Monday, February 9, 2009

Good morning and happy Monday! What wonderful warm weather we enjoyed over the weekend! I could get used to this in February but I don't think it will stay for very long. :( My husband and I started in a new Sunday school class yesterday and they were beginning a study called "Discovering God's Will" by Andy Stanley. I really enjoy listening to and reading books by Andy Stanley, so I was excited from the get go!

I learned that we can see God's will in 3 different ways - 3 ways that I really hadn't ever considered.

1. Providential Will of God - this is things that God will do, no matter what

You don't have to pray for God to do it for Him to do it (Gal. 4:4-5)

It is not dependent on our obedience or faith

2. The Moral Will of God - this is the things that God has already given us direct commands about (the do's and don'ts of Scripture)

The more familiar we are with God's Word, the easier it will be to distinguish

1 Peter 2:15 - part of God's moral will is that we should obey the government (you don't need to pray and ask God if you can cheat on your taxes or drive over the speed limit)

God's Word tells us to remain morally pure (you don't need to pray and ask God if you should move in with your girlfriend/boyfriend, have sex before marriage, cheat on your spouse, get a divorce, etc.) - He has already given you the answer

3. The Personal Will of God

Should I marry this person?
Should I take this job?
Should I move here or there?

The more familiar you become to the providential will and obedient to the moral will, the easier it will be for you to determine and understand the personal will of God.

God's providential will determines the standards for what God is going to call you to do.....the more surrendered we are to His moral will, the easier it is to understand the personal will of God for you.

As people grow spiritually, it is much easier to determine and understand the will of God.

I get asked alot about discerning the will of God, so understanding this, makes it much easier to explain. It brought good insight to me and I hope it gives you something to think about too!!!

Have a great day!

Living fearlessly in Christ


Anonymous said...

We miss you and your family at PBC but know that this is where God has you right now.

Pastor Brian

Christie Todd said...

Thank you - I appreciate your encouragement