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SERMON: January 12th, 2020 “Discovering God’s Will For Your Life”

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. Common Sense – Titus 2:11-12
  6. Compulsion – the Lord gives you the strong desire to do His will (Philippians 2:13).
  7. Contentment – or peace when we are at the center of God’s will (Philippians 4:7).
  8. 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:

  1. Self Will – Where we are so focused on our own needs and desires that we fail to hear what the Lord is saying
  2. The Influence of Others – people will always have an opinion of what decisions we should make.
  3. Ignorance of God’s Character and Principles – this stems from not spending time with God and really knowing who He is.
  4. Unbelief – doubt of God’s character and promises combined with fear over a situation.
  5. Feelings of Unworthiness or Guilt
  6. Busyness – results when we don’t prioritize spending time with God.
  7. God-directed Anger – or resentment toward God.
  8. Willfully-harbored Sin – is a block between us and the Lord.

How can you be sure of God’s will for your life?

  1. Is it consistent with the Word of God?
  2. Is it a wise decision?
  3. Can I honestly ask God to enable me to achieve this goal?
  4. Do I have genuine peace about this path?
  5. Is this decision appropriate for who I am as a follower of Christ?
  6. Does it fit God’s overall plan for my life?
  7. Will this decision honor God?

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