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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Deuteronomy 18:13

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"WHAT DOES GOD WANT OF ME?"
Intro: Assuming there is a God who created me and placed me over other creation, what does He want?
I. QUESTION OF PRIMARY CONCERN AND INTEREST.
A. Does life have a meaning or not - a purpose?
1. Why does your life seem empty?
2. Basis of most psychological ills is frustration - why are so many people frustrated?
B. To try to live apart from God's plan leads to futility.
1. The greatest busiest life apart from God is empty.
a. Solomon the satiated man sought answers in:
1. Wealth
2. Education
3. Building
2. At the vise of cynicism to eliminate God & His purpose from life leaves you with nothing; a worthless, empty, waste.
C. For the sake of my own well being, I must discover God, His plan, His purpose.
II. GOD'S IDEAL REQUIREMENTS STATED BY THREE MEN IN THE BIBLE.
A. Moses - Micah - Jesus.
1. Deut. "Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God."
2. Micah "Do Justly love mercy, walk humbly with God."
3. Jesus "Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father."
B. God requires perfection of me.
1. The word perfect means to hit the mark.
2. Standing in the presence of Christ I feel great consciousness of guilt, I have already missed the mark!
3. I become conscious of sin.
4. Even when I wanted to hit the mark I failed.
III. HAVING MISSED GOD'S IDEAL IS THERE ANY HOPE?
A. God's actual requirement.
1. "What must we do to do the works of God?"
a. Question of paramount interest.
2. "This is the work of God, that you believe on Him who God has sent."
3. God asked that I be perfect, this I could not meet.
4. God demanded that I do justly, love mercy walk humbly before Him. In this I failed.
Good news:
B. God provided for my failures.
1. Through Christ He accepted the guilt for my failure - "And God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself."
C. Now God asks that I believe in His provision.
IV. WHEN I ACCEPT CHRIST WHAT HAPPENS?
A. He comes into my life with power.
1. He gives me the strength to do what I could not previously do.
2. He implants His nature within me. - "If any man is in Christ, He is a new creation".
3. Thus through His imparted power and implanted nature, I am able to fulfill God's ideal for me.
4. God never gave up on His ideal, He provided the way through Christ.
5. Upon accepting Christ this ideal was not realized all at once.
a. Paul "neither do I count myself perfect".
b. But my failures now taken care of, my guilt all gone, I grow in His grace and the knowledge of my Lord.
Sermon Notes for Deuteronomy 18:9-13 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Deuteronomy 18:13 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Numbers 6:2 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Joshua 1 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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