Firm Foundations Three (33 of 55) In Christ, I Am Not My Own

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In Christ, I Am Not My Own.

New Purpose: In Jesus Christ, you have a new purpose, that is to know and obey the will of God. You have been bought with a price and are no longer your own but are God’s. Therefore, you should glorify God through living out His good, acceptable, and perfect will. God does not want you to be unwise, not knowing what His will is, but wise, understanding what it is. As a believer, you should live for the will of God, follow the new desires He has given you, and daily trust Him to guide your steps.
1 Peter 4:1–2; Ephesians 5:17

In Christ, I Live For The Will Of God (His Will For All Believers)

  • It is God’s will for us to believe and preach the gospel. God wants all mankind to be saved. Salvation is the first step for a person to obey God’s will. He wants us to hear the gospel, understand His grace and through repentance trust in Him. If we are doubting our salvation, then we need to first get this settled before we can know the rest of God’s will. His love for the world then compels us to unashamedly preach the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.
    1 Timothy 2:3–4; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 1:16
  • It is God’s will for us to be living sacrifices filled with the Holy Spirit. We are no longer our own, but we are bought with a price (the blood of Jesus) and living for the will of God is our reasonable service. This means we live according to what is holy and acceptable to God, no longer according to what is acceptable to the world. We don’t live for our own pleasures, passion, or lust, but are being transformed by the renewing of our mind through letting the Word of Christ dwell in us. Therefore, if there is a command in the Bible for believers, then we know it is the will of God in us.
    Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 4:3–6
  • It is God’s will for us to live clean, honorable, and holy lives. The Bible presents certain things as unclean and dishonorable that believers should not do, especially in reference to sexual sins. We are to abstain from all sexual sins, control our bodies and not be controlled by them, not take advantage of others sexually, but see marriage as honorable and the only proper place for sexual desire to be fulfilled, between husband and wife. This is part of God sanctifying us, setting us apart from sin unto holiness.
    1 Thessalonians 4:3–7; Romans 1:24-27; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 7:1-40; 1 Peter 2:11;
  • It is God’s will for us to live honest and submissive lives. Within our society and relationships with others (including unbelievers), we should be living sincere, obedient, sinless lives full of good works that show we are God’s servants. We are to submit to the authority that is over us. We should not use our freedom in Christ as a cover up to do harm to others, but be a living testimony through our good works. Even if we are treated unjustly, we should follow Jesus’ steps suffering it as to the Lord and not to man.
    1 Peter 2:12–21; Ephesians 6:5–8
  • It is God’s will for us to endure suffering and be thankful in all things. All that live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution and all that are saved will endure suffering. This persecution and suffering looks different for each believer, but it is a guarantee if we are living out God’s will, and we are to regard it as a privilege given to us by God. We are not to render evil for evil, but seek to do good to all men. We should rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks.
    Philippians 1:29-30; 2 Timothy 3:11–12; 1 Peter 3:17; 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:15–18; Matthew 5:10–12; Acts 5:41

In Christ, I Am Given New Desires To Follow (His Will For Me)

  • God’s will for all believers is clearly given to us in the Bible and it covers a multitude of areas, but it doesn’t tell us about every specific decision that we need to make. This is because God allows us to make our own decisions in many of these areas. If we are obeying the will of God that is revealed to us in the Bible, then He is making us into the right person that can make personal decisions according to our wants, desires or what seems best, because His desires become ours. Even if we mess up, we know all things work together for good.
    Psalm 37:4–5; Romans 8:28
  • God works in all believers both to will and to do of His good pleasure. As we live out our salvation, God is working in us to accomplish His will. If we have new desires that agree with the Bible, then we can conclude that He is the One who willed it and is the One who will give us the power to accomplish it.
    Philippians 2:12–13
  • God gives us permission to make personal decisions. First, we need to know what the Bible says and obey it. Second, we should ask God in faith to give us wisdom to make the right decisions. Third, we make the decision that best obeys the Bible, glorifies God, and fulfills our desires.
    James 1:5–7; Proverbs 3:5–6

In Christ, I Am Trusting God’s Guidance (Advice For The Journey)

  • Focus: We need to focus on what is already revealed in the Bible and not be worried about all the material things in our life. We seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and trust God to supply our needs.
    Matthew 6:19–34
  • Initiative: We don’t know all of God’s personal will for us today, but we know His will for all believers and should be doing that now. As we are serving the Lord, then we can assuredly gather that the Lord had called us to do something more specific.
    Acts 16:1-10; James 1:22
  • Guidance: We will never be led by God or given a desire from Him that is contrary to the Bible. If someone claims something is God’s will, but it goes against the Bible, then it is not God’s will. We need to be careful not to speak for God where He didn’t speak.
  • Hindrances: We fight against God’s will when we are selfish, wanting worldly treasures, doubt God’s ability to use us, doubt His provision for us, or we simply do nothing.
  • Considerations: When making decisions, we should consider the counsel of other believers, our gifts, abilities, desires, where there is a need, where is there an opportunity, the responsibility of spreading the Gospel and the glory of God.
    Proverbs 11:14; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17; 1 Samuel 17:29

Review Questions

  • As believers, what do we live for?
  • How do we know what God’s will for all believers is?
  • How do we know what God’s will for me is?
  • What are the three main steps to making a decision?
  • What is the advice for the journey?

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