Question 1 - Devotional or Discussion Guide
HAVE I SURRENDERED TO THE GRAND PURPOSES OF GOD?
(Check out the Youtube video for this question)
When you think of "God's will" or "God's purpose" what comes to mind?
Read Ephesians 1:1-14. As you read the passage, what stood out to you?
Looking back over your life - what have been key "surrender moments" (placing your whole life in the "offering plate") in your relationship with God?
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In the booklet "Establishing Your Purpose" (Vision Foundation, Knoxville, TN) God's will is described this way:
God's ULTIMATE will - much of it is in the realm of the eternal, and remains a mystery.
God's UNIVERSAL will for all - God's desires and design for every person.
God's UNIQUE will for you - what God wants to accomplish in and through you specifically.
Is there any area of God's UNIVERSAL will that has been especially challenging for you as you've sought to live a life to please God (holy living, witnessing, loving others, developing the fruit of the Spirit, etc.)?
How do you see God UNIQUELY working His will in your life related to:
Your character development
Your ministry for Him
God desires for us to have a holy ambition to do His will - what is the difference between selfish ambition (James 1:14, 16) and godly ambition (Romans 15:20)?
The video concluded with the thought that rather than asking "Am I enjoying it?" a better question might be "Is God enjoying it?" How do you respond to this thought? What is an area in your life currently that God is enjoying (puts a smile on God's face)?
What is God leading you to pray about?
© Wayne Schmidt