FINDING GOD’S WILL
October 4, 2009
The number one question on the mind of most Christians has always been the same: “how do I find God’s will for my life”? The number one answer has also always been the same: “search the scriptures”. The answer is in God’s wonderful Book, all we have to do is tie the scriptures together and “be doers of the Word and not hearers only”.
DECLARATION OF WAR
Ephesians 6:10-12 Paul declares to the church that, like it or not we are in a battle.
Romans 7:18-24 The war that is being waged is for our minds, our will, and our emotions.
II Corinthians 10:3-5 Paul is telling us that we cannot fight this war by conventional means. The war must be fought with the spiritual weapons that are at our disposal from our great leader.
Romans 12:1-2 Paul tells us here that if we are to find the perfect will of God, there are several things that the Christian must do and do well. He talks of (1) self-sacrifice, he then talks of a
(2) transformation, and finally he mentions (3) a renewing of the mind.
Galatians 2:20 Paul’s life was an example of complete sacrifice because he died to himself. He realized that Christ was more able to do God’s will than he was so he let Christ be the boss.
Romans 6:1-13 Paul explains in detail what really (spiritually) happened to us when we were born again in relation to our old way of life compared with our new life in Christ. In verse 11 he tells us to reckon ourselves dead to sin, this means that we should account ourselves dead.
Colossians 3:3 Paul tells the church that we are actually dead and our life is hid with Christ.
Colossians 2:20 Paul asks a great question: if we are actually dead with Christ, why are we making ourselves subject to ceremonialism and formalism again? Why do we keep resurrecting ourselves?
The reason Paul so often writes and talks about “being dead with Christ” is because he wanted everyone to understand that dead people can’t sin, dead people don’t make bad decisions, dead people have no control over their lives and so Christ can take and use our bodies for Himself.
(Transformation) - to change appearance, to change personality, to change the nature, to convert).
Romans 12:2 Paul tells us that in order to know the “perfect will of God” is to be transformed.
II Corinthians 3:18 We can be transformed by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word.
II Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 3:13-14 If we are Christ’s, we are transformed by putting the old life behind us and getting on with our new life with Christ, knowing the blood has taken care of our sins.
A RENEWED MIND
Romans 12:2, 16 Having a renewed mind starts with humility and unity with other believers.
II Corinthians 4:16 We must renew our minds every day through God’s Word.
Colossians 3:9-15 We can renew our minds by using the spiritual fruits that God gives to us.
Philippians 4:6-8 We renew our minds daily by prayer and meditating on the things of God.
Matthew 15:15-19 In these verses, Jesus tells us why we need our minds renewed.
Luke 8:15 It is only when we as Christians have a renewed heart (mind) that we can find God’s will and be able to be used by the Lord to bring forth spiritual fruit.