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TITLE:  Listen to God’s Directions (Part 1 of 2)
TEXT:  John 7:14-19
PROPOSITION:  We must understand how God answers our prayers.
KEY WORD:  Methods


  1. I pray for God to help with a decision or direction in my life.
  2. How do I know what the answer is?
  3. How does God show His will in answer to prayer?

 Principles Involved

  1. Matthew 7:21 – do the will of the Father
  2. 1 John 5:14 – ask according to His will
  3. Matthew 6:10 – Thy will be done, not mine
  4. John 5:30 – I do not seek my own will, but the will of my Father

 You can find the will of God in:

 Lordship – total commitment of your life to Jesus

  1. John 7:17 – If you will to do His will, you will know if it is from God
  2. Your life in tune with God = your radio on God’s station

 First Impression

  1. Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord, lean not on your own understanding
  2. God will answer – Satan and the flesh will begin to erode, cause doubt

 Human Spirit

  1. Proverbs 20:27 – The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord
  2. Feel – checked, frustrated, fearful, unrest = Don’t proceed
  3. Feel – peace = God’s OK – Colossians 3:15

 Human Reasoning

  1. God speaks to sprit
  2. Satan speaks to reason
  3. Many things do not make logical sense to us – Brass serpent, hold out stick to cross Red Sea, Wash mud to see, Naaman
  4. Today – Baptism, prayer, communion, church attendance, giving

 Family – Spouse should be in agreement

  1. 1 Peter 3:7 – give honor to wife – that your prayers not be hindered
  2. Matthew 18:19 – If 2 or 3 agree on earth as touching any matter


  1. Who do you trust? Have confidence in?
  2. Proverbs 20:18 – Plans are established by counsel
  3. Proverbs 24:6 – IN a multitude of counselors there is safety
  4. In medical terms – Get a second opinion
  5. Proverbs 12:15 – Way of fool is right in own eyes, He who heeds counsel is wise


(See “Direction from God 2” for the second part of this study.)

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