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A Sure-Fire Reason We Don't Read The Bible

If you’ve been a Christian for more than six seconds, you are probably aware of how important it is to be in God’s Word daily. Christians need to read the Bible. Not a big shocker. Despite the common knowledge of this necessity, few things foil Christians more than faithful Bible reading. Yes, we need a time, a place, and a plan. Yes, we need to grow in discipline. But what we should NOT do is neglect the heart of the problem. 

The primary reason we don’t read God’s Word is that we don’t delight in God’s will. 

Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man…[whose] delight is in the law of the LORD and on his law he meditates day and night." The word translated “delight” indicates “extreme pleasure or satisfaction in something.” That something here is God’s law - not just the first five books of the Old Testament, but also His heart, mind and will for all things.  So here’s the big idea:

A Detailed Strategy for Making Decisions

BIG IDEA: God’s will is that we live God’s way as revealed in God’s Word

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In this series, we’ve already dismantled a defective view of God’s will and defined God’s will for our lives.  As a result, we know what His will is NOT and also what it is; now we turn to the challenge of learning how to allow God’s Word to guide us as we make decisions that are sure to honor and bring glory to Him.

Defining God's Revealed Will

Big Idea: God's Will is that we live God's way as revealed in God's Word.

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Many Christians have been taught that God’s will is individual and specific, like a bull’s eye that we are to aim for. According to this traditional view, if we can just discover where the center of His will is and put ourselves there, we can be confident of God’s favor and trust that He is controlling every detail.

Some of us are happy with this way of looking at God’s will.

Dismantling a Defective View of God's Will

Big Idea: God's will is that we would live God's way as defined in God's word.

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Few things are more confusing for Christians than trying to understand God’s will for our lives. We keep trying – and failing – to hit the “bull’s eye” we think of as being the center of His will. Why is that? Can we actually know what God's will is or are we looking for something that doesn’t exist (at least not the way we think about it)?

What if our entire understanding of God’s will is defective?

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Prayer promotes relationship with God.

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Many of us don’t pray or we feel very insecure when we do, because we’re uncertain HOW to pray. Prayer is not about getting what we want, forcing God’s hand, or fulfilling a religious obligation. It’s about relating with God.  

If anyone is going to teach you how to pray, wouldn’t you want it to be Jesus? The good news is He has done exactly that in Matthew 6:5-15. 

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, it’s important to note He advised them to “Pray then like this” (v.9) He didn’t say “pray this specific prayer” or “pray these exact words”. While we shouldn't pray this prayer mindlessly, Jesus did provide us with five signs, or categories to guide our prayer life: