WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019
Part 4: THE WILL & THE WAYS OF GOD
PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TEXAS
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HELL THAT YOU ARE DEMORALIZED AND UNWILLING TO ACT
The kingdom of hell’s fundamental belief systems are designed to keep you a slave. This is one way to put you in bondage:
Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s responsibility to advance you.”
Just turn everything over to some benevolent pharaoh or worldly king.
Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s fault you are not successful.”
Jesus says, “Take up your bed and walk!”
PROMISED LAND LIVING
Houses you didn’t build or fill up.
Wells you didn’t dig.
Vineyards you didn’t plant.
“when you have eaten and are full”
This is both a promise and a warning.
Luke 12:48 – …to much who is given much is expected.
You are responsible for having the big picture that your entire life is supposed to glorify God.
Romans 12:1 (PTV) – In light of how merciful God has been to you, I want to urge you – even beg you, brothers – to decide to dedicate your entire life – everything you are responsible for – as a living sacrifice, totally devoted (Holy) and totally dedicated to glorifying God, which is how you rationally and intelligently serve and worship God.
Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
And don’t let the world mold, shape and define. Instead, be transformed and miraculously changed so you can show with proof what God’s heart and desire is – whether it’s good, acceptable or completed to the fullest extent.
prove: to throughly examine and confirm authenticity
Embracing whatever is going to happen or embracing the responsibility of making the will of God happen.
We have to understand our role in fulfilling Gods purpose.
I have a role in influencing the results of my life.
That’s why He commands us to “not be dismayed or discouraged.”
There are 2 Greek words
1) It’s going to happen no matter what.
2) His wish, His heart’s desires
The will of God:
Acts 5:34 – Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. 38 And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; 39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”
Gamaliel was a first-century Jewish rabbi and a leader in the Jewish Sanhedrin. Gamaliel is mentioned a couple of times in Scripture as a famous and well-respected teacher. Indirectly, Gamaliel had a profound effect on the early church.
Gamaliel was a Pharisee!
This is what a Pharisee says: “If it’s a God’s will, it will happen. If it not God’s will, it won’t.”
You might need a pharisee-ectomy.
Terrible things happen and the conclusions we come to are not the truth.
Example 1: Somebody got cancer and during that time, the family rallied around each other. We can truly see the goodness of God in the situation so we begin to accept the idea that God brought cancer into that persons life.
Example 2: Somebody commits a terrible crime that really hurts somebody. In prison, that person gets saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. If your not careful, you will begin to think it was God’s will that the person perpetrated the crime and the people were hurt.
God brings His goodness and His purpose into things that are not His goodness and His purpose.
The will of God is also called the “Kingdom of God”
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Kingdom is where the King has dominion
Any definition of the sovereignty of God that allows for evil to exist as the will and purpose of God, is a blasphemous definition.
Any definition of the sovereignty of God that doesn’t allow for my responsibility to partner with Him is lazy theology.
“Mystery and Revelation”
There are levels of God’s will just like there are levels of your will – things you prefer or value over other things. “Good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The GOOD will of God
Is always the beginning stages of God’s heart and desire (will).
IT IS THE GOODNESS OF GOD THAT BRINGS MEN TO REPENTANCE. REPENTANCE IS ALWAYS THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY.
IT IS GOOD THAT OVERCOMES EVIL (Romans 12:21)
It’s the tip of the spear when the arrow of the Kingdom comes into some new territory
We are commanded to overcome evil by displacing it with the goodness of God.
Acts 10:38 – Jesus went about doing good
THE ACCEPTABLE WILL OF GOD IS DIFFERENT.
IT HAS TO DO WITH WHAT GOD IS COMPATIBLE WITH EVEN THOUGH IT’S REALLY NOT ALL THE WAY WHAT IT SHOULD BE.
God can only manifest in what He is compatible with.
ACCEPTABLE: COMPATIBLE WITH GOD’S PRESENCE
PERFECT DOESN’T MEAN FLAWLESS. IT MEANS COMPLETED.
THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD IS WHEN GOD GETS HIS WAY – ALL THE WAY – AND HIS HEART’S DESIRE IS WRAPPED UP AND COMPLETED.
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