God’s Will For Man Lesson 1

Introduction: According to the Bible, God has a will for every believer today. It is God’s intention for all of us to know His will for our lives so that we can be IN God’s will. If Jesus Christ was to come back right now for His church, would we be found doing what we should be doing? We would, if we knew what it was. Regarding God’s will, we are either IN the will of God, or we are out of His Will. We are either doing what God wants done, or we are not doing what He wants done, there is no middle ground with God. 

God’s will for man is: 

  1. To be Transformed– Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the sewing of your mind”. As Christians, we have an obligation not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed. So how are we transformed, by the renewing of our mind- II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. 
    • To be transformed, You can’t have a Carnal Mind- Romans 8:5-9 (7) “the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God”.  
    • To be transformed, You can’t walk as other Gentiles- Ephesians 4:17 In the vanity of their mind- filled with worldly pleasure, possessions, power, religions, etc. 
    • To be transformed, You must think on Good Things- Philippians 4:8 These things are to always fill our mind so that other thought don’t fill it. 
  1. To Serve as unto Christ– Ephesians 6:5-8 “but as the servants of Christ” 
    • With fear and trembling- with the fear of God in their heart. We don’t want to do something that is irresponsible or mediocre, and bring reproach to the name of Christ. 
    • In singleness of heart- with purpose and focused attention, in sincerity and without any pretense or hypocrisy or slack. No pretending to be a good workman. 
    • Not with eye service as men pleasers- Not only when the boss is looking. 
    • From the heart- with interest and energy, not as a routine. Even when the boss is not looking ,God is always looking. 
  1. To Give Thanks- I Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (In everything, not for everything). As we walk through all kinds of situations, we can give thanks to God because of His presence and power in our lives (Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. 
  • In a scarcity, we can give Thanks For His Supply- Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. 

One of the greatest promises in the Bible for you and me is this, God promised to supply all the needs of His dear people. 

The great provider- “my God” God himself. No matter the need, the need is not greater than God. We have to trust and depend upon “my God” to supply the need. 

The great assurance- “shall supply” there is no question about the provision being supplied. God is able and will supply whatever His child needs. 

The great provision- “all your need” Not only food, clothes, and shelter, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual. No need is too big or too little for God. 

  The great resource- “according to HIs riches in glory”. There is no limit with God. Take all the riches and wealth of God, it is all available to meet our needs. 

  •   In affliction, we can give thanks for what we have- Job 1:21 “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD”. 
  1. No longer live in the Flesh– I Peter 4:1-2 “no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lust of men”. In order to no longer live in the flesh, we are going to have to “arm ourselves with the same mind” as Christ and do these: 
    • Lay Aside- I Peter 2:1 “malice, guile, hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking”. Lay it aside and don’t pick it up back up. Hebrews 12:1 “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which don’t so easily beset us”. 
    • Put Off- Ephesians 4:22-25 “the former conversation”. The way you used to be is in the past. (effeminate illustration). 
    • Put Off- Colossians 3:7-8 “anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth”. 
    • Don’t Partake- Ephesians 5:7-8 “be not ye therefore partakers with them”. 
    • Mortify- Colossians 3:5-8 

All of these things are things the flesh does and they are not the will of God. Instead we need to have the mind of Christ so that we don’t do things according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. When we arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, we are fed up with sin, knowing we’ve done enough of it, and we will want to reprove it and forsake it.

Conclusion: It is important to know the will of God for our lives and to do God’s will, our rewards and our potential to reign in the millennial reign of Christ depend on it.