What a great start we had to our youth revival tonight. The young people sat on the first 4 rows on the left side of the church facing the pulpit and they also took up the offering and we had one to play the offertory on the piano as well. We had a great many visitors tonight as well, so the house of God was full tonight.
Bro. Michael Lindsay preached for us tonight and he is preaching a series of messages on “The Will of God.” Tonight he preached out of Ephesians 5:15-17. The words walk circumspectly means to be sober, to be aware, carefully. Time is the most valuable thing we are given. We are in control of our time and what we do with it. We should use our time wisely because somebody else is looking to control our time. The words understand means to know about something intimately. It is the difference between light and darkness and the difference between want to and have to. The will of God is not something that we cannot understand and it is not some mystical thing. The will of God has a two-fold meaning. The first meaning is the absolute will of God. The absolute will of God is something we don’t have to pray about. Some of the absolute wills of God are to get saved, to be submitted (to parents and authority), to be separated (not go to the movie house, for girls to not wear britches, or for us to smoke cigarettes), to be a soul-winner, to be a student of the Word of God, and to read our Bible. Then there is the amazing will of God. The amazing will of God is what God wants us to do as an individual. It is what God is telling us what He wants us to do with our lives. Some of the amazing wills of God is who we will marry, where we will live, what job we should get, what church should we attend, etc. If we are not doing the absolute will of God, we will never do the amazing will of God. The amazing will of God is between us and God. There are 4 things about the absolute will of God. 1) Concerning children – Proverbs 1-7. How many are Biblical children? God’s will for every child is to be bordered. They should have guidelines set up for their life. Every child should be beaten (Prov. 23:14; 13:24 and 20:30). Every child should be blameless – Prov. 1:10. They have no business messing with sin. They should maintain their innocence. Every child should also be a blessing – Prov. 10:1, 15:20, 27:11. When a child goes against God they bring reproach on their family and the church. The second thing about the absolute will of God is concerning courtship. There is a prerequisite for courtship – Gen. 2-3. There is a responsibility that needs to take place. They need to get a job and be able to prove that they can take care of bills. They should have responsibility and they should be responsible. There should be a readiness as well. Do they handle their responsibility? Then there can be a relationship. There is also the pattern for courtship. They should be of the right sex (boy likes girl and girl likes boy). They should have the right salvation – when did they get saved and how did they get saved? There should also be a right separation – their courtship should complement their relationship not complicate it. Lastly there should be a right sanctification – 1 Thess. 4:3.
Tomorrow night we will continue the series on the will of God. Come back tomorrow night to find out what we heard in part 2 of the message on the will of God.