"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

God's Will For My Life?

The small group discussion this coming week will focus on the third message of the current sermon series, I've Got a Question.  In today's service, Charlie Barham did a fantastic job of breaking down this very big, very important and very difficult subject; knowing God's will. Below are some thoughts from Charlie's message that we will want to dig into and try to get our heads around.

For Christy and I, it was as if a million little light bulbs came on and, more than once, the "ah-ha" button was activated. We hope that group time on Wednesday will enable us all to find more clarity on the topic and challenge each other in what scripture is really saying about living in God's will.

Discussion points for ROCC Small Group:

* 1 Thessalonians 4:3 "It is God’s will that you should be sanctified" - There are very few references in scripture as to what God's will is, this is one of them; to be sanctified.  Sanctified is defined as set aside for God at His disposal / for His purpose, as having received mercy, being made holy by way of a relationship with Him. Therefore, at the core of God's will for our life is to be sanctified.

* God's will is more about a sanctified relationship than a decision making program. If we are pursuing a vibrant relationship with God, one that prioritizes Him over all other, then we are assured to be in God's will (see first bullet).  This is important to realize as most of us only consider God's will when we are seeking direction, and/or lifting petitions in prayer.

* From a practical standpoint, finding perspective regarding a relationship with God will help to guide our day-to-day choices and decisions.  In other words, rather than reacting to feelings, peer pressure and circumstances to discover our path in life, we can discover God's leading by way of His Word.  The principles found in scripture allow us to know His heart, and in turn, many of our answers.

* IMPORTANT: God's will is revealed to a willing heart - it's more about "doing" God's will, not "knowing" His will.  Think to our Lord's Prayer; "Your kingdom come, your will be done." Or to David's repeated pleas that God might "teach me to do your will."  Or consider that God is described as our shepherd, to guide, and our king, to direct, never as a consultant for decision making.  He has provided his advice and his guidance through His Word.  The more we are in the Word, the more we find the consultation that we often seek.

* Considering all of these points, how does that change our understanding and our intent when we pray that through various situations (life choices, illness, intercession, etc.) God's will be done?

There is more, but begin to chew on these points.  If you weren't in the service today, I would highly encourage you to listen to the message on the website this week and work through your small group verses.  We cannot wait to see everyone Wednesday night.  Have a great week.


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