Saturday, June 9, 2012

Delight In the Will of God

Adult SS Lesson June 3rd

Delight In The Will of God (attitude) Ps. 40:8 37:4

The Christian can know the Will of God for his life, but not succeed in it by having the wrong attitude. In order to be successful and please God, we must “delight to do” His Will.

Christ delight in the Will of God (Phil 2:5; Heb 12:2)

Peter’s attitude is expressed in I Peter 1:6-8 speaking of that which we may suffer – rejoice… “with joy unspeakable and full of glory”.

James says to “count it all joy” even though doing God’s will may bring trials, testings and hardship
(James 1:2)

Paul’s’ attitude toward the Will of God was one of delight or joy inspite of all he went through he had a positive attitude. Acts 20:24; Phil 3:8, 13-15 and Phil 4:13

The Hebrew writer tells us abut attitude in a) be content v.5,  b) have grace in your heart v. 8, c) give the sacrifice of praise v. 15, d) obey v. 17,  e) be mature v. 21           Hebrews 13:5-21

According to Romans 12:1, 2 we are to offer ourselves willingly as a living sacrifice to do the will of God. Our attitude must be to conform to God’s will which is good, acceptable and perfect and not to the world.

Three key areas where our attitude effects our doing the will of God ( I Peter 5:5-10):

1. Our attitude toward men, v.5
            Submit to those men over your spiritual welfare (Hebrews 13:7, 17; I Thess. 5:12, 13
            Submit yourselves to one another ( Eph. 5:21)
            Be clothed with humility ( Col. 3:12, 13; Acts 20:19, 20 )

2. Our attitude toward God vs. 6, 7
            Humble yourself before God ( Ps. 75:5-7; I Peter 5:6)
            Seek to please God, not men ( Ps. 55:22; I Peter 5:7; Gal. 1:10)

3. Our attitude toward our ministry vs. 8, 9
            Be sober (sober-minded)                                 Be vigilant (watchful)
                        For error in doctrine – Acts 20:31                    For the return of Christ – I Cor. 16:13
                        In Prayer – Col. 4:2                             In your ministry against the Devil – I Thess. 5:6

The results – the God of all grace will a) make you perfect (mature), b) establish you, c) strengthen you and d) settle you.

A bad attitude will wipe your mind out and you will never succeed in “all the will of God”. On the other hand David was a man after God’s own heart and he said “I delight to do thy will, O my God”. He always had the proper attitude towards God and His will.

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