God’s will for your life.
Most people try and make it much more difficult than it really has to be, when the Bible is very clear. Also, we make it much more difficult because we don’t take our part seriously.
God’s sovereign will is His secret will or His will of decree. This refers to what God has ordained. Everything [and I mean everything] that comes to pass is according to God’s sovereign decree. All that He decrees will come to pass and His will of decree cannot be thwarted. God is sovereign over all things – nature and nations, animals and angels, spirits and Satan, wonderful people and wicked people, even disease and death. This is God’s sovereign will and we cannot know it.
Deuteronomy 29:29a “The secret things belong to the LORD our God…
God’s will of command or His moral will is revealed to us clearly and is God’s will for your life:
Deuteronomy 29:29b …but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Where are the things that are revealed to us? God speaks to us through the Son in the Holy Scriptures.
Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, (2) but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
Peter, comparing his personal experience on the Mountain of Transfiguration to the Holy Scriptures can say:
2 Peter 1:19 and we possess as more reliable the prophetic word, to which you do well if you pay attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,
The written Word of God is “more reliable” than even the Apostle Peter’s eyewitness testimony.
We don’t need hunches, impressions, feelings, fleeces, talking donkeys, or signs to determine God’s will for our life. We just need the prophetic Word. Paul tells us what God’s will is and then gives a specific list of sin to abstain from. I am in agreement with Bro. Jason, these may have been specific sins that the Thessalonians were struggling with but sin is sin and this admonition applies to all sin.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification…
We learned what sanctification was last week. Maturing and growing in your Christian life by progressively becoming more Christ-like: progressively reflecting the image to which you were created – the image of God through your position in Christ. Sanctification is accomplished through glorifying God by obeying the simple commands of scripture out of a love [not legalism] for the Father and the Son. That is God’s will for your life!
God provides the moral precepts; we have the freedom and responsibility to choose within these boundaries. Yes, everything is permissible, but not everything is profitable.
Now, to bring this long post home, where do we as “Christians” fall short in finding God’s will for our life? By not spending time in the very place it is revealed to us – the Bible. You cannot do God’s will [follow the simple commands of scripture to grow in Christ-like-ness] if you have never spent any time learning what the moral precepts of scripture are and applying them to your life with Holy Spirit supplied wisdom. This does not mean just checking off “thou shalt not” boxes – but living with a transformed heart that desires to glorify God in every aspect of our lives – more especially when there is not a “thou shalt not” to go by.
James Montgomery Boice says rightly that the battle for inerrancy of the Bible has been fought and won. But he battle for the sufficiency of the Bible is just beginning.
Is the Bible enough? Do we affirm that the Bible is sufficient to guide us in all aspects of life, including following God’s will for us?
How do your Bible reading and study habits stack up compared to how you answered the first two questions?