Let The Will Of The Lord Be Done
Feb. 11, 2007
INTRODUCTION: GREAT QUESTION: "How can we know what the will of the Lord is?"
GREATER QUESTION: "If you could know the will of the Lord precisely, are you ready and willing to obey it?"
James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
John 16:33, "When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth..."
This passage helps us to understand how to respond when we are dealing with conflicting guidance or counter-convictions.
QUESTIONS THAT ROCK OUR WORLD:
1. Do we have a clear guidance from the Lord about what He wants us to do in obedience to Him?
2. Have we ever been dissuaded from following the Lord because of conflicting guidance from others?
3. Has our own, or other's, concern for safety or popularity or success ever kept us from pressing ahead to follow guidance in difficult circumstances or hard places of service?
4. Do we tend to equate being in the Lord's will with everything working out happily?
5. Has our own fear of radical obedience ever prompted us to crush someone else's determination to do the Lord's will?
6. Has tender affection ever been substituted for courageous love in wanting God's best for someone else?
I. THE WILL OF THE LORD CAN LEAD TO
DIFFICULT PARTINGS. 1-3
Paul is leaving the Ephesian elders after 3 years of incredible ministry.
"departed" -- to tear away; shows the trauma of that parting. So great was the Ephesian elders' love for Paul that he literally had to tear himself away from his sorrowing friends.
The bond of Christian love that united the early Christians was strong.
- Speaks of love
- Speaks of unity
- Speaks ...
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