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SPF 095: What is God's Will for My Life? The Hidden and Revealed Will of God

What is the will of God for my life? How do I live faithfully in the times of mystery? Am I responsible for my actions? Today we talking about God’s Sovereignty, His hidden will, His revealed will, and how we can prove faithful in knowing and not knowing every day.

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Knowing God’s Will

God has a Sovereign will because God is sovereign and He acts with sovereignty.

Psalm 95:3, Romans 9:19, Ephesians 1:11, Psalm 115:3, Job 42:2

Theologians agree that when talking about God’s will we can look at two aspects of it as seen and described in the Bible:

  1. God’s hidden will

  2. God’s revealed will 

Some things of God’s will are hidden from us and some are revealed to us.

Deuteronomy 29:29 says “Secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong  to us and our children forever.”

God’s hidden will includes what will happen tomorrow, or next year, or how something will work out. There are things that are hidden from our knowledge.

In the times of mystery, even in the every day when we do not know what tomorrow holds, I love what author Guy M Richard wrote in his article called, “Our business is not to give our attention to the the hidden or secret things, but to those things that are revealed.”

The revealed will of God is revealed to us in His Word. So if we want to know what God has plainly willed for us, then we need to be in the Word of God. 

Thessalonians 5:16-18  "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

There is a plethora of God’s revealed will for us to discover in God’s Word and faithfully live out through His grace. 

A great rule of thumb is asking “is it sinful” if not, “is it wise?” And how do we find out if it’s sinful or wise, in God’s Word. And if it clears those things, then there is great freedom.

Sovereign God and Human Decisions

“How is God sovereign, and yet humans are still responsible for their actions and decisions?”

Here’s the Truth that we know:

  • God is the primary cause of all things.

  • He is Sovereign and acts with Sovereignty

  • Nothing surprises Him

  • Nothing happens by accident.

  • God also does not sin, but He does use sin sinlessly to accomplish His purposes

  • People are the means through which God brings about His purposes

Author Guy M Richard says,“God’s sovereignty employs our actions and decisions and uses them in accomplishing exactly what God intends to happen.”

We have the ability to disobey God.

We cannot live like our sin is simply a fulfillment of God’s Sovereign will as to absolve our guilt from what we’ve done. God uses our sin sinlessly and is conforming all things to the pattern of His will.

God uses our decisions to bring about His purposes.

RC Sproul is know for saying, “Embrace the Godness of God.” Relent to the fact that God has hidden things from us but is still working out His perfect plan, and while living in the hidden things, live purposely in the revealed things.

When we don’t know, there are still things we do know.

Resources

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Life Hack - Keeping Herbs Fresh

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Try keeping your tender herbs fresh in the fridge with this method for up to two weeks!on how to keep fresh herbs fresh for up to two weeks!

To keep herbs fresh, make a herb bouquet in the fridge using a glass of water and a plastic bag.

Directions:

  1. Take your fresh herbs, leave them unwashed, and cut off the bottom inch of the stems. I just lay the whole bunch on a cutting board and in one slice with a chef’s knife, the ends are off. 
  2. Then fill a sturdy tall cup with water - enough water for your herbs stems to rest in
  3. Place your trimmed herbs inside the glass container
  4. Take a gallon plastic zip lock bag, or even the produce plastic bag from the grocery store and cover the top of the herbs
  5. Place on a shelf in the fridge where it won’t get knocked over easily
  6. When you are ready to use some herbs, remove the plastic bag, and snip off what you need, and give them a wash. Return the plastic bag and keep the rest of you rherbs fresh at your disposal.
  7. If the water starts to discolor, just dump the water and add fresh water.

This technique works with tender herbs like  cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, and tarragon.

Get pictures and more information about herb storage here:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/04/the-best-way-to-store-fresh-herbs-parsley-cilantro-dill-basil.html

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