Do My Wants Line Up With His Wants?
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Christ is supposed to be our life (Romans 14:8).
1. When you and I obeyed the Gospel we should have stopped serving our desires (Ephesians 2:1-5).
2. Now, we are to measure what we want and be sure it is right with our Lord (Hosea 14:9 and Ephesians 5:8-10).
B. We know what our Lord wants through His word (Psalms 119:9-11, Luke 4:4, John 6:63, and II Timothy 3:15-17).
1. You are not the standard (Psalms 37:23, Isaiah 55:7-9, and Jeremiah 10:23).
2. Man, preachers included, are not the standard (I Corinthians 4:1-6).
3. Your heart (Jeremiah 17:10) and Ňgood intentionsÓ are not the standard (II Samuel 6:6-7).
II. Body: Not My Will – His Will (Psalms 40:8, Luke 22:41-42, and II Corinthians 5:14-15).
A. GodŐs will is for you to do His will (Revelation 4:11) and be saved (I Timothy 2:3-4).
1. God wants you to love Him (Mark 12:30; cf. I John 5:2-3) and serve Him (Joshua 24:14-15).
2. God wants you to put Him above all else (Matthew 10:34-39 and Philippians 3:7-8).
3. We need to keep the ways of the Lord (Psalms 18:20-24).
4. If your way is standing in the way of God, change it (Psalms 119:57-59 and Ezekiel 33:11).
B. Measuring your wants requires honesty with yourself (II Corinthians 4:1-2 and Hebrews 13:18)?
1. Understand that self-deception is a real possibility (James 1:26).
2. Understand that to get what one wants, sometimes a person [could be your or I] will twist the Scriptures to do so (Mark 10:1-12).
C. Sometimes our wants seem okay (Proverbs 16:25), maybe are right under some circumstances, but the LordŐs full will is forgottenÉ
1. Wanting to move somewhere for work could be good (Ephesians 4:28 and I Timothy 5:8), butÉ
a. With whom am I going to worship God (Acts 20:7 and Hebrews 10:25)?
b. Will the worship be in truth and spirit (John 4:23-24)?
c. Will I be worshipping with saints or sinners (Psalms 26:4-6, Jeremiah 15:17, II Corinthians 6:14-17, Ephesians 5:11, I Timothy 5:22, and II John 9-11)?
d. Will the brethren there be supportive (I Thessalonians 5:11-14 and Hebrews 3:13)?
e. Can you grow spiritually with that congregation (Revelation 3:1-3)?
2. Wanting to get married is a good thing (Proverbs 18:22 and Hebrews 13:4), but God first and foremost wants us to find mates to help us (Genesis 2:20-24 and I Peter 3:7).
a. Will my mate help save or cost me my soul (I Kings 21:25 and Proverbs 12:4)?
b. When itŐs GodŐs wayÉ Psalms 128:1-6.
3. Wanting friends is not wrong (Proverbs 17:17), but the wrong friends can stand in the way of what God wants (Proverbs 13:20, I Corinthians 15:33, and James 4:4).
4. Wanting to forgive someone of a trespass is good (Colossians 3:13), but God wants us to forgive on His terms (Luke 17:3-4).
5. Wanting to be unified with someone or a group of persons is a good thing (Psalms 133:1), but we have to be sure it is unity GodŐs way (John 17:20-23, I Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 4:1-6, and Philippians 3:16).
III. Conclusion: Malachi 1:6 and Luke 6:46
© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager