Posts Tagged ‘The will of God’

God Has a Plan

December 30, 2013

God Knows What He is Doing:  Esther 4:13-14

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

When Esther was selected to be queen, there was no way for her to know what was going to happen in the coming days.  God, however, does know what is going to happen.   One of the things that I find most fascinating to think about is how God is able to use His foreknowledge of future events, many of which are caused by the free choices that humans make, and blend them together into His plan.

I.  The Will of Man: Psalms 37:23-24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

God enables us to make the right choices.  When we are faced with decisions we can ask God for guidance, and He will guide our steps.  We can believe this to be true even if we do not receive clear guidance.  If we are sincere in our desire to let God guide us, He will guide our steps.

There are times when we fail to seek God’s will.  Sometimes we  are led into error by our flesh, or even by demonic spirits.  Thank God that He does not abandon us when we stray from the path.  We might fall, but we are not destroyed.  God helps us to get back up, and back on track.

II.  The Will of Satan:  John 10:10a

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. 

Satan desires to destroy the people of God.  However, we learn from Job that Satan is limited by what God allows.  There is a hedge of protection around the people of God and Satan is only allowed to tempt us and try our faith.  It is important that during the times of testing and trial that we keep our eyes on Jesus, seek to do His will, and place our trust in Him.

III.  The Will of God:  John 10:10b

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

God desires to give us abundant life.  Abundant does not mean merely everlasting, but joyful and fulfilling.  The abundant life that God has for us does not begin when we die, it begins the moment that we enter into a relationship with God through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Having abundant life does not mean that we do not have tests or trials.  It means that God is with us in the midst of those tests and trials.  It also means that God is able “to work all things together for good, for those who love God”.  (Romans 8:28)  This does not mean that all things are good.  It means that God can take something that was a mistake, or an evil choice, and still ultimately use it for good.

We can trust that God knows what He is doing.  He loves us.  He has a plan.  And in the end,  it is all good.

These are the sermon notes from the message preached December 15, 2013.  Feel free to make comments or ask questions.

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Not My Will

August 25, 2011

God does not conform to our will.  We are to conform to the will of God.  Yet, sometimes I think that Christians try to force God to do their will.  They pray, they quote scripture, they fast, they give, they work, and they expect to receive the desired answer to their prayers.

What if the object of their prayers is not in accordance with the will of God?

How can that be?  The prayer is for something good, worthy, even necessary.

As humans, we think like humans.  God is far above us in understanding.  When God does not answer our prayers, it is not because he cannot hear.  It is not that he is unable to do what we ask.  It is that he has other plans. We should seek to accept what God has for us.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him.”  I John 5:14-15

We should include in our prayers the same line that Jesus used, “not my will, but thine, be done.”