CARE GROUP TEACHING - JULY, 2008
The Journey to God’s Will
# 1 question people ask God: “What is your will for my life?”
Finding God’s will doesn’t happen overnight. It is a journey. Just as there a road markers along a highway, there are spiritual markers along our journey. We must value each marker as an important factor in finding God’s will to our lives.
Spiritual Marker # 1: Decision, the Pursuit of God
“For he chose us in him.” (Ephesians 1:4)
Just as the Lord has chosen us, we need to choose to pursue Him.
Spiritual Marker # 2: Direction, the Plan for His Will
“In accordance with his pleasure and will.” (v. 5)
“according to the plan of Him.” (v. 11)
Three levels of prayer: Level 1: Petition
Level 2: Devotion
Level 3: Intercession
Spiritual Marker # 3: Dream, the Passion for the Vision
“He made known to us the mystery of his will.” (v. 9)
“when the times will have reached their fulfillment.” (v. 10)
2 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.”
God’s timing is different than our timing. If God has given you a promise, you can count on it – He is faithful! He doesn’t forget His promises. What I love about the Lord is that He has selective memory. He forgets the sins of my past, but remembers His promises for my destiny.
A wrong decision at the wrong time = disaster
Driving 40 miles an hour in a School Zone with a police officer watching you,
is a wrong decision at the wrong time.
A wrong decision at the right time = disagreement
Charging $ 1,000.00 on your MasterCard to buy clothes at the Foley’s
Red Apple Sale is a wrong decision at the right time.
A right decision at the wrong time = disorder
Starting the Atkins diet on Thanksgiving morning is a right decision, but at the
A right decision at the right time = destiny!
Sharing your faith with your friend who is not saved and just lost his job, is a
right decision at the right time, and it will result in their eternal destiny.
Spiritual Marker # 5: Discipline, the Principles for His Promises. “with all wisdom and understanding” (v. 8)
“having been predestined according to the plan of him.” (v. 11)
Many people ask the Lord and ask others about the will of God, but they fail to check out the Word of God. God’s Word is filled with His promises – you simply need to check them out.
Spiritual Marker # 6: Determination, the Perseverance for the Journey. “who works out everything” (v. 11)
Even when times get tough, we’ve got to hang in there.
Spiritual Marker # 7: Destiny, the Purpose for Your Life
The Destiny Principle:
Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a lifestyle.
Sow a lifestyle, reap a destiny!
God’s will is not just a destiny, it is a journey. The lessons you learn in getting there is just as important as getting there.