Pastor Shane Ham : Living to the Glory of God

Knowing the Will of God · 44:37 · Recorded August 14, 2016

Living to the Glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

The glory God is after in our lives

Living a life devoted to his pleasure.

Romans 12:1–2 (TEV) Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – What is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

Living a life of likeness to his Son.

Matthew 3:16–17 (NAS) After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Romans 8:28–29 (NAS) God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.

The journey that transforms us

1. Surrendering myself irrevocably to God.

2. Seeking to know the Lord fully.

Ephesians 5:1, 8–10 (NIV) Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children… Live as children of the light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23–24 (NIV) This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.

3. Settling my will to obey.

John 6:38 (NIV) “I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

John 21:14–15 (TEV) “The wicked tell God to leave them alone; they don’t want to know his will for their lives. They think there is no need to serve God nor any advantage in praying to him.”

4. Searching for sound wisdom.

James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

2 Peter 1:3–4 (NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5. Stepping out in humble faith.

Psalm 25:8–9 (NIV) Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Psalm 37:23–24 (NIV) If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 again. What will you do this week to help live out this verse in your life?
  • Are you using your gifts in a way that is “dedicated to his service and pleasing to him”? (Romans 12:1) If so, how? What holds you back from using your gifts more fully?
  • In what current situation do you need to know God’s will? What can you do to find it?
  • Shane identified five steps we can take to transform our relationship with God – surrender, seek, settle, search, step. Which of these do you need to focus on?
  • Is there something you’re holding on to that needs to be surrendered to God?
  • What are you doing to know the Lord more fully? How are you seeking relationship with him?
  • Have you settled your heart on full obedience to God? What is holding you back?
  • Do you continually search for wisdom? How? Where? It is said that the quality of wisdom depends on the source of wisdom. What/Who is your source?
  • Are you trusting God and stepping out in faith? What actions have you taken in faith? How do you know you can trust Him? What has happened in your past that you can look at and say that God “instructed, guided, and taught” you? (Psalm 25:8–9)
  • This week, help your children understand that when we are close to God and continuing to learn and pray and know him better, we will naturally begin to act as he would want us to. Who we spend time with influences our behavior. Share some examples from your own life where this has happened – both for the good and the bad. Plan to memorize this scripture together: James 4:8 (ESV) Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
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