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"Be filled (1B.)
with Spiritual Understanding (2C.)"
By seeking God's will:
Tuesday Bible Study
Westside Care Center Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Prayer Principle 3A: Submission Sensitivity Mr. C. Pat Lanyon
Introduction:(3A. Submission) Sensitivity
In the last five weeks we have been trying to understand what Jesus meant by
saying in prayer, "Your will be done." We have made some observations,
and we have looked at specific statements about what exactly Godís will is as
found in Scripture. And we have realized that Godís will being done is
actually wrapped up in decisions we make or choices in how we live life. We see
that God expects us to find out what He wants us to do in each day. Then
by knowing His word and applying knowledge to life choices in the time each day
gives us, we will be obedient to this command.
Since He expects us to understand His will and do it, we realize He is clear
when He reveals it to us through His word. Now we ought to ask Him to help us to
receive it as being His will.
So today we consider what it means to pray for, and to be sensitive to,
His teachings regarding His will for us.
Learning Sensitivity : Contents as Below
1E. God does in fact lead us.
2E. We can know it whenever we are or are not doing His will!
3E. An "Inclined heart" Is Needed:
4E. Davidís Secret for Submission to God: A Meek Attitude
5E. Godís Authority Is Behind His Guidance:
6E. Ignoring Godís Will Brings Loss and Inability to Hear His still small voice
(From the Outline) I pray that Your will
would be done. Please help me to...
CL 1.9ff I will need to fill myself...
1B. BE FILLED with the knowledge of Your will.
1C. In all WISDOM and
2C. [in all] SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING Ė I realize as I am seeking to do
this, it will require a receptive spirit obtained only through key ingredients
below (1D.- 5D.) Only through developing these Character Traits can I gain
spiritual wisdom and understanding.
[Pr. 4:23 issues of life Deal with Self-will; it naturally, and
automatically opposes Godís will.
PR 4.23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring
the issues of life.]
Submission to Godís will is difficult because we have a carnal and sinful
human spirit that opposes God and His will. Correcting outward actions is done
by dealing or keeping our heartís attitude correct and godly.
PS 48.14; 32.8; PP 3:14-15; JS 24.23; PS 25.4,5,9; 40.6-8; PS 73.24; IS
66.1,2; PS 31.3; 2 PE 1.8; 1 KI 19.12;
1D. SENSITIVITY to recognize Your guidance.
1E. God does in fact lead us.
PS 48.14 For this is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will be our guide Even to death.
Ps 32.8 I will instruct you
and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
We can know it whenever we are or are not doing His will!
Phil. 3.14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God
in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any
thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
3E. An "Inclined
heart" Is Needed:
Joshua 24:23 "Now therefore," he said,
"put away the foreign gods which are among you,
and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel."
Davidís Secret for Submission to God: A Meek Attitude
Ps 25:4 Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
Ps 25:9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He
teaches His way.
Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering
You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering
You did not require.
7 Then I said, "Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart."
Ps. 73:24 You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Isa 66:2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things
exist," Says the LORD. "But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at
5E. Godís Authority
Is Behind His Guidance:
Ps. 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.
Ignoring Godís Will Brings Loss and Inability to Hear His still
revealed His will to Elijah]
2 PE 1.8 For if these things [character traits in vv 5-8] are yours and
abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord
9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to
blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old
11 Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the
LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore
into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the
LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the
LORD was not in the earthquake;
12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and
after the fire a still small voice.
Sensitivity toward God is a very important issue to consider. While God is
very merciful and slow to judge, He operates with resolved consistency to His
law. Elijah in the above illustration was about to be told several things about
Godís will, but we can see that God was not very pleased with him by his
prayer for suicide. Elijah was told among other things to anoint his successor!
He soon was taken to heaven. These verses do tell us that God wants us to listen
carefully and receptively to Him when He is speaking.
1. I will list 5 different ways that God has lead me in the past to do
something and will remember how to be sensitive in the same way now.
[For example: 1)Pastor says something in a sermon; 2)I read a verse in a
devotional for the same day; 3)A friend tells me on the same subject. 4)I hear
a biblical radio program discussing the same subject]
2. I will write down verses that remind me most about being sensitive to
God under this section for my prayer time.