God’s Will For Your Life

This point four from a sermon I divided into two parts from Mark 3.   All Mark sermons are available here and here.

What It Means To Do God’s Will

“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.

(Mat 21:28-31)

These verses teach us the importance of not only intending to do the will of God, or of not only desiring to do the will of God, but the importance of actually DOING the will of God.  But before we do the will of God, we must know what the will of God is.  Many people believe that knowing or doing God’s will involves some sort of divine miracle in which God speaks to them directly and unmistakably conveying what their special mission in life is.  Well, I have good news for you.  That is exactly what has happened.  God has spoken divinely, miraculously, directly and unmistakably to you in His Word telling you exactly what your special mission in life is.   Consider the words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians:

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.  (Eph 5:17-21)

We are called to know the will of God, which is in these verses, 1 being filled with the Spirit, 2 the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another and in worship to Christ,     3 the giving of thanks, and 4 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.  When Paul wanted the Ephesians to know the will of God, he wrote it down for them under the inspiration of the Spirit.  Since the Bible is inspired by the Spirit it is absolutely necessary to have the Spirit as we read the Bible, so that He can show us what God’s will is for us.

A.           Be Born Again

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.  (Joh 1:12-13)

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”  (Joh 6:40)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1Ti 2:1-4)

who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,  (Gal 1:4)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  (Eph 1:3-14)

B.           Have The Spirit

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  (Rom 8:26-27)

C.            Hear Him

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” (Mar 9:2-7)

D.           Follow Christ

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  (Joh 10:27)

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luk 14:26-27)

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  (Mat 16:24-25)

E.            Be Discerning

So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.  (Joh 7:16-17)

F.            Give And Give Of Yourselves

For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints– and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.  (2Co 8:3-5)

G.           Serve As Unto The Lord

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Eph 6:5-8 )

H.           Fight Against Satan’s Kingdom

Col 1:11-14  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,  (12)  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  (13)  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, (14)  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

2Co 4:3-6  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing.  (4)  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  (5)  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  (6)  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Eph 6:11-18  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  (12)  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  (13)  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  (14)  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  (15)  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  (16)  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  (17)  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  (18)  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Mark 3:14-15

I.             Love One Another

Joh 15:17  These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

J.            Glorify God

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  (Joh 4:23)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (1Th 5:16-18 )

K.           Pray Without Ceasing See above

L.            Be Thankful See above

M.          Be Sanctified

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  (1Th 4:3-6)

N.           Be Transformed

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  (Rom 12:2)

O.           Do Good

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.  (1Pe 2:15)

P.            Be Submitted To God

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  (Mat 6:9-13)

While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”  (Act 21:10-14)

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”– yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”  (Jas 4:13-15)

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. (1Pe 4:1-2)

Signs That You Are Doing The Will Of God

These signs are not infallible, but sometimes these can let you know that you are in God’s will.

A.          You Are Opposed By The World

Joh 15:18  “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  Mark 3:6, 19, 21, 22, 30

5 arguments against those who do God’s will:

1.             You’re crazy

2.            You’re evil

3.            You’re deceived

4.            You’re lying

5.            You’re hateful

B.           You Suffer For Doing Good

For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.  (1Pe 3:17)

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.  (1Pe 4:19)

C.            You Are Heard By God

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (1Jn 5:14)

And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.  (Joh 9:28-31)

Promises For Doing God’s Will

A.            You Will Abide Forever

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  (1Jn 2:17)

So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.  (Mat 18:14)

B.           You Will Receive Your Reward

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.  (Heb 10:35-36)

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”  (Rev 14:12-13)

All Scriptures quoted are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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