Thy Will Be Done

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These notes accompany the sermon found here.

The Dilemma

  • Paul in Acts 19:21, 20:22-23, appeals to the Holy Spirit in support of his decision to go to Jerusalem. Acts 20:16, 20:37-38, 21:12-13, all illustrate the depth of his resolve.
  • Paul’s companions in Acts 21:4, “through the Spirit” tell him not to go, and in Acts 21:11 warn of what will take place. Act 21:12 shows their determination to stop him.
  • Is God divided? Is the Holy Spirit conflicted?  Does God send mixed messages?  Does God test His people?
  • The greater questions: Why would God’s people be tested?  Why would God’s people suffer at all?

For sanctification

See James 1:2-4, 12; Romans 5:3-5; Revelation 2:10; Hebrews 11:17-19; 1 Peter 1:6-9.

For glory

See Luke 24:26; Hebrews 2:5-18; 1 Peter 1:11, 4:13, Romans 8:18; 1 John 3:2.

Encouragements

  • Rejoice knowing that suffering is part of the process. 1 Peter 4:13.
  • Do not suffer for doing evil. 1 Peter 4:15.
  • Do not be ashamed to suffer. 1 Peter 4:16.
  • Entrust yourself to God. 1 Peter 4:19.
  • Humble yourself. 1 Peter 5:6.
  • Cast all your anxieties on God. 1 Peter 5:7.
  • 1 Peter 5:8-11.
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