How do you know that you’re on the right track when it comes to following the will of God for the life that you are living?
Proverbs 19:21 2nd Corinthians 10:5
The Point: God has a great plan and purpose that will prevail in every life.
The Big Idea: We must seek to have our desires and wants to be in principle compatible with the will or counsel of GOD. Simply put we need to align our hearts with what God wants for us individually and corporately.
Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart, nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
What a powerful verse of scripture this is. It has been one of those verses that I find very easy to recall.
To me, this verse is like a coin because it speaks about mankind on one side and God on the other.
The truth that is published in this verse is so revealing that most of mankind doesn’t want to believe in its truth.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord pondereth the heart.
Unfortunately, there are many of our Christian brothers and sisters that do not wish to acknowledge that this truth applies to all in the New Testament Church.
It’s God who knows our deepest thoughts and motives. Psalm 139:1-4
How do we know that we are on the right paths? How do we know that we are on the right track? How do we know that we are in the will of God for our lives?
This is a question that many of us ask or should ask ourselves from time to time.
This is a question that has many answers when it comes to following God, especially when we look at our individual circumstances.
But our circumstances are only one of the things that tell us that we are on the right track and circumstances and situations vary in all of our lives.
Though our circumstances vary from person to person. God is still in control and His purpose and plan will play out just the way that He wants.
Therefore we must adhere to the teachings of Proverbs 3:5-7
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil.
This my friends is the will of God.
Today we are going to explore a few facets of God’s design and purpose for our lives and how we can know that we are on the right track.
We are going to explore God’s Calling, Our Circumstances, and God’s Counsel
First, we are going to look at the calling of God.
One of the most important things if not the most important thing to know about the calling of God in one’s life is found in the Gospel of John 15:16 you will read the words of Jesus himself… He said that you did not choose me but I chose you an ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain.
God has a universal call upon every believer and disciple of Jesus Christ
We know it as The Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20 Acts 1:8
So how do we prepare ourselves for this ministry?
Well, I’m glad you asked because the Bible tells us that we are to study to show ourselves approved unto God a Workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of Truth. 2nd Timothy 2:15
Many of our Christian brethren don’t look at where they are in life as being vital to the ministry of Jesus Christ. Therefore they don’t see the need to study.
Many of our Christian brothers and sisters don’t look at their lives as being significant to the body of Christ. And because God hasn’t supernaturally dropped some kind of specific purpose in their hearts they don’t see life as being a call to the ministry.
Contrary to this belief God has called all of us as believers of Jesus Christ to go out into the world in which we live and preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are oppressed or crushed by the devil.
To preach the acceptable year of the LORD. Luke 4:18-19 and Isaiah 61:1-2
Therefore as I read yesterday on day 6 of this weeks 21 days of prayer guide… We must all ask God to give us an ability to grasp the seriousness of humanities condition. And to impress upon our hearts the urgency of the message of Jesus Christ to the world.
Second, we are going to look at the circumstances and situations that we face or that we experience.
How many of you know that our circumstances have a tendency to push us in one direction or another?
The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 that all things will work together for good to them that love God and are called according to his purpose.
So, again as we touch on the devices or the schemes in the heart of man, and the divine counsel of the Lord let us also take notice that until God brings us unto the end of ourselves we all are subject to vanity.
Here’s something to ponder and I quote… “But because we fail in the right knowledge of ourselves, we fail also in the right knowledge of God.” End quote.
And yet God so orders the vain things of man’s devices by his overruling providence as to make them subservient to His everlasting counsels. Simply put God has the last say in all matters.
Let’s look at a few biblical examples of everyday people in the days the Christ walked on the earth with mankind.
1st we have the life circumstances and calling of Matthew…
Before he (Matthew) became an Apostle of Jesus Christ, Matthew was doing life as he knew it as a tax collector. And yet his circumstance put him in the right place at the right time to be called and used of God to impact the world.
We find this encounter recorded in all three of the synoptic gospels… Matthew 9:9-13 Mark 2:13-17 and Luke 5:27-28
Note: The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are referred to the Synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in similar sequence and in similar or sometimes identical wording.
2nd we have one of my favorite stories in the bible. The Samaritan women at the well. John 4:4-26 and we pick up the story again in verses 39-42.
Here we find a woman that was most likely looked upon with great disdain and ridicule because of the life that she only knew how to live… until she met Jesus.
A woman who had shared her life and intimacy with multiple men. A woman that was no doubt taken advantage of because of her station in life.
But God in what I like to a call divine interruption in the lives of his chosen divinely interrupts this woman’s everyday life and plans… caused this lady to literally drop what she was doing and go forth as the first New Testament evangelist of the gospel of Christ.
And thirdly we will look at the counsel of God.
Glory to the name of Jesus. The Word of God…
Looking at the Council of God.
Scripture tells us that every word of God is pure we can read that in Psalms 19 vs 7
Scripture also teaches us that no scripture is of any private interpretation 2nd Peter 1:20 and according to 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, (the truth) for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man or woman of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Everywhere we go we should be prepared to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 6:15 reads…Having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. And Romans 10:15b reads…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tiding of good things!
I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 1:16 when he said… “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. That means you and me as well.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the counsel of God.
How do we apply this truth to our lives?
Answer: We as people of God must walk by faith and not by sight, We are to live out each moment by adhering to the word of God by filtering what we think, say and do in obedience to Christ.
Let me put it in even more practical steps if that’s what we wish to call it:
Study the word of God: Studying the word of God will transform our hearts and minds and allow us to see things as they truly are and not what they appear to be.
Apply what we have learned: We walk in a manner that our conversation, conduct, and character is consistent with Christ. When people see us they see Christ.
Observe the consequences: We live a life that is bearing much fruit and in doing so we are making an impact in the lives that God send us to, or that He sends unto us.
Conclusion– As we go throughout the everyday test, trials, and triumphs in this life. The Lord Jesus wants to live his life through us that the people around us may experience His loving kindness His goodness His Mercy and His forgiveness through us.
That their hearts and minds might be turned to himself. We are to make disciples of Jesus Christ and not disciples to ourselves.