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The Decision to Obey God's Will in Your Life (3 of 3)
Series: Decisions That Will Change Your Life for the Good
January 29, 2006
1. LORD, ENLIGHTEN ME TO FIND YOUR WILL
a) The Possibility of Knowing God's Will
b) The Prerequisite for Knowing God's Will
2. LORD, EQUIP ME TO FOLLOW YOUR WILL
a) The Ability to Serve
b) The Ability to Sacrifice
3. LORD, ENABLE ME TO FULFILL YOUR WILL
a) A Well-Pleasing Life
b) A Well-Done Life
In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venus there were many suitors of Portia, a beautiful lady of wealth. There were suitors of noble birth and fame who wanted to marry her, but it had been decreed that her hand would be won the suitor who chose the right casket from three in her possession. Inside the winning casket was her portrait which indicated she was the prize of the right choice.
There was a silver casket with the inscription, "Who chooseth me shall get as much as deserve." Inside the silver casket was a fool's head.
There was a golden casket with the inscription, "Who chooseth me shall get what many men desire." Inside the golden casket was a skull.
The third casket was made of lead and bore the inscription, "Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath." It was the lead casket that contained her portrait.
For the past couple of weeks we have been thinking about the choices that we make in life. Like the gold and silver caskets of Portia, there are decisions that we make that have an unfavorable outcome. On the other hand there are choices that we make that reap great rewards in our life. It is the decisions and choices that change our life for the good that we have been thinking about.
We have considered two decisions that change our life. We began by thinking about the decision to glorify God with our life. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:20, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." Motivated by gratit ...
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