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Abiding In God – Lesson 12: Doing God’s Will

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:7-25

Memory Verse:Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” Hebrews 13:21

Introduction:

In practical application, applying God’s will with His revealed knowledge, we substantiate the need for action. In the New Testament, will is chiefly translated from thelo, which expresses an active choice or purpose.

“We may even choose and act deliberately in opposition to the will of God while it is possible to oppose the will of God, His counsel or purpose cannot be frustrated. It may, however, be resisted for a time. Yet God’s counsel, His will in its completeness, ever prevails; and man, in resisting it, deprives himself of the good it seeks to confer upon him.” (9:p. 3085)

“It appears more spiritual to seek God’s leading than to do the obvious thing. It is not. If God gave you a watch would you honor Him more by asking Him for the time of day or by consulting the watch?” (8:p. 4)

The law comes from God. The law reveals sin, it also stirs it up. Without standards of right and wrong, there can be no judgment of what sin is or isn’t. Now, since the law points out the path of righteousness it points to life. Our problem with sin is not the fault of the holy law of God but only how our sinful nature responds to the law. Often, we find ourselves defeated from doing what we know not to do. This defeat occurs whenever we fail to live in the power supplied to us by the Spirit. The only consistent way to overcome the sinful desires of our human nature is to live step-by-step in the power of the Holy Spirit as He works through our spirit.

The word of God gives us many things to do, knowing His blessing rests upon our actions. Even when we know what God’s will is, that doesn’t mean it is always easy to do. Our flesh will often war against performing that will. We must recognize that this condition does exist, but with God’s help we can overcome the flesh and carry out His desires. Keep in mind you are not perfect and you will not win every battle over the flesh.

God knows our hearts and the desires of our hearts. The perfect result comes from blending God’s will with our obedience from the heart. When this is done you will be successful! At times the results are not instantaneous and will require patience on our part. We can feel secure when we are doing God’s will.

Study Questions:

  1. Why does discovering God’s will require some seeking? John 6:28-30.
  2. How can we be sure God has a will for us and wants it carried out on earth? Matthew 6:8-10; Luke 11:2.
  3. In performing the will of God, is it an active or passive connotation? Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 12:48-50; Luke 6:46-48.
  4. What is the basis for success with God? James 4:13-17.
    Note: Do not leave God out of your planning.
  5. As stewards of God, can we choose to obey or reject His will? Luke 12:42-48.
    Note: In each case, the stewardship of the servant is evaluated.
  6. Do you think Apostle Paul had a struggle in always doing God’s will? Romans 7:18-25.
  7. Where does the problem stem from? Matthew 26:41; Galatians 5:16-18.
  8. Is it possible to overcome the flesh and carry out the will of God? Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:20-21.
  9. When we do God’s will, are the results always present? Hebrews 10:35-39.
  10. Where should the action come from in doing God’s will, and how important do you think this is? Ephesians 6:5-9.