“The Will of the Lord Be Done” – October 1, 2017 AM

“The Will of the Lord Be Done” – October 1, 2017 AM

And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload its cargo. And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home. When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day. On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied. While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”
Acts 21:1‭-‬14 ESV
Where are you going in life?  What is your goal in life?  Are you bringing GLORY to Jesus Christ?
    • The will of the Lord is about our…
      1. Need to SEEK the will of God
        • And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
          Luke 11:9 ESV
      2. Need to SURRENDER to the will of God
        • not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
          Ephesians 6:6 ESV
        • And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
          Acts 9:5‭-‬6 ESV

          • We must ask ourselves two questions:
            1. Who are You, Lord?
            2. What do you want me to do?
      3. Need to STAY in the will of God
        • Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
          Colossians 4:12 ESV
        • The Lord’s will is…
          1. Real
            • In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
              Proverbs 3:6 ESV
          2. Can be refused
          3. Is always right