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Forget About His Will in Your Life
Scripture: Galatians 5:16, 25; 2 Corinthians 4:7-11...
Consider this question, how many characters in the Bible received their life plan from God in advance How many even got a five year plan from God Abraham was told to start walking to a land God would show him. There were no plans but a simple promise that had no meat to it yet. Lets be honest, the desire to know Gods will for my life is started in fear and results in paralysis. We wonder what living according to his will actually looks like, feels like and really, we are scared to find out. We are never promised a 20 year action plan; we are only promised that he will be with us always.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Forget About His Will in Your Life!

How many times have your heard someone say, “ I just wish I knew God’s will for your life? How many know what God’s will for you? How many of you have said that statement before?

True or False: This statement is really dumb! Why or why not?

Consider this question, how many characters in the Bible received their life plan from God in advance? How many even got a five year plan from God? Abraham was told to start walking to a land God would show him. There were no plans but a simple promise that had no meat to it yet.

True or False: It is safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day!

Let’s be honest, the desire to “know God’s will for my life” is started in fear and results in paralysis. We wonder what living according to his will actually looks like, feels like and really, we are scared to find out. We are never promised a 20 year action plan; we are only promised that he will be with us always.

What do you think the reason is that He takes this approach? What is the reasoning and what should we learn from this?

God wants us to listen to His Spirit on a daily basis; to always be ready to respond to His call or in some cases, many calls. God doesn't just call us to do one task in our lives, our relationship with Him is ever moving and going. He needs us to respond to what He wants done because there is tremendous need all around us. If we have to plan things out instead of being ready to respond instantly, we will never get anything worthwhile for Him.

True or False: We are not called to figure out God’s will for our lives.

We can look all through the Old and New Testaments and we will see that God never promises to reveal to us His purposes all at once, in advance. Instead, we are called to keep in step with the Holy Spirit. Where ever He should go, we also must go. Our lives are not about what is best for us but what is best for Him. Notice how Paul puts this when he wrote to the Galatians:

Galatians 5:16, 25 (NIV)
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

When we look at this verse in context, what does it mean to gratify the sinful nature?

Like I said earlier, dwelling on God’s plan for our lives is in a practical way creating a safe zone of sorts, where we can sit around and have spiritual conversations about God’s plan for our future. Thinking, questioning and talking can take the place of letting the spirit affect our IMMEDIATE actions in radical ways. God doesn't want us to talk about his plan, He wants us to stake everything we have on His power and presence so we are doing now, not waiting on some future event or voice from heaven. We already have that voice; He is talking to us all the time from His temple, our hearts.

True or False: God calls us to a balanced life with a little bit of God added in as an ideal to emulate?

False! There is no place that says we are to act this way and yet when we look at our churches, maybe even our church, that is exactly what we see. There are a lot of people who have added Jesus to their lives. They ask him to follow them wherever they feel they should go. This is false; that is not what Jesus said, in fact, he commanded us to follow him. The God of this universe is not something that can be added to our lives and then keep on as before. Jesus did not die and rose again to follow us; He did these things so you and I would forget everything else and follow him to the cross every day, to true Life.

True or False: The real reason I gave my life to God was so I could earn a ticket out of Hell.

For those who “really” say yes to this statement, what does their lives look like?
What change in behavior takes place? Any changes from the old way to the new life in Christ?

Here is a real hard and open truth, if all you need is a little Jesus to spiritualize your life, a little extra God to keep you out of Hell, then you don’t need the Holy Spirit for that. If you are only looking to live a semi-moral life and attend church regularly, the Holy Spirit is not needed. You can look all over the earth in many different religions and see they are doing that quite nicely without Him. BUT,

• If you want to really follow the way of Jesus, you need the guidance of the Holy Spirit
• If you desire to obey everything He commanded and to teach others to do the same thing, you need the Holy Spirit.
• You only need the Holy Spirit if you genuinely repented and believe.
• And you only need the Holy Spirit if you understand that you are called to share in the sufferings and death of Christ as well as his resurrection.

2 Corinthians 4:7-11 (NIV)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

I say this, to regularly attend church, maybe go to a Bible study once in awhile; to be active in church events really doesn’t require that you have the Holy Spirit. In fact, even an Atheist can do that and probably do that better than most. But that is not what we are called for. We are called to change the world by starting with the world around us. Does your life have impact? Do you show every day the suffering and death of Jesus? Do people around you see the resurrection of Jesus in your life? In order to have this, you absolutely need the Holy Spirit in your life.

REPENT: To many of us this is something we think we already did. But it is not a one time action. This is a continual action that never stops.

Luke 9:23 (NIV) Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
SLIDE 13: There are two types of Christians

First Example: They encounter Jesus and say, Jesus do you want to join the party of my life with these sins and we will all co-exist together.

Second Example: Jesus you are the best thing that has happened in my life. Help me walk away from the enslaving, worthless things in my life so I can follow you, only You.

Do you see the difference between the two? Which one more accurately portrays your own life? If you look more like the first, then there is something you have to do very soon, get your relationship with God corrected and confess.

What we are talking about here is something many Christians cringe at, We are talking about a radical faith; a kind of faith very seldom seen anymore, at least in many American Churches. How about us, when people think of MPCC, do they see us as radical Christians? Do we portray that kind of living to others around us. Do we stand out as different; totally unlike our society around us or are we one among many Churches who really don’t need the Holy Spirit to do what we do? Be honest. How many of you would still be here if we were like the radical church of the first century?

True or False: I am willing to suffer anything and forsake everything for the sake of the Gospel.

Are you willing to:
• Love those who cheat me both personally and in business
• Love those who spread nasty rumors about you
• Love those who would love to see us dead or at least quieted
• Love those who disagree with us politically, practically and fundamentally

His call is to consider everything a loss for his sake. His call is for total surrender. We are to give up all that we have and hold nothing back for his sake.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Is that what you signed up for when you said yes to Jesus? If you think you can do this without the Holy Spirit, you will fail. It is only through His power that we can become more and more like Jesus.

Luke 21:1-4 (NIV)
As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

How much through the Holy Spirit are we willing to give? If it isn't everything, then you don’t need the Holy Spirit. to do that.