaway, he [Saul, now Paul] preached Christ in the synagogues that He is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed and said, is not this he that destroyed them which called on his name in Jerusalem and came hither for that intent that he might bring them bound unto the chief priest?  But Saul increased the more in strength and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the very Christ.

      Where did Paul get this wisdom?  God gave him supernatural wisdom. 

21. Turn to James 1:5:

If _______  of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that _______________ to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it _________  ____ given him.

Not “may be,” but shall be given.

Oh, friend, the will of God is found between your ears.  The apostle Paul says in the book of Philippians, “We have the mind of Christ.”  The Bible says, we're to “present ourselves unto God, a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service,  and be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by what? the renewing of your mind

Do you know what wisdom is?  Wisdom is seeing life from God's point of view.

Friend, when you pray and  

  • get the Spirit of God in you
  • and get the Word of God in you
  • and get the supernatural life of God in you,

you will begin to have wisdom. 

Knowledge comes by looking around, but wisdom comes by looking up.

God will lead you and God will give you wisdom. 

I don't know how to explain any other way than that it is supernatural when a person is walking in the spirit.  He says, “I have the mind of Christ,” and he's not afraid to trust what is in his mind.  That is not naturalistic.  That is supernatural. 

Friend, wisdom is not getting all teary-eyed and and heart-fluttering.  It is having a mind that is stayed on God, full of the Word of God, led by the Spirit of God.

The Bible says that God will guide you with wisdom. 

◊ By the Providence of God.
 
We learn in the Acts passage that almost immediately upon Saul’s conversion, some people decided they had enough of this new version of Saul, and they're ready to destroy him.  But he heard about it, and the believers got him to safety by letting him down over the wall in a basket. (There's the great apostle in a basket! You talk about humility…)

 How did he learn about the plot to kill him? In the providence of God, word came: “Saul they're trying to kill you, friend,” and the providence of God led him. 

God opens doors and closes doors. And the meek he just simply guides. 

What you think is “happenstance” is actually God's plans and God's ways. God just simply guides us through this world. Many times we don't even know it was the providence of God until years later.

REVIEW

Let’s summarize what we know from this study about finding God’s will:
God’s Guidance is PROMISED
God’s Guidance is PROVISIONAL
God’s Guidance is PRACTICAL
We have the

  • Father above us controlling all things.  
  • Savior beside us, directing our steps.  
  • Spirit within us impressing our hearts.

There is not just “the will of God” for our lives, but there are

  • His Sovereign Will
  • His Moral Will
  • His Particular Will—His will specifically for your life and my life.

Six Myths about the Will of God:
Myth 1—God has a roadmap for your life. It’s not a roadmap,it’s a relationship.
Myth 2—God is a cosmic kill-joy.  If you do His will, that's the end of your joy.
Myth 3—God only speaks to a certain category of persons
Myth 4—When God shows you His will, it's going to be a dramatic experience like the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus.
Myth 5—God shows His will to young people but not to older people.
Myth 6—God for some reason hides His will so we must attempt to find it. 

You must have:
Willingness
Meekness
Openness
Yieldeness

The Ways God May Choose to Speak to You:
By miracles (vision, voice) But this is rare.
Through His Word
By His people
By His Spirit
By His Wisdom
By His providence

I wish we had longer to delve even deeper into this subject. Let me summarize this study with truths I have learned over more than six decades of following the Lord Jesus Christ and pastoring His flock:

  • Don't be afraid of the will of God. 
  • The will of God will not take you where the power of God cannot keep you.
  • The will of God is the absolute best thing for you, for your spouse, for your children. 
  • The way to know the will of God for the rest of your life is to do the will of God right now; it's hard to steer ship that's not moving.
  • The way to understand the part of the Bible you don't understand is to obey the part you do understand. 
  • The way to know about the future is to obey God right now. 

If you want the will of God in your life, I want you to say what the apostle Paul said so long ago, “Lord, who are you and Lord what do you want me to do?” 

You will want to have this information on hand both now and in the future—not only for your own guidance, but also to help others when they are faced with having to make an important decision or are facing a life crisis. You may have the CD for your personal study by calling 1-800-274-5683 or by requesting it from our online store. https://www.lwf.org/store
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