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His Sovereign Will

God’s sovereign will is what He actually does, despite our choice to sin.

  • To Accomplish His Will
    • Ephesians 1:11—11 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,
  • Find True Worshippers
    • John 4:23— 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.

For Human Life

Fear God and Keep His Commandments—Ecclesiastes 12:13— The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

  • Love God and Your Neighbor
    • Mark 12:28-31—And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
  • Have Faith in God
    • Galatians 2:20— I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Do Good Works
    • Ephesians 2:10— For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  • Worship in Spirit and Truth
    • John 4:23— 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.
  • Be Holy
    • What Methods
      • God through Faith
        • I Thessalonians 5:23— Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
        • Philippians 3:9— And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
      • Through Testing, Reading the Bible, Prayer, and Fellowship
        • Romans 12:2— 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.
        • II Timothy 3:16-17— All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
        • John 16:24—Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
        • Hebrews 10:24-25—And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
      • What Holiness Is
        • Do Justice
          • Micah 6:8—He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
        • Love Kindness
          • Micah 6:8—He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
        • Have a Humble Relationship with God
          • Micah 6:8—He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
        • Rejoice Always
          • I Thessalonians 5:16,18— Rejoice always,…18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
        • Pray Always
          • I Thessalonians 5:17-18—pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
        • Give Thanks in Everything
          • I Thessalonians 5:18— give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
        • Don’t Live for Passions
          • I Peter 4:2— so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

Discovering It For Our Lives

  • Have Flexible Life Goals
    • James 4:13-15—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”– 14 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. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
    • The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
  • Testing
    • Romans 12:2—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.
  • Prayer
    • John 16:24—Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
  • Holy Spirit
    • I Corinthians 2:11-12—For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
  • Christ > Ourselves
    • Luke 9:23-24—And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
  • Love and Good Works
    • I John 3:17-19—But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;
  • Spiritual War
    • I Peter 2:11—Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
  • Faith / Trust
    • Proverbs 3:5-6—Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

His Perfect Will

God’s perfect will is what He wanted for His creation.

  • All Men Be Saved
    • I Timothy 2:4— who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.