The Will of God and Our Consecration (1 of 3) by Steve Wagers

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The Will of God and Our Consecration (1 of 3)
Series: The Mystery Has Been Solved
Steve N. Wagers
I Thessalonians 4:1-4
November 9, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. A Holy BOOK!
A) Our Attention to the Word
B) Our Application of the Word
2. A Holy BEHAVIOR!
A) The Passion that should Consume Us
B) The Progress that should Concern Us
3. A Holy BOUNDARY!
A) A Crucified Life
B) A Clean Life

I once came across what is called, "The Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidence." I found it quite interesting. President Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860. President John Kennedy was elected in 1960. Both lost children while in the White House. Both men were shot in the head on a Friday in the presence of their wives. Both were replaced with Southern Democrat Senators named Johnson. Lincoln's successor was Andrew Johnson, born in 1808.

Kennedy's successor was Lyndon Johnson, born in 1908. Booth, Lincoln's assassin, was born in 1839. Oswald, Kennedy's assassin, was born in 1939. Both assassins were themselves assassinated before their trials. Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy's secretary was name Lincoln. Secretary Kennedy advised Lincoln not to go to the theater. Secretary Lincoln advised Kennedy not to go to Dallas. Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and ran to a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran to a theatre.

You have to admit there is much coincidence between the events of Lincoln and Kennedy's life. However, when it comes to the Christian life, it is not a matter of coincidence, but providence. Our life is not governed by accidents, but by appointments. To put it another way, our life is governed, guided and guarded by the sovereign will of God.

Each of us can live with the assurance that nothing happens in our life that has not been arranged, appointed, or allowed by God. God does not roll the dice when it comes to His will for our lives. Rather, everything that touches our life is filtered through His will for our life.

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