1 Samuel 13:14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
Acts 13:22 But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’
The shoulds and woulds that get in our way. Scripture tells us that Davis was a man after Gods heart why… because he was willing to do everything God wanted him to do. Are you that man or do your should and would get in the way.
I should… how often do we say I should do _______ but ________.
What do you know you should do but don’t? why?
In scripture when God says “should” it is a command. It is something we need to obey. Lets look at some shoulds.
Exodus 6:30 But Moses argued with the Lord, saying, “I can’t do it! I’m such a clumsy speaker! Why should Pharaoh listen to me?”
Ruth 1:11 But Naomi replied, “Why should you go on with me? Can I still give birth to other sons who could grow up to be your husbands?
1 Kings 2:4 If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’
Job 6:14 “One should be kind to a fainting friend, but you accuse me without any fear of the Almighty.
Psalm 25:12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.
Psalm 78:7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.
Isaiah 30:21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
Jeremiah 23:35 You should keep asking each other, ‘What is the Lord’s answer?’ or ‘What is the Lord saying?’
Matthew 11:15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
Matthew 3:15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
Luke 3:3 Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.
Luke 11:2 Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, who is in heaven Holy is your name, your kingdom come your will be done…
John 13:34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Acts 14:15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.
Acts 19:36 Since this is an undeniable fact, you should stay calm and not do anything rash.
Acts 20:35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Romans 6:11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:2 But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.
1 Corinthians 7:3 The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Ephesians 5:24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
1 Timothy 2:9 And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.
1 Timothy 2:10 For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.
2 Timothy 4:5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
Titus 2:3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good.
Titus 2:12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,
James 5:13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.
1 Peter 3:4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
In order to follow Gods will for us there should not be any shoulds.
I would _______ but________
Our Christain walk and life can not be based on feelings. What would happen if we let feelings rule our heart? Mind? Body? Soul? We would be a complete mess. God has given each of us free will and it is our choice how we live. BUT, is our free will aligned with God's will. Are you a man who is going to stand on biblical priciples or give way to feelings and the ways of the world?
What are your woulds?
When we base our choices on would and should we miss out on the blessing of the Lord. We miss out on His greatness for us. We give into the quick fix, our ever changing emotions and miss out on GREAT we miss out on the blessings God has in store for us. Lets look at some woulds.
2 Peter 2:21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
James 3:2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
Hebrews 5:11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen.
Should and Would
Acts 27:21 No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss.
Instead of making excuses and saying should or would – What about I WILL?? I will obey God and His perfect plan for us. I will do God’s will. What would your life look like if you were to stand firm in His will for you???
Would that be hard to do? Why?
Let’s do the Hard. Let’s be a man after Gods own heart. When we say I will not, bad things happen. Gods wants us to say I will to Him and satan wants us to say I will to him.
How often do we hear “God will never give you more than you can handle”. That is a lie satan wants you to believe. God will never give you more than HE can handle.
And He can handle everything for all things are possible with Him. But in those times of stress and feeling like we are drowning if we believe satan then we start to doubt God and His power – and take it all on ourselves. That’s when we would could potentially start blaming God too.
All the heros of faith said I will to God. When God says I will to us He means it. If we will He will and He will do what only He can do. If God tell me to do it will I? or will I say I should or I would?
Acts 17:30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.
Micah 6:8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Matthew 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
James 4:17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
Psalm 7:17 I will thank the Lord because he is just; I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 9:1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
Psalm 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.
Psalm 16:8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalm 26:12 Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the Lord.
Psalm 27:3 Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
Psalm 27:13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
Psalm 30:12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.
Psalm 32:5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psalm 32:8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Psalm 34:11 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
Psalm 39:1 I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
Psalm 42:5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and
Psalm 50:15 Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”
Psalm 52:8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
Psalm 62:6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
Psalm 63:4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
Psalm 63:5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
Psalm 66:16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
Psalm 75:10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.”
Isaiah 13:11 “I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and humble the pride of the mighty.
Isaiah 55:3 “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
Isaiah 61:8 “For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Matthew 8:19 Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Matthew 10:32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 12:18 “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
John 14:18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.
John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
What do the I wills from God mean to you?
Which one means the most?
What do the I wills from people in scripture mean to you?
What is your I WILL! Make your declaration. I will….
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?