Knowing God’s Will

Knowing
God’s Will

          2 – A recent survey revealed that in an average
Bible Believing, independent Baptist Church, maybe 40% of the members know
God’s will for them, 48% want to know God’s will, and the remaining 12% are
unconcerned.  The twelve percent either
just do not know, do not care, or have not really given any thought to the
matter. 

          Very few people today can actually say
today that they know the will of God for them personally.  Romans chapter 12 discusses the will of God
and how to know.  So hopefully this
lesson will enlighten us a little bit as to what we need to know to understand
this better.

          3 – Rom 12:1 I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
service.

Rom 12:2 And be
not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.

Rom 12:3 For I
say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think
soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Rom 12:4 For as
we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Rom 12:5 So we,
being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of
another.

Rom 12:6 Having
then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether
prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Rom 12:7 Or
ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on
teaching;

Rom 12:8 Or he
that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with
simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with
cheerfulness.

          Verses one and two give the formula
for knowing God’s will.  There are other
things involved in a full knowledge of God’s will.  For example, circumstances have a part in the
will of God.  Circumstances involve God
working things out in a given situation to guide His servant, (which would be
you).  Yes, since we have become saved,
we are now a servant of Jesus Christ. 
Why are we a servant of Jesus Christ? 
Because if we want blessings in our life, and also in our eternal home,
heaven, we are to serve Him, and obey Him in all things.

          Other Christians, wiser than
ourselves, can often help us in ascertaining the will of God.  God can use many different ways to reveal His
will to an individual.  Consequently,
when we speak of a certain “formula”, there may also be many other factors
involved.  Be that as it may, the
principles found in Romans 12 must be operating in one’s life if he or she is
to really know God’s will for them.

          Consider this basic formula for
knowing God’s will.  Paul says, “I
beseech you” in verse 1.  Beseech means
to beg or plead with someone.  The
apostle is begging us to do something. 
That something must certainly be worthy of our attention for him to beg
us.  We need to pay attention and see
what it is.

          Look at verse 1 again.  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God.”  Paul calls our
attention to something that should motivate us to want the will of God in our lives.  When we really consider what God has done for
us (the mercies of God toward us), and how He has been and is so good to us,
that should motivate us to want to serve Him with all our hearts and to know
what His will is for us.

          Paul says to “present you bodies a
living sacrifice” That is exactly what the three Hebrews did in Daniel 3:28,
when Nebuchanezzar made the golden statue. 
They were told when heard the music, they were to bow down and worship
the idol, but they refused to do so. 
When they were called to account for their refusal to obey the command,
the Bible says that they had “yielded their bodies, that they might not serve
nor worship any god, except their own God.” 

          Having their hearts already settled in
the matter, the Hebrews responded to the King (Dan. 3:16), “O Nebuchadnezzar,
we (are) not careful thee in this manner.” 
In other words, they told the King they were not to bow down no matter
what he did to them. 

          They said, (Dan 3:16-17), “our God
whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will
deliver (us) out of thine hand, O king.  But
if not, be it known unto thee, O king, we will not serve thy gods, nor worship
the golden image which thou hast set up.” 
They sais God was able to deliver them, but if He chose not to, they
would still serve Him.  They yielded
their bodies that they would not bow down to any God except their own.

          That is what Paul is beseeching
Christians to do:  “present your bodies a
living sacrifice.”  That is, we are to
take ourselves, ourselves totally, and give ourselves to God.  Just say, “Here I am Lord.  Whatever you want to do with me, that’s
alright with me.  However you want to use
me, wherever you want me to go, whatever you want me to say, that’s fine with
me.

          4 – Look at Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye
your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield
yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness unto God. 

          That is a command.  That is what Paul is begging us to do in
chapter 12.  He pleads in chapter 12what
he commanded in chapter 6.  Our members
are the parts of our bodies.  We are to
yield, or present, them unto God, as instruments of righteousness.  God wants us to verbally and consciously
commit ourselves to Him.  He wants us to
yield our members to God through prayer.

           5 – God, I give you my eyes that they might look for you and see
the needs of people that you might minister through me to those people.

          God, I yield to you my hands, that
they might be used for your glory, to minister unto people.

          Lord, I give you my feet that they
might be used for your glory to take me where you want me to be.

          The little member that needs yielding
the most is the tongue.  It causes more
trouble than any other member.

          6 – Jam 3:5 Even so the tongue is a
little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little
fire kindleth!

Jam 3:6 And
the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our
members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of
nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

          The Bible says that in the tongue is
the power of life and death (Pro. 18:21). 
If every Christian would completely yield his tongue to God, everything
he had would be God’s.  James says (1:26)
if a man does not bridle his tongue, his religion is vain.  If one can control his tongue, he has control
of the whole body. (James 3:2)

          7 – Eli in the Old Testament is an illustration of
this perfect yielding to God.  Eli was
not the best High Priest Israel ever had, nor was he the best father in
Israel.  He had a lot of problems, mainly
in his own family.  He was not good in
the discipline and training of his sons. 
Because of that, the curse of God came on Eli’s family.  Through Samuel, God told Eli that He was
going to destroy both of his sons on the same day and cut off the lineage of
Eli forever out of Israel.

          Now, there was a man to whom God said,
“I’m going to cut your family off. 
You’ll have no descendants in Israel at all, because of your
disobedience in raising your sons in a godly manner.”  When Eli received that negative message from
God, he said (1st Sam. 3:18), “It is the Lord: let Him doeth what
seemeth Him good.” That is total submission to the will of God. 

          Had he submitted to God like that 25
years earlier, God would not have had to curse his family.  Had he yielded himself as a father to God, to
be used of God the way God wants a father to be, then he would not have had
serious problems with his sons later. 
God would not have had to destroy his family.  Finally he came to a point in his life where
he totally submitted to God, but it was too late to salvage his family.

          Is that not the way it is with a lot
of Christians?  They wait until their
children are grown, gone astray, and on their way to hell, before they finally
wake up and get right with God.  We
should get right years and years before that happens. 

          Someone once asked a Christian
educator, “When do you start educating a child?”  His answer was, “twenty years before he‘s
born, by educating his parents.”  We must
start as early as possible.  So we need
to yield ourselves to God at whatever point in our lives we are at right
now.  If one is saved, it matters not if
he is only ten years old; he needs to yield himself to God.  If he is 90 years old and saved, he needs to
yield himself to God.  God wants total
submission, just like Eli expressed.    

          8 – Isaiah gives another picture of total
submission to God.  God said, “Whom shall
I send?”   Isaiah looked around and said,
“Lord, I’m here.  Why don’t you send
me?  That is total submission.  God is asking that same question to all of
us: “Whom can I send to the mission field? 
Whom can I send to your next door neighbor to tell them about
Jesus? 

          Too often we do respond as Isaiah
did:  “Lord, here am I; send me.”  Instead, we say, “Lord get somebody else to
go to my neighbor.”                                                              

          “Whom can I send to witness to your
fellow employee or your schoolmate?”  We
should quickly reply, “Lord, You don’t have to look any further.  Here I am, ready to do your will.”  May we, as Isaiah, totally submit to the will
of God?

          God wants our whole being to be
sanctified, our whole person to be dedicated to His service.  “Present your whole bodies a living
sacrifice.”  The first step one must
take, in order to know for sure what the will of God is for him, is to dedicate
himself  totally to the Lord.

          9 – 1Th 5:23 And the very God
of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul
and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This concerns more than just dying and going
to heaven and waiting on the second advent of the Lord.  He is saying that He wants us Christians to
be in such a state when the Lord comes back, that at that moment we are
blameless.  We will not be in sin nor
even having wicked thoughts.

          We will be doing what God wants us to be doing right at
that moment.  If one is planting an apple
tree when Jesus comes back and that is what God wants him doing, he is just as
much in the will of God as the person standing on the street corner preaching.  He is yielded to God and doing what God wants
him doing.

          1Th 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.  What will God do?  He will preserve us blameless unto the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In order for
Him to do that, there are some things contingent on us.  We have to yield ourselves to Him.  We are not blameless before God unless we are
yielded to the Lord. But if we are yielded to Him, then He preserves us
blameless, that is, in a state of righteousness.

          God wants us to live our lives and do the things necessary
for living.  He wants men to make a
living for their families.  He wants
ladies to be homemakers.  It is His will
for us to do all the things necessary to living.  For one to be doing what he is supposed to be
doing at the moment Jesus comes back does not necessarily mean that he will be
witnessing right then.  Paul says that
whatever we are doing, we should be blameless in body, soul, and spirit, when
the Lord returns.

          God wants the whole person to be sanctified.  When does He want that; when does He want us
to yield ourselves totally to Him?  When?

          10
– Exo 32:29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even
every. man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a
blessing this day.

          God wants us dedicated today, so He can bless us this
day.  God is not worried about tomorrow’s
blessing, as we often are.  That is why
He tells us in Mathew chapter 6 to concern ourselves with today, and do not
worry about tomorrow. 

          Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day
is the
evil thereof. 
Forget what may happen tomorrow, or next month, or what happened last
week.  We must concern ourselves with
today.  We are living today, not
yesterday, not tomorrow.  We must
dedicate ourselves to God today, that He may bestow upon us a blessing
today.  The reason we go through many
days without blessings from God is because, on those days, we have not
dedicated ourselves unto the Lord. 

          Another passage shows when God wants
us dedicated unto Him.  1Ch
29:5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things
of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of
artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day
unto the LORD?

          The materials mentioned were being dedicated for the
building of the temple.  After
consecrating the gold and silver, David inquired as to who of the people would
consecrate his service “this day” unto the Lord.  God cannot bestow a blessing on us this day
unless we are willing to consecrate ourselves this day unto Him. 

          God wants us to consecrate our whole being to Him
today.  We might respond, “Well, I did it
yesterday.  Is that good enough for
today?  It is not.  That is why we should get up every morning
dedicating ourselves for that day unto the Lord.

                11
– Psa
118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will
rejoice and be glad in it.  Lam
3:22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his
compassions fail not.

Lam 3:23 They
are
new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

          And our dedication to Him should be new every morning.  And it will be, if our faithfulness to Him is
great.  Only when we are yielded to Him
daily will we be able to rejoice and be glad in each day.   

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