Thursday, May 7, 2009

Knowing God's Will

Yesterday in our first o' the morning class session, Pastor Rob stopped by to share some wisdom with us. So in that spirit I thought I'd share. Share and share alike, I guess you'd say. So here's the abbreviated highlights of how Pastor Rob says he discerns God's will, with accompanying verses:

--Prayer. Do it often. Make it a habit. Check out Matthew 6:33 and 7:7-11 and 26:39; First Peter 3:7 and Proverbs 3:5-6. Along with prayer, comes fasting. See Ezra 8:21.

--Read the Word. Daily. "We read the Bible to get to know the heart and mind of God," wrote Warren Wiersbe in his excellent book "On Being a Servant of God." Visit Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path," and 2 Timothy 3:16.

--Peace. Pastor Rob says if he doesn't have a peace he doesn't do it. Refer to Philippians 4:7, James 3:17 and Colossians 3:15.

--Wise counsel. This wouldn't take the form of taking a poll of your friends, associates or acquaintances to see what they would do in your situation. Seek out a wise counselor or two, or maybe more. Check out Proverbs 11:14 and 15:2 and 24:6.

--Waiting. What's the rush? Don't be hasty or rushed into decisions. Take a gander at Psalm 27:14 and 37:34.

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