Responding To The Voice Of God (7 of 8) by Rick Ferguson

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Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
MATTHEW 7:21-27, LUKE 6:46

Question: Would you like to hear from God today and
really, really know for sure God has spoken to you?

Question: I wonder how many of you are right now
praying about a decision or issue in your life and you
really need an answer from God?

Well, let me ask you a couple of follow-up questions
that may determine how God answers your prayer.

1) Are you sure you want God's direction, are you sure
you want to hear what He has to say?

2) Are you committed to doing whatever God tells you
to do whether it is:
* Convenient or not
* Comfortable or not
* Reasonable or not?

You see, sometimes we come to God and ask His
direction about a matter with this attitude, "I'll
hear what God wants me to do, and then I will decide
whether or not I want to do it!"

Now let me tell you, you are not likely to hear from
God if you come to Him thinking, "God tell me what you
want...then I will decide whether or not to do it!"

I have discovered that I never get God's answer or
direction on a matter until I come to Him in a state
of brokenness and say:

* "God, it is your decision, and I will do whatever
you want."

* "God, I have already made my decision to obey you--
you just tell me 'how' and 'what'."

And it is when I come before God in:
* Total submission
* Total surrender
* Total abandonment
* Committed to total obedience
That is when God speaks and unfolds His plan and will
for my life.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view
of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living
sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your
spiritual act of worship.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern
of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve
what God's will is--his good, ...

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