Today there are many voices telling you what to do with your life, your money, your time, etc. According to the Word of God in Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 32:8, and Proverbs 3:5-6, He alone wants to direct you and lead you in ALL of your ways or decisions.
1. Based on the above Scriptures, do you believe that God has a plan for you and that He wants to lead you in all of your decisions?
2. Why does God want to lead you? John 3:17, Psalm 91:9-10, Psalm 33:11, Mark 13:31
3. What does God promise to do as you seek to obey His plan? John 14:21, Isaiah 45:2-3
If you want to be led by the Spirit of God, you must learn to discern between what is God and what is not God; is it your intellect, is it man, is it the evil one or is it God’s voice. The more discernment you have, the greater the opportunity for you to make choices in line with God’s will for your life.
4. What steps must you take to increase discernment in your life? Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 25:9, John 14:21
5. WHAT TWO “THINGS” ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO INCREASE PERSONAL DISCERNMENT IN YOUR LIFE:
Why Did God Create Us?
Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. Isaiah 43:7
We were created to glorify God. You can read it in 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” And again in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The way to accurately glorify God is to allow Him to work through you. To truly glorify Him, you need to give Him every part of your life. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Many Christians only allow God to rule in part of their lives. God cannot be glorified the way He deserves if we do not give Him everything!
Picture the world champion Lego builder. He has built people, buildings, animals, etc. out of Legos. You give him a tub of Legos and tell him to glorify himself as a master Lego builder. His finished product is a stack of 5 Lego blocks. Not that impressive. However, all you gave him was 5 blocks. The world champion Lego builder cannot glorify himself with 5 blocks the way he should be glorified. God cannot be glorified the way He deserves either when you only give Him part of your life. God is the Master Creator who designed you and the world you are living in. If you give Him your whole life, He can and will turn it into something beautiful. Once you do the Romans 12:1 and give Him every part of your life, now you must do the 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.” You renew your mind by daily reading the Word of God (Joshua 1:8) and memorizing key scriptures that remind you of God’s promises and what He has instructed you to do. As you do this, God will manifest Himself and reveal His plans for your life (John 14:21). As you follow that plan, God will be glorified!
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Jeremiah 29:11 -For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Bonus: Proverbs 3:5-6 – 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.