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Understanding the Will of God
Establish Your Connection: Take a moment to be still with Holy Spirit. Feel him wrap you with his presence. Ask him to increase your peace and connection, then thank him for always being there for you.
Day 1: Journal Pg. 19
Context: Proverbs 19 covers topics like its better to have integrity than to be wealthy. As the chapter goes on it contrasts the broken nature of human planning.
Thought: People have a lot of ideas and plans that shift and change, while causing sometimes causing confusion. God's will is like an anchor because it's unchanging so it will always stand.
Question: How are God's plans and purpose different from the way people plan their lives?
Day 2: Journal Pg. 20
Journal Pg. 20
Context: Jeremiah 29 starts with a letter to the Exiles. Jews who had been taken captive from Jerusalem and hauled away to Babylon.
Read Jeremiah 29: 10-13 Notice that verse 10 says "For thus says the Lord," which means that God is speaking through the Prophet Jeremiah to the Jewish exiles.
Question: Why do you think God would send a prophet to tell the people that he had plans for their welfare that would give them hope & a future?
Thought: In this passage, God lets them know they will be in exile for 70 year, but that he has not forgotten them.
Question: How could this verse help you have hope even in hard circumstances?
Day 3: Journal Pg. 21
Journal Pg. 21
Context: Jesus gave us an example of how to pray. See Matthew 6:9-13.
Thought: God's kingdom is only good and only righteous, not like this world. This prayer needs to come from the heart that all creating beings bring their will into alignment with God's will.
Question: If answered prayer must align with the will of God, can you think of examples of prayer that he could say yes to?
Thought: In order for God's will to be done people must align their will to his and carry it out.
Question: When harmful or bad things happen does that mean it is part of God's plan? Or how would you explain that to someone?
Day 4: Journal Pg. 22
Journal Pg. 22
Context: Verse 31&32 tell us not to be anxious because God will provide. Verse 33 gives us a key to finding a higher way of life, which gets rid of anxiety.
Question: If you seek God first, how would your life would change?
Question: What do you think your life would look like if you only had what God gave to you?
Day 5: Journal Pg. 23
Journal Pg. 23
Related Verses: John 3:15 "that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." & John 5:24 "...whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life."
Question: How do you receive eternal life? Who gave the world this gift?
Thought: Notice the word everyone and whoever in the verses from John. This means eternal life is available to all people.
Option 1: No Helps
Option 2: Helps