Acts 9:1-6 HOW TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD
Intro: If you were to have a face to face encounter with the Lord Jesus,
and could ask Him any question you wanted, what would that question be? I
suppose you would have to think long and hard about what you would ask
Him, but I am guessing that many would be asking, Lord, what would
you have me to do? That experience did happen to the man in our
text, and he asked that very question. He also received a response from
In this passage, Paul asked 2 very important questions. Questions to
which we need sure answers. Those questions are: 1.) Who art thou Lord?
(v.7) This is the single most important question in all of life. Who is
Jesus Christ to you? Your answer determines where you will spend your
eternity! 2.) Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? This is the second most
important question in life. Gods will and His will alone should be
the hearts desire for every child of God. Ill. The context. Paul was
told to go into the city and there, he would be told what to do. God did
not hide His will from Paul, and He will not hide it from you!
This morning, I am going to preach to you about How To Know The Will of
God. Now, before you can know Gods will for your life, you must have an
understanding of how His will operates. There are three ways in which we
may understand the will of God.
1. Gods Sovereign Will - This is a decision of God that is
out, nothing in the universe is ever able to stop it. God is God and He
accomplished what He wishes. Gods Sovereign will is mysterious and is
known only to God.
2. Gods Moral Will - This, too, is forever settled and is
Some things are right and some things are wrong, (It matters not what
society says!) This Moral will is revealed in the Word of God and the
conscience of man.
3. Gods Particular Will - He has a will that is particular and
your life. (Ill. Saul - Acts 9:15) This particular will will vary from
I can see all 3 aspects of the will of God at work in my life. It was
His Sovereign will that set His love upon me and saved me. It was His
moral will that I stop cursing, drinking, etc. It was and is His
particular will for my life that I become a preacher of the Gospel.
Even though you and I are such a small part of Gods vast creation, and
our lives seem very insignificant, God knows you! He loves you! Even the
very hairs of your head are numbered and known by Him. As a result, He has
designed a particular plan for your life, and, He has promised to reveal
it to you and to guide you into it.
Before we get into how to know His will, I am first going to address
some myths concerning the will of God.
1.) God Will Give You A Road Map - God does not give roadmaps,
relationships. As you follow Him, He will reveal His will unto you.
- Ex. 13:21 - The Pillar of Cloud and Fire!)
2.) God Doesnt Want You To Have Any Fun - Some see God as a
killjoy. That is, if you surrender to do His will, you will have a hard
unhappy life. Many are afraid to find His will because they are afraid
they might be asked to do. (Ill. Put yourself in the place of God. How
treat your children? Isnt He better than us? Luke 11:11-13
3.) God Only Speaks To A Certain, Few Holy People - Gods will is
to those with position. He just doesnt speak to the Pauls, the Spurgeons
the Grahams. He has a will for every saint at every conceivable level of
commitment. If you choose to follow in His will, you will be lead to a
life. But, He calls us where we are!
4.) You Have To Wait On A Damascus Road Experience - Sauls
certainly was dramatic, but it wasnt normal. God spoke to Saul in the
earthquake, but more often, He speaks in the still, small voice - 1
5.) God Only Reveals His Will To The Young - God calls people of
all ages, He
never stops using His saints. If He were finished with you, He would
called you home. If you are sitting on the sidelines, I can guarantee
you need to seek His will! It is never too late to do the will of God.
6.) Gods Will Is Hidden From Us And We Have To Find It Ourselves
The absurdity of a Father hiding His will from His son!) God never hides
will He reveals it! He wants you to know His will so you can get about
it. (Ill. This is not a cosmic Easter egg hunt!)
Now that we have discussed several myths concerning the will of God,
allow me to share with you a couple of easy steps that will lead us into
knowing the will of God.
I. GODS GUIDANCE IS PROVISIONAL
(That is to say, God expects certain things from us. Unless we are able
deliver these characteristics, we will probably remain in the dark
A. Be Willing To Obey Him - Ill. Saul wanted Gods will. Too
make our plans, set them in motion and then call God in to bless them.
To genuinely do His will, we must put our will aside and be will to do all
that He asks us to do. (Ill. Can you honestly say, Wherever He Leads Ill
GO?) Ill. Why should God reveal His will to us when He knows we arent
going to do it anyway?
B. Display A Spirit Of Meekness - That is, be teachable - Psa.
25:9. Ill. Saul -
He displayed a teachable spirit. If you arent teachable, and think you
know it all already, then you will probably never know His will.
C. Be Open To God - Earnestly, sincerely pray for Gods guidance.
duty. Dont wait to be drafted, just show up and ask Him if He has an
assignment for you. If God isnt showing you anything, perhaps you should
examine your life to see just how much time you really spend with Him in
private. Too often he is speaking, but no one is listening!
D. Be Yielded To God - Ill. Saul - Acts 9:8-9, As soon as he had
a word from
God, he got busy doing it. Again, God probably not reveal His will to
someone who isnt going to do it anyway. If all areas of your life are
yielded and open to His will, then you can expect that He will reveal
Himself to you. Are you willing to do His will regardless of the cost?
II. GODS GUIDANCE IS PRACTICAL
(Ill. God will reveal His will in ways that will be plain to see and
He used several in the Bible. These are still His ways.)
A. Through Miracles - Ill. Saul - Normally, God wont speak to a
man like He
did to Saul. This was a miracle! Occasionally, He will speak in the
fashion, but dont wait on it before you start to serve Him!
B. Through His Word - Ill. Saul - v.5. Gods Word holds the
answers to all of
lifes questions - Psa. 119:89. (Ill. Matt. 5:18) When you are in doubt
concerning His will, go back to the Bible and read. (Ill. This is Gods
primary mode of address!)
C. Through His People - Ill. Saul - Acts 9:8-20. God used
Ananias to speak
His will to Saul. Never discount the counsel of the godly people all
around you - Pro. 24:6. (Ill. The danger of pride - It will cause you not
to listen - 1 Cor. 10:12.
D. Through His Spirit - Ill. Saul - Acts 9:17. The Holy Spirit
is in us, John
14:16, and he will guide us unto all truth, John 16:13. One of the
distinguishing marks of Gods sheep is their earmark - John 10:1-14. God
speaks to people through the Holy Ghost. (Ill. Beware of listening to
Conc: God has a big plan for your life! Do you know what it is? If not,
be meek, teachable, open and yielded to God. Listen for His leading voice
in His Word, His people and His Spirit and He will reveal His will unto
you - John 14:21. He wants you to be in His will, and therefore, He will
never leave you in the dark!
If you know His will, are you doing it? If not, there is no time like
the present to surrender and yield to do the will of God.
Sermon By Alan Carr