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Dial in & Let's Talk! Martha's Talk is a Christian daytime talk show, in which Apostle Martha Milliner speak the truth, in love.

S1E9: How do we know God's will for our life?

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Welcome to S1E9 of Martha's Talk! 
In today's episode, we are going to speak about knowing God's will for our lives. While some know me as Tasha, God changed my name to Martha. He also called me to be an Apostle. This simply means, that he commissioned me to go wherever he sends me to preach or teach the gospel, in truth and in love. Martha's Talk is a talk show in which I share the love of Christ for humanity, in Spirit and in Truth.

In today's episode we are going to go over:
  • What is God's will for everyone?
  • What is God's will (plan) for our specific life?
  • How do we know God's will for our life, in every season of our life?
  • Why is it important for us to be in God's will?
Our focus scripture comes from:
  • Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Q&A: What is God's will for everyone?
  • #1 Believe in Jesus Christ, Have eternal life, Be raised up at the last day
    • John 6:38-40 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
    • 1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
  • #2. Submission to God first, and those who God call into authority 
    • 1 Peter 2:13-16 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
      • Watch this episode, for greater details!
  • #3. Sanctification by the truth (the word of God and the Holy Spirit) which will lead us to avoid sexual immorality, and teach us how to have control over our bodies.
    • John 15:1-6 I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
    • Ephesians 5:26-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.  For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • #4. Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18   And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • #5. Love God, Love One Another, Love Neighbor
    • John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
    • 1 Corinthians 13:1-10 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
  • #6. Continue to do good, despite evil (requires faith)
    • 1 Peter 4:7-19  For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Q&A: How do we know God's will for our life, in every season of our life?
    • #1. We can continually ask God in prayer
      • Colossians 1:9-12 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
      • Recommended episode: S1E7 How does God communicate?
    • #2. Sanctification by the truth (word of God & the Holy Spirit) 
      • Sanctification means to be set apart for a special use
        • 2 Timothy 2:19-21  Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: The Lord knows those who are his, and, Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.  Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
      • Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 
        • Discern is defined as to distinguish (someone or something) with difficulty by sight or with the other senses.
      • Ephesians 4:17-24 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,  and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
      • Romans 8:24-28 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    • Recommended episode: S1E7 How does God communicate?
    Q&A: What is needed to do the will of God for our life, in every season of our life?
    • #1. Confidence in Jesus 
      • Confidence is defined as the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
      • Hebrews 10:30-39 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
    • #2. Endurance, in our faith
      • Endurance is defined as the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.
      • Hebrews 10:30-39 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
        • The promises of God in the NT, under the new dispensation are as follows: 
      • Luke 22:39-46 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
    • #3. God's grace
      • God's grace is God's free favor given to mankind because of Jesus Christ sacrifice on the cross
      • Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
      • Recommended watch: What is the grace of God?
    • #4. God's love
      • Compel is defined as bring about (something) by the use of force or pressure.
      • 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
      • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
    Q&A: Why is the importance for us to be in God's will?
    • Watch S1E8 Why do bad things happen to good people?
    • Bad things happen to good people because people choose self-will over God's will. This dominoes effect of choosing self-will over God's will started with Adam & Eve in Genesis 3, and it is still happening now-a-days, and this has allowed evil to multiply.
    • Jesus Christ came to show us that we do not have to choose self-will, and that with his help, we can choose God's will, which btw, is not always comfortable but it will guarantee that good is overcoming all evil. 
    • When we are outside of God's will, the gifts God had given us to overcome evil with good, is now helping evil subvert the good God wanted to use us for. Sometimes we do not want to be in God's will, because it comes with various degrees of being uncomfortable naturally, and financially. However, if everyone chose self-will (comfort) over God's will (seasons of discomfort) then there would be absolutely not good. For example: Jesus Christ was sent to overcome evil with good, and according to the Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 52:13-15, 53:5 Jesus Christ was a man of many sorrows, and he was beaten so badly that he was unrecognizable. He did not sin at all, nor did he contribute to evil. Yet, he suffered so that we would not have to suffer in eternal condemnation (hell).
    • Think about it: When we are not in God's will for our life, the person, people, or generation that you were born to save from evil (through Jesus Christ), will be delivered to evil (e.g. sex trafficking, abortion, racial slavery, rape, murder, suicide, a disease that is still waiting for a doctor to find a cure, hate crimes, etc). 
    • Note: Bad things happen to people for three reasons, and the reason is not always because the person in which bad things happened chose self-will over God's will. It can be because of the evil other people, and or because God wants to use that person to overcome evil with good, for their lives and the lives of others, so God allow them to go through trials & tribulations (like Jesus Christ in the gospels and the Apostle Paul in the epistles, and furthermore, the church in the epistles). If the early church did not suffer, we would not have had the gospel shared with us. If Jesus Christ did not suffer, we would not have grace and justification. If the Apostle Paul did not suffer, the gentiles would not know and understand what Jesus Christ did for those who were/are not Jews.
    • By being in God's will, you can prevent future evil in the world. Your obedience maybe the answer to the prayer of family members, friends, country, nation, etc.
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