Finding and Following God’s Will – Book Review

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What can the Bible tell me today? Was that God or just a dream? Living within God’s will mean looking for God, listening for God, talking with God, all without ceasing.

Well, you know the story this is a book that I reviewed in 2005 while being the Baptist Host/Editor/Writer for another site.

Going Deeper

Bible Study and Reflection Questions

Chapter 3: What Can The Bible Tell Me Today?

Key: The Bible is still our sovereign for discovering God’s will.

Find regular times or methods to read and study that suit you.

Read the Bible in small pieces, giving yourself time to digest its messages.

Learn to use tools for Bible Study such as Topical Bibles, Concordances, Chain References, and Commentaries.

Chapter 5: Was that God or Just a Dream?

Key: Test signs against scriptures and circumstances, yet trust that God may be drawing you closer.

Consider what the following verses tell us about being guided directly by God … I Kings 19:11-13, John 16:13, John 14:16-17

Below are ways God led people directly in the Bible, with examples given. Do you believe these still operate today?

Dreams (Joseph, Matthew 1:18-21)

People (David, II Samuel 12:1-8)

Images (Jeremiah, Jeremiah 18:1-10)

Prophecies (Simon, Luke 2:25-35)

Angels (Zechariah, Luke 1:5-25)

Direct Commands (Samuel, I Samuel 16:1-3)

Visions (Peter, Acts 10:9-22)

Chapter 10: What If the Guiding Light Seems Dim?

Key: God’s guidance is more like a lamp unto our feet than a lighthouse beaming far into the future.

The story of Joseph in Egypt is found in Genesis 37 – 45. Between the time his brothers sold him into slavery and the time they came to him for food at least thirteen years passed. He said to his brothers “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (50:20).

Chapter 11: How Can I Plan If My Future Is In God’s Hands?

Key: Living Within God’s will means looking for God, listening for God, talking with God, all without ceasing.

Consider memorizing Jeremiah 29:11 as a source of hope in uncertainty.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jane A. G. Kise, the author of the above book I reviewed.

This book has twelve chapters, Bible Study and reflection questions for individual and group use.


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