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How Can I Know God's Will (4 of 7)
Series: Now That's a Tough One - Answering the Difficult Questions of Life
In 1984, I was a senior at the University of Texas. I was getting ready to graduate, and I wasn't quite sure what I was supposed to do. My roommate in college the year before, Jerry Evans, he and I had gotten baptized at the same time, my freshman year in high, in college and his sophomore year. And we had spent a lot of time together. We had grown in the Lord together. Well, he really felt like God was calling him in the ministry, so he went to seminary to go in the ministry. And I started to pray. I said, ''God, do You want me to go in the ministry? Is that the plan You have for me?'' And I never felt like the Lord had called me at that time. And so I said, ''Well, Lord, you know I don't feel like You're calling me to do that, so I guess I should just go and pursue a career in business.'' And I had interviewed some that senior year in college and got the same letter back from all the companies, ''No thanks,'' you know. Those kind of letters are not very nice. But I was asking the question of the Lord, ''Lord, what do You want me to do? Lord, would You show me Your will for my life.''
How many in here have ever prayed that kind of prayer, where you ask the Lord to show His will for your life? You're not the only one that's prayed that. I mean, obviously, we've all prayed it. Anybody that desires to please God has prayed that prayer, ''Lord, show me what You want me to do.'' And that exact prayer is found in the book of Acts. It was uttered by Saul of Tarsus when he met the Lord on the road to Damascus.
Look in Acts chapter 9. I'll begin reading in verse 1. ''Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest.'' Saul was a bad dude. Saul's a lot like Osama bin Laden of his day. He's trying to wipe out Christianity, and he's thinking he's serving God in doing that. ''And ...
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