Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
In my life, I’ve found that knowing God’s will can be tricky. My flesh tends to get in the way! The truth is, it’s not that difficult at all. Of course, the Bible doesn’t have your specific name in it with the perfect job, spouse, city, etc. that you are supposed to choose, but in those cases, it’s fairly obvious what is not the will of God.
Bro Christo taught on some very specific things we can know about God’s will. If we apply these things to our lives, it’s a lot easier.
His first point was, “The will of God comes with a promise. If God wants you to do something, there is a promise attached.”
1 John 2:17 “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Heb 10:36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
If you do God’s will, you receive eternal life. That is one of the promises.
Bro Christo made the point that “If you serve in a business, oftentimes there is no promise of benefit. When a soldier obeys a commanding officer, there is not necessarily a ‘big picture’ benefit. It might not benefit him personally.”
In business, there may be no promise at all. However, with Jesus, there is always a promise.
Rom 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
1 Peter 4:2 “That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”
Bro Christo’s second point was, “If you’re in the will of God, you won’t be fulfilling the lusts of your flesh. The will of God will sanctify you. Don’t think you can sin and somehow justify it as part of the will of God.”
The whole purpose of Jesus coming to die for you and me is to separate us from sin. He did the work on the cross, but we have to choose to live His way. If you want to do something that is sin, you can be sure that is NOT the will of God.
Another point is, “The will of God is an example for ignorant people.”
1 Peter 2:15 “For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:”
“People will see in your life that you have changed for the better,” Bro Christo explained. “When you are in the will of God, it silences the silly things people might say about you. Your life will be a witness to the people around you, to the people that know you.”
Our theme for our church is Transformation. When we have an experience with Jesus, we are forever changed. Staying in the will of God affects the choices we make. We no longer choose to get drunk or do drugs or mess around before marriage. There is a light in the Christian that the world doesn’t understand, but they do see it.
Bro Christo talked about the fact that “Some people want to know the will of God by laying a fleece before the Lord. They get this from the story of Gideon. The pastor is the voice of God in your life. God placed you in this church under him.”
Heb 13:17 “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
Jesus is a God of order and He placed people over you for a purpose, to bless you and teach you and to cause you to mature in Him. Don’t fight that. Submit. That’s the will of God.
Bro Christo said, ‘The will of God gives you purpose.”
2 Tim 1:1 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,”
God has a purpose and plan just for you! Being directionless is not His will. Ask Him and He will guide you. If you listen to Him, He will make it very plain.
Another point Bro Christo made is, “The will of God is not selfish.”
2 Cor 8:3-5 “For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.”
God created us to be the church to minister to one another. Jesus demonstrated serving over and over again when He walked this earth. Now, He walks this earth through His Spirit in you and me, again ministering to one another.
This point by Bro Christo is so precious: “The will of God will make you a child of God.”
Mark 3:35 “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”
To be called His child, adopted into His family, bought through His shed blood is priceless. Bro Christo asked the question, ‘What is worth more than Jesus’ blood?’ The answer is: You.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Skip Christo.
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