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What Is God's Will For My Life? (12 of 13)
Series: When We Ask What?
Dr. Stan Coffey
I. Some People Are Fatalistic About God's Will
Ii. Some People Are Fearful Of God's Will.
Iii. Some People Are Frustrated About God's Will
Please turn to Ephesians Chapter 5. And we come now to the twelfth in a thirteen series of lessons on When We Ask What? The what questions of life when we ask the Lord what about this or what am I do to in this situation and today's question is, "What is God's will for my life?"
I would say that no other question has been asked of me more than the question, "How can I know the will of God? How can I discover the will of God for my life?"
Because it is important for us to know God's will because the scripture says that God has a plan for our life and He has a will for our life and to know that plan is to find the highest and greatest success in life. Someone said, "Life's greatest discovery is to know God's will and life's greatest achievement is to do God's will."
So some of us are facing a certain decisions, some of us are facing certain circumstances and we say, "What is God's will in this circumstance? What is God's will in this particular matter?" I hope today that we can get some insight into the will of God and how to discover the will of God because God does want everyone to know His will.
Now in Ephesians 5 beginning in verse 15 the apostle Paul said, "SEE THEN THAT YOU WALK CIRCUMSPECTLY, NOT AS FOOLS, BUT AS WISE. REDEEMING THE TIME BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL. WHEREFORE BE YE NOT UNWISE BUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS."
Now on your outline, the New International Version, "BE CAREFUL, VERY CAREFUL HOW YOU LIVE, NOT AS UNWISE BUT AS WISE MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL. THEREFORE, DO NOT BE FOOLISH BUT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LORD'S WILL IS."
The indication there is it would be foolish of us to live a single day without being aware that God has a plan for that day, that God has a will for our life. The psalmists said long ago, 'THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE; I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT."
So God has given us each day. When we wake up, that is the day that God has made and He has made that day for us in a unique way. We also read in the Old Testament that God promised the children of Israel, "AS THY DAYS ARE SO SHALL THY STRENGTH BE."
There is a correspondence between the days that we live and God's will for those days. It has to do with time. God's will has to do with taking advantage of opportunity, developing our potential, making a maximum effort in everything that we do because when you look at this passage, Paul says, 'REDEEMING THE TIME" or making the best use of every opportunity because the days are evil.
He means there not only that we live in an evil society, all of us know that but he means that time is short and the time gets away from us. The time is precious, the time is fleeting. We al ...
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