God's Will: Don't Leave Home Without It by James Merritt

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5-9-99 Romans 12:1-2
Dr. James Merritt



1. It was one of those attention-grabbing headlines that made me stop and read the
article. The headline read: “Plane With A Mind Of Its Own Crashes.” The story that
followed was not only very funny, but illustrated a great truth. Here is the story:

2. Paul Sirks owned a Vintage single-engine plane, a 1946 Aeronca Champ. He had
landed the plane at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio, because of mechanical
problems. The plane’s engine had stalled on the runway and Sirks got out to restart it by
hand-turning the propeller. That is when the fun began.

3. Once the engine started, he could only watch helplessly as the plane, on its own,
taxied away from him and took off by itself. The plane was also trimmed for landing,
which means the nose was trimmed up, so it just started climbing.

4. For two hours that plane flew itself. It climbed to about two thousand feet, circled the
area for about five minutes, and then finally headed Northeast. Another pilot and the
State Highway Patrol tracked the plane, which reached about twelve thousand feet near
the end of its flight.

5. It finally crashed ninety miles away from where it took off, and was totally destroyed.
The obvious truth of that story is without a pilot a plane will inevitably crash.1

6. But there is a greater truth for all of us. Our lives are like that plane, and without God
piloting our life, and us flying according to His will, the plane of our life will also
eventually crash. The Apostle Paul wrote in Eph. 5:17, “Do not be unwise, but
understand what the will of the Lord is.”

7. The wisest thing you will ever do with your life is to find the will of God, and do it.
That is also one of the five greatest lessons parents can ever teach their children.

8. I don’t guess any pastor has ever been asked a question more than this one: “How can
I know the will of God for my life?” Unfortunately, many people think that finding
God’s will is like playing hide-and-seek; it is like trying to hunt for small Easter eggs in
tall grass. Well, let me give you a comforting thought—You don’t find God’s will,
God’s will finds you.

9. Did you know that God is more anxious for us to know His will than we are to find it?
It is not really your responsibility to find the will of God; it is your responsibility to do
the will of God. If God wants you to know His will, it is His responsibility to reveal it; it
is your responsibility to obey it.

10. In Romans 12:1-2 we have God’s method on how to know His will for our lives.
We’re going to learn that before we can know the will of God that we don’t know, we
must do the will of God that we do know. There are three steps that must be taken in
order to get us in a position where God can reveal His will to us, knowing that we will do
what He want ...

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