“What Has God Done For Me?”

Posted on 26 Mar 2020, Pastor: Randy Sturzenbecher

1st Timothy 2 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[a] Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

John 6:35-40

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

In the Name of +Jesus+ Amen

What is God’s will for me?  People come to me all the time and ask that question.  This question is asked in times of uncertainty.   You have a new job offer and you have to decide where you will work.   Your marriage is struggling and you’re contemplating divorce.  Coved 19 has changed our world, our futures and left us uncertain in almost every area of our lives.  Tonight is the perfect time to be looking at the 3rd and 4th petition of the Lord’s prayer because the answer drives us back into the promises God has made to you.   Lets read together the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer and What does this mean. 

The Third Petition

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does this mean?

The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

How is God’s will done?

God’s will is done when he breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the

devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die. This is His good and gracious will.

What is God’s will for my life?  Well, if you think about the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer we have already learned that.  

Our Father who art in heaven.    

       The God of all that is and was and ever will be, The most holy, powerful, majestic God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, wants you to call Him Father.   He wants us to talk to Him like little kids talk to their dad.  With complete trust and confidence. 

What is God’s will for my life?  That we live in our identity given to us in Baptism which gave us faith to believe and trust His promises.

Today at noon I did a live stream devotion and we talked about the promises in Psalm 91.  Listen to the promise God makes to His children. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life, I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.

The World around us is reacting abandoned orphan children, hoarding and scavenging for daily bread.   As beloved children of our dear Father, we trust in who He is and who He has made us to be.   We are His.  We are adopted.  We are faithed. We are forgiven by Jesus’ blood.   We are confident and hopeful that Our Father who has kept every one of His promises from creation forward will continue to be faithful to us and generations to come. 

1st Petition. 

What is God’s will for me?  It’s right there in “Hallowed be thy Name”. God’s will for us is to be in His Word and receive His gifts.  God’s Word, the Word made flesh, Jesus is God’s will for you. 

We are so blessed to live in a time when we have multiple Bibles in every home.  We have the ability to live stream worship services and Bible Studies.  With all the social distancing and cancelations of events, we have time to let God comfort us with His Word.

Jesus distilled God’s will for us in two divisions.   Love God and Love your neighbor.  Jesus said, a city set on a hill can not be hidden”.   Dear child of God in this time of fear and uncertainty let your Gospel light shine!   I would encourage you to love your neighbor.  Look for ways to serve those around you.   Pray for 5 people you don’t regularly talk to, then call them.  Encourage them and see what you can do for them.  Loving your neighbor, that is God’s will for you.

2nd Petition.   

Dear child of God His will for you is done when His Kingdom comes to us.  In the Gospel reading for tonight, Jesus says this “40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Jesus is God’s will for you.  Jesus broke into our world today!  The 25th of March is 9 months before Christmas.   God kept His promise and the Word of God…… Jesus was conceived in the womb of a Virgin named Mary, so God’s Kingdom of mercy would come to us.

God’s Kingdom comes in Jesus as we see Him sill the storms, heal the broken, give life where death triumphed. 

God’s Kingdom comes to us right now as His powerful word is preached into your ears and triumphs over fear and doubt. 

God’s Kingdom comes to us on the cross.  Our greatest enemies, the triumvirate of the devil, the world and my own sinful nature is defeated by the obedience of Jesus. 

If you really want to know and see God’s will for you, look to the cross.  See your salvation hanging, bleeding and dying.   Listen to God’s will for you from Jesus’ very lips.   “Father forgive them”    “It is finished”

God’s good and gracious will for you is Jesus.    Risen on the third day with the same promise for you.  You will rise because your enemy your death your destruction has been destroyed in Jesus. 

The Fourth Petition

Give us this day our daily bread.

What does this mean?

God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil

people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to

receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

What is meant by daily bread?

Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the

body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money,

goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and

faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good

reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

In confirmation, we like to play a game.  Starting with A and working through the alphabet we use each letter to name something that is our “Daily Bread” It’s challenging because X and Z and Q are challenging letters.   But it’s also challenging because we tend to think daily bread is just bagels and barbecue and biscuits.  Things we eat.  

Praying for daily bread is everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body.   Gravity is daily bread, so is healthcare and hope in Jesus.  

I would encourage you to play this game with your family to remind you that God graciously provides for the body with daily bread and soul with Jesus. 

In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.