What's Next? Determining the Will of God

Romans 12:1-2

As we celebrate and honor our graduates today, we know that commencement does not mean to end or finish, rather it means to begin, to start new! Yes, our graduates are ending their high school chapter but they are beginning a great new chapter in their lives. Today, we learn some principles on how to discern and follow God’s will - whether you are graduating or just seeking God’s will for your life at whatever stage you find yourself!

Romans 12:1-2 - We must settle the issue of who is in charge. Ref Philippians 2:13

Psalm 119:105 - We must search the scripture. Ref Mark 10-6-9

Romans 8:11-16 - We must sense the Spirit’s prompting.

I Peter 5:7 - We must surrender the responsibility to God - trust God’s timing and case all our anxiety on God.

Luke 9:62 - We must stay the course - unless and until God says change. Ref Philippians 3:13-4

Our Provider

Genesis 22:1-14

The Bible says, “…for we say faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.” If we study Abraham’s faith journey, we will see his faith was “tested” many times. However, his greatest test might be the one we examine today.

Jehovah Jirah - Hebrew meaning “to see”
Provision = ‘Pro’ ‘vision’ - to see beforehand

v. 1-2 God’s Requirement

v. 3-10 Abraham’s Response
Reference: Leviticus 18:21 and Hebrews 11:17-19

v. 11-14 The Story’s Result

God knew Abraham’s need before Abraham did and God provided.

Faith is what releases God’s provision!

Heavenly Clorox

Isaiah 11:18-20

Our apologies - we continue to have technical difficulties resulting in today's and last Sunday's sermons not being recorded. We hope to have the issues resolved by next Sunday. 

Today's sermon outline: 

Introduction:  Isaiah the prophet, is warning Judah they are going down the same path as Israel, which led to their demise.  As usual, the Lord gives wandering sinners an opportunity to come to Him or to come back to Him, and make things right.   

Pretend you have the awesome opportunity to have the Lord Jesus sitting across the table from you.  Some things he might say to you....

1) "You have to recognize your most basic problem in life."    Man's basic problem is sin!  We sin because we have a sin nature.  We have to deal with the root of the problem.  The Holy Spirit reveals our sin to us to show us our need for a Savior.   
Reference scriptures Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10, and Isaiah 53:6

2)  "I love you in spite of your problem."  Reference Romans 5:8 - Christ died for us, despite the fact that we are all sinners. 

3)  "I have the solution to your problem." 
Reference Ephesians 2:8-9 - We are saved by grace, it is a gift of God. 
Romans 10:13 - Call upon the name of the Lord to be saved. 
Romans 10:9-10 - Confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead and be saved. 

What is our heavenly Clorox?  The Blood of Jesus - which washes us clean and makes us white as snow!  


Puny Prayer vs. W.I. Worry

Philippians 4:6-7

Trials and difficulties come to every life, even Christ-follwers.  When they do come, we can respond in one of two ways:  1) worry, or 2) pray.  Let's see which one is the better option!

>  No worries mate - v. 6a

       Be anxious for nothing.  Anxious = to be pulled apart. 
       We are commanded not to worry - whatever is not done in faith is sin! 

>  Hit your knees - v. 6b 

       Prayer -  In everything by prayer
      Supplication - Genesis 22:8, 13-14 - heartfelt, specific request for our needs. 
      Thanksgiving - an important part of prayer.  God is blessed by our gratitude. 

> Peace to you - v. 7

       Prayer = peach of God
       Peace in the midst of trying circumstances. 
       The worry option will never give us peace.  


In Better Hands

Mark 4:35-41

Allstate insurance bills themselves as the "Good hands people."  By so doing, their goal is to convey to us that we can trust them when mayhem comes our way.  Maybe they are the "good hands people," but I would prefer to entrust my life to the "Better Hands Person."   

God keeps the ship of our lives on course.  v. 35-36   Christ promises He will be with us through life's storms. 

God sometimes allows the storms of life to come fast and furious.  v. 37
    These storms can come as a result of our disobedience, as discipline, or God allows them to increase our faith.

God can handle the storms of our life.  v. 38-41
     We get angry with God because of fear - fear of what we will lose.  We must not let fear overwhelm our faith. 

Peace is not the absence of a storm or troubles; rather it is the presence of Christ in the midst of our storm. 

Revisionist Economics

John 6:1-14

You have probably heard the phrase "revisionist history," which means historians today are rewriting, editing, and changing history as we have known history.  Today we want to talk about how the Lord has rewritten, edited and changed the laws of economics as we have known them.

1.  The Problem the disciples faced.  v. 1-6

2.  Possible solutions to the problem.  v. 7-9

3.  The Provision the Lord made.  v. 10-14

If God is Lord of our finances we will find contentment.

Reference verse Philippians 4:10-13

Spiritual Warfare Series - God's Peace Prize Winners

Ephesians 6:10-15

Alfred Nobel invented dynamite for peaceful purposes, but others turned it into weapons of war, which upset him greatly. So, he placed nine million dollars into an account, and each year, they recognize and reward some people for promoting peace in some way. These people are called Nobel Peace Prize Winners. But today we want to talk about God's Peace Prize Winners.  Definition of God's Peace = Supernatural inner sense of well being in the midst of external troubles.

We must shod our feed with the Gospel of peace- Romans 10:13-15
We must begin with having peace WITH God.  Romans 5:1; Galatians 1:6-8
We all desire the peace OF God.  Colossians 3:15; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; Isaiah 26:3-4