Pastor Dave Sarsons
January 12, 2020
SERMON: January 12th, 2020 “Discovering God’s Will For Your Life”
According to Charles Stanley, there are 8 ways to discover God’s will for you life:
- Communion with God through Scripture – through His Word, God teaches us what the Christian life should look like, what no longer fits us a His children, and how to avoid the pitfalls of life (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- Circumstance of Life – God speaks to us through circumstances – where He puts us, the situations we find ourselves in and the people He places around us.
- Counsel – God speaks to us through the godly counsel of other believers. Scripture admonishes us to teach one another with love, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5).
- Conscience – our inner voice that acts like a moral filter guarding us against the temptation to do something that isn’t right or when we head in the wrong direction (Romans 2:14-15).
- Common Sense – Titus 2:11-12
- Compulsion – the Lord gives you the strong desire to do His will (Philippians 2:13).
- Contentment – or peace when we are at the center of God’s will (Philippians 4:7).
- Communication with God through Prayer – (Psalm 119:105).
Charles Stanley also leaves us with the Hindrances that stop our progress on discovering God’s will for our lives:
- Self Will – Where we are so focused on our own needs and desires that we fail to hear what the Lord is saying
- The Influence of Others – people will always have an opinion of what decisions we should make.
- Ignorance of God’s Character and Principles – this stems from not spending time with God and really knowing who He is.
- Unbelief – doubt of God’s character and promises combined with fear over a situation.
- Feelings of Unworthiness or Guilt
- Busyness – results when we don’t prioritize spending time with God.
- God-directed Anger – or resentment toward God.
- Willfully-harbored Sin – is a block between us and the Lord.
How can you be sure of God’s will for your life?
- Is it consistent with the Word of God?
- Is it a wise decision?
- Can I honestly ask God to enable me to achieve this goal?
- Do I have genuine peace about this path?
- Is this decision appropriate for who I am as a follower of Christ?
- Does it fit God’s overall plan for my life?
- Will this decision honor God?