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Discovering Your. Destiny. “God wants to reveal his will to you more than you want to know it.” ~ Garry Friesen. “We must substitute the idea of ‘finding God’s will’ with that of ‘following God’s program for guidance’. ~ Dr. Bruce Walthe.

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“God wants to reveal his will

to you more than you

want to know it.”

~ Garry Friesen

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“We must substitute the idea of ‘finding God’s will’ with that of ‘following God’s program for guidance’.

~ Dr. Bruce Walthe

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“It is easier for me to know God’s will for my wife than it is for me to know God’s will for my life.”

~ Charles R. Swindoll

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“Everything that has happened in your life to this moment has been part of God’s determined will for your life. It has happened because He has determined it to be so.”

~ Grant Howard

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“Scripture presents man as being a free moral agent who is responsible for his decisions. God is not a Cosmic Puppeteer, and we are not marionettes that jump when He jerks our strings.”

~ Garry Friesen

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“Scripture does not support the view that there must be a specific divine reason behind all events.”

~ Gregory A. Boyd

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“This is a challenging world where chance has a role and in which things do not always go as God would desire. But for this same reason it is a world that is, by God’s grace, capable of love. Hence God chose to create this world rather than the safer but uninteresting world of predestined puppets.”

~ Gregory A. Boyd

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“The race is not to the swift

or the battle to the strong,

nor does food come to the wise

or wealth to the brilliant

or favor to the learned;

but time and chance happen to them all.”

~ King Solomon

(Ecclesiastes 9:11)

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“God desires creatures who are capable of choosing love, so he risks the possibility that their free decisions will interact in unfortunate and unplanned ways.”

~ Gregory A. Boyd

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“Control is an illusion, you infantile egomaniac!

Nobody controls anything.”

~ Nicole Kidman to Tom Cruise

in Days Of Thunder

(Not a very good movie; so don’t bother renting it.)

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“Why would a God who wants us to do His will hide it from us? Why do Christians go through such convoluted, painful efforts to know it? His will needn’t be hidden or elusive; a mystery, a puzzle, an enigma.”

~ Dr. Bruce Walthe

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“The idea of an individual will of God for every detail of a person’s life is not found in Scripture. The most startling ramification is that many believers are investing a great deal of time and energy searching for something that is nonexistent.”

~ Garry Friesen

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“Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”

~ Elisabeth Elliott

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“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God\'s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

~ Romans 12:2, NIV

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“You cannot continue life as usual or stay where you are, and go forward with God at the same time.”

~ Henry Blackaby

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“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God\'s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God –this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God\'s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

~ Romans 12:1-2, NIVi

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“Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.”

~ 1 Corinthians 10:31, NLT

God\'s Moral Will.

God\'s Individual Will

for your life

most of the time.

God\'s Ultimate

Sovereign Will.

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How To Hear Our Coach…

  • Scripture 4) Inner Witness
  • 2) Wise Counsel 5) Delighting Desires
  • 3) Circumstance 6) Divine Intervention
  • 7) MAXIMUM IMPACT:
  • The Way of Wisdom
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Precept

Practice

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Principle

Precept

Practice

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“Plans fail for lack of counsel,

but with many advisers they succeed.”

~ Proverbs 15:22, NIV

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WHO TO ASK AROUND HERE…

      • 1. Mature brother or sister.
      • 2. Home Church leader.
      • 3. Home Church elder/pastor.
      • 4. Overseer or Staff pastor.
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God\'s Will

Free Will

Scripture

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God\'s Will

Free Will

Chance

Providnce

Scripture

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God\'s Will

Free Will

Chance

CHOICE

CIRCUMSTANCE

Providnce

Scripture

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PROBLEMS WITH “FLEECING”…

    • 1.) He did not use the fleece to receive guidance but to confirm guidance that had already been given.
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PROBLEMS WITH “FLEECING”…

    • 1.) He did not use the fleece to receive guidance but to confirm guidance that had already been given.
    • 2.) Gideon’s request was for a supernatural miraculous sign, not an a supernatural arrangement of natural circumstances.
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PROBLEMS WITH “FLEECING”…

    • 1.) He did not use the fleece to receive guidance but to confirm guidance that had already been given.
    • 2.) Gideon’s request was for a supernatural miraculous sign, not a supernatural arrangement of natural circumstances.
    • 3.) Gideon’s request was not born out of faith, but out of fear and doubt!
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PROBLEMS WITH “FLEECING”…

    • 1.) He did not use the fleece to receive guidance but to confirm guidance that had already been given.
    • 2.) Gideon’s request was for a supernatural miraculous sign, not an a supernatural arrangement of natural circumstances.
    • 3.) Gideon’s request was not born out of faith, but out of fear and doubt!
    • 4.) There is no NT example of this kind of decision making.
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“So she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to [Lit. “her chance chanced upon”] the portion of the field belonging to Boaz.”

~ Ruth 2:3, NASB

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“Now a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel in a joint of the armor.”

~ 1 Kings 22:34, NASB

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“Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.”

~ Luke 10:31, NRSV

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“Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother – especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.”

~ Philemon 15-16, NRSV

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“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

~ Hebrews 5:13-14, NRSV

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“For it is God\'s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish.”

~ 1 Peter 2:15, NRSV

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“Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.”

~ 1 Corinthians 10:31, NLT

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“Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.”

~ 1 Corinthians 10:31, NLT

God\'s individual will

for your life

most of the time.

God\'s ultimate

sovereign will.

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“In everything give thanks; for this is God\'s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NASB

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