#1 CHECK GOD’S WORD
1 Thessalonians 4:3 “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified and that you should avoid sexual immorality, that each of you should learn to control his own body.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Peter 2:15 “It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, live as servants of God.
#2 ASK FOR GUIDANCE
Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
“We must trust that a closed door is not designed to defeat us or discourage us, it is meant to move us in a better direction.”
#3 WEIGH YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
21 The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the Lord had given him success in his mission.
Sometimes God directs us by a closed door.
Sometimes God directs by giving us a great opportunity.
One of the best aides God gives to us is our Christian brothers and sisters.
First, these Biblical Characters did not have the advantage of God’s Word or God’s Spirit to guide them.
Second, we must beware of signs that are set up to get what we want.
Third, we must choose the sign carefully.
#4 WALK IN FAITH
Check God’s Word.
Seek God’s Help.
Pay attention to your circumstances.
Walk faithfully each step God reveals.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV) 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
- Why do we tend to think that God’s will is something difficult to discern? What does God want us to understand here?
- How does being part of a faith community help you in discerning God’s will?
Which area of your life is the one where you most often want to know God’s specific will? Is it financial, vocational, relational or in some other area?
- How will you seek to know what God wants you to do after hearing this message?
NEXT STEPS: Sincerely seek God’s will rather than our own.