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Discovering God's Personal Will (37 of 49)
Series: Romans - God's Glorious Gospel
• (Read the Text) Did you catch the last part of verse 2? "So that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." The NIV says it this way, "that you might test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing, and perfect will." The KJV renders this, "That you may be able to 'prove' what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." While the English Standard version says it this way, "That by TESTING you may discern the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." From these two verses, let's direct our thinking to "Discovering God's Personal Will" for our lives, or better said, "For my life and for your life."
• Books have been written about knowing and doing God's will. While this is "going on a limb", I'll suggest that every person who possesses an authen-tic faith desires to know and do God's will. At the same time if we are honest we will admit that discovering and discerning His personal will for us seems to be confusing at best and allusive at worst. And the reason for this is there is much misunderstanding about God's will. So, let's dig in.
• The questions are these; 1) what exactly does the term "God's Will" mean? And 2) what is required for me to know it?
• To answer the first question in Biblical way requires me to turn loose some of the things which I have been taught since I was boy in Sunday school. Let me offer to you an understanding of the 3 different wills of God's which I hope will simply give us the concept and a point of understanding. Certainly different preachers might develop this subject a little differently than I, but as far as I can tell, this is a Biblical concept.
A. God's Planned Will (John Piper calls this God's Will of Decree or Sovereign will). This is His will which does not change. There are many examples of this found in the Bible. Probably the m ...
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