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Finding and Following God’s Will

 

Coming Up: Following God’s Will
How do you know you’re following God’s will? Like any Christian, I’m sure you’re concerned about glorifying God in the decisions you make, even in the routine decisions you make every day. But if discovering God’s will seems perplexing to you, you’re going to find this new blog series illuminating. Read more…

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How Do I Find God’s Will?
How do I find God’s Will? It’s a question you’ve probably heard—and asked—many times. The subject comes up frequently in our discussions. As Christians, we want to know and follow God’s will in every sphere of our lives. Whether it’s enrolling in college, pursuing a relationship, choosing a career, or purchasing a home, we often fear making the wrong choices—and missing out on God’s best. But God’s will isn’t hard to find; in fact, it’s never been lost. John MacArthur explains . . .

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The Vital First Step in Following God’s Will
Tragically, many people groping around in the dark for God’s will miss the vital first step and never recover. In fact, darkness is a good analogy for their condition. Jesus said men love darkness rather than light, and that’s exactly where they remain when they refuse His offer of salvation—in darkness. 

So, if you’re confused, frustrated and, well, in the dark when it comes to God’s will, take a look at John MacArthur’s sermon today. He’ll shed some light on the issue . . .

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Control
Do you know what controls you? In other words, what fills, and further what dominates your thinking? For some, it’s a consuming relationship or addictive form of entertainment like video games or Facebook. For others, maybe it’s health, education, or even a career. Join John MacArthur in Ephesians 5, and find out how what controls you is essential in following God’s will.

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Get Sanctified!
In terms of its depravity, America is beginning to look like ancient Rome as it plunges into new depths of sexual immorality. Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, even pedophilia and other perversions, pervade the United States. And though we live in a nation obsessed with sex, we’re called to live sanctified lives of sexual purity. That is God’s will, clearly revealed. Here’s John to talk more about it…

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Get Sanctified! (a footnote)
In our last post, John narrowed the scope of his comments to sanctification in the sexual arena. The most immediate reason for his focus is because that’s the subject of the text he was preaching, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8…and for good reason.

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Submission
Submitting to authority is one of the single most effective ways you can make the gospel attractive. And even though submission is clearly the will of God, too many Christians seem to think it’s optional. That’s a reproach to the gospel, the church, and the Lord Himself. It’s God’s will that we lead peaceful, quiet lives, submit to the laws of the land, and be a blessing to church leadership. We are to submit. That is God’s will. Here’s John MacArthur to explain…

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It’s God’s Will That You Suffer for Righteousness’ Sake
It’s God’s will that you suffer…for righteousness’ sake. Though every Christian would affirm that statement, people interpret it in a number of different ways. For some, it’s doing ministry in an inner-city homeless shelter. For others, it’s absorbing whatever comments your critics make about your ministry methodology—e.g., the mega-church or multi-site pastor who gets called out for franchising his brand. Still others completely ignore the issue of righteousness and godliness. For them, suffering is doing something radical, something crazy, unpopular, even shocking. Is that what God wants? Crazy suffering? Or should we interpret suffering from a more biblical paradigm? Here’s John MacArthur to answer that question…

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Suffer or Compromise? The Great Collision
When you strive to live a godly life in Christ Jesus, you will be persecuted, you will suffer. That’s a promise right out of God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:12). And while history validates that truth, it also captures another tragic reality—you can mitigate your suffering for Christ with little or no effort. Just compromise. Here’s John MacArthur to explain…

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God Wants You to Give Thanks, Part 1
Well, Thanksgiving came and went. Did your gratitude last beyond your afternoon nap? For many, that’s the extent of their thanksgiving—a one-time, get-it-out-of-the-way holiday that reminds them to reflect on how blessed they are. Too often and too quickly, people resort back to being ingrates. But God wills us to be thankful all the time, in all things. That’s His will. Are you following it?

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God Wants You to Give Thanks, Part 2
Pray, read your Bible, go to church, share the gospel, obey your parents. Recognize that list? It’s the answer you’re likely to get when asking the question—What does God want me to do? That centers on your actions, which is good…but what about your attitudes? Does God care about those?

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Delight Yourself in the Lord (and Do Whatever You Want!)
“Love God and do as you please.” That famous quote from St. Augustine has far outlived its author, but not everyone views it favorably. Some see his bluntness as irresponsible, possibly dangerous. But Augustine has solid ground to stand on. Thousands of years earlier, another theologian by the name of David said this, “Delight Yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4). Both are true. Watch, as John MacArthur explains…

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Follow God’s Will (and never mind the mystery)
Like the dripping of water over centuries, the persistent influence of charismatic theology over many decades seems to have whittled away and reshaped the evangelical commitment to the sufficiency of Scripture. Perhaps other forces are at work as well—secularism, consumerism, multi-culturalism—but modern evangelicals seem less willing to confine themselves to the 66 books of the canon...

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