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Sermon Notes – 9/6/20

Praying with Paul

Wk 5 “Praying to Know God’s Will”

Colossians 1:9-14

 

Colossians 1:9-14
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. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

  1. The Petition- To Know God’s Will

Colossians 1:9
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,

 

Psalms 143:10
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

 

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

  1. Purpose- To Please God

 

Colossians 1:10a
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way:

 

Colossians 1:10b-14
…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. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

Four Characteristics of a Worthy Life

 

  1. Bear Fruit

 

John 15:8
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 

  1. Growth in the Knowledge of God

 

John 7:16-17
Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

 

  1. Strength for endurance and patience

 

Colossians 1:11
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

 

Philippians 3:13b-14
…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

  1. Be Joyful and Thankful

 

Colossians 1:12
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.

 

Bottom Line:

When you Know Him, You’ll Live to Please Him.

 

 

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