His Will is found in His Word
Can we ask this question this morning…are you in a place where you can view God’s mercy?
Consider the mercies of God…
Think about them…Are you in a place where you can view God’s mercy? Or is there something obstructing your view?
Is there a pain of the past you can’t get by? Is there unforgiveness you can’t resolve? Is there a diagnosis that you have a hard time embracing? As we put ourselves in a position to view God’s mercy and to see all He has done for us – it becomes a reasonable thing to offer our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice.
The Will of God is for Everyone
He has a plan and a purpose for everyone. In fact, before you were born, God had a plan for your life. It’s no accident that you are sitting here today. He longs for you to discover the life He created for you to live – here on earth, and forever in eternity.
Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
Albert Einstein once said, “God doesn’t play dice.”
In other words, God doesn’t make decisions by happenstance as if he was throwing dice on the table. God is decisive, and he is wise. And in his wisdom, he looked across the world and decided to create you. You. In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, God says, ‘I am your Creator. You were in my care, even before you were born.’ You are not an accident.
The Will of God is about Who We Are
When we are increasingly the people God wants us to be, then we can be confident we are where God wants us to be and with whom God wants us to be. You see, our character traits, spiritual priorities, and manner of living – this is the will of God. And when our lives increasingly conform to God’s prescription for holiness, then all of these nonsensical sidetracks of geography or which couch to buy or where to go to dinner tonight fade to the shadows, and you can live in the glorious freedom of what the will of God is. The will of God is about who you are.
What drives you in the choices you make?
It’s interesting that dictionaries define ‘drive’ as ‘to guide, to control or to direct’. So, what guides, controls or directs the way you make decisions? Right now, you may be driven by a problem, a pressure, or a deadline. You may be driven by a painful memory, a haunting fear, or an unconscious belief. There are a myriad of circumstances, values and emotions that can drive your life. Here are a few…
- Many people are driven by guilt. Although we are products of our past, we don’t have to be prisoners of it.
- Many people are driven by resentment and anger.
- Many people are driven by fear. Instead of living in the freedom that God’s will provides, people drive by fear play it safe, avoid risks and try to maintain the status quo all the while missing out on God’s will. Fear is the self-imposed prison that will keep you from God’s will for your life.
- Many people are driven by the need or approval.
The Will of God is the Word of God
Not only is the will of God the Word of God, but the Word of God is will of God. And when we embrace this truth, we experience a freedom that every Christ-follower desires.
So, how do we make decisions? How do we figure out what our guide and compass should be as we trying to figure out what decisions we should be making? How do we make sure we are in the will of God? Well, the will of God starts with God…And God’s voice, his very Word is in the Bible…So, the will of God is the word of God.