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Learn to Discern: Going in God’s Will

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Matthew 13:47-52

When planning for a road trip: what do you do to make sure it’s a good trip? What do you bring? Leave behind?

As You Are GOING (into all the world)…

Weigh Carefully ~ Matthew 13:47-48

  • 47 notice that all kinds are caught: people, ideas
  • 48 AFTER the catch, the results are examined: people, ideas
    (WE can’t judge people, but we CAN use discernment about ideas: what lines up with God’s Word? What conforms to God’s Will, and fits in God’s Kingdom?)

Live Intentionally ~ Matthew 13:49-52

  • 49/50 Wicked end: 1) away from God; 2) unpleasant; 3) awareness (why wouldn’t we warn? => kid w/ RADAR AHEAD sign)
  • 51/52 God is doing new things even today
    (cf. Isa. 43:18-19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way...)

Depend Wisely ~ 1 Kings 3:9

  • So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
  • We follow God’s example: He calls to all people, so should we. He’s responsible for the final judgment, we’re not. In the meantime, we pay attention, examine the new, keep what’s worthy, and make it available with the best of tradition.

God examines people; we examine ideas. God calls the world to Himself; we can’t shut out the world completely, but instead use careful discernment to discover is God is doing a new thing that we didn’t realize. We depend upon God’s given wisdom to help us learn to discern!

Learn to Discern: Growing In God’s Will

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John 3:27-36

We all know Jesus was a carpenter’s son. And we certainly know that He was an itinerant rabbi. But do you remember His very first recorded parable? Was it about wood? Craftsmanship? Was it about travel or teaching? Nope. Jesus’ first parable was about SOIL. He knew His listeners would be concerned with growth!

We Can’t Grow in God’s Will Unless We

Know Growth Comes From God ~ John 3:27-30

  • 27 spiritual gifts come from God; no other source. We don’t CREATE our own SEEDS
  • 28 I’m not God: we are Sent to Represent
  • 29 attends the Bridegroom: John t.Bap. is the “best man/M.C. of the day” point to Jesus’ love for the Bride
  • 30 John’s explanation to his own disciples is a MODEL for how we, as followers of Jesus, are to live: HE is to increase in us; we are to DECREASE. Our very SELF is to become less and less important as we become more like Christ.
=> imagine you’ve been given a piece of land to garden; what to do first? REMOVE what you DON’T WANT (rusted car bodies, big rocks, weeds) We get rid of the negatives, so the positives can grow

Care About Our Condition ~ John 3:31-36
(We’re BARREN!)

  • 31 stuck with earthly perspective (we can’t see like God sees)
  • 32/33 God gives us the truth, but it’s not always accepted (because of our “earthly” vision)
  • 34/35 gives the Spirit without limit TO JESUS; when John taught this, the Spirit didn’t indwell anyone yet
  • 36 “will not SEE life FOR”= replace FOR with INDEED; one state (God’s wrathfulness) follows another (willful blindness leads to righteous indignation)

Isaiah 61:11~ For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

We are the MEANS by which God grows His righteousness and praise for the world to see. Like Adam, we are DIRT; are you going to be rich fertile soil, or dry and barren dust?

Learn to Discern: Showing God’s Will

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Jeremiah 1:4-10 / 1 Timothy 4:11-16

Ed Faubert is what you call a “cupper”—in layman’s terms, he’s a coffee-taster. And his perspicacious taste buds are actually certified by the state of New York! So refined is Faubert’s sense of taste for coffee that even while blindfolded, he can take one sip of coffee and tell you “not just that it is from Guatemala, but from what state it comes, at what altitude it was grown, and on what mountain.”

Wanna Grow?

Go! ~ Jeremiah 1:4-10

  • 4/5 God chooses us to serve (not dependent on YOU)
  • 6/7 God does the sending (not your responsibility)
  • 8/10 God’s word is effective (not your job to change others)

Show! ~ 1 Timothy 4:11-16

  • 11/12 set an example: ALL parts of your life are fair game
  • 13 devote yourself: what does that look like in YOUR life?
  • 14/15 wholly~holy pun: giving ourselves is part of the sanctification process:
    • having others watch HOW you serve the Lord is itself a PART of serving the Lord
  • 16 carefully persevere: keep on keeping on

KNOWING a fact doesn’t change a life; IMPLEMENTING it does.

Learn to Discern: Knowing God’s Will

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Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 12:1-2

I’ve been conducting an experiment on a new-to-me laptop. I’m trying to create a “hackintosh”: putting a Mac operating system onto an HP laptop. It’s challenging, because I’m having to learn an entirely new way of doing things. It requires me to learn brand new ways of using old hardware.

How Do We Learn To Discern? Watch For

The Functions Of God’s Will ~ Isaiah 51:1-6

  • 1 pursue righteousness
  • 2 Abraham: faith PLUS obedience
  • 3 equals COMFORT & JOY
  • 4 a) God’s Law goes out; b) Justice becomes light
  • 5 righteousness draws; salvation comes
  • 6 lift eyes=change your perspective; look at earth=from new viewpoint (Earth is TEMPORARY – not worth obsessing about; God is Eternal)

The Umption For God’s Will ~ Romans 12:1-2

  • 1 offer bodies=real life change: don’t expect to do the same things you’ve always done and somehow learn new ways of being!
  • 2 a) do not conform to the world (example of what NOT to do) b) change through renewed mind: SCRIPTURE, SCRIPTURE, SCRIPTURE!

If we say that we want to know God’s will, we have to investigate what God has shared with us: the Word. This is much more than reading an inspirational verse – this is about reprogramming your entire system.


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