What is God’s Will?

Why ask this question?
The question is a tough nut
So we seldom bother to ask this question.

But there are times in which we suddenly come up this question.
We know our way until we come to a junction and are uncertain of the next move.

Three different situations

1.      Clear situations: there are right decisions and wrong decisions
2.      Grey situation: something that's not necessarily right or wrong
3.      Difficult situations: a choice between two good things

The Kingdom
1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

God as King
When we are born again, we confessed that Jesus is our Lord

Romans 10:9, 10
9     If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10   For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Lordship is right there in our new life.
We are ‘free servants’ of our Lord.
Hence the will of our Lord is the way of our life.
We live not outside the will of God.

Whenever does a King rule his country?
1.      In his presence and in his absence
2.      While he is awake and is asleep

Mark 4. 26, 27 (The Parable of the Seed that grows by itself)
26   He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27   Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

What is ruling a country mean
It is not just giving commands always.
A King has two duties

1.      Maintain the country
2.      Guard the country from enemies

Adam was in the office of the king to the Garden of Eden

Genesis 1:28   God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

He had two duties to perform

Genesis 2:15   The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (NIV)

Genesis 2:15   And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it. (AMP)

Adam was to maintain the garden and guard it.
Adam was the designated king of the garden

It is the responsibility of the king to

1.      Maintain his country
2.      To guard it from the enemies

How does a King rule over his country?
A king rules his country by exercising his will over it.

Matthew 6:9-10
9     “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10   your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

There may be a host of ministers in his court
All of them may have freedom to express their thoughts and opinions
But always, the king takes the decision
Only his orders are obeyed in the country

Kingdom Vs Democracy
Kingdom is the exercise of the will of the King
Democracy is the exercise of the will of the people

Kingdom is the rule of a king according to his will
Democracy is the rule of the people according to the will of the people

In a democratic concept the will of the people is correct.
The will of the majority decides the way of life.

It does not matter whether it is good or bad.
The will of the majority is right.

In a Kingdom the will of the King is the way of life.
None else can question it; none else can alter it.
The King needs no explanation for his will.

God’s will is not the will of the people
God’s will is the will of the King of Kings, the heavenly King.

To every question concerning our way of life, the answer is: because it is the will of our King

The Kingdom of God is not a democratic state
It is a Kingdom governed by a great emperor whose Kingdom is eternal.

We have freedom of thought and speech, but His will must is the final order.

The Kingdom of God
A different Kingdom
Mandatory and Optional
The Kingdom of heaven is different in certain aspect from the kingdom of man
The will of the king is mandatory in an earthly kingdom.
The will of the King is mandatory and optional at the same time in the Kingdom of God.

We call it Free Will

1.    Free will is the freedom of Choice
     God does not impose His Will on us.
     He offers alternative ways and foretells us of the consequences.

2.    Free will is not pushing us out into the darkness to grapple for the right way.
     It is defined freedom with responsibilities.

Defined freedom is freedom with consequences.
Consequences are life and death; blessings and curses.

Obeying God’s Will is always optional
But obeying God’s Will is Mandatory for heavenly blessings

Deuteronomy 30. 19 - 20
19   This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
20   and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Preparing to obey God’s Will
1.    Be flexible

Flexible to change what we believe is ‘right’
Flexible to change what we believe as God’s way and purpose.

1.    Our “right” may not be God’s will.
     The only explanation for changing our path will be: ‘The Will of my King is different.’

2.    God’s will is often revealed in capsules.
     It is a gradual revelation.

God knows the beginning and the end
Because He has no beginning and end
God is not time bound. God has only now.

We do not know the end for sure.
God need not always reveal the full picture.
He may tell only the “next step” at one time.

The part is indispensable to the whole.
Part is blessing.
But part is not the whole

The Israelites were informed of the end of their journey from Egypt, i.e. The Promised Land of Canaan.
Still the way and the procedure remained a mystery.

We are called to walk by faith, not by sight.

God may change:

1.      Path
2.      Assignments

Because of positive situations as well as of negative situations.

Exodus 13:17, 18          
17   When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”
18   So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

Acts 16:6 – 10
6     Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
7     When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
8     So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9     During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
10   After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

2.    Be available
All disciples, when they were called by Jesus to follow Him made themselves available to His service.

Matthew 8:21, 22
21   Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22   But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 8:21, 22
21   Another of the disciples said to Him, Lord, let me first go and bury [care for till death] my father.
22   But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and leave the dead [in sin] to bury their own dead. (AMP)

Mark 5:18-20
18   As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.
19   Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
20   So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

3.    Take it from Him
Proverbs 1:23   Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.

(All Bible verses are from NIV, if not otherwise mentioned)

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